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8:15 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 …
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
Martin Kady II / Politico Live's Blog:
Justice Alito mouths ‘not true’
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
Discussion: Wonk Room
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Top Senate Dems predict movement
Discussion: TPMDC
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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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Where Clinton Turned Right, Obama Plowed Ahead  —  WASHINGTON — When President Bill Clinton faced a Republican uprising and a nation that turned deeply skeptical about his agenda, he used the 1996 State of the Union address to declare that “the era of big government is over.”
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.
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Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
J.D. Salinger, author of ‘Catcher in the Rye,’ dies
Discussion: Short Stack
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
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Wisconsin Senate  —  Wisconsin Senate: Thompson 47%, Feingold 43%  —  One more Democratic senator who has long been regarded as a safe prospect for reelection may be facing a challenging year in 2010.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Illinois Democratic Primary for Senate
Discussion: Swing State Project
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Banking Haunts Obama Friend Seeking His Senate Seat
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
SEC to require disclosure of climate change risks  —  A politically divided Securities and Exchange Commission voted on Wednesday to make clear when companies must provide information to investors about the business risks associated with climate change.  —  The commission, in a 3 to 2 vote …
Jeremy Scahill / The Nation:
Blackwater's Youngest Victim  —  Every detail of September 16, 2007, is burned in Mohammed Kinani's memory.  Shortly after 9 am he was preparing to leave his house for work at his family's auto parts business in Baghdad when he got a call from his sister, Jenan, who asked him to pick …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and ATTACKERMAN
Michael Roberts / The Latest Word:
Michael “Brownie” Brown on his new talk-radio gig: “You've got the choice of letting the bus run over you three times... or getting up and moving”  —  ​In the Biggest Pariah of the Past Decade contest, Michael Brown would be among the favorites.  —  The former FEMA director wound …
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Tea Party Fundraising Email Shows Obama As Pimp
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
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Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
IPad? That's So 2002, Fujitsu Says
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Responding to ABC  —  ABC News Polling Director Gary Langer took …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Nelson calls on GOP colleagues to help avoid reconciliation
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Paul Krugman:
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Discussion: The Agonist
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