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2:55 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. …
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Who Was Source For Claim About Reid's Racial Comments?  Reid Himself!  —  Could Harry Reid himself be the source for the explosive anecdote about his racially charged comments — ones that have created the biggest mess of his political lifetime?  —  Yep.  Reid himself is the source of the anecdote …
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
THE REID TALKING POINTS
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Rahm Emanuel: Staying put — Reid too
Discussion: D.C. Now
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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
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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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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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
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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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 and The Impolitic
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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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 …
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.
Kevin Boneske / The Rhinelander Daily News:
Feingold fields health-care questions  —  1,230th listening session held in Oneida County  —  Pending federal health-care legislation received the most attention when U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold appeared on stage Saturday in the Learning Resources Center's Nicolet Theatre at Nicolet College.
Discussion: The Hill and TPMDC
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Chris Frates / The Politico:   Feingold: Nelson deal was “monkey business”
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.
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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Afghans optimistic, poll reveals
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Ezra Klein:
Bad framing on the excise tax
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Brian Williams: Why Jon Stewart Is Good For News
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David Boaz / Washington Times:
We miss you, Bubba  —  President Clinton doesn't seem so bad
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