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8:55 AM ET, January 17, 2011


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
George Allen launches early campaign - Loughner trial in San Diego — JDA Frontline grows — West Wing stars come out for Marissa Hopkins — First lady b'day  —  EXCLUSIVE: George Allen, the former U.S. senator and Virginia governor, plans to tell supporters within a week that he is mounting …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Federal authorities plan to move trial of Tucson shooting suspect  —  Federal authorities are planning to move the trial of the alleged gunman in the Jan. 8 mass shooting in Tucson to San Diego because of extensive pretrial publicity in Arizona, federal law enforcement sources said Sunday night.
Discussion: Guardian and FrumForum
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
After Promising To ‘Repeal And Replace’ Obama's Health Law, Republicans Have No Replacement  —  As the first major legislative act with their new majority, Republicans are planning to hold a futile vote next week to repeal President Obama's health care law.  The laughably named …
Jason Millman / The Hill:
House GOP lawmaker targeting key health reform provision  —  A powerful House Republican is setting in motion a congressional challenge to a key provision of the healthcare reform law.  —  Republican Conference Secretary John Carter (R-Texas) is trying to build momentum for a Congressional Review Act …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
New York Times:
The Truth and Consequences of Repeal
Don Surber:
I do not want civil discourse  —  For a decade, from the election of Bush 43 forward, the Left has lied and cheated as it tried to return to power.  Al Gore made a mockery out of the American electoral system by being a spoilsport over Florida, which Bush indeed won by 537 votes.
New York Times:
Husband's Message About Giffords: 'She's a Fighter'  —  Hundreds turned out on Sunday for a walk in memory of the shooting victims.  The march ended at Gabrielle Giffords's office.  More Photos »  —  TUCSON — On a day when Representative Gabrielle Giffords's condition was upgraded …
Discussion: AOL News and New York Magazine
Associated Press:
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords condition improves  —  TUCSON, Ariz. - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords condition is improving and she is now in serious condition at a hospital after being shot in the head about a week ago.  —  The University of Arizona said in a news release Sunday that the congresswoman is continuing to do well.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Scared Monkeys
Freddie / L'Hôte:
the blindspot (updated)  —  I'm sorry, but I feel compelled.  —  The last week has seen an endless discussion, within the political blogosphere, about the meaning of rhetoric, extremism, and what is acceptable discourse.  I'm on break now, so I've been more attentive than usual.
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
House panel wants Homeland Security documents  —  WASHINGTON - A House committee has asked the Homeland Security Department to provide documents about an agency policy that required political appointees to review many Freedom of Information Act requests, according to a letter obtained Sunday by The Associated Press.
Donald Sensing / Sense of Events:
Seahawks fall to climate of hate in Chicago  —  You should have known something like this was going to happen.  The vitriol and anger in our nation's sports talk has never been harsher - and we may as well face it: most of it is coming from Chicago Bears Fans.
Washington Post:
China's Hu Jintao answers questions with Washington Post  —  This is a full, unedited transcript of written answers from President Hu Jintao of China to written questions from The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.  The questions were submitted in late December and the answers …
Discussion: Reuters
Andrew Browne / Wall Street Journal:
Hu Highlights Need for U.S.-China Cooperation, Questions Dollar
Discussion: The Hill
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Hannah Rosenthal and U.S. efforts to combat anti-Semitism  —  The Obama administration initially ignored human rights and now has given nice speeches but taken little action.  After Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech this week on democracy in the Middle East, there was considerable doubt …
Discussion: Mondoweiss and Israel Matzav
Voice of America:
US, Israeli Computer Program Slows Iran's Nuclear Ambitions  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility (file photo)  —  A published report says a joint U.S.-Israeli project designed to sabotage Iran's nuclear program has apparently shut down a fifth of that country's nuclear centrifuges.
Discussion: Blog
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Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
Time, the Enemy  —  JIM ROBERTS, the assistant managing editor …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Commentary
Bridget Johnson / Ballot Box:
Christie: ‘Not arrogant enough’ to believe experience is enough for White House
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Schumer to Obama: Close loophole that let Ariz. suspect buy a gun
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Rendell calls for ‘early detection system’ for mentally ill
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