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11:50 AM ET, January 19, 2011


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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Before banning ‘crosshairs,’ CNN used it to refer to Palin, Bachmann  —  CNN's John King is attracting a lot of notice — and some ridicule — in the blogosphere for his on-air apology after a guest used the word “crosshairs” during a report on Chicago politics Tuesday.
Discussion: National Review and Moe Lane
Marissa Calhoun / CNN:
CNN Poll: Palin unfavorable rating at all time high  —  Washington (CNN) - A new national poll indicates that 56 percent of all Americans have an unfavorable view of Sarah Palin, an all-time high for the former Alaska governor.  That 56 percent unfavorable figure is up seven points …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
CNN Apologizes For Guest Using Term “Crosshairs”  —  CNN's John King: “Before we go to break, I want to make a quick point.  We were having a discussion about the Chicago mayoral race.  My friend Andy Shaw used the term ‘in the crosshairs’ in talking about the candidates.
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Harry Reid calls Chinese leader Hu Jintao a ‘dictator’
Discussion: The Note and Michelle Malkin
Ezra Klein:
Joe Lieberman: Democratic hero?  —  If you look back over the past two years, perhaps the most consequential decision made by President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was to give Joe Lieberman his chairmanship, even though Lieberman had endorsed John McCain in the 2008 campaign.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Why Did Lieberman Off Himself?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
First Read /
First thoughts: Stating the obvious
David M. Halbfinger / City Room:
Lieberman Will Not Run for Re-election
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: House Republicans Explain Why They Won't Give Up Their Own Government-Sponsored Health Care  —  With the Republican legislative agenda increasingly focused on repealing health care reform, many observers are beginning to question whether GOPers in Congress will personally abide …
New York Times:
Basic Questions, Elusive Answers on Health Law
Discussion: Washington Post and The Page
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Do Republican critiques of the healthcare law add up?
Discussion: cab drollery
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Worst Case  —  How health care reform really could get repealed …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Ezra Klein
Jay Reeves / Associated Press:
New Ala. gov: Just Christians are his family  —  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley told a church crowd just moments into his new administration that those who have not accepted Jesus as their savior are not his brothers and sisters, shocking some critics who questioned Tuesday whether he can be fair to non-Christians.
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
What Is Orthodox?  —  I'm a big fan of Matthew Yglesias' blogging, but he does tend to err a little when he talks about Christianity.  For example, here he is commenting on Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's statement that non-Christians are not his “brother” or “sister”:
Discussion: Yglesias and Ben Smith's Blog
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Sheila Jackson Lee Says Repealing ObamaCare Violates Constitution  —  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Texas, said on Tuesday afternoon that repealing the national health care law would violate the Constitution.  —  Arguing that the Commerce Clause provides the constitutional basis for ObamaCare …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Sheila Jackson Lee: Repealing ObamaCare is unconstitutional
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democratic lawmaker: Repealing health reform is ‘killing Americans’
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Video Captured ‘Calculated’ Gunman in Tucson  —  TUCSON — The chief investigator for the sheriff's department here has for the first time publicly described the brief and gory video clip from a store security camera that shows a gunman not only shooting Representative Gabrielle Giffords …
FBI: Spokane bomb is ‘domestic terrorism’  —  In an interview on msnbc cable's “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Spokesman-Review reporter Thomas Clouse said confidential sources told him that the device was equipped with a remote control detonator and contained shrapnel.
The Politico:
Muslim groups nervous about King hearings  —  American Muslim leaders, who have struggled to present a clear public voice or organize politically in the decade since Sept. 11, are increasingly apprehensive about the direction Rep. Pete King will take when he convenes hearings next month on the threat posed by radical Islam in America.
Matt Duss / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Peter King's Hearings On Radical Islam To Call On Critic …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Tim Mak / FrumForum:
Steele: “I Know How Caesar Felt”  —  This past weekend, RNC Chairman Michael Steele lost his bid for reelection.  Sitting down with FrumForum as he ponders his next move, perhaps the thing that gets the garrulous Steele most quiet is a mention of his successor, Wisconsin State Republican Chair Reince Priebus.
Discussion: TPMDC and Ben Smith's Blog
Alexander Mooney / CNN:   Steele feels like Caesar
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Clinton says she won't commit to serving second term at State  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday she hasn't committed to serving a second term in the Obama administration and is looking forward to an eventual return to private life.  —  “That's not something …
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and Shakesville
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Trumka to push Obama on State of the Union message
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Parenting by Gays More Common in the South, Census Shows  —  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Being gay in this Southern city was once a lonely existence.  Most people kept their sexuality to themselves, and they were reminded of the dangers of being openly gay when a gay church was bombed in the 1980s.
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
The new Clintonian Obama is playing offense, and building momentum  —  Three months after an electoral “shellacking” that threatened to derail his agenda and his reelection, Obama is on a roll.  —  President Obama — the centrist, Clintonian version — is rolling.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Prairie Weather
Ron Charles / Washington Post:
Ron Charles reviews ‘O: A Presidential Novel’  —  By Anonymous.  —  Simon & Schuster.  353 pp.  $25.99  —  Like the people who end up running for president, this anonymous novel about Barack Obama's reelection campaign isn't as good as you hoped or as bad as you feared.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
In Wreckage of Lost Jobs, Lost Power  —  Alone among the world's economic powers, the United States is suffering through a deep jobs slump that can't be explained by the rest of the economy's performance.  —  The gross domestic product here — the total value of all goods and services …
Bradley Blackburn / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Gabrielle Giffords' Husband Mark Kelly Says She Feared She Would Be Shot  —  Giffords' Husband Tells Diane Sawyer Representative Job Is ‘Risky’ and Not Sure Wife Should Stay in Congress  —  For 20 crushing minutes, Mark Kelly thought that his wife Gabrielle Giffords had died.
Discussion: The Caucus, Guardian and FrumForum
Colin Fernandez / Daily Mail:
'Wear the hijab or I'll kill you, cousin told girl': Muslim tells of terrifying phone threats  —  A man threatened to kill his cousin and harm her family after she decided to stop wearing the traditional Muslim headscarf, a court has heard.  —  Mohamed Al-Hakim, 29, allegedly phoned Alya Al-Safar …
The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker on his Darrell Issa story  —  HH: This half hour, special treat.  I am talking with Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for the New Yorker Magazine, and widely regarded as one of the premiere political reporters of the United States working at this time.
The Fix:
Five members to watch on health care repeal  —  The House is set to vote today on a repeal of the Democrats' health care law, and we've got a good idea how it's going to turn out.  —  The bill is widely expected to pass in the GOP-controlled House on a largely party-line vote …
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New York Times:
Mother Sees Hopeful Signs for Giffords
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Stephen Gutowski / The Blast:
Michael Moore: People Own Guns Because They're Racists
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Democratic senator marks first trip to Afghanistan
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Clinton could cost Emanuel black votes in Chicago, Dem claims
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Firm to Invest in North Korea
Blazing Cat Fur:
Unspecified threat closes down showing of ‘Iranium’ …
Discussion: Gates of Vienna
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans See Room for Improvement in Obama's Leadership
Discussion: Politics Daily
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