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1:00 PM ET, January 18, 2011


 Top Items: 
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 …
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
Discussion: protein wisdom, Althouse and FrumForum
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.
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.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin: ‘I am not going to shut up’  —  (CNN) - In her first interview since the Arizona shootings, Sarah Palin Monday sharply beat back critics who have suggested her at-times charged political rhetoric and use of a graphic featuring crosshairs may have contributed to the shooter's motivations.
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich: Palin Has To ‘Be More Careful’ And 'Think Through What She's Saying'
Discussion: George's Bottom Line and USA Today
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 …
The Politico:
Sen. Kent Conrad won't seek reelection
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:   Senator Lugar Will Seek Re-election
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:   With Sen. Conrad to retire, GOP eyes possibility of 2012 pick-up
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 …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Free Market Health Care
Discussion: Ezra Klein and TPMDC
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 …
Washington Post:
Poll shows high marks for Obama on Tucson, low regard for political dialogue  —  Americans overwhelmingly describe the tone of political discourse in the country as negative, verging on angry, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, but more than half say the culture did not contribute …
Quinnipiac University:
Most American Voters See Economy Improving, Quinnipiac University …
Discussion: The Hill and Taegan Goddard's …
Cheney: Obama finding we were right about terror  —  “I've met a lot of friends who publicly have made the claim or the charge, 'That's not the Dick Cheney I knew.' I was tough, aggressive.  But the notion that somehow I changed — that I became tough, mean and nasty — no, I don't think so,” Cheney said.
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.
Mark Pazniokas /
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Hispanic Intermarriage  —  Jeb Bush tries to make the case for a pro-immigration, pro-immigrant, pro-Latino posture for conservatives: … Jon Chait objects to this twice in response to Ezra Klein who defends Bush.  I want to recommend Jamelle Bouie on this subject who makes excellent points …
Lynn Sweet / Politics Daily:
Bill Clinton, Andy Samberg Hit Chicago to Back Rahm Emanuel for Mayor … Chicago mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel gains fundraising help this week from former President Bill Clinton and Andy Samberg, who portrayed Emanuel as a foul-mouthed White House chief of staff in skits on “Saturday Night Live.”
Discussion: The Hill
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CSI: Tucson  —  Fade in.  Chaotic supermarket parking lot …
Discussion: Commentary
Menzie Chinn / Econbrowser:
Cumulative Output Loss
Keith Olbermann /
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
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Rookie Rand Paul tackles budget head-on
Discussion: The Note and National Review
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’
 Earlier Items: 
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Watch Herman Cain Battle Bill Clinton on Health Care
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Betsy's Page
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Two different speeches, two different Obamas
Discussion: Wonkette, Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
Chris Matthews / Washington Post:
What Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill could teach Washington today
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Health-care debate, round two
Nicholas Wade / New York Times:
Sit. Stay. Parse. Good Girl!
Discussion: The Awl
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

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Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Anthropic launches Claude 3.5 Sonnet, which beats its flagship model Claude 3 Opus and outperforms GPT-4o in some tests, available for free on the web and iOS

Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple has held talks with Baidu, Alibaba, Baichuan AI, and others to help offer Apple Intelligence in China, as ChatGPT isn't available in the country

Clothilde Goujard / Politico:
EU diplomats: an EU Council vote to amend a draft law that would have forced WhatsApp and Signal to scan images and links for CSAM was removed from the agenda

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