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9:45 PM ET, January 21, 2011


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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Giuliani vs. Palin in 2012?  —  (CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he's more likely to run for president if former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin runs.  —  In an interview on CNN's “Piers Morgan Tonight,” Giuliani, who dropped out of the 2008 Republican presidential primary …
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Romney keeps away from Tea Party  —  Possible presidential contender isn't courting activists  —  Tea Party activists in New Hampshire say the former Massachusetts governor has been largely inaccessible to them.  (Mary Schwalm/Associated Press)  —  WASHINGTON — New Hampshire Tea Party …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Huckabee ahead nationally  —  For the first time in PPP's national polling for the 2012 Republican nomination there's a clear leader: Mike Huckabee.  Huckabee's at 24% to 14% for Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney, 11% for Newt Gingrich, 8% for Tim Pawlenty, 7% for Ron Paul, 4% for Mitch Daniels, and 1% for John Thune.
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Tea party favorites skip Senate caucus  —  With less than a week to go before its first meeting, the new Senate Tea Party Caucus has just three members: GOP Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah.  —  The three will headline the first meeting Jan. 27 …
Discussion: FrumForum
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Presidential buzz surrounds Bachmann  —  (CNN) - As if Rep. Michele Bachmann's foray into the early-voting state of Iowa didn't raise enough 2012 speculation already, now comes news the Minnesota Republican will meet behind closed doors with two of the most important GOP officials in the state.
Discussion: The Note and Firedoglake
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Rudy and Palin  —  Piers Morgan just tweeted a preview …
Discussion: Swampland and Daily Kos
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
New Hampshire GOP faces Tea Party takeover
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A rival SOTU response  —  The Tea Party Express emails supporters that Rep. Michelle Bachmann — passed over for a leadership spot, much less the response to the State of the Union — will deliver her own response:  —  Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has confirmed with us that she will broadcast …
Amy Krener /
Date sent  —  There are two very exciting developments I wanted to share with you today, friends!  —  1st - Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has confirmed with us that she will broadcast her response to Barack Obama's State Of The Union address this Tuesday.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
I'm declaring February a Palin-free month.  Join me!  —  Though it is embarrassing to admit this in public, I can no longer hide the truth.  I have a Sarah Palin problem.  —  I have written about her in 42 columns since Sen. John McCain picked her as his presidential running mate in 2008.
Jparkercbs / CBS San Francisco:
Oakland 2nd Graders Reportedly Engage In Sex Acts, Teacher Suspended  —  OAKLAND (CBS 5) — A teacher at Oakland's Markham Elementary School has been suspended indefinitely after school officials said a pair of second-graders performed sex acts on each other in class - with the teacher present.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DeMint joins CPAC boycott  —  South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint will skip this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, making him the most prominent conservative figure yet to express objections to what critics see as a pro-gay, libertarian tilt to the 38-year old event.
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Volcker Out, Immelt In  —  Gotta admit I'm not too pleased by the departure of Paul Volcker from Barack Obama's circle of adviser.  He was one of the few, along with Elizabeth Warren, in the current administration who had a proper perspective on the outrageous behavior that the financial community considers business as usual.
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
White House reboots on economic advice
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama: Immelt to help guide economy on a ‘new mission’
Discussion: The Politico and Booman Tribune
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 …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Free Market Health Care  —  Rep Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) sings the praises of the healthcare status quo and explains the problems with a government takeover of the health care system: … Hensarling is 53 years old, so his mother is, of course, eligible for Medicare.
Ezra Klein:
Column: The Republican war on the CBO  —  It's the age of civility in American politics, but there's one institution that's been civil all along: the Congressional Budget Office (sorry, but sometimes civility is boring).  The nonpartisan agency, which calculates the official cost of legislation for Congress …
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
Newt Gingrich tells Georgia Republicans he'll be a candidate in '12  —  In the last 24 hours, former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich has touched base with several prominent Republicans in his former home state, telling them that he intends to make a run for president in 2012 using Georgia as his base …
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jeff Schogol / Stars & Stripes:
McChrystal denies claims of secret military crusade against Islam  —  WASHINGTON — Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal says he is not part of a religious order waging war on Islam despite recent assertions by acclaimed journalist Seymour Hersh.  —  Speaking in Qatar earlier this week …
Discussion: Raw Story and Jihad Watch
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Hersh rebuked on ‘crusaders’
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
165 House Republicans endorse defunding USAID  —  As the budget battle inside the Republican Party heats up, a large group of conservative House Republicans called Thursday for a drastic defunding of the U.S. Agency for International Development and a host of other programs.
Abu Muqawama /
What Some Conservatives Don't Yet Get
Discussion: The Plum Line and ThinkProgress
Jim Tankersley /
The Phantom 15 Million  —  Taming unemployment starts with solving the mystery of the jobs that were supposed to have been created in the past 10 years but weren't.  —  Anxious: Job seekers in Denver.  —  America's jobs crisis began a decade ago.  Long before the housing bubble burst …
Michael M. Gleeson / The Hill:
Roberts, Alito face tough choice on whether to attend State of the Union  —  Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito face a difficult choice on whether to attend President Obama's State of the Union address next week.  —  Alito and Roberts, who were both nominated …
Discussion: The Note and Prairie Weather
Chris Murphy /
‘Steampunk Palin’ Comic More Insane Than You Imagined  —  Picture in your mind the most insane possible story that could be contained in a book named Steampunk Palin.  Go ahead, take ten seconds or so to imagine it perfectly in your mind's eye.  Use this cover image for help.  —  Got it?  Good.
Discussion: Boing Boing and
Geraldine Fabrikant / New York Times:
You Think Houses Are a Slow Sell?  Try a Yacht  —  What is tougher than having one sleek mega-yacht for sale in a glutted market?  The answer, for the moment at least, is having two mega-yachts on the market.  —  In boom times, yacht enthusiasts would order a new dream boat and keep …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Gawker
Patterico's Pontifications:
Brad Friedman, Partner of Convicted Bomber, Is Very Concerned About Glenn Beck's Rhetoric  —  As I explained last night, Glenn Beck never told his supporters to shoot anyone in the head: … Now comes Brad Friedman doing his typical “am I lying or am I stupid?” game:
Brother of Harry Potter star jailed for attacking her  —  The brother of a Harry Potter star has been jailed for six months for a “prolonged and nasty” attack in which she was beaten and branded a “slag” for dating a non-Muslim.  —  Afshan Azad, 21, who played Padma Patil …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Cubachi
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Stuxnet: Cyber attack on Iran ‘was carried out by Western powers and Israel’  —  A British security expert has uncovered new evidence in the Stuxnet virus attack on Iran's nuclear programme.  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Santorum's Non-Gaffe  —  I disagree with Rick Santorum on almost everything, including abortion.  But this recent kerfuffle about the former Pennsylvania Senator's remarks about black people, including the President, and abortion is a classic example of political correctness run amok.
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Joe Biden reaches out to House Democrats at retreat
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Washington Post:
Corporate contributions have surged for new Republican leaders in House
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Tony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Obama Plans $42 Billion Cut in Iraq, Afghanistan War Costs as Troops Leave
Discussion: Danger Room and Raw Story
Jill Petzinger / Spiegel Online:
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Argus Leader:
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Gender and the Service Economy
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
One year later: Citizens United
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Liz Halloran / NPR:
Sen. Lieberman: Why Should We Toe The Party Line?
Discussion: Ballot Box and Ben Smith's Blog
California Declares Fiscal Emergency
Discussion: Raw Story and Blog
New York Times:
Poll Finds Wariness About Cutting Entitlements
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
A Path Is Sought for States to Escape Their Debt Burdens