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2:40 PM ET, January 24, 2011


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Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Rahm Emanuel booted off ballot in 2-1 Appellate Court decision  —  Rahm Emanuel was thrown off the ballot for mayor of Chicago today by an appellate court panel, a stunning blow to the fund-raising leader in the race.  —  An appellate panel ruled 2-1 that Emanuel did not meet the residency standard to run for mayor.
Adam Harrington / CBS Chicago:
BREAKING: Court Tosses Emanuel Off Ballot  —  CHICAGO (CBS) - The Illinois Appellate Court has tossed mayoral frontrunner Rahm Emanuel off the ballot, reversing the decision of a lower court.  —  The Appellate Court reached a 2-1 decision to remove Emanuel.
Kristen Mack / Chicago Tribune:
Court orders Emanuel off mayoral ballot  —  Rahm Emanuel should not appear on the Feb. 22 mayoral ballot, according to a ruling issued by a state appellate court today.  —  In a 2-1 ruling, the appellate panel said Emanuel does not meet the residency requirement of having lived in Chicago for a year prior to the election.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Rahm Emanuel booted from the ballot in Chicago's mayoral race  —  Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was booted from the ballot in the Chicago mayoral race on Monday, the Chicago-Sun Times reported.  —  Emanuel, the frontrunner in the race to replace Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley …
Discussion: CNN, Washington Wire and The Note
Lauren Etter / Wall Street Journal:
Emanuel Removed From Chicago Ballot
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Rahm Emanuel booted off Chicago mayoral ballot
Monica Davey / The Caucus:   Court Says Rahm Emanuel Not Eligible to Run for Mayor
Domodedovo blast: Explosion rocks Moscow's main airport  —  Moscow's Domodedovo airport - the busiest in the Russian capital - has been rocked by an explosion that has reportedly killed 31 people.  —  More than 100 more are thought to have been injured in the blast, which reports suggest may have been the work of a suicide bomber.
New York Times:
Deadly Blast Strikes in Moscow's Main Airport  —  MOSCOW — An explosion rocked an international terminal of Moscow's busiest airport on Monday afternoon.  There were conflicting reports on the number of dead and injured, but the toll appeared to be rising rapidly.
Amie Ferris-Rotman / Reuters:
Suicide bomber kills 31 at Russian airport: reports  —  (Reuters) - At least 31 people were killed and more than 100 injured on Monday in a suicide bombing at Russia's biggest airport, Russian news agencies reported.  —  Russia's ruble-dominated stock market MICEX fell by nearly …
Washington Post:   Moscow airport blast kills 29
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
The West Wing, Season II  —  Almost overnight, Barack Obama overhauled his White House and rewrote much of the script.  Now all he needs is a happy ending.  —  David Axelrod awoke at three in the morning and checked his BlackBerry.  It was January 12, a few hours before Barack Obama …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama's transformation culminates in State of the Union
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Vampire for President? …
Discussion: Mediaite
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
19 days in, GOP leadership takes credit for job growth  —  It took less than three weeks for the new Republican Congressional leadership to claim credit for an apparent economic upturn.  —  An aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Brian Patrick, emailed reporters this morning:
Rep. Jan Schakowsky / The Huffington Post:
A Frightening “Roadmap” …
Discussion: The Hill
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
N.J. Gov. Christie says ‘no’ to State of the Union response
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   GOP SCRAMBLES FOR CREDIT ON ECONOMY.... A couple of news items …
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Senator Rubio Questions Need for the Senate Tea Party Caucus (VIDEO)  —  During my recent interview with Senator Marco Rubio, he addressed the growing speculation concerning whether or not he would join the newly formed Senate Tea Party Caucus.  Many of Rubio's supporters and Tea Party leaders …
Sarah Palin / USA Today:
'America's lifeguard'  —  I had the privilege of coming of age during the era of Ronald Reagan.  I like to think of him as America's lifeguard.  As a teenager, Ronald Reagan saved 77 lives as a lifeguard on the Rock River, which ran through his hometown of Dixon, Ill. The day he was inaugurated in 1981 …
Barack Obama / USA Today:
Reagan saw that ‘we are all patriots’
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
CNN's Erick Erickson Suggests “Mass Bloodshed” May Be Necessary If Roe Isn't Overturned  —  CNN's Erick Erickson is also Editor-in-Chief and “Dear Leader” of the conservative blog Red State, so this charming passage posted by “The Directors” is presumably his doing:
National Review:
Ho-Hum Horror  —  The case of Kermit Gosnell reached the newspapers …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Jillian Rayfield / TPMDC:
Bachmann: America Was Founded On Diversity (VIDEO)  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) had an interesting take this weekend on America's first European settlers, who she said “had different cultures, different backgrounds, different traditions.”  —  “How unique in all of the world …
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Mortgage Giants Leave Legal Bills to the Taxpayers  —  Since the government took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, taxpayers have spent more than $160 million defending the mortgage finance companies and their former top executives in civil lawsuits accusing them of fraud.
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Three SEIU Locals—Including Chicago Chapter—Waived From Obamacare Requirement  —  ( - Three local chapters of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), whose political action committee spent $27 million supporting Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election …
New York Times:
Olbermann Split Came After Years of Tension  —  MSNBC never had any doubt about what it was getting when it made Keith Olbermann the face of the network in 2003: a highly talented broadcaster, a distinctive and outspoken voice and a mercurial personality with a track record of attacking his superiors and making early exits.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Williams, Harris to co-moderate Reagan Library debate; MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo to air
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
China's new world order demands stronger U.S. response
Discussion: Yglesias, Cafe Hayek and Betsy's Page
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Chambliss, Warner to propose dramatic spending cut bill
Discussion: Virginian-Pilot
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Huckabee Explains Why He's Waiting to Decide 2012 Run
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Richard Ingham / Agence France Presse:
Climate change: Dogs of law are off the leash
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Jeff Sessions / Washington Post:
Economic policy that's stuck in reverse
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‘ACORN’ is reborn in B'klyn
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Interviewing Thomas Sowell On Basic Economics
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