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12:25 AM ET, January 19, 2011

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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.
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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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Joe Lieberman to retire in 2012  —  Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) will not seek a fifth term in 2012, according two Democratic sources familiar with the decision.  —  Lieberman's office did not offer any comment on his plans, saying only that he would make an announcement tomorrow in Stamford, Connecticut.
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.
Ezra Klein:
Joe Lieberman: Democratic hero?
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Why Lieberman would have lost  —  If it's true that Joe …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Lieberman Gets a Democratic Challenger
Discussion: Pundit Press and Ben Smith's Blog
msnbc.com:
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Firedoglake
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Spokesman.com:
FBI says backpack on Spokane parade route was a bomb  —  The abandoned backpack found Monday along the route of Spokane's annual Martin Luther King Jr. march contained a bomb capable of inflicting “multiple casualties,” the FBI has confirmed.  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation's terrorism task force …
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: KXLY-TV, Hullabaloo and Rumproast
ABCNEWS:
FBI: Pipe Bomb Found On MLK Parade Route
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Commentary and Prairie Weather
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Boehner Favorability Jumps; Obama Back Above 50%
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Bill McGuire / ABCNEWS:
Sargent Shriver, Peace Corps Founder and VP Candidate, Dies  —  Shriver, 95, Ran on McGovern Ticket in 1972, Founded Peace Corps, Special Olympics  —  Former Democratic vice presidential candidate and Peace Corps founder Robert Sargent Shriver Jr. died today at age 95, family sources told ABC News.
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Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
R. Sargent Shriver, Peace Corps Leader, Dies at 95
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 …
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Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
Right wing's breathtaking bait and switch on Tucson  —  In the week since the Tucson, Ariz., massacre, pleas for “civility” have turned into accusations of incivility, and the whole, useful discussion of “civility” versus “vitriol” has turned into the usual argument over competitive victimhood.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Washington Post:
Law-enforcement officials interview 300 people in probe of Tucson shooting
John Sexton / Hot Air:
Michael Kinsley: Hey, Let's Blame the Right Some More
Discussion: Verum Serum
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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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 Politico:
Eric Cantor dares Harry Reid to hold repeal vote  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) isn't one to hold his feelings back — especially when it comes to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).  —  On Tuesday, he threw a little more flame on the fire, suggesting Reid was afraid …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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The Note:
The Death of “Job Killing”
Discussion: The Politico
Rich Noyes / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Media Reality Check: By 8-to-1 Margin, Networks Target Conservative Speech after Tucson Shooting  —  Almost immediately after the shooting in Tucson that killed six people and left Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords severely wounded, the media establishment linked the attack with a debate about …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and FrumForum
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.
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
Report: Pakistani spy agency rushed Mullah Omar to hospital  —  Mullah Omar, the elusive, one-eyed leader of the Afghan Taliban, had a heart attack Jan. 7 and was treated for several days in a Karachi hospital with the help of Pakistan's spy agency, according to a private intelligence network run …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Big Government
 
 
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Paul Krugman:
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Brian Bond / White House.gov Blog:
Hospital Visitation Regulations Go Into Effect Today
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Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
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