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12:55 PM ET, January 21, 2011


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Abby Phillip / The Politico:
White House reboots on economic advice  —  Signaling a shift to a new phase of the administration's response to the nation's economic woes, President Barack Obama will sign an executive order Friday establishing a new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness that will be lead by General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt.
Jeffrey R. Immelt / Washington Post:
A blueprint for keeping America competitive  —  President Obama has asked me to chair his new President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.  I have served for the past two years on the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and I look forward to leading the next phase of this effort …
Obama Taps GE's Immelt to Head Economic Advisor Panel
Discussion: Wonk Room and The Page
Jim Kuhnhenn / The Huffington Post:   Jeffrey Immelt To Head President's Council On Jobs And Competitiveness
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
Glenn Beck in June 2010: 'You're Gonna Have to Shoot Them in the Head'  —  But, of course, “both sides do it!”...  sigh...  [via Stephen Webster at RAW STORY]...  The video above was from June 10, 2010.  —  “You need to go back to June —  June of this year, 2010,” …
Patterico's Pontifications:
No, Charles Johnson, Glenn Beck Did Not Tell His Viewers to Shoot Anyone in the Head  —  On Twitter, Charles Johnson excitedly says:  —  He links to a post, evidently written by an LGF user, which provides no context for the clip, but simply embeds it.  Here is a screenshot of the entire post:
CCR Appeals to Fox News President for Help in Silencing Glenn Beck Misinformation Campaign Against Progressive Professor  —  Repeated Branding of 78-Year-Old Professor Frances Fox Piven as “Enemy of the Constitution” Incites Death Threats  —  Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights …
Jason Mattera / Human Events:
Are We In Bill Clinton's Third Term?  —  Jacob Lew was tapped by Barack Obama last July to lead the Office of Management & Budget.  Most recently, William Daley accepted a request to serve as BHO's chief of staff.  —  Both Lew and Daley also had prominent positions within the Clinton administration …
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
President serving ‘third term’ of Clinton White House, says Gingrich
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Politico
Hal Dardick / Chicago Tribune:
Poll: Emanuel closing in on majority vote
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Rahm Emanuel has huge lead in Chicago mayor race
Discussion: CNN
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
A Path Is Sought for States to Escape Their Debt Burdens  —  Policy makers are working behind the scenes to come up with a way to let states declare bankruptcy and get out from under crushing debts, including the pensions they have promised to retired public workers.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Everything starts with repeal  —  Suppose someone - say, the president of United States - proposed the following: We are drowning in debt.  More than $14 trillion right now.  I've got a great idea for deficit reduction.  It will yield a savings of $230 billion over the next 10 years …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Giuliani ‘absolutely’ open to 2012 presidential run  —  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) said he is “absolutely” open to a run for president in 2012.  —  Giuliani, the mayor of New York during the 9/11 terrorist attacks who ran for president in 2008, hinted more strongly …
Discussion: CNN and FrumForum
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Rudy Giuliani ‘absolutely’ thinking about 2012  —  Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani says he's “absolutely” open to a run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  —  “I will take a look at 2012,” Giuliani said Thursday night on CNBC.  —  He ran what was regarded …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Republican Presidential Contenders for 2012  —  ABC News' Early Look at Top GOP Presidential Hopefuls and Their Chances of Winning Nomination  —  Roughly one year before the Iowa caucuses, a diverse and ambitious group of Republicans has begun jockeying for the party's presidential nomination …
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Romney keeps away from Tea Party
Discussion: TPMDC and Hotline On Call
New York Times:
Poll Finds Wariness About Cutting Entitlements  —  As President Obama and Congress brace to battle over how to reduce chronic annual budget deficits, Americans overwhelmingly say that in general they prefer cutting government spending to paying higher taxes, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Jason Brudereck / Reading Eagle:
Woman who fell into fountain faces theft charges, has criminal record  —  The Reading woman who became an Internet sensation by falling into a fountain while sending a text on her cell phone was in Berks County Court on Thursday for a status hearing on theft-by-deception and related charges.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Just as things were looking up, Obama's annual job approval average puts him near the postwar bottom  —  As if the poll showing improved approval of Congress under partial Republican leadership wasn't discouraging enough, now comes a new survey showing President Obama's second-year job approval near …
Discussion: Gallup and Hot Air
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
FOX Poll: Only 42% Would Reelect Obama... 51% Would Vote For Someone Else
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Murkowski questions approach to health repeal  —  Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Thursday cast doubt on the manner in which Republicans have attempted to repeal the healthcare law.  —  Murkowski (Alaska) said that she would vote to repeal the law if a vote was held in the Senate …
Political Correction RSS:
Rep. Broun: Mixed Seating At SOTU Is “A Trap” To “Silence Republicans” When “Barack Obama Spews Out All His Venom”  —  1 hour and 16 minutes ago — Matt Finkelstein  —  The tragic shootings in Tucson prompted calls for civility from politicians on both sides of the aisle, including Sen. Mark Udall's …
Kerry Eleveld / Washington Post:
Next up for Obama: Marriage equality for gay Americans  —  Less than a month after President Obama repealed “don't ask, don't tell,” his Justice Department filed its latest brief defending the so-called Defense of Marriage Act - the law that makes gay Americans second-class citizens …
David Brooks / New York Times:
A Most Valuable Democrat  —  In the spring of 2008, John McCain asked Joe Lieberman to speak on his behalf at the Republican National Convention.  “If I look back, I wonder about it,” Lieberman now says.  But it seemed the natural way to help the man he deemed most qualified to be president.
The Huffington Post:
Dems Growing Convinced That GOP Will Try To Force Shutdown Over Health Care Funds … WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats expressed a rare touch of nonchalance Wednesday as House Republicans voted to repeal last year's health care overhaul, since the repeal has little chance of passing the Senate.
Justin McCurry / Guardian:
Eight Somali pirates killed as South Korea rescues freighter crew  —  Navy commandos storm ship hijacked in Arabian Sea, and officials say all 21 crewmembers safe after operation  —  South Korean navy commandos today rescued the crew of a freighter hijacked in the Arabian Sea last week …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and AOL News
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Outspoken Tucson sheriff faces recall bid  —  Tea party group wants Dupnik out  —  Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has never lost an election, but that was before his remarks assigning blame for the deadly Tucson, Ariz., shooting to political “vitriol” and calling Arizona “a mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
China Goes to Nixon  —  With Hu Jintao, China's president, currently visiting the United States, stories about growing Chinese economic might are everywhere.  And those stories are entirely true: although China is still a poor country, it's growing fast, and given its sheer size it's …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
‘Mr. President, Say This on Tuesday Night’  —  President Obama delivering the State of the Union address last January.  —  With four days until President Obama gives his State of the Union address, interest groups have buried the White House with a barrage of unsolicited advice about what they want him to say.
Benjamin Weiser / City Room:
Ghailani Terrorism Conviction Is Upheld  —  A federal judge in Manhattan refused on Friday to overturn the sole count for which Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was convicted last fall in a trial stemming from the 1998 bombings of two United States Embassies in East Africa, which killed 224 people.
Discussion: TalkLeft and National Review
David Parker / The Awl:
The Most Emailed ‘New York Times’ Article Ever  —  It's a week before the biggest day of her life, and Anna Williams is multitasking.  While waiting to hear back from the Ivy League colleges she's hoping to attend, the seventeen-year-old senior at one of Manhattan's most exclusive private schools …
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Steve Clemons / The Huffington Post:
Calling on Fred Hiatt and Donald Graham: Jennifer Rubin & Israel-Bashing?
Jeff Schogol / Stars & Stripes:
McChrystal denies claims of secret military crusade against Islam
Discussion: Raw Story
Clive Crook / The Atlantic Online:
Is Health Care Reform Fiscal Reform?
Giffords heads to Houston hospital
Discussion: The Hill and This Just In
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Why is Verizon suing over net neutrality rules it once supported?
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Raw Story
The Politico:
Army suicide numbers mixed ... U.S. captures Afghan insurgent …
Discussion: Firedoglake
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Opposition in Tunisia Finds Chance for Rebirth
Discussion: War in Context and Unfogged
 Earlier Items: 
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Ensign expects ‘very tough’ GOP primary
Carla Marinucci / SFGate:
Is Republican billionaire Meg Whitman planning a political comeback?
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
FBI Questioned Gulet Mohamed Without Counsel at DC Airport (With Video)
Discussion: Emptywheel and The Agonist
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
It Sounds So Much Better Read Out Loud
Discussion: Althouse