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6:05 PM ET, January 30, 2010

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Justice Official Clears Bush Lawyers in Torture Memo Probe  —  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.  Now the left is going to be upset …
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New York Post:
Bay what?  Guantanamo eyed for 9/11 trial  —  By JOHN DOYLE and DAVID SEIFMAN in NY and CHARLES HURT in DC  —  The trial of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed won't be held in lower Manhattan and could take place in a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, sources said last night.
New York Times:
U.S. Drops Plan for a 9/11 Trial in New York City
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
GOP revives ‘soft on terror’ charge
Discussion: The Confluence
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Harkin: Health deal was reached days before Brown's victory  —  Sen. Tom Harkin, the chairman of the Senate Health Committee, said negotiators from the White House, Senate and House reached a final deal on healthcare reform days before Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts.
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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.
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 …
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Un-frickin-believable: U.S. Military Serving as Chauffeurs, Babysitters for the Pelosi Kids: Receipts That Will Blow Your Mind  —  Meet the Pelosi family!  Using Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, Judicial Watch uncovered thousands of pages of travel documents related to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's use of military aircraft.
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Pentagon starts clock on lifting gay ban  —  WASHINGTON — The Defense Department starts the clock next week on what is expected to be a several-year process in lifting its ban on gays from serving openly in the military.  —  A special investigation into how the ban can be repealed without hurting …
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
Pentagon to investigate possible 'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
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 …
Dean Baker / Beat the Press:
President Obama's Tax Credit for Cutting Jobs  —  The country is currently suffering through the worst downturn since the Great Depression, with 15 million people unemployed.  That might seem a strange time to introduce a tax credit that would give companies an incentive to hire fewer workers …
Discussion: Economist's View
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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Obama Outlines Plan to Increase Employment
Discussion: MyDD
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Stunning Admission  —  There's been a remarkable amount of coverage of President Obama's appearance at the House Republican retreat today, but I haven't seen anyone focus on the President's rather stunning admission about the Democrats' health care legislation (Video):
Associated Press:
Justice Dept.: Obama administration may take action on BCS  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering several steps that would review the legality of the controversial Bowl Championship Series, the Justice Department said in a letter Friday to a senator who had asked for an antitrust review.
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama tries hand at color commentary during interview at Duke-GU game  —  President Barack Obama said he can't catch as much college hoops as he'd like, but relies on ESPN to keep him up to date.  —  In a mid-game interview on CBS during today's Duke-Georgetown game at the Verizon Center in D.C. …
Discussion: The Swamp and Dennis the Peasant
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
G.O.P. Facing Opportunities and Obstacles  —  HONOLULU — Republican leaders burst into applause here the other day as their luncheon speaker, Gov. Linda Lingle of Hawaii, shared the latest analysis by a Washington Congressional handicapper: The way things are heading, she read …
Discussion: The Page and The Caucus
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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Mark Preston / CNN:
Book on Edwards details efforts to conceal affair
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Jules Crittenden:
Adolescent Angst-Free Curriculum
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Nick Gillespie makes libertarianism look pretty good
Discussion: Instapundit
Kiki Ryan / The Politico:
LIMBAUGH LETS LOOSE
New York Times:
High Jinks to Handcuffs for Landrieu Provocateur
Paul Bedard / US News:
‘Washington Times’ Hires Sam Dealey as New Editor
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Impossibility Of Fiscal Responsibility
Discussion: TalkLeft
Tony Romm / The Hill:
RNC rejects ideological ‘purity test’ resolution to screen candidates
Discussion: Bloomberg
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