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10:55 AM ET, January 19, 2011


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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.
Discussion: Moe Lane
Marissa Calhoun / CNN:
CNN Poll: Palin unfavorable rating at all time high  —  Washington (CNN) - A new national poll indicates that 56 percent of all Americans have an unfavorable view of Sarah Palin, an all-time high for the former Alaska governor.  That 56 percent unfavorable figure is up seven points …
Ezra Klein:
Joe Lieberman: Democratic hero?  —  If you look back over the past two years, perhaps the most consequential decision made by President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was to give Joe Lieberman his chairmanship, even though Lieberman had endorsed John McCain in the 2008 campaign.
First Read /
First thoughts: Stating the obvious  —  U.S.-China relations take center stage... Obama-Hu news conference occurs at 1:05 pm ET; state dinner gets underway at 7:35 pm... U.S. has very little leverage with China... The U.S.-China story steps on the House's repeal of health care …
Discussion: National Review
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Why Did Lieberman Off Himself?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
David M. Halbfinger / City Room:
Lieberman Will Not Run for Re-election
David Weigel / Weigel:
Joe Lieberman Would Have Lost Anyway
Jay Reeves / Associated Press:
New Ala. gov: Just Christians are his family  —  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley told a church crowd just moments into his new administration that those who have not accepted Jesus as their savior are not his brothers and sisters, shocking some critics who questioned Tuesday whether he can be fair to non-Christians.
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
What Is Orthodox?  —  I'm a big fan of Matthew Yglesias' blogging, but he does tend to err a little when he talks about Christianity.  For example, here he is commenting on Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's statement that non-Christians are not his “brother” or “sister”:
Discussion: Yglesias and Ben Smith's Blog
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.
Abby Sewell / Los Angeles Times:
Spokane bomb casualties could have been severe, FBI says
FBI says backpack on Spokane parade route was a bomb
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democratic lawmaker: Repealing health reform is ‘killing Americans’
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Sheila Jackson Lee: Repealing ObamaCare is unconstitutional
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Clinton says she won't commit to serving second term at State  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday she hasn't committed to serving a second term in the Obama administration and is looking forward to an eventual return to private life.  —  “That's not something …
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and Shakesville
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Trumka to push Obama on State of the Union message
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Basic Questions, Elusive Answers on Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — As the fight over health care returned to the House floor on Tuesday, the debate could largely be stripped down to four questions that are relatively simple to ask, if not to answer:  —  Will the health care law …
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Do Republican critiques of the healthcare law add up?
Discussion: cab drollery
Jared A. Favole / Wall Street Journal:
Health Care, Financial Reform Skirt Obama Review  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama's government-wide review of federal regulations will have little effect on two of the president's major regulatory victories: an overhaul of Wall Street and the health-care market, according to a White House budget official.
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
The new Clintonian Obama is playing offense, and building momentum
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Flop Riles Goldman Clients  —  It was supposed to be Wall Street's hottest tech deal in years: the private offering of as much as $1.5 billion in shares of Facebook Inc. And it was a coup for the company's adviser, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., the most envied firm on the Street.
Study Points to Windfall for Goldman Partners
The Fix:
Five members to watch on health care repeal  —  The House is set to vote today on a repeal of the Democrats' health care law, and we've got a good idea how it's going to turn out.  —  The bill is widely expected to pass in the GOP-controlled House on a largely party-line vote …
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.
Discussion: CNN, TPMDC and Ben Smith's Blog
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.
Paul Harris / Guardian:
WikiLeaks has caused little lasting damage, says US state department
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.
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.
Discussion: Holy Bullies …
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.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: House Republicans Explain Why They Won't Give Up Their Own Government-Sponsored Health Care  —  With the Republican legislative agenda increasingly focused on repealing health care reform, many observers are beginning to question whether GOPers in Congress will personally abide …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Lawmaker: Clinton rally could cost Emanuel black votes in Chicago  —  President Bill Clinton's rally for Rahm Emanuel could cost the mayoral candidate black votes, according to Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.).  —  Davis, who dropped out of the race for mayor and endorsed former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
The White House Looks for Work  —  Three days before Christmas, President Obama gathered his economic team in the West Wing's Roosevelt Room to review themes for his State of the Union address.  The edge-of-the-cliff crisis he inherited had passed, but with more than 14 million Americans still out of work …
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Chinese Firm to Invest in North Korea
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Unspecified threat closes down showing of ‘Iranium’ …
Discussion: Gates of Vienna
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans See Room for Improvement in Obama's Leadership
Discussion: Politics Daily
Democracy Corps:
It's jobs, stupid.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Wire
James R. Hagerty / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Factories Buck Decline
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
In Murray Hill, the College Life Need Never End
Pat Toomey / Wall Street Journal:
How to Freeze the Debt Ceiling Without Risking Default
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Obama's SEC hires Goldman Sachs asset manager …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
 Earlier Items: 
Sally Pipes / New York Post:
The damage has already begun
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
Colin Fernandez / Daily Mail:
'Wear the hijab or I'll kill you, cousin told girl': Muslim tells …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
Bradley Blackburn / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Gabrielle Giffords' Husband Mark Kelly Says She Feared She Would Be Shot
Discussion: The Caucus, Guardian and FrumForum
Brian Bond / White Blog:
Hospital Visitation Regulations Go Into Effect Today
The Note:
The Death of “Job Killing”
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
Report: Pakistani spy agency rushed Mullah Omar to hospital