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2:45 PM ET, January 27, 2010


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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Oregon's Rich Tax is Not a Victory for Liberals  —  Yesterday, Oregon voters ratified two tax increases, one on high earners, and another a revision of the state's corporate income tax.  This is their strategy for plugging an enormous budget gap, like the ones that have opened up in state budgets around the country.
Robert Cruickshank / Calitics:
Oregon Voters Deliver Game-Changing Victory
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Emptywheel
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
House to Senate: We're Ready On Health Care If You Are  —  Leading Democrats in the House still insist that “all options are on the table” to move ahead on health care.  But for the first time since last Tuesday's special election in Massachusetts, it's clear that they're coalescing around …
Chris Frates / The Politico:   Casey: Health reform has weeks to live
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Sanders voices support for scaled-back health reform
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
House Progressives Willing to Back Modified Senate Bill …
Discussion: TPMDC and The New Republic
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
MSM Leaping to Conclusions — While Big Government Waits for Facts  —  Wait until the facts are in.  —  Mainstream Media, ACORN, Media Matters (all the supposed defenders of due process and journalistic ethics) are jumping to conclusions over the arrest today of James O'Keefe …
The Politico:
Top Dems at war - with each other  —  President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will be all smiles as the president arrives at the Capitol for his State of the Union speech Wednesday night, but the happy faces can't hide relationships that are fraying and fraught.
Ezra Klein:
Waiting for Barack  —  Every Hill office I've spoken to in the past week has had the same complaint.  “Where,” they ask, “is the White House?”  —  There's been no clear message on the way forward for health-care reform.  No clear articulation of preferences.  No public leadership to speak of.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TalkLeft
Chris Frates / The Politico:
WH lays out SOTU for congressional staff
Brad Stone / Bits:
Live Blogging the iPad Product Announcement  —  Apple chief executive, Steve Jobs, unveils the iPad.  —  10-Hour Battery Life  —  Update |  1:38 p.m. “We been able to achieve 10 hours of battery life” Mr. Jobs says.  “I can take a flight form San Francisco to Tokyo and watch video the whole way.”
Ryan Block / gdgt live:
Live Apple “Come see our latest creation” / tablet event coverage
Steve Jobs Can't Save Us
Washington Wire:
Book Report: ‘The Politician’ By Andrew Young  —  If Washington Wire readers are interested in reading Andrew Young's forthcoming tell-all on his decade behind the scenes with John Edwards, the story heats up on page 154 when Young begins to recount how the 2008 presidential hopeful …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Bringing Sexy Back  —  He's The One, all right.  —  The handsome, athletic pol with the comely wife and two lovely daughters who precipitously rose from the State Legislature to pull us all together.  —  The fresh face and disarming underdog America's been waiting for …
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Clinton signals not a two-term Secretary of State  —  In an interview to air at 8pm tonight on PBS's Tavis Smiley Reports, Hillary Clinton tells Smiley she does not envision serving as Secretary of State for a second term.  She also tells Smiley she is “absolutely not interested” in another presidential run:
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
One Term Enough for Clinton
Discussion: Make Them Accountable
Jennifer Fermino / New York Post:
‘Obama Girl’ now falling out of love  —  First, Massachusetts turned on the president.  —  Now, the bikini-clad “Obama Girl” — who fa mously cooed about her “crush” throughout the presidential campaign on YouTube videos — admits the thrill is gone.  —  Amber Lee Ettinger …
Dana Priest / Washington Post:
U.S. military teams, intelligence deeply involved in aiding Yemen on strikes  —  U.S. military teams and intelligence agencies are deeply involved in secret joint operations with Yemeni troops who in the past six weeks have killed scores of people, among them six of 15 top leaders …
The List of US Citizens Targeted for Killing (or Capture)
Discussion: Laura Rozen's Blog
New York Times:
Geithner Says A.I.G. Rescue Prevented a Depression  —  WASHINGTON — In heated questioning that at times took on the air of a cross-examination, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner on Wednesday defended his role and the government's actions in bailing out the American International Group …
Discussion: Politics Daily, TalkLeft and Raw Story
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Meltdown in PA: Toomey up 14 over Specter?  —  A new poll by a newspaper collective in Pennsylvania shows Pat Toomey handily beating both Arlen Specter and Joe Sestak in a matchup for the Senate race in November.  The Times-Tribune reports that the survey polled 1165 registered voters in Pennsylvania …
Discussion: The Times-Tribune
Chris Brennan /
Poll: Toomey over Specter by 14 points
Dan Harrie / Salt Lake Tribune:
Salt Lake County GOP cancels keynote address after New Orleans arrest  —  Plan B » Party's big annual fundraiser will find new featured speaker instead of O'Keefe.  —  Salt Lake County Republicans are scrambling to line up a new keynote fundraising speaker after the arrest Tuesday …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
In Speech, Obama to Admit Missteps in First Year  —  WASHINGTON — For all the questions circulating in Democratic quarters as President Obama tries to weather the worst storm of his administration, perhaps none is as succinct as this: Are the missteps at the White House rooted in message or substance?
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Adults Only, Please  —  Maybe it's just me, but I've found the last few weeks in American politics particularly unnerving.  Our economy is still very fragile, yet you would never know that by the way the political class is acting.  We're like a patient that just got out of intensive care …
Mara Liasson / NPR:
NPR Poll Shows Vulnerability Of Obama, Democrats … text sizeAAA  —  Wednesday night's State of the Union speech is an opportunity for President Obama to reconnect to voters who are frustrated about the state of the economy and the progress he's been making toward fulfilling his campaign promises.
Orlando Sentinel:
Obama aims to ax moon mission  —  NASA's plans to return astronauts to the moon are dead.  So are the rockets being designed to take them there — that is, if President Barack Obama gets his way.  —  When the White House releases his budget proposal Monday, there will be no money …
Front Page Magazine:
Sexual Starvation and Jihad Fantasies  —  Posted by Miranda Devine on Jan 27th, 2010 and filed under FrontPage.  You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0.  You can leave a response or trackback to this entry  —  [This article is reprinted from The Syndey Morning Herald.]
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Arnold Kling / EconLog:
Why the U.S. is Ungovernable  —  It's the latest meme.
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Glittering Eye
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Senators prod Obama on Iran
Discussion: Foreign Policy
Michael Shedlock / Mish's Global Economic …:
FDIC Friday Lotto: Another Reason Why Banks Are Not Lending
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Felix Salmon
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Democrats fall as fast as Nixon Republicans in 1974
Discussion: Commentary and RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Why The Heart And The Kidneys?  —  Joe Carter remains sure …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House: ‘Presidents make mistakes’
Discussion: D.C. Now
First on the Ticker: Wilson to deliver State of the Union Facebook response
Discussion: Mediaite and Swampland
Stephen Koff / Plain Dealer:
'I'm Ellie Light,' California man says: Obama letter writer talks