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10:35 AM ET, January 31, 2010

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Howard Wilkinson / Cincinnati.com:
Tea Partiers aim to remake local GOP  —  A year ago, when the Tea Party movement first stirred to life, it had to shout to be noticed, with big public rallies that drew thousands of conservatives to places like Fountain Square and VOA Park in West Chester - citizens angry about government bailouts …
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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.
Telegraph:
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.
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Christopher Booker / Telegraph:
Amazongate: new evidence of the IPCC's failures
Discussion: EU Referendum
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The State of the Union Is Comatose  —  HANDS down, the State of the Union's big moment was Barack Obama's direct hit on the delicate sensibilities of the Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.  The president was right to blast the 5-to-4 decision giving corporate interests an even greater stranglehold …
David Chalian / ABCNEWS:
Steele Rules Out 2012 White House Run  —  RNC Chairman Sees a Party in Transition  —  “Come on, don't ask me that,” Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said when presented with the inevitable question about his 2012 intentions and if his political aspirations included running for the White House next time around.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Note
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The Note:
Brown: ‘Humbled’ by White House Talk, But Doesn't Rule Out 2012 Run  —  Senator-elect Scott Brown's stunning victory for the Massachusetts Senate seat once held by Ted Kennedy has many Republicans hoping he'll make a White House bid.  —  When Barbara Walters, in her EXCLUSIVE This Week interview …
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.
Paul Volcker / New York Times:
How to Reform Our Financial System  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA 10 days ago set out one important element in the needed structural reform of the financial system.  No one can reasonably contest the need for such reform, in the United States and in other countries as well.
Christopher Leake / Daily Mail:
Terrorists ‘plan attack on Britain with bombs INSIDE their bodies’ to foil new airport scanners  —  Britain is facing a new Al Qaeda terror threat from suicide ‘body bombers’ with explosives surgically inserted inside them.  —  Until now, terrorists have attacked airlines …
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
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Bayh could oppose budget's terror trial fund  —  Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) on Sunday signaled he might not support the White House's proposed $200 million fund to help cities defray the costs of hosting domestic terror trials.  —  “It's hard to justify spending more money,” Bayh told Fox News Sunday …
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John Pomfret / Washington Post:
China's strident tone raises concerns among Western governments, analysts  —  China's indignant reaction to the announcement of U.S. plans to sell weapons to Taiwan appears to be in keeping with a new triumphalist attitude from Beijing that is worrying governments and analysts across the globe.
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Alexander: Blame for debt-reduction panel's defeat also rests with president  —  Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on Sunday fired back at the president's remark last week that Republican politicking was to blame for the defeat of the debt-commission proposal in the Senate.
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
ATLAS EXCLUSIVE: Obama Organizing in High School  —  An Atlas reader, Chuck, has a student in the eleventh grade in an Ohio High School.  Her government class passed out this propaganda recruiting paper so students could sign up as interns for Obama's Organizing for America (OFA is the former mybarackobama.com site.)
Discussion: Doug Ross and NewsBusters.org
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
The Audacity of Cope  —  Blame it on Scott Brown.  Blame it on poll numbers which all seem to be shifting in one direction.  Hell, maybe we should blame it on Rio.  Whatever the reason, President Obama took the hopefully productive step of visiting with Republican legislators this week.
Discussion: Moe Lane and Washington Monthly
Christopher Ketcham / Time:
The Secessionist Campaign for the Republic of Vermont  —  The President on Wednesday may have reassured Americans that the state of the Union is “strong,” but, just the week before, a group of Vermont secessionists declared their intention to seek political power in a quest to get their state to quit the Union altogether.
Discussion: Veterans Today
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
 
 
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
GOP to tie Obama to Dem candidates
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Weekly remarks: GOP's Susan Collins asks, why stop interrogating a terrorist?
Discussion: NO QUARTER, Don Surber and Hot Air
Paul / Power Line:
A crisis averted in Iraq?
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Book on Edwards details efforts to conceal affair
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama tries hand at color commentary during interview at Duke-GU game
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Jules Crittenden:
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Discussion: Fausta's Blog and protein wisdom