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2:36 AM ET, January 31, 2010


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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Harkin: Health deal was reached days before Brown's Senate 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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   SNOWE ACKNOWLEDGES HEALTH CARE TALKS.... There were reports …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
HealthCareFAIL: How The Dems Botched Their Signature Legislation
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Judsonwheelerphillips / Free America:
Setting The Record Straight  —  Judson and I have stayed silent in the face of intense media scrutiny  —  and attacks by former members.  As a wife and a mother, I have stood  —  by my husband and family and stayed strong in the face of many baseless  —  accusations and criticism.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
G.O.P. Hits Its Stride, but Faces Rifts Over Ideology  —  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
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.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Weekly remarks: GOP's Susan Collins asks, why stop interrogating a terrorist?
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Hot Air
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:   GOP revives ‘soft on terror’ charge
UN climate change panel based claims on student dissertation and magazine article  —  The United Nations' expert panel on climate change based claims about ice disappearing from the world's mountain tops on a student's dissertation and an article in a mountaineering magazine.
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 …
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.
Paul / Power Line:
A crisis averted in Iraq?  —  I wrote here about the disturbing prospect that the disqualification of hundreds of Sunni candidates in the unpcoming Iraqi elections would degrade those elections and perhaps prompt a surge of sectarian violence.  But now, as Max Boot reports based on statements …
Discussion: Commentary
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.
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 …
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Pentagon to investigate possible 'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
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):
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 …
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
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.
Dan Pfeiffer / White 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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