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9:10 PM ET, January 18, 2011

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The Politico:
Lieberman won't run again  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman is retiring from the Senate in 2012, closing out a two-decade career that saw him rise to the Democratic presidential ticket only to be dismissed by his own state party a few years later over his support for the war in Iraq.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Joe Lieberman to retire in 2012  —  Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) will not seek a fifth term in 2012, according two Democratic sources familiar with the decision.  —  Lieberman's office did not offer any comment on his plans, saying only that he would make an announcement tomorrow in Stamford, Connecticut.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Kent Conrad to retire in 2012  —  North Dakota Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad is retiring.  Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post  —  North Dakota Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad announced today that he will not seek reelection, creating a potentially prime pickup opportunity for Republicans in a GOP-leaning state.
David M. Halbfinger / City Room:
Lieberman Will Not Run for Re-election  —  Senator Joseph I. Lieberman will announce on Wednesday that he will not seek a fifth term, according to a person he told of his decision.  —  Mr. Lieberman, whose term is up in 2012, chose to retire rather than risk being defeated, said the person, who spoke to the senator on Tuesday.
Jon Lender / Capitol Watch:
Lieberman To Reveal 2012 Plans Wednesday In Stamford; Insiders …
The Huffington Post:
Joe Lieberman Out … WASHINGTON — Joe Lieberman will not run …
Discussion: USA Today and Wonkette
Mark Pazniokas / ctmirror.org:
Bysiewicz declares for U.S. Senate
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Why Lieberman would have lost  —  If it's true that Joe …
Discussion: Hot Air
Barack Obama / Wall Street Journal:
Toward a 21st-Century Regulatory System  —  If the FDA deems saccharin safe enough for coffee, then the EPA should not treat it as hazardous waste.  —  For two centuries, America's free market has not only been the source of dazzling ideas and path-breaking products, it has also been the greatest force …
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The Huffington Post:
Obama's Bogus Explanation For Troubles: Too Much Regulation
Discussion: The Note
Ed Koch / Real Clear Politics:
Palin Holds High Ground Over Harsh and Unfair Critics  —  As I see it, in the current battle for public opinion Sarah Palin has defeated her harsh and unfair critics.  —  After the January 8 shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of six others in Tucson, Arizona …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Chicken, The Egg, The Media and Sarah Palin  —  I agree with much of what The Times's Ross Douthat has to say regarding the symbiotic relationship between Sarah Palin and the news media, which has come into even sharper relief after the Tucson tragedy.  —  But I have one quibble …
Discussion: Commentary and Prairie Weather
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Palin shoots herself in the foot  —  Sarah Palin might have really squandered an opportunity to improve her image last week.  —  Despite endless discussion in the wake of the Arizona shootings about whether Palin might bear any responsibility for fostering an atmosphere conducive to such an attack …
Joe Scarborough / The Politico:
Moving past right-wing rhetoric  —  We get it, Sarah Palin.  You're not morally culpable for the tragic shooting in Tucson, Ariz. All of us around the “Morning Joe” table agree, even if we were stunned that you would whine about yourself on Facebook as a shattered family prepared to bury their 9-year-old girl.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Even Republicans say media handled shooting better than Sarah Palin did
Discussion: TPMDC
The Huffington Post:
Bill Frist: Health Care Is ‘Law Of The Land,’ GOP Should Drop Repeal And Build On It … WASHINGTON — As congressional Republicans ready themselves for a largely symbolic effort to repeal President Obama's health care reform law, at least one former GOP leader is urging them to drop the charade and build on the legislation instead.
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Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Government finds up to half of Americans under 65 have preexisting conditions  —  As many as 129 million Americans under age 65 have medical problems that are red flags for health insurers, according to an analysis that marks the government's first attempt to quantify the number of people …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
FACT-CHECKING A NON-EXISTENT CBO NUMBER.... Following …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The vindication of Dick Cheney  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  In the early months of Obama's presidency, the American Right did to him what they do to every Democratic politician: they accused him of being soft on defense (specifically “soft on Terror") and leaving the nation weak and vulnerable to attack.
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Tom Junod / Esquire:
Why Does Roger Ailes Hate America?  —  An exclusive and unbiased investigation into the highly paid operative of a foreign-born tycoon, a man who reengineered political and media culture and fomented a revolt that threatens the very stability of our country  —  Today, here at Esquire …
msnbc.com:
FBI: Bomb found on MLK march route  —  Device ‘was very lethal,’ agent says, but it was neutralized  —  Below:  —  NBC News and msnbc.com  —  updated less than 1 minute ago  —  SPOKANE, Wash. — A suspicious backpack discovered along the route of the Martin Luther King Jr. march …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Raw Story
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Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
FBI: Bomb Planted Along MLK Day Parade Route In Spokane
Discussion: KXLY-TV and Hullabaloo
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Just another ‘isolated incident’: Lethal bomb at MLK Day parade …
Discussion: Spokesman.com and Hatewatch
Rich Noyes / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Media Reality Check: By 8-to-1 Margin, Networks Target Conservative Speech after Tucson Shooting  —  Almost immediately after the shooting in Tucson that killed six people and left Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords severely wounded, the media establishment linked the attack with a debate about …
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Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Libtalker Doubles-Down On Hateful Speech
Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
Right wing's breathtaking bait and switch on Tucson  —  In the week since the Tucson, Ariz., massacre, pleas for “civility” have turned into accusations of incivility, and the whole, useful discussion of “civility” versus “vitriol” has turned into the usual argument over competitive victimhood.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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John Sexton / Hot Air:
Michael Kinsley: Hey, Let's Blame the Right Some More
Discussion: Verum Serum
Media Decoder:
Comcast-NBC Deal Wins Federal Approval  —  Updated The proposed combination of Comcast and NBC Universal was approved by the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department on Tuesday, smoothing the way for the deal to close by the end of January.  —  As expected, the approvals came with significant conditions attached.
David White / The Birmingham:
Gov.-elect Robert Bentley intends to be governor over all, but says only Christians are his ‘brothers and sisters’  —  MONTGOMERY — Gov.-elect Robert Bentley in a speech at a Baptist church this afternoon said he plans to be the governor of all Alabamians and be color-blind …
The Politico:
Eric Cantor dares Harry Reid to hold repeal vote  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) isn't one to hold his feelings back — especially when it comes to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).  —  On Tuesday, he threw a little more flame on the fire, suggesting Reid was afraid …
Discussion: The Note and Weasel Zippers
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Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
New Calls on GOP Side Not to Lift Debt Limit
Discussion: The Politico and The New Republic
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
Report: Pakistani spy agency rushed Mullah Omar to hospital  —  Mullah Omar, the elusive, one-eyed leader of the Afghan Taliban, had a heart attack Jan. 7 and was treated for several days in a Karachi hospital with the help of Pakistan's spy agency, according to a private intelligence network run …
Bill McGuire / ABCNEWS:
Sargent Shriver, Peace Corps Founder and VP Candidate, Dies  —  Shriver, 95, Ran on McGovern Ticket in 1972, Founded Peace Corps, Special Olympics  —  Former Democratic vice presidential candidate and Peace Corps founder Robert Sargent Shriver Jr. died today at age 95, family sources told ABC News.
Discussion: The Politico
Sara Rimer / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Study: Many college students not learning to think critically  —  NEW YORK — An unprecedented study that followed several thousand undergraduates through four years of college found that large numbers didn't learn the critical thinking, complex reasoning and written communication skills …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Venerable Lefties at Harper's Divided by Union  —  James “Rick” MacArthur  —  Harper's, one of the last bastions of old-line liberalism and a lonely defender of a certain idea of what literary culture should be, has long been supported by the largesse of its owner and patron, John “Rick” …
 
 
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