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6:35 PM ET, January 19, 2011


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The Note:
Say What?  Democrat Compares Republicans to Nazis  —  ABC News Jonathan Karl reports:  —  The newfound civility didn't last long.  Political rhetoric in Congress doesn't get much nastier than the words of one House Democrat during the debate on repealing the health care law.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
House Democrat compares Republican ‘lies’ to Nazi propagandist  —  Washington (CNN) - A House Democrat compared Republicans to one of the most reviled Nazis during World War ll- ignoring efforts on both sides of the aisle to tone down the political rhetoric.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Democratic lawmaker compares GOP health law claims to Nazi ‘lies’
Discussion: Harry's Place and Weasel Zippers
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
House set to pass health care law repeal
Discussion: CNN and New York Times
John / Power Line:
Palin for President?  Forget It  —  The time has come to put any thoughts of Sarah Palin running for President to rest.  I say that not because I dislike her; on the contrary, I'm a fan.  I think she did an excellent job as a vice-presidential candidate in 2008 and has been an effective spokeswoman …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Before banning ‘crosshairs,’ CNN used it to refer to Palin, Bachmann  —  CNN's John King is attracting a lot of notice — and some ridicule — in the blogosphere for his on-air apology after a guest used the word “crosshairs” during a report on Chicago politics Tuesday.
Lbentzterp / CNN:
McCain: Hopes Obama considers Lieberman for defense secretary  —  Washington (CNN) - Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, tells CNN he believes his good friend Joe Lieberman would make a good defense secretary for President Obama, calling him “one of the most informed members of the Senate on national security issues and homeland security issues.”
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Clinton says she won't commit to serving second term at State
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Why Did Lieberman Off Himself?
Discussion: Eunomia
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has been one of the most hysterical GOP lawmakers when it comes to repealing the Affordable Care Act, insisting that every possible provision in the law has to be scrubbed from existence — with no exceptions.  Even wildly popular measures …
Melanie / CNSNews:
200 Economists Ask Lawmakers to Repeal Obamacare
Discussion: Nice Deb and Right Wing News
Suzy Khimm / Mother Jones:
Health Reform by the Numbers
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Gabrielle Giffords to be released from hospital Friday  —  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is expected to be released from a Tucson, Ariz., hospital Friday just less than two weeks after she suffered a gunshot wound to her head, her office said today.  —  She will be moved from the University Medical Center …
Discussion: Salon, TPMDC and Outside the Beltway
Todd Ackerman / Houston Chronicle:
Giffords to transfer to Houston rehab center
Discussion: New York Times and Politics Daily
Jerome R. Corsi / WorldNetDaily:
Hawaii governor can't find Obama birth certificate  —  Suggests controversy could hurt president's re-election chances  —  Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie suggested in an interview published today that a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Barack Obama may not exist within …
The Hill:
Boehner, McConnell skipping state dinner with Chinese leader  —  Three top congressional leaders are skipping a state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao in what may be perceived by China as a snub.  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
Janie Har / Oregonian:
U.S. Rep. David Wu loses staffers, political team amid complaints of public behavior  —  Since the November election, U.S. Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., has lost at least six staffers plus the leadership of a veteran campaign team that guided him to a seventh term amid complaints about his public behavior.
Associated Press:
DA: Pa. abortion doc killed 7 babies with scissors  —  PHILADELPHIA — A doctor who provided abortions for minorities, immigrants and poor women in a “house of horrors” clinic has been charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a patient and seven babies who were born alive …
Steve Beck / CBS Philly:
Philly Abortion Doctor Facing 8 Counts Of Murder
Discussion: Hot Air and Verum Serum
National Enquirer:
WHY OBAMA IS SCARY SKINNY  —  The real reason behind PRESIDENT OBAMA's shocking weight loss - he's secretly battling stomach parasites, say sources.  —  The pencil-thin president caught the parasites on a trip last year to Hawaii, where he and his family also vacationed over Christmas, according to top political insiders.
Discussion: Moonbattery, Althouse, Wonkette and Gawker
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
In Wreckage of Lost Jobs, Lost Power  —  Alone among the world's economic powers, the United States is suffering through a deep jobs slump that can't be explained by the rest of the economy's performance.  —  The gross domestic product here — the total value of all goods and services …
Craig / CNSNews:
Rep. John Lewis Says Declaration's ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ Language and 14th Amendment Authorize Congress to Force People to Buy Health Insurance  —  ( -Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said on Tuesday that the government should require individuals to buy health insurance and cited the Preamble …
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Tim Mak / FrumForum:
Steele: “I Know How Caesar Felt”  —  This past weekend, RNC Chairman Michael Steele lost his bid for reelection.  Sitting down with FrumForum as he ponders his next move, perhaps the thing that gets the garrulous Steele most quiet is a mention of his successor, Wisconsin State Republican Chair Reince Priebus.
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Video Captured ‘Calculated’ Gunman in Tucson  —  TUCSON — The chief investigator for the sheriff's department here has for the first time publicly described the brief and gory video clip from a store security camera that shows a gunman not only shooting Representative Gabrielle Giffords …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Our Second Annual TV News Trust Poll  —  PPP's annual look at the public's trust in various TV news outlets finds that Fox News' credibility is on the decline, that the traditional networks are seeing an up tick in their numbers, and that PBS is at the top of the heap.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and AOL News
Jonathon M. Seidl / The Blaze:
D.C. ANTI-WALMART PROTESTERS PLAN MARCH ON DEVELOPER'S HOME WITH ‘TARGET’ FLYER  —  A group of Washington, D.C. protesters upset about the possibility of a Walmart store coming to their area is hoping to send the potential developer of the proposed store a message.
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Parenting by Gays More Common in the South, Census Shows  —  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Being gay in this Southern city was once a lonely existence.  Most people kept their sexuality to themselves, and they were reminded of the dangers of being openly gay when a gay church was bombed in the 1980s.
Ron Charles / Washington Post:
Ron Charles reviews ‘O: A Presidential Novel’  —  By Anonymous.  —  Simon & Schuster.  353 pp.  $25.99  —  Like the people who end up running for president, this anonymous novel about Barack Obama's reelection campaign isn't as good as you hoped or as bad as you feared.
Study Points to Windfall for Goldman Partners  —  Goldman Sachs executives have long been among the most richly paid on Wall Street in the best of times.  They are now poised to reap a windfall that was sown in the dark days of the financial crisis in 2008.
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Pickering, Hills, Sullivan, Beinart, Dobbins, More Ask Obama Administration to Support UN Resolution Condemning Illegal Israeli Settlements  —  A letter from an array of concerned policy commentators and practitioners, academics, and former government officials about the resolution pending …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
King witness list provokes bitter split among Islam critics  —  Rep. Peter King's decision not to include some of the harshest non-Muslim critics of American Islam in his hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims next month is drawing the Long Island Republican — long a prominent critic himself — fire from his right.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's blow-out quarter: The bloggers called it, the Street blew it  —  In the quarterly battle between outsiders and the insiders, it's the amateurs by a mile  —  Amateurs in blue, pros in peach.  Click to enlarge.  —  This one wasn't even close.  —  In our ranking of the best and worst Apple …
Koran-protest US pastor Terry Jones excluded from UK  —  Mr Jones had said the burning would be a stand against terrorism  —  Controversial US pastor Terry Jones has been excluded from the UK for the public good, the Home Office has said.  —  The pastor had been invited to the UK to give …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Poll: 60% call for police at townhalls
Discussion: Valley Fever and TPMDC
Staciacnn / The 1600 Report:
Obama, Da Bears Super Bowl Bound?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and The Hill
Cheney opens door to tighter gun restrictions
Bill Roggio / 1 The Long War Journal:
Senior German al Qaeda leader killed in Afghanistan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Rebecca Smith / Wall Street Journal:
The New Light Bulbs Lose a Little Shine
Dara Lind / American Prospect:
The One With the Gold Makes the Rules.
Discussion: Yglesias
Inside Higher Ed:
Stars Shine on Christian Researcher
 Earlier Items: 
Brian / Right Wing Watch:
Religious Right Leader: Episcopal Church No Longer Christian …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Ron Paul for Senate?
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Carol Braun Moseley rips Bill Clinton's ‘betrayal’
The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker on his Darrell Issa story
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Weigel
First Read /
First thoughts: Stating the obvious
Peter Baker / New York Times:
The White House Looks for Work