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12:15 PM ET, January 30, 2010

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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Fox Cuts Away From Obama-GOP Conversation In Order To Get A Head Start On Attacks: He Was ‘Lecturing’  —  President Obama held a candid, face-to-face conversation with House Republicans today at their annual retreat in Baltimore.  After Obama gave his remarks, he had to answer tough questions …
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New York Times:
Off Script, Obama and the G.O.P. Vent Politely  —  BALTIMORE — President Obama denied he was a Bolshevik, the Republicans denied they were obstructionists and both sides denied they were to blame for the toxic atmosphere clouding the nation's political leadership.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama's Question Time: An Amazing Moment
The Politico:
Obama rumbles with House GOP
Ryan J. Davis / Pundits Blog:
Obama speaking to House GOP
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Obama Does Question Time With The House GOP (VIDEO)
Newsweek Blogs:
Justice Official Clears Bush Lawyers in Torture Memo Probe  —  Excerpt from the Aug. 1, 2002, ‘Torture Memo’:  —  For weeks, the right has heckled Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. for his plans to try the alleged 9/11 conspirators in New York City and his handling of the Christmas bombing plot suspect.
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New York Times:
U.S. Drops Plan for a 9/11 Trial in New York City  —  The Obama administration on Friday gave up on its plan to try the Sept. 11 plotters in Lower Manhattan, bowing to almost unanimous pressure from New York officials and business leaders to move the terrorism trial elsewhere.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
GOP revives ‘soft on terror’ charge
Discussion: The Confluence
Rasmussen Reports:
Deficit of Trust: Most Voters Don't Believe President's Assertions About Economy  —  During his State-of-the-Union address Wednesday night, President Obama spoke about a deficit of trust between the American people and political leaders.  New Rasmussen Reports polling on the president's speech shows …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SNOWE ACKNOWLEDGES HEALTH CARE TALKS.... There were reports this week that some Senate Democrats had once again decided to reach out to Maine's Republican senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, about health care reform.  Yesterday, Snowe acknowledged some talks had, in fact, already occurred.
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CNN:
Landrieu takes swipe at Obama over health care
Discussion: Firedoglake and Riehl World View
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Snowe talking to Dems
Discussion: The Page and Open Congress
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David Derbyshire / Daily Mail:
Scientists broke the law by hiding climate change data: But legal …
Discussion: Power Line
Political Punch:
Duncan: Katrina Was The “Best Thing” for New Orleans School System  —  ABC News' Mary Bruce Reports: Education Secretary Arne Duncan said today that Hurricane Katrina was “the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans” because it gave the city a chance to rebuild and improve its failing public schools.
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Nick Anderson / Washington Post:
Education Secretary Duncan calls Hurricane Katrina good for New Orleans schools
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Scott Brown: 'People Aren't Stupid'  —  'And leaders should figure out they're better informed now than ever.'  —  When I arrived at his cramped state senate offices, Scott Brown had just opened one of the many packages he's received since his stunning U.S. Senate victory 11 days ago.
Felix Salmon:
World hunger and the locavores  —  Every so often at Davos you have a short, startling conversation which completely changes the way you think about a subject — and I just had one of those standing next to Dan Barber, the chef of Blue Hill Farm.  He's a very smart, very funny guy …
Tony Romm / The Hill:
RNC rejects ideological ‘purity test’ resolution to screen candidates  —  Top Republicans have tossed a plan that would have conditioned their funding for new candidates on a so-called ideological “purity test.”  —  Party leaders gathered in Honolulu for the Republican National Committee's winter meeting …
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Moderate Voice
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The Note:
Republicans Pass Watered-Down ‘Purity Test’
Discussion: The Politico and ABCNEWS
Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon Pulls Macmillan Books Over E-Book Price Disagreement  —  As Venture Beat and other blogs have noticed Friday evening, books from Macmillan, one of the largest publishers in the United States, have vanished from Amazon.com.  —  The question is why.  —  I've talked to a person …
Matt Canham / Salt Lake Tribune:
Hatch warns of possible partisan ‘war’ over health reform  —  Politics » Utah Republican senator says Democrats are all bluster on potential compromise.  —  Washington » Sen. Orrin Hatch threatened an all-out political “war” and promised a new high in partisan tensions …
Jesse Walker / Wall Street Journal:
The Audacity of Populism  —  Obama dons a venerable mantle, but Bryan's real descendants may be media stars  —  January 2010 was the month President Barack Obama tried to get in touch with his inner populist.  Shaken by a Republican victory in Massachusetts and the likely defeat of his health-care bill …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama v. the Supremes  —  Alito wins the oral, and factual, argument.  —  In the case of Barack Obama v. Supreme Court of the United States, that was some oral argument on Wednesday night.  With the Justices arrayed a few feet in front of him in the House chamber, President Obama blistered …
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Challenge to Obama - Request Special Counsel As To Foreign Contributions
Facebook:
Letting You Know About Some “Better Solutions”  —  On Wednesday night, the president asked us to “let him know” if we had any better ideas, and today John Boehner handed him a compilation of the policy alternatives that have been advanced over the past year.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Palin lends boost to House GOP's ‘solutions’ site
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
 
 
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Impossibility Of Fiscal Responsibility
Discussion: TalkLeft
Mark Niesse / Associated Press:
Hawaii nixes same-sex civil unions bill
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Obama hails uptick in economic growth, calls for more reform
Discussion: The Politico
Neely Tucker / Washington Post:
Ownership battle brews over Virginia meteorite
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
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Bruce Bartlett / Forbes:
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