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9:40 AM, Jan 13, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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“Our thoughts and our prayers are with the people of Haiti at this critical time. The president is very focused on his top priority, which is saving lives in this critical, initial 72-hour period. We’re also very focused on protecting American citizens who are in Haiti, and identifying them and supporting their needs, and their families’ needs.”

"The stakes are so high Democrats won't rule out taking as long as a month to certify the election results—should Brown win—to prevent a Republican from assuming the seat until the Senate completes its work on Kennedy's hallmark legislation."

Advice for state governments: "State and local governments should never, repeat never, be forced to negotiate with local unions. The huge pensions garnered by prison guards in California or transportation workers in New York present the intolerable spectacle of requiring ordinary citizens to pay huge subsidies to union workers far richer than themselves."

Rangel on health-care talks: “We’ve got a problem on both sides of the Capitol. A serious problem,” House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel told Roll Call. “Normally you’re just dealing with the Senate and they talk about 60 votes and you listen to them and cave in, but this is entirely different.”

Average donation in Scott Brown's $1 million haul was $77.

Noemie Emery: "People in newsrooms all over the country decided that someone who talked the way they did was the cure for what ailed the country, and are stunned to find out it is not. His cosmopolitan cool hasn't defanged the terrorists, who still want to kill us, disarmed North Korea or derailed Iran's bomb. His knowledge of Burke hasn't united the country, which is now more divided and angry than ever."

AP: Obama wants record $708 billion for wars

Obama now taking hits for "uninspiring rhetoric." If that's gone, what is left?

A majority of African-Americans think race relations are better since Obama took office. Have they not been tuning into Chris Matthews to learn about how Obama's policies have caused the rest of the nation to rise up in racist rallies disguised as health-care protests?

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