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1:20 PM ET, January 30, 2010

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Newsweek Blogs:
Justice Official Clears Bush Lawyers in Torture Memo Probe  —  By Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman  —  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 …
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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
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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 Huffington Post:
Cameras Roll As Obama Schools GOP
Ryan J. Davis / Pundits Blog:
Obama speaking to House GOP
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Swamp
Greg Hitt / Wall Street Journal:
Obama, Republicans Spar at GOP Event
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Pajamas Media
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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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 …
Ben Webster / Times of London:
Climate chief was told of false glacier claims before Copenhagen  —  The chairman of the leading climate change watchdog was informed that claims about melting Himalayan glaciers were false before the Copenhagen summit, The Times has learnt.  —  Rajendra Pachauri was told that the Intergovernmental Panel …
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.
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
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 …
Paul Krugman:
Cossack Rahm Works For The Czar  —  Ezra Klein finds Rahm Emanuel's apparent willingness to let health reform slide into the indefinite future very depressing.  So do I. And it's not just health reform that will die under this approach — it's the road to a caretaker presidency.
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WILLING TO TAKE THE RISK.... Congressional Republicans decided quite a while ago to reject compromise at all costs and block the Democratic majority from governing.  Sam Stein reported yesterday that some in the GOP are starting to second guess the strategy. … Well, sort of.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Paul Bedard / US News:
‘Washington Times’ Hires Sam Dealey as New Editor  —  The Washington Times, recently hit with a 50 percent staff cut and elimination of its top editors, has settled on a young and prolific reporter as its new editor.  —  Sources say Sam Dealey, 36, will be announced on Monday as the replacement …
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
Jesse Walker / Wall Street Journal:
The Audacity of Populism  —  Obama dons a venerable mantle …
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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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
New Teams Connect Dots of Terror Plots
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Do Animals have Animal Spirits?
Discussion: Ezra Klein