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11:50 AM ET, January 17, 2011


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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The War on Logic  —  My wife and I were thinking of going out for an inexpensive dinner tonight.  But John Boehner, the speaker of the House, says that no matter how cheap the meal may seem, it will cost thousands of dollars once you take our monthly mortgage payments into account.
Jason Millman / The Hill:
House GOP lawmaker targeting key healthcare reform provision
Discussion: Prairie Weather
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
GOP test: A civil and honest health-care discussion
Discussion: New York Times
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
GOP lacks clear health-care plan
Discussion: The Blotter and New York Magazine
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.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Feds will seek Loughner trial in Arizona  —  Federal prosecutors intend to move forward with the case against Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner in Arizona, a Justice Department spokesman said Monday, knocking down a report in the Washington Post that suggested prosecutors were planning …
Washington Post:
Giffords's border district symbolizes the heat of Arizona politics
Discussion: Examiner and Pirate's Cove
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Giffords's condition upgraded  —  TUCSON - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was upgraded from critical to serious condition Sunday after doctors determined that there were no complications from having her ventilator removed a day earlier.  —  In a statement released Sunday afternoon …
New York Times:
Husband's Message About Giffords: 'She's a Fighter'
Discussion: AOL News and New York Magazine
Associated Press:
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords condition improves
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Scared Monkeys
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
A Former Dictator Reappears in Haiti  —  MEXICO CITY — Haiti's exiled former dictator, Jean-Claude Duvalier, returned unexpectedly to his homeland Sunday for the first time since he was deposed in a coup in 1986.  —  Although the reason was not immediately clear, his return …
Associated Press:
Haiti's ‘Baby Doc’ in surprise return from exile
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Verum Serum
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.
Discussion: theblogprof
Kerry Lauerman / Salon:
Correcting our record  —  We've removed an explosive 2005 report by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. about autism and vaccines.  Here's why  —  In 2005, Salon published online an exclusive story by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. that offered an explosive premise: that the mercury-based thimerosal compound present …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Balloon Juice
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Apple Says Steve Jobs Will Take a New Medical Leave  —  Steven P. Jobs, the co-founder and chief executive of Apple, is taking a medical leave of absence, a year and a half after his return from a liver transplant, the company said on Monday.  —  Mr. Jobs announced his leave in a letter …
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.
Roni Sofer / Ynetnews:
Ehud Barak splits from Labor Party  —  Defense minister filed urgent request with Knesset's House Committee to discuss his plan to quit party, set up new faction along with four other Labor MKs  —  Latest Update:  —  Ehud Barak and four other Labor faction members asked the Knesset's House Committee …
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Washington Post:
New appeal for Obamas as they mark holiday at black church
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
New Call Not to Raise Debt Cap
Discussion: Ballot Box
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Obama's EPA devotes another $7 million …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Weasel Zippers
Tom Philpott / Grist:
Reflections on community gardens and the legacy of MLK
Discussion: Right Wing News
Billy Graham /
Meet the Press Netcast
Discussion: Firedoglake and TPMDC
Voice of America:
US, Israeli Computer Program Slows Iran's Nuclear Ambitions
Discussion: Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
China's Hu Jintao answers questions with Washington Post
Discussion: Reuters and Wall Street Journal
Bridget Johnson / Ballot Box:
Christie: ‘Not arrogant enough’ to believe experience is enough for White House
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Hannah Rosenthal and U.S. efforts to combat anti-Semitism
Discussion: Mondoweiss and Israel Matzav
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
House panel wants Homeland Security documents