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3:05 PM ET, January 11, 2010

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Jim Rutenberg / Media Decoder:
Sarah Palin to Contribute to Fox News  —  Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska has signed on as a contributor to the Fox News Channel.  —  The network confirmed that Ms. Palin will appear on the network's programming on a regular basis as part of a multi-year deal.  Financial terms were not disclosed.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
UNEMPLOYED HALF-TERM GOVERNOR HIRED BY FOX NEWS.... Sarah Palin inexplicably walked away from her job last year, quitting as Alaska's governor half-way through her first term.  It presented a minor problem for the often-confused right-wing politician — what, exactly, would she do with herself between …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Palin signs on with Fox News  —  Sarah Palin, who regularly rips the media, is becoming a television pundit at a place where she's likely to feel at home.  —  A Fox News executive says the network will shortly announce that the former vice-presidential nominee is signing on as a contributor.
Discussion: Wonkette and Gateway Pundit
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Palin signs “multi-year” deal to become Fox analyst
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Robert Seidman / TVbytheNumbers:
Sarah Palin Signs Multi-Year Deal With Fox News Channel
Discussion: PoliBlog and Don Surber
Rachel Slajda / TPM LiveWire:
Palin To Become Fox News Contributor
Discussion: News Hounds
The Politico:
Dems launch defense to save Reid  —  Democrats are preparing to throw the race card back in the laps of Republicans as part of a counter attack designed to help save Harry Reid's political career.  —  First, Reid's allies plan to distribute the NAACP vote ratings of Republican senators who have scolded him.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates:
On Harry Reid  —  John Cornyn and Michael Steele think that Harry Reid's comments are the same as Trent Lott's … I think you can grant that, in this era, the term “Negro dialect” is racially insensitive and embarrassing.  That said, the fair-mind listener understands the argument …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Coakley lead solid in Democratic poll  —  Martha Coakley enjoys a solid, double-digit lead in the Massachusetts Senate special election, according to an internal Democratic poll obtained by POLITICO.  —  The survey, conducted by longtime Democratic pollster Mark Mellman, has Democrat Coakley …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and TPMDC
Mark Blumenthal / Pollster.com All Content:
Massachusetts Polls: Divergent Results But One Clear Finding
Scott Rasmussen / Rasmussen Reports:
Looking Closer at the Massachusetts Senate Polls
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Learning From Europe  —  As health care reform nears the finish line, there is much wailing and rending of garments among conservatives.  And I'm not just talking about the tea partiers.  Even calmer conservatives have been issuing dire warnings that Obamacare will turn America into a European-style social democracy.
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Jim Manzi / The Corner on National Review Online:
Krugman Is Wrong About 'Keeping America's Edge' — By: Jim Manzi
Discussion: Vox Popoli and The American Scene
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. Supreme Court blocks video coverage of Prop. 8 trial  —  The ruling will keep the proceedings off YouTube.  The justices, acting on an emergency appeal, say showing video could jeopardize the fairness of the trial.  —  Reporting from Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court …
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Delay in broadcast of Prop. 8 trial
Associated Press:
McCain strategist: Palin thought candidacy was mapped by God  —  Sarah Palin believed that Sen. John McCain chose her to be his running mate in the 2008 presidential race because of “God's plan,” according to a top political strategist in the Arizona Republican's campaign.
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Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
The Bogus Flight 253 ‘One-Way Ticket’ Meme: Anatomy Of A Myth  —  In a remarkable example of how bad information can travel far and wide, dozens of media outlets around the world have said Umar Abdulmutallab was traveling on a one-way ticket to Detroit when he allegedly tried to blow up Flight 253 …
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
The Most Stunning (and Uncommented on) Revelation in Too Big Too Fail  —  Although I read it two months ago, I haven't made much in the way of comments on Andrew Ross Sorkin's Too Big Too Fail, figuring the ground was well plowed by others.  However, the bit that I found the most shocking …
Discussion: The Agonist
New York Post:
Now Harold Ford Jr. backs gay marriage  —  In what will likely be read as another sign of his interest in running against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in this year's Democratic primary, ex-Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr. publicly said for the first time that he was in favor of same-sex marriage.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   N.Y. gays: Ford is no Schumer
CNBC.com:
Health Care Overhaul Bill Is ‘Hanging by a Thread’: Dodd  —  Health care reform is “hanging on by a thread,” and one or two votes could determine the outcome of the heavily-debated bill, Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd told CNBC Monday.  —  “Everyone feels, I guess, to some degree who have been for this …
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Honey, Will You Be My Game-Changer?  —  Pigeon O'Brien, leading Rielle Hunter expert, thinks the first part of the riveting Heilemann/Halperin excerpt on the Edwards Family Horrorshow story portrays Hunter too much as a stalker.  That would fit in with what seems to be the flaw …
Discussion: Politics Nation and AmSpecBlog
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David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:
TSA nominee in 2008: Alliances with Israel, France make us subject to terror attack  —  Erroll Southers, President Obama's nominee to head the Transportation Safety Administration, said in a 2008 web interview on terrorism that America is subject to terror attacks because of its alliances with countries like Israel and France.
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Feingold: Nelson deal was “monkey business”  —  Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) told constituents over the weekend that the deal struck with Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) to cover his state's expanded Medicaid spending was “monkey business” that should not have been made and will ultimately be cut from the legislation.
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Kevin Boneske / The Rhinelander Daily News:
Feingold fields health-care questions
Discussion: The Hill and TPMDC
CNN:
CNN Poll: Majority confident Obama can handle terrorism  —  Washington (CNN) - In the wake of the Christmas day attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner, most Americans remain confident that the Obama administration can protect the country from terrorism, according to a new national poll.
David Rose / Daily Mail:
The mini ice age starts here  —  The bitter winter afflicting much of the Northern Hemisphere is only the start of a global trend towards cooler weather that is likely to last for 20 or 30 years, say some of the world's most eminent climate scientists.  —  Their predictions …
 
 
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