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8:45 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
Discussion: TBogg
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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CNN:
White House: No decision yet on moving 9/11 trial
Discussion: Gothamist
Scott / Power Line:   The Holder hangover (and whence it comes)
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Boehner Rejects Bipartisanship  —  I think John Boehner has a reasonable take on the question of bipartisanship: … I think that's right, and it's reflected in the fact that the US House of Representative is a fairly well-functioning legislative body.  It's a body organized around …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Camus Fired Up  —  It began as a bit of partisan gamesmanship …
Discussion: Althouse
CNN:
Top House Republican cites few opportunities to work with Dems
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
Secondhand Sources  —  “Game Change,” the gossipy reconstruction of the 2008 presidential election that opens today atop The New York Times nonfiction best-seller list, is filled with racy anecdotes about dysfunctional marriages and political back-stabbing.  What it does not have are identifiable sources.
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New Jersey Online:   Books: ‘Game Change’ Obama and the Clintons; McCain and Palin …
Don Surber:
States Obama would lose if the election were today  —  Bruce Drake at Poll Watch had a roundup of President Obama's job approval numbers by state according to recent polls.  Not every state is listed.  —  Obama is below 50 percent approval (often above 50 percent in disapproval) in 12 states that he carried.
Discussion: Althouse
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Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:   Latest Round-Up of Obama Poll Ratings by State
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 …
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 …
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.
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,” …
Jonathan Leake / Times of London:
UN climate panel shamed by bogus rainforest claim  —  A STARTLING report by the United Nations climate watchdog that global warming might wipe out 40% of the Amazon rainforest was based on an unsubstantiated claim by green campaigners who had little scientific expertise.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Democracy With Accountability  —  A stark contrast to the US where those who launched the Iraq war and instituted torture are deemed unprosecutable, immune from public accountability and many of them given platforms as if they have nothing to account for and nothing to apologize for.
Discussion: Eunomia
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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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Breaking: Adam Andrzejewski Surges to Within 2 Points in Latest Polling
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
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Christina Lamb / Times of London:
Chicago cools to Barack Obama, its hometown boy
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
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The Secessionist Campaign for the Republic of Vermont
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