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10:40 AM ET, January 10, 2010

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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Toss up in Massachusetts  —  The Massachusetts Senate race is now a toss up.  —  Buoyed by a huge advantage with independents and relative disinterest from Democratic voters in the state, Republican Scott Brown leads Martha Coakley 48-47.  —  Here are the major factors leading to this surprising state of affairs:
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Boston Globe:
Senate poll: Coakley up 15 points  —  AG viewed as stronger on most issues, Globe survey finds, but Brown has gained traction, too  —  Democrat Martha Coakley, buoyed by her durable statewide popularity, enjoys a solid, 15-percentage-point lead over Republican rival Scott Brown as the race …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Brown HQ Report #2
Discussion: Hot Air
Jessica Taylor / Scorecard's Blog:
Poll: Scott Brown ahead of Martha Coakley by one point
Discussion: Boston Herald
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Brown HQ Report #1
Discussion: sisu, TD Blog and MyDD
Frank Quaratiello / Boston Herald:
Scott Brown swearing-in would be stalled to pass health-care reform
Discussion: YID With LID
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Teddy's anger  —  One of the enduring mysteries of the 2008 campaign was what got Ted Kennedy so mad at Bill Clinton.  The former president's entreaties, at some point, backfired, and the explanation has never quite emerged.  —  I've finally gotten my hands on a copy of Game Change, in which John Heliemann and Mark Halperin report:
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Game Change: Even More Juicy Stuff  —  From Game Change, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann  —  Why Sen. Kennedy was offended about his conversation with Bill Clinton: (Page 218): “Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, A few years ago this guy would have been getting us coffee.”
Discussion: Mediaite and Don Surber
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Book: Obama, Biden clashed in '08  —  The relationship between Barack Obama and Joe Biden grew so strained during the 2008 campaign, according to a new book, that the two rarely spoke and aides not only kept Biden off internal conference calls but refused to even tell him they existed.
Discussion: The Caucus, Ben Smith's Blog and GOP 12
Mark Preston / CNN:
Reid apologizes for ‘Negro dialect’ comment
Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
Detroit bomber ‘singing like a canary’ before arrest  —  President Barack Obama is under fire over claims that the Christmas Day underwear bomber was “singing like a canary” until he was treated as an ordinary criminal and advised of his right to silence.  —  The chance to secure crucial information …
Hollywoodreporter / The Live Feed | THR:
Oliver Stone's ‘Secret History’ to put Hitler ‘in context’  —  TCA — Director Oliver Stone's upcoming Showtime documentary miniseries “Secret History of America” promises to put mass murderers such as Stalin and Hitler “in context.”  —  “Stalin, Hitler, Mao, McCarthy …
New York Times:
A Fox Chief at the Pinnacle of Media and Politics  —  In the fall of 2008, Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, went to his boss, Rupert Murdoch, with two complaints: he had heard that Mr. Murdoch was considering endorsing Barack Obama for president in The New York Post, and he had read …
Roya Nikkhah / Telegraph:
Myleene Klass warned by police after scaring off intruders with knife  —  Myleene Klass, the broadcaster and model, brandished a knife at youths who broke into her garden - but has been warned by police that she may have acted illegally.  —  Miss Klass, a model for Marks & Spencer …
New York Magazine:
Saint Elizabeth and the Ego Monster  —  Even before the cancer, she was among her husband's greatest political assets.  In one focus group conducted by Hickman in Edwards's Senate race, voters trashed him as a pretty-boy shyster—until they saw pictures of Elizabeth, four years his senior.
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Captain Obvious Learns the Limits of Cool  —  Our president came down from the mountaintop.  —  He had applied the freshness of his independent thought to the critical matters at hand.  He had convened his seminar, reviewed the reviews, analyzed the intelligence every which way …
Discussion: Commentary
New York Times:
Banks Prepare for Bigger Bonuses, and Public's Wrath  —  Everyone on Wall Street is fixated on The Number.  —  The bank bonus season, that annual rite of big money and bigger egos, begins in earnest this week, and it looks as if it will be one of the largest and most controversial blowouts the industry has ever seen.
New York Magazine:
Saint Elizabeth and the Ego Monster  —  Tentatively, unhappily, but soberly and seriously, the Edwards old guard began discussing their obligation to the party to come forward with what they knew.  When should they leak the truth to the Washington Post or the New York Times?  Which of them would make the call?
Discussion: Donklephant
 
 
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Jamie Doward / Guardian:
Muslim TV channel linked to extremist
Thomas Rid / Woodrow Wilson International Center …:
Cracks in the Jihad  —  “Get ready for all Muslims to join …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Kings of War
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Obama in '02: ‘The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott’
The Huffington Post:
Fool Me Over and Over and Over Again
Discussion: TalkLeft
Dana Loesch / thedanashow.wordpress.com:
Claire McCaskill: “We Should Have a Conference and C-Span Should be in There”
Discussion: Big Government and Gateway Pundit