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4:40 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.
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 front-runner Rahm Emanuel off the ballot, reversing the decision of a lower court.  —  The Appellate Court reached a 2-1 decision to remove Emanuel.
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Court Says Emanuel Is Not Eligible to Run for Chicago Mayor  —  CHICAGO — An Illinois appeals court panel has ruled that Rahm Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff, does not qualify to run for mayor of Chicago in next month's election.  —  The ruling, which was announced on Monday …
Discussion: Tablet Magazine
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Emanuel booted off Chicago ballot
Lauren Etter / Wall Street Journal:
Emanuel Removed From Chicago Ballot
Rahm Emanuel Deemed Ineligible for Chicago Mayor
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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 …
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 …
No, Marco Rubio did not dismiss the Tea Party
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rubio casts doubt on Tea Party Caucus
Discussion: Commentary and FrumForum
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Obama won't endorse raising retirement age or reducing Social Security benefits  —  President Obama has decided not to endorse his deficit commission's recommendation to raise the retirement age, and otherwise reduce Social Security benefits, in Tuesday's State of the Union address …
John Harwood / The Caucus:
President, Rebounding, Gives Opponents Pause
Rep. Jan Schakowsky / The Huffington Post:
A Frightening “Roadmap” …
Discussion: The Hill
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
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 …
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:
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:
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.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
George Allen's Problem  —  Today, former Senator George Allen is expected to announce his intention to run against the man who beat him six years ago — Jim Webb.  Of course it remains uncertain whether Webb will even run again.  —  I have met George Allen a number of times, like him tremendously …
Discussion: Ballot Box, Hotline On Call and TPMDC
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Allen makes it official
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 …
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.
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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