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7:25 PM ET, January 28, 2010

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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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Martin Kady II / Politico Live's Blog:
Justice Alito mouths ‘not true’  —  POLITICO's Kasie Hunt, who's in the House chamber, reports that Justice Samuel Alito mouthed the words “not true” when President Barack Obama criticized the Supreme Court's campaign finance decision.  —  “Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century …
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
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Justice Alito's Reaction
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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 …
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
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Hillel Italie / Associated Press:   J.D. Salinger, author of ‘Catcher in the Rye,’ dies
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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:
Top Senate Dems predict movement
Discussion: TPMDC
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” …
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, JammieWearingFool and RedState
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: Daily Kos and Wonk Room
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.
Erin McPike / Hotline On Call:
Hackers Hit House Websites  —  Hackers struck at least 10 House websites overnight, substituting expletives aimed at Pres. Obama just hours after his State of the Union address.  —  The hackers targeted many House Dem freshmen, including Reps. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Harry Teague (D-NM) …
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Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
House.Gov Gets Hacked
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Senate OKs debt ceiling hike to $14.3T  —  Senate Democrats passed a $1.9 trillion increase in the federal debt limit Thursday, seeking to push off another politically painful debt vote until after the midterm elections.  —  All 60 Democrats and no Republicans voted for the debt limit increase.
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Mikkel Fishman / The Moderate Voice:
Debt Ceiling Raised To $14.3 Trillion...And How Large Is Our GDP, Really?
Discussion: Fox News
Rusty / The Jawa Report:
10 Arrested in Malaysia Tied to al Qaeda Christmas Day Airplane Plot  —  10 men were arrested in Malaysia on suspicion that they were somehow linked to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.  All of but one of them foreigners.  Several of them Nigerians.  —  Which is pretty much par for the course …
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nst online:   Nigerian underwear bomber: 10 terror suspects held
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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
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.
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 …
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
Emptywheel:
The Word Not Spoken: Foreclosure  —  I didn't watch the SOTU last night-though I did follow along on Twitter.  It seems like those actually watching came away with a renewed belief in American exceptionalism, which I suppose is one important-but not necessarily wise-point of the SOTU.  Huzzah!
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 …
Jcontario / Democracy Corps:
Obama's Speech Resonates with Swing Voters  —  In his first State of the Union address tonight, Barack Obama demonstrated a clear understanding of the problems facing the country and outlined a path forward that swing voters want to see their members of Congress follow.
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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NPR:
Sen. Kyl: Obama Speech Too Political
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Responding to ABC  —  ABC News Polling Director Gary Langer took …
Nielsen Wire:
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Paul Krugman:
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Discussion: The Agonist
Associated Press:
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Discussion: Politics Daily and Townhall.com
Kleinheider / Post Politics:
Blackburn Will Not Attend Opryland Tea Party Convention