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9:00 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 Reaction
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
Dorgan: President should have focused on jobs, not healthcare, last year  —  A top Senate Democrat on Friday stressed that jobs and economic recovery, not healthcare reform, should have been the president's top priority last year.  —  While Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) described President Barack Obama's focus …
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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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
GOP revives ‘soft on terror’ charge
Discussion: The Confluence
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.
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.
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.
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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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
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 …
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):
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.
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. …
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Tough Choices  —  During these tough economic times, American families are forced to make tough choices about what they can spend money on and what they need to cut from their household budgets.  —  Through the course of the budget process we did the same thing.
 
 
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
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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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Kiki Ryan / The Politico:
LIMBAUGH LETS LOOSE
New York Times:
High Jinks to Handcuffs for Landrieu Provocateur
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Bedard / US News:
‘Washington Times’ Hires Sam Dealey as New Editor
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Impossibility Of Fiscal Responsibility
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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 …
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