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6:26 PM ET, January 27, 2010

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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 …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senate Aides To House Dems: Back Off  —  Okay, I've got a bit more for you on what's going on in discussions between the Senate and House on how to proceed with health care, and it helps explain the hold-up.  —  The latest: Senior Senate aides say they've hit an impasse …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
WH lays out SOTU for congressional staff
John F. Harris / The Politico:
Pelosi bucks Obama's spending freeze  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that defense spending shouldn't be exempt from President Barack Obama's proposal for a three-year freeze on federal spending.  —  In his State of the Union address Wednesday night, Obama is expected …
Discussion: Townhall.com and The Page
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John F. Harris / The Politico:
Pelosi floats two-track health reform  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday floated the idea of a two-track plan for health care reform — with Congress pursuing easier-to-pass incremental changes now and comprehensive reform later.  —  “We believe that it's possible …
Discussion: TPMDC
The Politico:
Top Dems at war - with each other
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Sanders signals he's open to scaled-back health reform
Harry Esteve / Oregonian:
Oregon voters pass tax increasing measures by big margin … Oregon voters bucked decades of anti-tax and anti-Salem sentiment Tuesday, raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy to prevent further erosion of public schools and other state services.  —  The tax measures passed easily …
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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
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Business Channel:
The Lessons of Oregon's Vote to Tax the Rich
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Joel Millman / Wall Street Journal:
Oregon Passes Tax Boost on Wealthy, Corporations
Discussion: SEIU
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.
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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?
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
The audacity of nope  —  The state of the union is obstreperous.  Dyspepsia is the new equilibrium.  All the passion in American politics is oppositional.  The American people know what they don't like, which is: everything.  —  That sounds like nihilism, but they're against that, too.
Patterico's Pontifications:
Washington Post Writer Makes Assumptions About O'Keefe That the Facts Don't Cash — Again  —  The Washington Post reports that James O'Keefe stands accused of a plot to “bug” Mary Landrieu's office:  —  When I first read a news story about this yesterday, it sounded to me like O'Keefe …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Louisiana ‘Watergate:’ Glenn Beck is out  —  James O'Keefe has lost Glenn Beck.  —  O'Keefe, the young video warrior who surreptitiously taped employees of ACORN offering advice to him, dressed as a pimp, and his friend, dressed as a prostitute, had the backing of FOX News Channel's Beck all the way.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Live Blogging the iPad Product Announcement  —  What's Missing  — No ability to play Adobe Flash animations, widely used on the Web.  — No camera, still or video  — No non-Internet phone function  — No removable battery for a device that can suck a lot of power  — No removable storage
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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:
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
One Term Enough for Clinton
Jeff Stein / Foreign Policy:
CIA Man Retracts Claim on Waterboarding  —  A study in “enhanced reporting techniques.”  —  Well, it's official now: John Kiriakou, the former CIA operative who affirmed claims that waterboarding quickly unloosed the tongues of hard-core terrorists, says he didn't know what he was talking about.
Igor / Wonk Room:
Ben Nelson Planned To Filibuster Conference Report, Admits Current Law Already Prevents Public Money From Funding Abortion  —  During last year's health care debate, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) insisted on inserting specific language into the Senate health care bill that prevented public dollars …
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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.]
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.
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Democracy Corps:
Surveys for Democracy Corps and NPR put America's Politics at a Critical Moment
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Open Left
Grist:
The death knell for comprehensive cap-and-trade  —  I've resisted writing the obligatory “what Scott Brown's victory means for the climate bill” post, mainly because the real answer is Nobody Knows and Everyone's Full of Sh*t.  What pundit wants to say that?
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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 …
ABCNEWS:
John and Elizabeth Edwards Legally Separated  —  In Tell-All-Book, Ex-Edwards Aide Says Couple Discussed How Cancer Would Help in the Polls  —  With John Edwards' electrifying U.S. Senate win in 1998, it was his wife Elizabeth Edwards who captivated the nation.
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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 …
Al Baker / City Room:
Bloomberg Wants Terror Trial Moved  —  For the first time, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has spoken out against plans to stage the trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, accused mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, at the federal courthouse in Lower Manhattan, joining a growing chorus of people who believe …
FlipCollective:
If You Rebuild It, They Will Come, by Paul Shirley  —  I do not know if what I'm about to write makes me a monster.  I do know that it makes me a part of a miniscule minority, if Internet trends and news stories of the past weeks are any guide.  —  “It”, is this:  —  I haven't donated a cent to the Haitian relief effort.
Keith L. Alexander / Washington Post:
D.C. judge Janet Albert accuses ex-lover of stalking her  —  Days after D.C. Superior Court Magistrate Judge Janet Albert broke up with her girlfriend, the judge found her former companion unconscious in her attic, above her bedroom, with some food and an ice bucket fashioned into a makeshift toilet, authorities say.
Discussion: Rod 2.0:Beta and Main Justice
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Nelson supports reconciliation  —  After saying yesterday that Democrats should abandon sweeping health reform in favor of a more incremental approach, Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson said Wednesday that he could support reconciliation as long as he supports the underlying bill.
Discussion: Think Progress and Daily Kos
Morgen / Verum Serum:
Video: Requiem for ObamaCare  —  A couple of months ago John came up with the great idea of writing an allegory for the battle over healthcare reform based on the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Unfortunately we got bogged down in trying to figure out who would represent the various characters in the story, and so it was never finished.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Breitbart.tv
 
 
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
SOTU talking points
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bayh dismisses rumors of 2012 challenge to Obama
Ezra Klein:
The little commission that couldn't, cont'd.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama's Test Tonight
Holcomb B. Noble / New York Times:
Louis Auchincloss, Chronicler of New York's Upper Crust, Dies at 92
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John Spratt Poll
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Crist now says he might join Obama in Tampa
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
Casey: Health reform has weeks to live
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