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7:00 PM ET, January 31, 2010

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Glenn Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
More impact is what's next for the Tea Party movement  —  A year ago, the Tea Party movement didn't exist.  Today, it is arguably the most popular political entity in America.  The movement is already more popular than the Republican or Democratic parties, according to a recent NBC / WSJ poll .
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Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
Brown: SNL Sketch ‘Pretty Funny’ — By: Robert Costa  —  The GOP isn't the only flagging franchise that Senator-elect Scott Brown (R., Mass.) is helping to revive.  Tonight on NBC's Saturday Night Live, host Jon Hamm, best known as the dashing Don Draper of AMC's Mad Men, portrayed Brown in a sketch …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Will Scott Brown support repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell?  —  During the Senate special election in Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown was criticized for his lack of support for LGBT rights.  The Massachusetts Family Institute put out a report card showing that he supports the ban on gay men …
The Note:
Brown: ‘No Regrets’ on Cosmo Nude Spread
Discussion: The Swamp
The Note:
Brown: ‘Humbled’ by White House Talk, But Doesn't Rule Out 2012 Run
Cynthia Kouril / Firedoglake:
Gibbs: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Likely to be Executed — Why Even Have a Trial?  —  White House press spokesman Robert Gibbs just said that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) would likely be executed after trial and conviction.  WTF?!?  —  Am I the only person left who still remembers a legal concept called presumption of innocence?
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Scott / Power Line:   The Holder hangover (and whence it comes)
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico Live's Blog:
Gibbs won't commit to civilian trial for KSM
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.)
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 …
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Paul Krugman Calls Fox News “Deliberate Misinformation” to Roger Ailes' Face on National Television  —  I have no idea why Jabba the Ailes decided to appear on “This Week” — but after this beatdown by Krugman, I doubt he'll be back.  —  Notice Jabba doesn't refute Krugman's charge.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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 …
New Jersey Online:
Books: ‘Game Change’ Obama and the Clintons; McCain and Palin and the Race of a Lifetime'  —  Game Change:  —  Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin,  —  and the Race of a Lifetime  —  John Heilemann  —  and Mark Halperin  —  Harper Collins, 448 pp., $27.99  —  Reviewed by
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CNN:
Top House Republican cites few opportunities to work with Dems  —  (CNN) - Despite White House overtures for congressional Republicans to work with Democrats, the top GOP official in the House said Sunday that such opportunities are limited.  —  “There aren't that many places where we can come together …
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Camus Fired Up  —  It began as a bit of partisan gamesmanship …
Discussion: Althouse
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Democrats quietly working to resuscitate healthcare overhaul  —  While the focus shifts to legislation on jobs, party leaders are taking advantage of a cooling-off period to strategize, seek a new compromise and improve the public's opinion of the legislation.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Politics Daily
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Senator suggests Holder step down  —  A top-ranking Senate Republican suggested that Attorney General Eric Holder should “step down” one year into the job.  —  GOP Conference Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) said on “Fox News Sunday” that the embattled Holder likely made the decision …
Discussion: The Politico
David Zurawik / Z on TV:
ABC News and the public shaming of John Edwards  —  Call it the public shaming of John Edwards.  —  ABC News attracted a large audience Friday night of 8.1 million viewers for its hourlong interview/report with Andrew Young, the former Edwards aide whose new book, “The Politician,” …
Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
Latest Round-Up of Obama Poll Ratings by State  —  The latest round-up of President Obama's job approval or favorability ratings by state updates or adds Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Discussion: Don Surber
Fox News:
Pakistan Taliban Chief Reportedly Killed in U.S. Drone Strike  —  The head of the Taliban in Pakistan, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed in a U.S. drone attack, Pakistan state television reported Sunday.  —  The report stated Mehsud had been injured in a drone attack in the Shaktoi area January 14 and died three days later.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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José M. Guardia / Barcepundit:
TALIBAN LEADER IN PAKISTAN HAKIMULLAH MEHSUD has been killed …
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Union leader: ‘Card check’ will pass in 2010
John C Abell / Epicenter:
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Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Apparently, Centrism Cannot Die
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Brown on Being ‘Independent’
Discussion: The Page
Christina Lamb / Times of London:
Chicago cools to Barack Obama, its hometown boy
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun:
What Harry Reid may face after June's primary
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Armey tells House GOP: Win back the tea-partiers to win
David Chalian / ABCNEWS:
Steele Rules Out 2012 White House Run
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Alexander: Blame for debt-reduction panel's defeat also rests with president
Christopher Ketcham / Time:
The Secessionist Campaign for the Republic of Vermont
Discussion: Veterans Today
Howard Wilkinson / Cincinnati.com:
Tea Partiers aim to remake local GOP
Discussion: The Impolitic