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2:40 PM ET, January 5, 2010

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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Massachusetts Special Senate Election  —  2010 Massachusetts Senate: Coakley 50%, Brown 41%  —  State Attorney General Martha Coakley holds a nine-point lead over her Republican rival, state Senator Scott Brown, in Massachusetts' special U.S. Senate election to fill the seat of the late Edward M. Kennedy.
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Earthquake Rumblings In MA - Rasmussen Shows Brown Within 9% / Update: Brown within 2% With Definite Voters and Leads By 44% With Independents  —  Rasmussen is the first major polling organization to poll the Massachusetts Senate special election, and the “pre-released” poll numbers show Martha Coakley …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
REFORM AT STAKE IN MASSACHUSETTS
Jules Crittenden:
Republican Heir To The Liberal Lion?
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Michelle Malkin:
Airline security idiocy of the day: Milblogger Michael Yon handcuffed, Joan Rivers blocked  —  Milblogger/independent war correspondent extraordinaire Michael Yon reports that he was stopped at Sea-Tac airport and handcuffed by TSA agents: … I've met Michael and have blogged …
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Nancy Dillon / NY Daily News:
Joan Rivers bumped off flight in Costa Rica when Continental gate agent finds passport suspicious  —  Above, Rivers celebrates the New Year with family and friends in Costa Rica last week.  On her return, though, she had a tough time leaving the country because of her ‘suspicious’ passport.
Anill / Think Progress:
Joan Rivers deemed a danger to national security, bumped off Costa Rica flight back to U.S.  —  The New York Daily News reports that comedian Joan Rivers was among the many travelers to get snared in the heightened-security frenzy that overtook airports after the December 25th failed terrorist attack.
Discussion: MyFox New York
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Tea Party Teens  —  The United States opens this decade in a sour mood.  First, Americans are anxious about the future.  Sixty-one percent of Americans believe the country is in decline, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey.  Only 27 percent feel confident …
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CNN:
Tea Party groups plan ‘strike’  —  Washington (CNN) - Some Tea Party activists from across the country are planning a ‘national strike’ on January 20, the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's inauguration.  —  The idea of holding an economic protest sprung up during the holidays …
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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
RNC chairman doubts GOP will win back the House this November
Discussion: Wonkette
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
White House ducks question on C-SPAN letter
Discussion: The Swamp
Political Punch:
C-SPAN CEO to Democrats: Televise the Health Care Reform Negotiations
Examiner:
What the Dems know that we don't: Universal Voter Registration  —  Many are puzzled that Democrats persist in ramming unpopular and destructive legislation down our collective throats while seemingly unconcerned by their plummeting poll numbers.  A widespread belief is that the Democrats …
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Mark Blumenthal / National Journal Online:
What Liberal Revolt?  —  Claims That Obama's Base Have Turned On Him Are Based On Scant Evidence  —  Does President Obama have a problem with his political base?  That conclusion seems inescapable in recent weeks, as prominent liberal voices have expressed their unhappiness with the president …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   What liberal revolt?  —  There's never been any indication …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Matthews: Politico Serves As The Drudge-Like ‘News Conduit’ For Dick Cheney  —  Last month, Politico conducted an “interview” with former Vice President Dick Cheney.  As ThinkProgress noted at the time, the paper's top reporters — Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen — transcribed Cheney's attacks …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Politico Editor Defends Platform Granted To Cheney
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Daily Kos
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Matthews Bites The Politico That Feeds Him Cheney
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BRIT HUME SPEAKS, AGAIN.... I didn't intend to return to the subject, but Fox News' Brit Hume spoke to Bill O'Reilly last night about his calls for Tiger Woods to change his religion.  At this point, Hume now wants to debate the meaning of the word “proselytize.”
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Steve Bousquet / The Buzz:
Greer quits, Thrasher expected to head GOP  —  Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer resigned his post Tuesday, effective Feb. 20.  He is expected to be replaced by state Sen. John Thrasher of St. Augustine, a former House speaker and formerly a prominent lobbyist.
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Florida party chairman to resign post
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Dems cheer Cherry's exit from race  —  Michigan Lt. Gov. John Cherry's abrupt withdrawal from the state's gubernatorial race is the latest sign of leading Democratic candidates struggling to run in a tough economic environment.  —  Cherry was Gov. Jennifer Granholm's favored candidate …
Discussion: The Note and Swing State Project
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WLNS-TV:
CHERRY WILL DROP OUT OF GOV'S RACE
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
How Visa, Using Card Fees, Dominates a Market  —  Every day, millions of Americans stand at store checkout counters and make a seemingly random decision: after swiping their debit card, they choose whether to punch in a code, or to sign their name.  —  It is a pointless distinction to most consumers …
Drew Zahn / WorldNetDaily:
Glenn Beck on birther issue: 'Dumbest thing I've ever heard'  —  Claims controversy is political ‘dream come true’ for Obama  —  On the air today, popular radio host Glenn Beck mocked “birthers” and claimed there is a concerted campaign to get those questioning Barack Obama's constitutional eligibility onto …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
RedState's Erickson Stands By Assertion That Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Was An ‘Affirmative Action’ Award  —  When it was announced last year that President Obama had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, RedState editor Erick Erickson tweeted that Obama only won the award because …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
For Obama, terrorism is a four-letter word: Bush  —  The attempted bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 was more than just al Qaeda's latest attempt to bring death and destruction to American shores.  It was also, in its still-unfolding political aftermath, a head-on collision between …
Wall Street Journal:
Personal Bankruptcy Filings Rising Fast  —  The number of Americans filing for personal bankruptcy rose by nearly a third in 2009, a surge largely driven by foreclosures and job losses.  —  And more people are filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which liquidates assets to pay off some debts and absolves the filers of others.
Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
Time for accountability at the White House  —  Now it turns out that there was a third uninvited guest at the White House state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, this one a member of the Indian delegation.  It was enough of a shock that the would-be stars Tareq and Michaele Salahi had crashed.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
11 pp.  of House-Senate health differences - Panetta meets CIA fallen at Dover — POTUS, VPOTUS to hold 90-min. Sit Room meeting on air security — Edsall: outside chance GOP takes House  —  BREAKING - -L.A. Times A1: “Northrop headquarters moving to Washington”: “Northrop Grumman Corp …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Why Didn't He Just Blow Himself Up In The Toilet?  —  A reader asks a very interesting question about the undie-bomber - why did he get back into his seat to detonate a bomb that had a ramshackle detonator and where he could be overcome by fellow travelers?  Read the whole email:
Discussion: marbury
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney will decide on 2012 run after midterms  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) said Tuesday that he'll decide whether to run for president in 2012 sometime after this fall's midterm elections.  —  Romney, a 2008 Republican candidate for president and rumored 2012 contender …
Discussion: GOP 12
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
No Longer Majority Black, Harlem Is in Transition  —  For nearly a century, Harlem has been synonymous with black urban America.  Given its magnetic and growing appeal to younger black professionals and its historic residential enclaves and cultural institutions, the neighborhood's reputation …
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Gothamist
 
 
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