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10:45 PM ET, January 30, 2010

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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.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Reaction
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Tony Romm / The Hill:   Dorgan: President should have focused on jobs, not healthcare, last year
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   SNOWE ACKNOWLEDGES HEALTH CARE TALKS.... There were reports …
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.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CAP: New Yorkers are wussies  —  Does the Center for American Progress want to alienate New York while the Obama-Pelosi progressive legislative agenda drowns in popular discontent?  Ken Gude, an associate director at CAP for its International Rights and Responsibility Program …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
GOP revives ‘soft on terror’ charge
Discussion: The Confluence
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: BlueOregon, The Page and The Caucus
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Judsonwheelerphillips / Free America:
Setting The Record Straight
Discussion: The Politico and Gateway Pundit
John Scalzi / Whatever:
A Quick Note On eBook Pricing and Amazon Hijinx  —  It appears (if this article is correct) that Amazon has pulled Macmillan books from its online stores because it's unhappy with Macmillan's desire to up the price of their eBooks from $10 to $15.  Macmillan, I'm assuming …
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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.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The stuff of riveting political theater  —  Friday's encounter between President Obama and House Republicans proved to be riveting political theater.  The question is whether it will be remembered as a moment that began to ease the tensions between the two parties — or an asterisk in this era of polarized politics.
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
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Sarah Palin's PAC raised $1.4 million in final six months of 2009  —  Sarah PAC, the political action committee of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, collected $1.4 million over the final six months of 2009, a solid — if not spectacular — total that demonstrates her fundraising capacity as she mulls a bid for national office in 2012.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Rep. Hensarling fires back at Obama in the rumble over deficits  —  Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), who got President Barack Obama a bit miffed during the question-and-answer session after his address to the House GOP retreat Friday, fired back Saturday evening after the conclusion of the Baltimore conference.
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
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):
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 …
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 and The Caucus
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 …
 
 
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