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4:05 AM ET, January 12, 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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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Palin signs on with Fox News
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin to appear regularly on Fox News
Discussion: alicublog and Crooks and Liars
neo-neocon:
Can Mr. Brown go to Washington?  —  Check this out, from tonight's debate in the Massachusetts Senatorial race:  —  In case you missed the money quote, Scott Brown said: … So please, people of Massachusetts, send Brown to Washington to fill your seat.  —  [UPDATE: Here's WHDH's pundit Andy Hiller on tonight's debate:
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Boston Herald:
Herald: Scott Brown for U.S. Senate  —  Massachusetts voters have to ask themselves a serious question before they head to the polls next week: Are they content with the current state of affairs in Washington?  —  Are they content with a sweeping health care bill, now being negotiated behind closed doors …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
SCOTT BROWN: It's not the Kennedy seat, it's the people's seat.
Charles Dharapak / Boston Globe:
Obama has no plans to campaign for Coakley
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. Reid immediately recognized danger of ‘Negro dialect’ comment  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has minimized a politically damaging racial controversy through quick action, Democrats and strategists say.  —  Reid quickly apologized to President Barack Obama …
Discussion: The Politico and Israpundit
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Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Scheduled weeks ago, ‘African Americans for Harry Reid’ will go on as planned
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
American Foundation for Equal Rights:
Text of Ted Olson's Opening Statement in Prop.  8 Trial - As Prepared  —  The federal trial over the unconstitutionality of Proposition 8 began today with an opening statement by attorney Theodore Olson, who with David Boies is leading the legal team assembled by the American Foundation …
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Richard Socarides / The Huffington Post:   “Exactly Why We Have Courts, Why We Have the Constitution …
Couragecampaign / Prop 8 Trial Tracker:   Liveblogging Day 1: Daily Summary
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. Supreme Court blocks video coverage of Prop. 8 trial
Kevin Hechtkopf / CBS News:
Obama's Approval Rating Dips to New Low  —  President Obama's job approval rating has fallen to 46 percent, according to a new CBS News poll.  —  That rating is Mr. Obama's lowest yet in CBS News polling, and the poll marks the first time his approval rating has fallen below the 50 percent mark.
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Richard Goldstein / New York Times:
Miep Gies, Protector of Anne Frank, Dies at 100  —  Miep Gies, the last survivor among Anne Frank's protectors and the woman who preserved the diary that endures as a testament to the human spirit in the face of unfathomable evil, died Monday night, the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam said.  She was 100.
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CNN:
Miep Gies, Anne Frank protector, dies at 100
Discussion: Boing Boing
BBC:
Anne Frank helper dies aged 100
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Game over: The Clintons stand alone  —  A new book is out with a highly critical but unsourced portrait of Hillary Clinton.  This familiar occurrence — it's happened too many times to count over the years — has usually been greeted with an equally familiar response: A fast and furious counterattack from the Clinton inner circle.
Michael Grabell / ProPublica:
White House Changes Stimulus Jobs Count  —  When the White House unveiled its nearly $800 billion stimulus package last year, it promised not only to create and save 3.5 million jobs but also to open the books and prove it.  But counting jobs turned out to be a lot harder than lining up a work crew and tapping hardhats.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Future Of Fox  —  Well, this is the celebrity Alaskan when she was a sports announcer, something her college degree qualified her for perfectly:  —  Sarah Palin, Hottie Sports Reporter |  Viral/Other |  SPIKE.com
Jo Piazza / CNN:
Fans have ‘Avatar’ blues  —  (CNN) — James Cameron's completely immersive spectacle “Avatar” may have been a little too real for some fans who say they have experienced depression and suicidal thoughts after seeing the film because they long to enjoy the beauty of the alien world Pandora.
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
I'm Afraid Sarah Palin Might Be Ruining Herself Unintentionally  —  “Charging people $500.00 plus the costs of travel and lodging to go to a “National Tea Party Convention” run by a for profit group no one has ever heard of sounds as credible as an email from Nigeria promising me a million bucks”
CNN:
New questions on full-body scanners  —  Washington (CNN) — A privacy group says the Transportation Security Administration is misleading the public with claims that full-body scanners at airports cannot store or send their graphic images.  —  The TSA specified in 2008 documents …
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
White House Readies Aggressive Midterm Push  —  Axelrod Says Focus Will Be On Republican Alternatives  —  The White House strategy for contesting the midterm election is beginning to take shape.  —  In an interview with National Journal, senior White House political adviser David Axelrod laid …
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Copenhagen Summit Turned Junket?  —  Exclusive: At Least 20 Members of Congress Made the Trip to Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen Last Month  —  (CBS) Few would argue with the U.S. having a presence at the Copenhagen Climate Summit.  But wait until you hear what we found …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Hot Air
John H. Richardson / Esquire:
Lou Dobbs: What I've Learned  —  The broadcaster on (actually) being pro-immigrant, why he's a bit too enthusiastic about speaking his mind, and much more  —  I'm one of those fellas who's got lots of regrets, but I don't regret having regrets.  —  When you've got a 120-pound bale …
 
 
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Dale Wetzel / Associated Press:
ND GOP Gov Hoeven begins run for US Senate
Discussion: Power Line
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Obama admin. considers giving letters to Middle East parties on peace process
Andrew Johnson / The Independent:
Taliban make ‘undetectable’ bombs out of wood
ESPN:
McGwire apologizes to La Russa, Selig
Discussion: Hot Air
Charles Homans / Washington Monthly:
Culture Shock  —  What happened when one conservative Web site …
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Gays vs. Democratic Party
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