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1:15 PM ET, January 23, 2011

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Matthew Robertson / Epoch Times:
Chinese Pianist Plays Propaganda Tune at White House  —  US humiliated in eyes of Chinese by song used to inspire anti-Americanism  —  Lang Lang the pianist says he chose it.  Chairman Hu Jintao recognized it as soon as he heard it.  Patriotic Chinese Internet users were delighted as soon as they saw the videos online.
Carol Rosenberg / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
How Congress helped thwart Obama's plan to close Guantanamo  —  Two years after the newly minted Obama administration moved to undo what had become one of the most controversial legacies of the George W. Bush presidency by ordering the closure of the prison camps at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba …
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Andrew Cohen / Politics Daily:
United States v. Loughner: The Decision About the Death Penalty
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mwarren / Weekly Standard:
The Decline of the Justice Department
Discussion: Salon, Power Line and Pajamas Media
Don Terry / New York Times:
Eavesdropping Laws Mean That Turning On an Audio Recorder Could Send You to Prison  —  Christopher Drew is a 60-year-old artist and teacher who wears a gray ponytail and lives on the North Side.  Tiawanda Moore, 20, a former stripper, lives on the South Side and dreams of going back to school and starting a new life.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Olbermann-MSNBC split had been brewing for a while  —  A swirl of questions Saturday surrounded political provocateur Keith Olbermann's abrupt departure from MSNBC, the network he helped transform - by dint of his fiery eloquence and on-air presence - into the left's answer to Fox News.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and FrumForum
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Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Olbermann's MSNBC Exit Was Weeks in the Making
New York Times:
Obama to Press Centrist Agenda in His Address  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will outline an agenda for “winning the future” in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, striking a theme of national unity and renewal, as he stresses the need for both government spending in key areas and an attack on the budget deficit.
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Former Spy With Agenda Operates a Private C.I.A.  —  WASHINGTON — Duane R. Clarridge parted company with the Central Intelligence Agency more than two decades ago, but from poolside at his home near San Diego, he still runs a network of spies.  —  Over the past two years …
Van Helsing / Moonbattery:
Bwahahahahaha!  —  Moonbats are not taking the demise of Queef Olbermann well.  DC Trawler has collected some tweets sure to brighten your afternoon.  A few examples:  —  What a smile libs can bring to your face when they histrionically fling themselves on the floor in despair.
Annie Groer / Politics Daily:
State of the Union Bipartisan Seating: Comity Central for Lawmakers … Get ready for Comity Central, or something approaching a massive Congressional date night as pairs and groups of Republicans and Democrats cozy up in adjoining seats for President Obama's State of the Union speech.
Discussion: Denver Post
John / Power Line:
The Left's Tucson Strategy: Stage Two  —  The Left's attempt to link the Tucson shootings to angry rhetoric (not theirs, of course) was stage one of a broader strategy—what both military men and political strategists refer to as preparing the battlefield.  The movement to feign nonpartisanship …
Jerusalem Post:
‘IHH activists violently opposed IDF boarding boat’  —  The commission concluded that on board the Mavi Marmara and the other flotilla vessels was a group of IHH and affiliated activists (the IHH activists) that violently opposed the Israelis boarding.  The IHH activists who participated …
Discussion: Commentary
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
McConnell: I'll sit ‘where I usually sit’  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) does not have a Democrat colleague to sit with during Tuesday's State of the Union.  —  Asked on “Fox News Sunday” whether he will sit at the Republican leadership table during President Obama's speech …
Discussion: CNN
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trying to Break Logjam, Scholar Floats an Idea for a Palestinian Map  —  WASHINGTON — It speaks to the paralysis in the Middle East peace process that the most noteworthy development of the past week came when a mild-mannered analyst at a pro-Israel think tank unfurled three color-coded maps.
Discussion: Yglesias and The Washington Note
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Tea Party Activist Takes Over New Hampshire G.O.P.  —  DERRY, N.H. — A rancorous fight to lead the New Hampshire Republican Party through next year's presidential race ended Saturday with an upset victory by a conservative activist backed by members of the Tea Party and other grassroots groups.
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Good News!!  “Islams Useful Idiots” Planned Rally/March In NY & SF April 9th, 2011
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Federal Research Center Will Help Develop Medicines
Discussion: TigerHawk and Sky Dancing
RADAR:
Joan Rivers Calls Michelle Obama ‘Blackie O’
Tim Hoover / Denver Post:
Secretary of State plans to moonlight with old firm
Mike Stopa / Boston Globe:
The reality of death panels
Discussion: Don Surber and Conservatives4Palin