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11:45 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:
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Brown HQ Report #2  —  This is a follow up to my earlier report on my day at Scott Brown's campaign headquarters in Needham, Massachusetts, in the western suburbs of Boston.  —  My expectations were fairly low.  I figured I'd stay an hour or so, talk to some people, get a better “on the ground” …
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
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: The Daily Dish, Mediaite and Don Surber
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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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.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Steele: Reid should step down from leadership role for ‘Negro’ remark  —  The chairman of the Republican National Committee called Sunday for Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to step down as Majority Leader in the wake of revelations that he used the term “Negro” when discussing President Barack Obama's 2008 candidacy.
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:   Obama in '02: ‘The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott’
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 …
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 …
Eileen Ng / Associated Press:
4 more churches attacked in Malaysia in Allah feud  —  Buzz up!  —  KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Firebombs were thrown at three more churches in Malaysia on Sunday and another was splashed with black paint, the latest in a series of assaults on Christian houses of worship following …
Discussion: Informed Comment and Jihad Watch
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Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Crack TSA Manhunt Corners National Security Threat — By: Mark Steyn  —  After six days, the authorities have finally caught the man who strolled through into the “secure” area at Newark Airport.  Haisong Jiang, a 28-year-old Rutgers bio-medical research grad student, apparently was overcome …
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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Paul Campos / Wall Street Journal:
Undressing the Terror Threat
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
For Obama, a tough year to get the message out
Discussion: Prairie Weather and EconLog
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
The Label Factor: Is Obama a Wimp or a Warrior?
Discussion: Prairie Weather
New York Magazine:
Saint Elizabeth and the Ego Monster
Discussion: Donklephant
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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The Huffington Post:
Fool Me Over and Over and Over Again
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