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11:35 AM ET, January 8, 2010


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Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
In Massachusetts, Anxiety for Favored Democrats  —  BOSTON — Martha M. Coakley, the Democrat running for Senator Edward M. Kennedy's seat in Massachusetts, had seemed so certain of winning the special election on Jan. 19 that she barely campaigned last month.  —  But the dynamic has changed in recent days.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin rebuffs CPAC, Keene  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Pain is turning down an invitation to speak at one high-profile conservative gathering while accepting another.  —  Palin is declining an invitation to address the Conservative Political Action Conference next month because, a source said …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Sarah Palin and the first 2012 Republican proving ground  —  1. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's decision to attend — and speak at — the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans in April transforms that event into the first legitimate cattle-call of the 2012 Republican presidential sweepstakes.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Mediaite and Boston Globe
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Two swipes at CPAC  —  Two stories today on Palin's decision …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
James A. Barnes / National Journal Online:   Romney Takes The Inside Rail
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Rudy Giuliani Assails Obama Administration's National Security Decisions  —  President Obama yesterday took personal responsibility for failures in the Christmas day terror plot, but Rudy Giuliani still isn't convinced.  —  I spoke to the former mayor of New York City this morning on GMA …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:   Giuliani says Obama ‘turned the corner’ on terror
Alleged Underwear Bomber Due in Detroit Court
Discussion: Politics Daily
Christina Romer / White Blog Feed:
On the December Jobs Numbers
Discussion: The Hill
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Steele comments have GOP aides pleading, ‘Get him to stop’  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele, under fire this week for a string of controversial statements he has made while promoting his new book, has so angered the party's congressional leaders that their aides …
Leah Farrall / All Things Counter Terrorism:
Can we stop the hysteria about AQAP please?  —  Greetings everyone.  Allthingsct is officially back on deck for 2010.  —  Tonight's cynical Friday task is some myth busting in relation to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, especially since the Xmas Day plots have spawned a good deal …
D.B. Grady / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Why Heads Should Roll  —  How courageous is Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, the father of terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab?  If, as it is argued, the Islamic world sees the War on Terror as a War on Islam, it must have been quite intimidating to walk into the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria.
Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
Palin Scoops Politico — By: Robert Costa  —  Did Politico's Mike Allen read Going Rogue?  If he did, he'd know that his scoop on Sarah Palin is actually quite old.  Here's how Allen opens his story on Politico's homepage: … O, please.  Palin detailed all of this months ago on page 289 of her book:
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Palin aide warned of ‘epic debacle’  —  Sarah Palin's charming opening debate line for now-Vice President Joe Biden — “Hey, can I call you Joe?”  — was scripted after she repeatedly referred to him as “O'Biden” in preparation sessions, former McCain campaign senior adviser Steve Schmidt told “60 Minutes.”
Portugal backs gay marriage  —  Portugal's parliament has passed a law to legalise same-sex marriage, but rejected proposals to allow homosexual couples to adopt.  —  The bill was approved with the support of the governing Socialist Party and other parties further to the left.
Roger Lowenstein / New York Times:
Walk Away From Your Mortgage!  —  John Courson, president and C.E.O. of the Mortgage Bankers Association, recently told The Wall Street Journal that homeowners who default on their mortgages should think about the “message” they will send to “their family and their kids and their friends.”
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Shock: Obama Forced to ‘Order’ Follow-Ups of Terrorist Tips  —  President Pledges ‘Accountability’ But No One Fired for Systemic Intel Failures  —  In a revealing admission, President Barack Obama said today he was directing U.S. intelligence agencies to begin to do something many had assumed …
The White House:
Remarks by the President on Strengthening Intelligence and Aviation Security State Dining Room  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody.  The immediate reviews that I ordered after the failed Christmas terrorist attack are now complete.  I was just briefed on the findings and recommendations …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Messiah Complex  —  Every age produces its own sort of fables, and our age seems to have produced The White Messiah fable.  —  This is the oft-repeated story about a manly young adventurer who goes into the wilderness in search of thrills and profit.  But, once there …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Golnaz Esfandiari / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Iran State TV Suggests Neda's Iconic Death Was ‘Faked’  —  Iranian state television has made a documentary about the death of Neda Agha Soltan, a young Iranian woman who was shot dead during the June postelection protests in Tehran, suggesting she was an agent of the United States and Britain who staged her own death.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
CBO estimates $390 billion budget deficit for first quarter of FY 2010  —  The Congressional Budget Office late Thursday released a report estimating that the federal budget deficit was $390 billion for the first quarter of fiscal year 2010.  —  During the same quarter in 2009 …
Discussion: The Page
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Club for Growth will oppose Sen. Bennett's reelection in 2010  —  In an unusual move, the Club for Growth announced Friday that it will oppose Sen. Robert Bennett's (R-Utah) reelection, without specifying a candidate it might support.  —  A series of candidates are looking to upend Bennett …
Big Journalism:
As Climategate Becomes Pressgate, Questions for the Media  —  Trillions of dollars are at stake in the man-made global warming debate.  The Climategate scandal - where leaked emails and computer programs involve dozens of prominent scientists worldwide - has almost everything …
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Katherine Mangan / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Law Schools Get Advice on Helping Students Cope With Tight Job Market
Discussion: New York Times
Frank: Fed's Role in AIG ‘Troubling’
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog and The Hill
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Young Guns II
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Elizabeth Mendes / Gallup:
More Americans Went Uninsured in 2009 Than in 2008
Discussion: The Hill
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Discussion: naked capitalism