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4:30 PM ET, January 5, 2010


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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.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Earthquake Rumblings In MA …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Jules Crittenden:
Republican Heir To The Liberal Lion?
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
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 …
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 …
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 …
Will Collier:
More Arugula From David Brooks  —  Today's column by the NY Times' David Brooks is getting a good deal of blogospheric attention.  Brooks puts on his familiar “Americans In The Mist” safari hat to once again analyze those strange beings from beyond Manhattan (and the Beltway), and reaches the following conclusion:
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 …
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Florida GOP Chairman Resigns  —  The resignation of Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer today — a decision that came after weeks of calls for his head from conservatives — raises the question of whether Gov. Charlie Crist's already embattled Senate candidacy has sustained a blow from which it cannot recover.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Florida party chairman to resign post
Discussion: The Swamp
Fox News:
U.S. to Suspend Gitmo Detainee Transfers to Yemen  —  The U.S. will not transfer any detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Yemen right now, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:   The FBI got ‘usable, actionable’ intel from terrorism suspect
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:
The Politico:
Obama: No more ‘finger-pointing’  —  President Obama will deliver a stern warning to his appointees at a meeting Tuesday afternoon that he won't tolerate efforts by the CIA, the State Department and others to shift blame for the recent intelligence foul-up to other parts of the government, said spokesman Robert Gibbs.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
White House ducks questions on C-SPAN letter
Discussion: The Swamp and TRAIL BLAZERS
Darlene Superville / The Huffington Post:
New Airline Safety Measures To Be Announced By Obama
Discussion: Open Left
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.”
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 …
Courage / Courage To See:   John Fund: Sleath Legislation Coming in January, Universal Voter Legislation
Michael Kinsley / The Atlantic Online:
Cut This Story!  —  ONE REASON SEEKERS of news are abandoning print newspapers for the Internet has nothing directly to do with technology.  It's that newspaper articles are too long.  On the Internet, news articles get to the point.  Newspaper writing, by contrast, is encrusted with conventions …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Politico Editor Defends Platform Granted To Cheney  —  Politico editor John Harris is pushing back hard on criticism of his publication for providing a frequent, often uncritical platform to Dick Cheney, claiming in an email to me that “trying to get newsworthy people to say interesting things is part of what we do.”
Sweatshirt Sparks School Controversy  —  Hoodie Contains Image Of World Trade Center Towers  —  DEARBORN, Mich. — About 15 Arab-American students at Edsel Ford High School are in trouble over a sweatshirt they had made over the holiday break.  —  On the back of the sweatshirt …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and
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 …
Peter Allen / Daily Mail:
France to introduce new law banning ‘psychological violence’ in marriages  —  France will become the first country in the world to ban ‘psychological violence’ within marriage later this year.  —  The new law, which would also apply to co-habiting couples, would see people getting criminal records …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Althouse
The Hill:
Pelosi tells C-SPAN: ‘There has never been a more open process’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended Congress' work on a healthcare bill Tuesday saying the process has displayed historic transparency, just as C-SPAN mounts an effort to open the negotiations.
Discussion: Wizbang
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.
Patrick Goldstein / Los Angeles Times:
‘Avatar’ arouses conservatives' ire  —  Conservatives are blind to the 3-D blockbuster's charms.  —  A Na'vi warrior races into battle on a Thanator, a fearsome panther-like creature native to Pandora.  (WETA / Twentieth Century Fox)  —  It's no secret that “Avatar” has been stunningly successful on nearly every front.
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 …
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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