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9:45 AM ET, January 19, 2011


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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.
New York Times:
No Fifth Term for Lieberman  —  Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, the Democratic vice-presidential candidate in 2000 who later became deeply alienated from his party, will announce on Wednesday that he will not seek a fifth term, according to people he told of the decision.
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.
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.
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Conrad's Exit to Pressure Democrats
Discussion: Salon and Commentary
Steven Shepard / Hotline On Call:
Bysiewicz Poll Shows Her Leading Lieberman
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Why Lieberman would have lost  —  If it's true that Joe …
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.
Abby Sewell / Los Angeles Times:
Spokane bomb casualties could have been severe, FBI says  —  The device was found on the route of Spokane's annual Unity March, held on Martin Luther King Day.  —  Reporting from Los Angeles — A “potentially deadly” explosive device that could have caused severe casualties was found along …   FBI says backpack on Spokane parade route was a bomb
FBI: Pipe Bomb Found On MLK Parade Route
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Rob Kauder / KXLY-TV:
Device Found Along MLK Parade Route Credible Threat
Discussion: The Jawa Report, Rumproast and POWIP
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Just another ‘isolated incident’: Lethal bomb at MLK Day parade …
Discussion: Hatewatch and KREM-TV
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
FBI: Bomb Planted Along MLK Day Parade Route In Spokane
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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: Moe Lane
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and GOP 12
New York Times:
Basic Questions, Elusive Answers on Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — As the fight over health care returned to the House floor on Tuesday, the debate could largely be stripped down to four questions that are relatively simple to ask, if not to answer:  —  Will the health care law …
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Do Republican critiques of the healthcare law add up?
Discussion: cab drollery
The Note:
The Death of “Job Killing”
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
Sargent Shriver's Death Severs the Last Major Link to the Kennedy Years … Minutes after Wyoming's 15 votes vaulted him over the top at the 1960 Democratic Convention in Los Angeles, John Kennedy arrived, under police escort, at the cottage that served as his political campaign center.
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Sargent Shriver, a Peace Corps founder, dies at 95
Discussion: The Other McCain
Peace Corps Founder Sargent Shriver Dies
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
R. Sargent Shriver, Peace Corps Leader, Dies at 95
Paul Harris / Guardian:
WikiLeaks has caused little lasting damage, says US state department  —  Claims mean official stance of White House over leaked US embassy cables contradicts that of the state department  —  The damage caused by the WikiLeaks controversy has caused little real and lasting damage to American diplomacy …
Discussion: Salon and Mother Jones
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
U.S. officials privately say WikiLeaks damage limited  —  (Reuters) - Internal U.S. government reviews have determined that a mass leak of diplomatic cables caused only limited damage to U.S. interests abroad, despite the Obama administration's public statements to the contrary.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Boehner Favorability Jumps; Obama Back Above 50%  —  Ratings for Palin lowest since 2008 GOP convention  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' opinions of House Speaker John Boehner have improved considerably since last fall, rising a total of 15 percentage points, including eight points since immediately after the midterm elections.
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 …
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 and The Politico
Rory Carroll / Guardian:
‘Baby Doc’ charged with corruption  —  Former dictator faces charges relating to his 15-year rule after being hauled before a judge in Port-au Prince  —  Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier was charged with corruption and the theft of his country's meagre funds last night after the former Haitian dictator …
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Libtalker Doubles-Down On Hateful Speech  —  ‘I WISH I COULD’  —  Liberal Hate-Talker Dreams Of Choking Rush To Death  —  Just as a new report details how state-run media networks have used the Arizona shootings to attack conservative voices (by an eight-to-one ratio) …
Rich Noyes / blogs:   Media Reality Check: By 8-to-1 Margin, Networks Target Conservative …
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.
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Pat Toomey / Wall Street Journal:
How to Freeze the Debt Ceiling Without Risking Default
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Obama's SEC hires Goldman Sachs asset manager …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Sally Pipes / New York Post:
The damage has already begun
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
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Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
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Anthony Shadid / New York Times:
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Colin Fernandez / Daily Mail:
'Wear the hijab or I'll kill you, cousin told girl': Muslim tells …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
Bradley Blackburn / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Gabrielle Giffords' Husband Mark Kelly Says She Feared She Would Be Shot
Discussion: The Caucus and Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman:
Stuff Happens  —  Joe Romm has some fun with the Texas Attorney General …
Discussion: Climate Progress
Brian Bond / White Blog:
Hospital Visitation Regulations Go Into Effect Today
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
Report: Pakistani spy agency rushed Mullah Omar to hospital
Joseph Goldstein / Slate:
The Oldest Bench Ever
Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
Right wing's breathtaking bait and switch on Tucson
Discussion: Hot Air and The Atlantic Online
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
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