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11:00 AM ET, January 10, 2010

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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 …
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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:
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 #2
Discussion: Hot Air
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Brown HQ Report #1
Discussion: sisu, TD Blog and MyDD
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
Discussion: The Caucus, Ben Smith's Blog and GOP 12
Mark Preston / CNN:
Reid apologizes for ‘Negro dialect’ comment
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Other Plot to Wreck America  —  THERE may not be a person in America without a strong opinion about what coulda, shoulda been done to prevent the underwear bomber from boarding that Christmas flight to Detroit.  In the years since 9/11, we've all become counterterrorists.
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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 …
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
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Sharpton backs Reid  —  Another unsolicited statement, as Reid's camp works frantically to put out the fire:  —  I have learned of certain unfortunate comments made by Senator Reid regarding President Barack Obama and have spoken with Senator Reid about those comments.
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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 …
Thomas Rid / Woodrow Wilson International Center …:
Cracks in the Jihad  —  “Get ready for all Muslims to join the holy war against you,” the jihadi leader Abd el-Kader warned his Western enemies.  The year was 1839, and nine years into France's occupation of Algeria the resistance had grown self-confident.  Only weeks earlier …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Kings of War
Jamie Doward / Guardian:
Muslim TV channel linked to extremist  —  Satellite broadcaster the Islam Channel denies giving a platform to jihadist extremist  —  A London-based satellite broadcaster that describes itself as “the voice of authority for Muslims in the UK” has been accused of giving a platform to Anwar al-Awlaki …
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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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Right-Wing Radio Host Incensed That ‘Butt Sniffer’ Michael Steele Canceled Appearance On Her Show  —  There was significant media speculation yesterday when embattled Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele abruptly canceled a noon interview with ABC News.
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