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1:40 PM 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.
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Jason Millman / The Hill:
House GOP lawmaker targets key healthcare 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: Daily Kos and 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
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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
Washington Post:
Giffords's border district symbolizes the heat of Arizona politics
Discussion: Examiner and Pirate's Cove
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Scenes From a Marriage  —  In every twisted, wretched, ruinous relationship, there are moments so grim, flare-ups so appalling, that they offer both parties a chance to step back, take inventory, and realize that it's time — far past time, in fact — to go their separate ways.
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 …
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Sarah Amos / ABCNEWS:
ABC News Exclusive: Capt. Mark Kelly Talks to Diane Sawyer …
Discussion: Hot Air and FrumForum
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
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
New York Times:
Ex-Swiss Banker Gives Data to WikiLeaks  —  LONDON — A former Swiss bank executive said on Monday that he had given the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, details of more than 2,000 prominent individuals and companies that he contends engaged in tax evasion and other possible criminal activity.
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 …
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Associated Press:
Haiti's ‘Baby Doc’ in surprise return from exile
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Verum Serum
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
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.
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
New Call Not to Raise Debt Cap  —  WASHINGTON—Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a likely GOP White House hopeful, called on congressional Republicans to block an increase in the limit on federal borrowing, and he proposed legislation that he said would prevent a U.S. default on its loans.
 
 
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Utah's “Quiet Title Law” …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Jim Ryun leads push for Mike Pence 2012 run
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
Budget Worries Push Governors to Same Mind-Set
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Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
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Reflections on community gardens and the legacy of MLK
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Bridget Johnson / Ballot Box:
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