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9:50 PM ET, January 28, 2010

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Andrew Breitbart / Big Journalism:
How David Shuster Lied to Get Me to Appear on MSNBC  —  Today is the day that I have been invited to go on MSNBC for the very first time.  At no point during the ACORN story was I put on the hot seat to defend the work of James O'Keefe.  My thesis from day one has been that the mainstream media …
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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
MSNBC: Shuster tweets ‘inappropriate’  —  MSNBC may be obsessed with the four men arrested for trying to tamper with Sen. Mary Landrieu's telephones, but the network says reporter David Shuster crossed the line when he attacked one of them via Twitter.  —  Just before leaving for New Orleans …
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Judge Orders 25-Year-Old O'Keefe To Live With His Parents  —  As if James O'Keefe hasn't suffered enough indignity after botching an alleged phone tampering operation at a U.S. senator's office, getting arrested, and being photographed leaving jail, the judge in the case has now ordered …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Justice Alito's conduct and the Court's credibility  —  As I wrote at the time, I thought the condemnations of Rep. Joe Wilson's heckling of Barack Obama during his September health care speech were histrionic and excessive.  Wilson and Obama are both political actors, it occurred in the middle …
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Adam Winkler / The Huffington Post:
Alito Was Rude (But Right)  —  Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito made headlines last night when he nodded and mouthed “It's not true” in response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.  Facing six of the nine Justices, who were sitting right up front, Obama criticized …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Opinionator
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Alito And Our Squeamish Republic
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Landrieu: Bill on “life support”  —  If President Barack Obama hoped his State of the Union speech would revive the health care debate on Capitol Hill, signs of movement were not immediately apparent Thursday.  —  Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said health care reform “is on life support …
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Reid provides hazy timetable  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) would provide only a nebulous timeline for passing health care reform Thursday, committing to do it “this year.”  —  “This is not a one-year Congress, this is a two-year Congress, and we have had a number …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Top Senate Dems predict movement
Discussion: TPMDC
NY Daily News:
White House orders Justice Department to look for other places to hold 9/11 terror trial  —  White House officials have told the Justice Department to consider other venues for the 9/11 terror trial that was to be held in lower Manhattan, the Daily News has learned.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Gregg scolds MSNBC: ‘Irresponsible’  —  Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) attacked MSNBC hosts Contessa Brewer and Melissa Francis on Thursday, questioning their “integrity” as journalists and calling them “irresponsible.”  —  The scuffle started with Francis asking Gregg to name specific areas …
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Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Gregg Throws A Hissy Fit When Asked To Provide Specifics About Programs He Would Cut  —  On MSNBC this afternoon, deficit peacock Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) got into a heated exchange with anchors Contessa Brewer and Melissa Francis, challenging their “integrity” and calling them “irresponsible” …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Judd Gregg freaks out on two female MSNBC anchors.  He owes them an apology
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
After Obama rips lobbyists, K St. insiders get private briefings  —  A day after bashing lobbyists, President Barack Obama's administration has invited K Street insiders to join private briefings on a range of topics addressed in Wednesday's State of the Union.
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Charles McGrath / New York Times:
J. D. Salinger, Literary Recluse, Dies at 91  —  J. D. Salinger, who was thought at one time to be the most important American writer to emerge since World War II but who then turned his back on success and adulation, becoming the Garbo of letters, famous for not wanting to be famous …
Discussion: ArtsBeat and Joe. My. God.
Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
NY pols stunned to learn Obama administration opposes funding for 9/11 health bill  —  The Obama administration stunned New York's delegation Thursday, dropping the bombshell news that it does not support funding the 9/11 health bill.  —  The state's two senators and 14 House members met …
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
I Just Remembered Chris Matthews Was White  —  Here's Matthews on Obama: … I think it's worth noting that Chris Matthews wasn't trying to take a shot at anybody.  I also think it's worth noting that he was attempting to compliment Obama and say something positive about what he's done for race relations.
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Nielsen Wire:
48 Million Watch President Obama's First State of the Union Address  —  On Wednesday, January 27, 2010 President Barack Obama's first State of the Union address was carried live from 9:00PM to approximately 10:20PM on 11 networks.  The sum of average audience for those networks was 48,009,595 viewers.
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Robert Seidman / TVbytheNumbers:
TV Ratings: Obama State of the Union Address & American Idol
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
Tampering at Landrieu Office Called a ‘Stunt’  —  NEW ORLEANS — A lawyer for one for one of the four men arrested on Monday on charges of interfering with the phones in Senator Mary L. Landrieu's office in New Orleans said that the episode was a prank based on what conservative activists …
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Bill Barrow / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Gov. Bobby Jindal condemns alleged infiltration of Sen. Mary Landrieu's office
Discussion: The Hill
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Bernanke Confirmed for Second Term as Fed Chief  —  WASHINGTON — Ben S. Bernanke has been confirmed for a second term as head of the Federal Reserve.  —  The Senate voted 70-30 on Thursday to leave Mr. Bernanke at the helm of the central bank for another four years.
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The Hill:
Seven senators flip to vote against Bernanke on final passage
Discussion: SENATUS
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pelosi: Obama's Health Care Appeal “Very Powerful” And “Helpful To Us”  —  There've been some rumblings among House Dems that Obama's speech last night, despite its urgent appeal for passage of health reform, didn't chart out a specific enough road map for Congress to break its logjam on the issue.
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
With Reform Jammed, Pelosi Moves Forward On Insurance Industry Antitrust Bill
Discussion: Wonk Room and Daily Kos
Rob Diamond / The Huffington Post:
Republicans Use Military as a Stage Prop (Yet Again)....and This Time Break the Law  —  You did not have to be paying much attention during last night's Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address to notice a young Army Staff Sergeant in full dress uniform seated …
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
Daniel B. Klein / Originals:
Why So Few Conservative And Libertarian Professors?  —  Two researchers offer a new twist on an old question—why do college professors overwhelmingly lean to the left?  Bias against conservatives is not the main reason, nor are the allegedly higher IQs of liberals, say Neil Gross …
Facebook:
Sarah Palin: The Credibility Gap  —  The Credibility Gap  —  While I don't wish to speak too harshly about President Obama's state of the union address, we live in challenging times that call for candor.  I call them as I see them, and I hope my frank assessment will be taken as an honest effort to move this conversation forward.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Hot Air
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Pentagon To Announce Some “Don't Ask” Details Next Week  —  Before President Obama announced last night that he would work with Congress and the Pentagon to end the military's ban on service by gays and lesbians, the White House consulted Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen …
Ron Radosh / Originals:
America the Awful—Howard Zinn's History  —  Howard Zinn's death yesterday affords us the opportunity to evaluate the remarkable influence he has had on the American public's understanding of our nation's past.  His book A People's History of the United States, published in 1980 …
Discussion: Dean's World
Brad / Think Progress:
For eighth day, climate activists block bulldozers at WV's Coal River Mountain.  —  Yesterday in Washington, DC, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) exhorted citizens to “get angry about the fact that they're being killed and our planet is being injured by what's happening on a daily basis by the way we provide our power and our fuel.”
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Tea Party Fundraising Email Shows Obama As Pimp  —  A Tea Party group whose founder already has been in hot water for holding a sign that referred to taxpayers as “niggars” has doubled down on racist appeals.  —  TeaParty.org, a Houston-based group founded by Dale Robertson …
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
Photo Of The Day -Joint Chiefs Of Staff React To Obama's DADT Message  —  UPDATE: For those of you saying that protocol demands that the Joint Chiefs remain passive and non-reactive during presidential speeches, here's how they lept to their feet to applaud the president's threat to stick it to Iran over their nuclear program.
 
 
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