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1:35 PM ET, January 18, 2011

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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 White House:
Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review - Executive Order  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to improve regulation and regulatory review, it is hereby ordered as follows:  —  Section 1.
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Launches Rule Review, Pledging to Spur Jobs, Growth
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.
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Palin Defends Use of ‘Blood Libel’ Phrase  —  WASHINGTON - Sarah Palin said in a television interview on Monday evening that she agreed with bipartisan calls for civility in the wake of the Arizona shooting rampage, but she vowed to not be deterred from political debates while deciding whether to run for president.
Ed Koch / Real Clear Politics:
Palin Holds High Ground Over Harsh and Unfair Critics
Discussion: National Review and AmSpecBlog
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Donny Deutsch Explains America's Fascination With Sarah Palin: 'She's Snooki!'
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Even Republicans say media handled shooting better than Sarah Palin did
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and TPMDC
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich: Palin Has To ‘Be More Careful’ And 'Think Through What She's Saying'
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Kent Conrad to retire  —  North Dakota Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad plans to announce his retirement today, according to two informed Democratic sources, creating a potentially prime pickup opportunity for Republicans in a GOP-leaning state.  —  Conrad, who currently chairs the Senate Budget Committee …
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The Politico:
Sen. Kent Conrad won't seek reelection
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:   Senator Lugar Will Seek Re-election
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 …
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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Newt Gingrich to Sarah Palin: ‘Slow Down’
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Free Market Health Care
Discussion: Ezra Klein and TPMDC
HealthCare Notes:
Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions
Discussion: The Caucus
ABCNEWS:
Obama Approval Rises, But Hazards Remain  —  Obama's Job Approval Has Matched his Highest in More Than a Year  —  Aided by his response to the Tucson shootings, popular lame-duck legislation and a hint of economic relief, Barack Obama has matched his highest job approval rating in more than a year …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The vindication of Dick Cheney  —  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 of defense (specifically “soft on Terror") and leaving the nation weak and vulnerable to attack.
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Mark Pazniokas / ctmirror.org:
Bysiewicz declares for U.S. Senate  —  Susan Bysiewicz today declared herself a candidate for U.S. Senate, trying to put the disasters of 2010 behind her by getting an early jump on 2012, when U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman is up for re-election.  —  Bysiewicz, 49, a Democrat whose career derailed …
Discussion: Ballot Box, TPMDC and Hotline On Call
Patrick J. Michaels / Washington Times:
China-style dictatorship of climatologists  —  NASA's Hansen prefers rule by decree to fight ‘global warming’  —  November's election made it quite clear that the people of the United States do not want to radically change our society in the name of global warming.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Amy Chua Is a Wimp  —  Sometime early last week, a large slice of educated America decided that Amy Chua is a menace to society.  Chua, as you probably know, is the Yale professor who has written a bracing critique of what she considers the weak, cuddling American parenting style.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Associated Press:
Court rejects appeal over DC gay marriage law  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from opponents of same-sex marriage who want to overturn the District of Columbia's gay marriage law.  —  The court did not comment Tuesday in turning away a challenge from a Maryland pastor …
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 …
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 …
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.
CNN:
Shooting victim apologizes for ‘misplaced outrage’ at Tea Party leader  —  Tucson, Arizona (CNN) — Arizona shooting victim James Eric Fuller sent his apologies Monday for telling a Tea Party leader, “you are dead.”  —  Dorothy DeRuyter, a companion of Fuller's, provided CNN with a statement.
Charles Gasparino / The Huffington Post:
Meredith Whitney Should Show Her Cards  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Meredith Whitney should finally come clean.  —  The banking analyst who made a name for herself properly warning investors about the dire condition of the big banks a full year before the 2008 financial collapse …
Discussion: Clusterstock and Dealbreaker
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Experts doubt GOP claim that health care law's a ‘job killer’  —  WASHINGTON — Despite what Republicans say, the 2010 health care law isn't necessarily a job killer.  —  Republicans have titled their effort to overturn the law the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act,” and that's their favorite talking point against it.
 
 
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Blake Hounshell / FP Passport:
Seymour Hersh unleashed
Discussion: Commentary and National Review
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FCC expected to approve Comcast-NBC deal
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Hot Air
iowahawk:
CSI: Tucson  —  Fade in.  Chaotic supermarket parking lot …
Discussion: Commentary
Menzie Chinn / Econbrowser:
Cumulative Output Loss
Keith Olbermann / msnbc.com:
Olbermann on the nine days since Tucson
Wall Street Journal:
Health Care Repeal Won't Add to the Deficit
Discussion: Right Turn and Hit & Run
Lynn Sweet / Politics Daily:
Bill Clinton, Andy Samberg Hit Chicago to Back Rahm Emanuel for Mayor
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Vatican warned Irish bishops not to report abuse
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Pay to Play On Texas Inauguration Day
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo! News:
Scientists warn California could be struck by winter ‘superstorm’
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Watch Herman Cain Battle Bill Clinton on Health Care
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Betsy's Page
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Health-care debate, round two
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann's real test
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Democrats losing too many white voters, says civil rights leader
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
KSL-TV:
Poll shows Hatch may face tough re-election in 2012