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1:25 PM ET, January 19, 2011

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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Why Did Lieberman Off Himself?  —  The retirement of Joe Lieberman is the culmination of a series of domestic repercussions of the Iraq war.  The war estranged Lieberman from his party base, which gave rise to a liberal primary challenge in 2006.  National Democrats supported Lieberman …
Discussion: Eunomia and The Daily Dish
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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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Reid: Taxes, spending and immigration reform top Senate agenda
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 …
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Worst Case  —  How health care reform really could get repealed—and why the repercussions would go well beyond health care.  —  Steven Hyder, 40, runs his own legal practice out of a shared office in downtown Monroe, Michigan, a blue-collar town south of Detroit.
Suzy Khimm / Mother Jones:
Health Reform by the Numbers  —  As Republicans seek to repeal health care reform, they have assaulted “Obamacare” as a job-killing, freedom-crushing behemoth that's pushed the country onto the path to socialism.  In order to defend their landmark legislative achievement, Democrats, meanwhile …
Discussion: The New Republic
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.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
It's come to this: CNN apologizes ... after guest uses “crosshairs” metaphor
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 …
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Sally Pipes / New York Post:
The damage has already begun
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 …
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.
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.
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
What Is Orthodox?  —  I'm a big fan of Matthew Yglesias' blogging …
Discussion: Yglesias and Ben Smith's Blog
Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
‘This is a collaborative endeavor’  —  Gov. Neil Abercrombie has an agenda, but he can't do it alone  —  Hawaii's seventh elected governor, Neil Abercrombie, knows he has a tough job.  He ran for it, calling the post the cornerstone of a life in politics.
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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 and Gawker
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.
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Matt Duss / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Peter King's Hearings On Radical Islam To Call On Critic …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
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 …
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.
Discussion: New York Post and National Review
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
O: A guessing game
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
The new Clintonian Obama is playing offense, and building momentum  —  Three months after an electoral “shellacking” that threatened to derail his agenda and his reelection, Obama is on a roll.  —  President Obama — the centrist, Clintonian version — is rolling.
Discussion: CNN, TalkLeft and Prairie Weather
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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: Ballot Box, CNN, TPMDC and Ben Smith's Blog
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Carol Braun Moseley rips Bill Clinton's ‘betrayal’  —  Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun on Wednesday called former President Bill Clinton's campaign appearance for former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel a “betrayal” of the city's African-American and Latino communities.
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Clinton could cost Emanuel black votes in Chicago, Dem claims
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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 …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Dem Rep: Tucson Hero Wants Health Care Bill Kept In Place  —  As Democrats ramp up their day-long press tour to criticize the House Republican plan to vote on a repeal of the landmark health care reform bill today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is using this month's tragedy in Tucson to take on the GOP.
Discussion: Fox Nation and Weasel Zippers
 
 
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WTOP.com:
Va. lawmakers look to stop climate change probe
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
With Some Dems Nervous About Any Changes, Senate Rules Reform to Be Tweaked
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Blazing Cat Fur:
Moore, Kenney Order Screening Of Iranium! - beat up recalitrant librarians!
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans See Room for Improvement in Obama's Leadership
Peter Baker / New York Times:
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The Fix:
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Pat Toomey / Wall Street Journal:
How to Freeze the Debt Ceiling Without Risking Default
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Do Republican critiques of the healthcare law add up?
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Colin Fernandez / Daily Mail:
'Wear the hijab or I'll kill you, cousin told girl': Muslim tells …
Bradley Blackburn / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Gabrielle Giffords' Husband Mark Kelly Says She Feared She Would Be Shot
Discussion: The Caucus, Guardian and FrumForum
msnbc.com:
FBI: Spokane bomb is ‘domestic terrorism’