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11:30 AM ET, January 20, 2010

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Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Barney Frank Deals Potential Death Blow to Obamacare  —  Rep. Barney Frank is not a wobbly moderate in a marginal district, but a liberal Democrat who has been supportive of the health care push.  And that's why this statement below, which essentially rules out all of the options being discussed …
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Rasmussen Reports:
First Look At Massachusetts Election Night Poll Data  —  Rasmussen Reports has conducted an Election Night survey of 1,000 voters in the Massachusetts special election for U.S. Senate.  Data will be released on this page throughout the evening.  —  Polls closed in Massachusetts …
The Note:
Bayh Warns “Catastrophe” If Dems Ignore Massachusetts Senate Race Lessons  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports:  —  Even before the votes are counted, Senator Evan Bayh is warning fellow Democrats that ignoring the lessons of the Massachusetts Senate race will “lead to even further catastrophe” for their party.
Associated Press:
GOP's Brown wins Mass. Senate seat in epic upset  —  Buzz up!  —  BOSTON - In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to defeat Democrat Martha Coakley in a U.S. Senate election Tuesday that left President Barack Obama's health care overhaul …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Let's Play the Blame Game!  —  When a Democrat loses a federal race in Massachusetts, the default assumption ought to be that several factors are to blame.  —  Clearly the national environment has gotten worse for the Democrats since Barack Obama's inauguration one year ago.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Guardian
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Just Shut Up!  —  Message of the day to all Dems, Coakley, Rahm, Celinda Lake, national Dem committees, Axelrod, whoever, whatever: Shut the *$%& Up!  I don't know how else to say it.  I'm watching MSNBC and hearing all the key players dumping on each other.  As I've said, the Coakley campaign seems to have been run just terribly.
Discussion: Firedoglake and First Draft
The Politico:
Fallout: Dems rethinking health bill  —  Republican Scott Brown's upset win in Massachusetts Tuesday threatened to derail any hopes of passing a health reform bill this year, as the White House and Democratic leaders faced growing resistance from rank-and-file members to pressing ahead with a bill following the Bay State backlash.
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
G.O.P. Senate Victory Stuns Democrats  —  BOSTON — Scott Brown, a little-known Republican state senator, rode an old pickup truck and a growing sense of unease among independent voters to an extraordinary upset Tuesday night when he was elected to fill the Senate seat that was long held …
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Health Care Comes To Screeching Halt - Sen. Webb: No HCR Votes Until Brown Seated  —  Less than 15 minutes after the race was called for Republican Scott Brown, the first of what could be many conservative Democrats asks for leadership to put the brakes on health care reform.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Frank: Health Care Compromise “Dead”  —  Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) said any hope for a compromise between House and Senate health care reform legislation is dead following his state's election of a GOP senator last night.  —  “I think the measure that would have passed, that is …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
The Politico:
Forces of change now target Obama  —  BOSTON — Republican Scott Brown's eye-opening victory in Massachusetts Tuesday has unmistakably framed the problem for President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party:  —  The same forces of disgust with establishment politicians and hunger for change …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Determined or Delusional?  House Leadership Sounds Optimistic on HCR  —  In the hours and minutes before Republican Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, House Democratic leadership sounded resilient, even optimistic notes about the possibility of passing health care reform anyhow.
Ben Frumin / TPM LiveWire:
Frank: I Hope Some GOP Senators Will Support Health Care Reform — Because Without Them, Bill May Be Toast  —  Rachel Maddow read a lengthy — and surprising — statement on her show tonight from Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA).  Reacting to Republican Scott Brown's win in the Massachusetts' special election …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Brian C. Mooney / Boston Globe:
Voter anger caught fire in final days
Discussion: USA Today
David Catanese / The Politico:
Exit poll: Health care mattered
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
Paul Krugman:   Fools On The Hill  —  So, will health care reform fail …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner on National …:   Brown's Remarks — By: Kathryn Jean Lopez
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Scott Brown: Republican, ‘different kind’
Discussion: The Caucus
Washington Post:
After Massachusetts, why the Democrats should still pass health-care reform
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Why Coakley Losing Won't Matter That Much
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Kennedy's son: Voters want ‘blood’
Discussion: Boston Globe
Joshua Tucker / The Monkey Cage:
The Effect of the MA Special Election
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:   Far left has taken over Democratic Party, Sen. Bayh says
CNN:
Many House Dems reject Senate health bill
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and The Hill
Peter Daou / The Huffington Post:
Liberal Bloggers to Obama and Dems: We Told You So  —  It took more than half a decade, countless American and Iraqi deaths in a war based on lies, a sinking economy and the drowning of an American city to finally kill Bush-Cheney-Rove's dream of a conservative realignment.
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
TSA Nominee Withdraws Amid ‘Political Agenda’  —  Obama administration's TSA nominee withdraws amid ‘political agenda’  —  The Obama administration's choice to lead the Transportation Security Administration withdrew his name Wednesday.  —  In a statement, Erroll Southers said he was pulling …
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Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
He's Done Everything Wrong  — Home - Cheat sheet - Buzz board - Big Fat Story - Blogs & stories - Videos - Galleries - Crossword  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Obama punted on the economy and reversed the fortunes of the Democrats in 365 days.  —  He's misjudged the character of the country in his whole approach.
Discussion: Commentary
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
The Times to Charge for Frequent Access to Its Web Site  —  The New York Times announced Wednesday that it intended to charge frequent readers for access to its Web site, a step being debated across the industry that nearly every major newspaper has so far feared to take.
 
 
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