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3:15 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.
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.
Adam Harrington / CBS Chicago:
Court Tosses Rahm Emanuel Off Chicago Mayoral 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.
Lauren Etter / Wall Street Journal:
Emanuel Removed From Chicago Ballot  —  CHICAGO—An appeals court said Rahm Emanuel is not allowed to stay on Chicago's mayoral ballot, a blow to the former White House chief of staff who has already raised more than $10 million in his bid for mayor.  —  The three-judge Illinois Appellate Court …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Emanuel booted off Chicago ballot
Discussion: The Note
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Rahm Emanuel booted off Chicago mayoral ballot
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Monica Davey / The Caucus:   Court Says Rahm Emanuel Not Eligible to Run for Mayor
Lynn Sweet / Politics Daily:
Rahm Emanuel Tossed Off Chicago Mayoral Ballot; Case Heads to Illinois Supreme Court
Discussion: AOL News
Aharding / CNN:   BREAKING: Emanuel appeal expected before close of business
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 …
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 …
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Vampire for President? …
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   GOP SCRAMBLES FOR CREDIT ON ECONOMY.... A couple of news items …
Barack Obama / USA Today:
Reagan saw that ‘we are all patriots’  —  Ronald Wilson Reagan was a believer.  As a husband, a father, an entertainer, a governor and a president, he recognized that each of us has the power — as individuals and as a nation — to shape our own destiny.  He had faith in the American promise …
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 …
Aharding / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama approval up to 55%, but still under 50% on economy  —  Washington (CNN) - On the eve of his State of the Union address, Barack Obama's approval rating is at its highest level in more than a year, according to a new national poll.  —  Full results (pdf)
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Liberals trying to draft Keith Olbermann for Joe Lieberman's Senate seat  —  Liberals want Keith Olbermann to run for retiring Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-Conn.) seat.  —  The ploy to coax the former MSNBC host into the Democratic Senate primary was hatched by activists attending a conference in Pennsylvania over the weekend.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
George Allen claims 'it's time for an American comeback'  —  Former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) officially began his effort to win back his old Senate seat, announcing his campaign Monday in an email and video message to supporters.  —  In a nearly three minute announcement video posted on Allen's website …
Discussion: CNN
Erick Erickson / RedState:
George Allen's Problem
David Catanese / The Politico:
Rendell to MSNBC, declares Casey “unassailable”  —  One of the country's most plain-spoken, media-friendly politicians is about to get paid for his punditry.  —  Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is close to signing a deal with MSNBC to become a regular political contributor for the 2012 campaign cycle, POLITICO has learned.
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.
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Competition Myth  —  Meet the new buzzword, same as the old buzzword.  In advance of the State of the Union, President Obama has telegraphed his main theme: competitiveness.  The President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board has been renamed the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House credits higher approval ratings to lame-duck success
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Discussion: This Just In, Moonbattery and CNN
New York Times:
Build a Bigger House
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Williams, Harris to co-moderate Reagan Library debate; MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo to air
Discussion: GOP 12
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
China's new world order demands stronger U.S. response
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Jillian Rayfield / TPMDC:
Bachmann: America Was Founded On Diversity (VIDEO)
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Jeff Sessions / Washington Post:
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Interviewing Thomas Sowell On Basic Economics
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