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11:50 PM ET, January 31, 2010


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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
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Breaking: Adam Andrzejewski Surges to Within 2 Points in Latest Polling (Updated)  —  Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate and conservative Adam Andrzejewski rallied supporters in O'Fallon, Illinois this afternoon.  —  It was a standing room only crowd.  —  While campaigning in O'Fallon …
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?
Scott / Power Line:   The Holder hangover (and whence it comes)
White House: No decision yet on moving 9/11 trial
Discussion: Gothamist
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.
Good Lt / The Jawa Report:
Glenn Beck Destroys Chris “I Forgot He Was Black For An Hour” Matthews
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
Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:   Latest Round-Up of Obama Poll Ratings by State
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.
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, CNN and Washington Monthly
Christina Lamb / Times of London:
Chicago cools to Barack Obama, its hometown boy  —  “WE'RE what you might call an opinion-based barbershop,” proclaims Clemon Clay, the owner of Gordy's barbers on the South Side of Chicago.  “Equal parts politics and haircutting.”  —  With its chess set, slot machine …
Lois Romano / Washington Post:
Republicans hope for another Senate victory, this time in Obama's Illinois
Discussion: SENATUS
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Obama to Seek Sweeping Change in ‘No Child’ Law  —  The Obama administration is proposing a sweeping overhaul of President Bush's signature education law, No Child Left Behind, and will call for broad changes in how schools are judged to be succeeding or failing, as well as for the elimination …
Discussion: The Page
King Banaian / Hot Air:
What's the matter with you Americans?  —  More years ago than I'll admit, I was a student in a class of the man who became my mentor, Tom Willett.  The course was in economics and public policy, and the early part of the syllabus had us read on the nature of arguing about economics.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
American Family Association Radio Host: It's Time To Imprison All Gays  —  American Family Association radio host Bryan Fischer has called for sending homosexuals to prison for forced reparative therapy, a move he says is sanctioned by the Bible.  Below, he responds to an email from a complaining listener.
Discussion: Truth Wins Out
US raises stakes on Iran by deploying missile shield  —  Pentagon says Patriot shield will deter strike on American allies in the Gulf  —  Tension between the US and Iran heightened dramatically today with the disclosure that Barack Obama is deploying a missile shield to protect American allies in the Gulf from attack by Tehran.
Discussion: GINA COBB and Pajamas Media
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 …
The Huffington Post:
What “Ailes” Cable News?  Rupe Murdoch's Evil Genius  —  What's Your Reaction: … “If it were raining cookies,” Jon Stewart joked the other night, “Fox News would probably say, “'Democrats Leave Millions of Americans Milkless.  Fox News has been in the news a lot this week.
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,” …
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.
New Jersey Online:   Books: ‘Game Change’ Obama and the Clintons; McCain and Palin …
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Varied Forces Pushing Obama to Act on Gays in the Military
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Democracy With Accountability  —  A stark contrast to the US …
Discussion: Eunomia
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Union leader: ‘Card check’ will pass in 2010
John C Abell / Epicenter:
Google's 'Don't Be Evil' Mantra is ‘Bulls**t,’ …
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Apparently, Centrism Cannot Die
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun:
What Harry Reid may face after June's primary
Discussion: The Page
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A Look at America's New Hope: The Afghan Tribes
Discussion: and ATTACKERMAN
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Camus Fired Up  —  It began as a bit of partisan gamesmanship …
Discussion: Althouse
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
ATLAS EXCLUSIVE: Obama Organizing in High School
Christopher Ketcham / Time:
The Secessionist Campaign for the Republic of Vermont
Discussion: Veterans Today