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9:05 AM, Jan 21, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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You can't smoke outside in L.A. now.

The Brown Effect: Tommy Thompson mulling Russ Feingold challenge

"Global Times, a nationalist tabloid owned by People’s Daily, the Communist party mouthpiece, ran an editorial with the headline: 'The world does not welcome the White House’s Google'."

Yes, please: Obama to travel to Nevada for Reid.

Creep: John Edwards now claims his both Americas.

Ouch: "For Democrats, the only good thing to come from Tuesday's loss of the Senate election in Massachusetts is this: It could wipe the grin off Robert Gibbs's face."

NYT editorial board: "To our minds, it is not remotely a verdict on Mr. Obama’s presidency, nor does it amount to a national referendum on health care reform — even though it has upended the effort to pass a reform bill, which Mr. Obama made the centerpiece of his first year."

Rove answers Axelrod: "By comparison, from the day Mr. Obama took office last year to the end of the current fiscal year, according to the Office of Management and Budget, the debt held by the public will grow by $3.3 trillion. In 20 months, Mr. Obama will add as much debt as Mr. Bush ran up in eight years."

Man about town: "Brown was meeting first with his highest-profile backer, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee. Next up was his new state partner, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and then Sen. Paul G. Kirk Jr., who has been holding Kennedy's seat on an interim basis since shortly after Kennedy's death from brain cancer in August."

Megan McArdle suggests a conservative alternative on where to go on health care.

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