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5:50 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.
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
In Another Proverbial Move to Center, President Obama to Sign …
Rena Steinzor / Center for Progressive Reform:   President Obama Moves to the Right on Regulation; Appeasing Business …
The Huffington Post:
Obama's Bogus Explanation For Troubles: Too Much Regulation
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 …
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 …
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 …
Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
Right wing's breathtaking bait and switch on Tucson
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Hot Air
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Even Republicans say media handled shooting better than Sarah Palin did
Discussion: TPMDC
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Donny Deutsch Explains America's Fascination With Sarah Palin: 'She's Snooki!'
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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Mark Pazniokas / ctmirror.org:
Bysiewicz declares for U.S. Senate
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
GOP in good shape to hold KBH seat
Discussion: Texas Politics
Jon Lender / Capitol Watch:
Lieberman To Reveal 2012 Plans Wednesday In Stamford; Insiders …
Discussion: TPMDC and Outside the Beltway
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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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
How The Health Care Repeal Push Marks The End Of The Universal Health Care Consensus
CNN:
CNN poll: Half favor repealing health care law
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Experts doubt GOP claim that health care law's a ‘job killer’
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
FACT-CHECKING A NON-EXISTENT CBO NUMBER.... Following …
Discussion: Associated Press
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
White House moves to stymie health care repeal
Discussion: CNN and The Note
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 …
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 …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Colorblind, among Christians
Discussion: Yglesias, The Birmingham and Guardian
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.
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Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Newt Piles On: Palin Should ‘Be More Careful,’ 'Think Through What She's Saying'
Discussion: Mediaite
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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Christopher Weber / Politics Daily:
Bill Frist Tells Republicans to Drop Efforts to Repeal Health Care Reform
Discussion: The Note and ABCNEWS
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The vindication of Dick Cheney  —  (updated below)  —  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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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” …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Merkley Offers Comprehensive Fix for Mortgage Market, Includes Bankruptcy Reform  —  At a press event in North Portland in front of the home of a family struggling to avoid foreclosure, Senator Jeff Merkley unveiled a six-part plan to fix the housing market and rebalance the relationship between borrower and lender.
Discussion: Eschaton
 
 
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Robert VerBruggen / National Review:
Drugs and Guns  —  Chuck Schumer proposes that when prospective …
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CBS Los Angeles:
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Discussion: Pajamas Media
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
New Calls on GOP Side Not to Lift Debt Limit
Discussion: The Politico and The New Republic
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Tucson shooter obsessed with bizarre Internet movie
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In Florida, Virtual Classrooms With No Teachers
Discussion: The Confluence and TPM LiveWire