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3:10 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.
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’  —  Former speaker of the House and potential 2012 presidential contender had some words of advice for Sarah Palin on “GMA” this morning.  —  “I think that she has got to slow down and be more careful and think through what she's saying and how she's saying it,” Newt Gingrich told me.
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Experts doubt GOP claim that health care law's a ‘job killer’
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:   White House moves to stymie health care repeal
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Hoyer says Democrats have work to do selling the public on health care
Discussion: The Note
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
FACT-CHECKING A NON-EXISTENT CBO NUMBER.... Following …
Discussion: Associated Press
CNN:
CNN poll: Half favor repealing health care law
Discussion: The Politico and The Note
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
How The Health Care Repeal Push Marks The End Of The Universal Health Care Consensus
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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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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Even Republicans say media handled shooting better than Sarah Palin did
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and TPMDC
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Donny Deutsch Explains America's Fascination With Sarah Palin: 'She's Snooki!'
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin: ‘I am not going to shut up’
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich: Palin Has To ‘Be More Careful’ And 'Think Through What She's Saying'
Discussion: Mediaite and Lez Get Real
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.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Kaine says no to Senate run if Webb retires
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Pomeroy doesn't rule out Senate bid
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
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 …
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Jsimoncnn / CNN:
Bysiewicz to vie for Lieberman's Senate seat
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 …
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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Chris Matthews / Washington Post:
What Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill could teach Washington today  —  A vigorous debate over the role of government is always at the heart of our democracy.  Since the shootings in Arizona, however, many have said that our partisan ferocity is unhealthy.  —  So it seems like a good time to reflect on Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill.
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Steven Hayward / No Left Turns:   I Want to Wallow in the Hate
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
Media Decoder:
F.C.C. Approves Comcast-NBC Deal  —  The proposed combination of Comcast and NBC Universal was approved by the Federal Communications Commission Tuesday, smoothing the way for the deal to close by the end of January.  —  The other government agency that is reviewing the deal, the Justice Department …
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Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
FCC approves Comcast and NBC joint venture
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 …
Blake Hounshell / FP Passport:
Seymour Hersh unleashed  —  DOHA, Qatar—David Remnick, call your office.  —  In a speech billed as a discussion of the Bush and Obama eras, New Yorker journalist Seymour Hersh delivered a rambling, conspiracy-laden diatribe here Monday expressing his disappointment with President Barack Obama …
Discussion: Commentary and National Review
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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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Emanuel running for mayor since 'he can't be Speaker,' says congressman
Discussion: Chicago magazine, CNN and The Hill
Kevin Derby / Sunshine State News:
Pro-Life Activist Randall Terry Looks to Defeat Barack Obama in 2012 Dem Primaries
Discussion: Wonkette and Taegan Goddard's …
The Huffington Post:
Poll: Majority Of Americans, Including Gun Owners, Support Tougher Restrictions
Discussion: Open Left and The Agonist
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Tucson shooter obsessed with bizarre Internet movie
iowahawk:
CSI: Tucson  —  Fade in.  Chaotic supermarket parking lot …
Discussion: Commentary
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The vindication of Dick Cheney
Associated Press:
Vatican warned Irish bishops not to report abuse
Charles Gasparino / The Huffington Post:
Meredith Whitney Should Show Her Cards
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Watch Herman Cain Battle Bill Clinton on Health Care
Discussion: Betsy's Page and AmSpecBlog
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