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6:30 PM ET, January 12, 2010

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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Internal Memo To Top Dem Donors Warns Mass Senate Race Is “Very Tight,” “Urgent”  —  In a sign of serious worry about the increasingly tense battle for Ted Kennedy's seat, the Democratic National Committee and the Martha Coakley campaign have blasted a private memo to top national Dem donors …
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Martha Coakley Is Not Just Wrong on Terror War - She's Dangerous (Must-See Video)  —  There are no terrorists in Afghanistan?  —  On Wednesday December 30 Jordanian doctor and Al-Qaeda blogger Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi killed 7 CIA officers in a suicide bomb attack at an outpost in southeastern Afghanistan.
Pete Abel / The Moderate Voice:
Brown, Coakley, and a Confession  —  So Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Martha Coakley had their final debate last night; and by all accounts — at least all the accounts I've read — it was a feisty affair.  —  If you follow political matters at all …
Discussion: Time, The Politico and FiveThirtyEight
Erik Gallant / The Fray:
New Martha Coakley ad attacking Scott Brown misspells ‘Massachusetts’ … On the heels of last night's final debate between Martha Coakley, Scott Brown and Joseph L. Kennedy, Coakley released a new ad attacking Scott Brown — an aggressive turn that many observers have thought was long overdue.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Desperate Dems try to Palinize Massachusetts Senate race
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Coakley says no more terrorists in Afghanistan
Discussion: TD Blog
Michelle Malkin:
Big Biz/Big Guv luv: Look who's coming to Martha Coakley's aid now …
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Conan O'Brien Says He Won't Host ‘Tonight Show’ After Leno  —  Conan O'Brien released a statement Tuesday saying that he no longer wanted to be the host of “The Tonight Show” on NBC if it appeared at 12:05 a.m.  —  Mr. O'Brien's brief run as host at 11:35 p.m. is to be cut short next month …
Kevin Diaz / Hot Dish Politics:
Palin, Bachmann Tea Party sessions closed to press  —  It looks like the revolution will not be televised, after all.  —  At least not the Tea Party's revolution.  —  Word from Nashville on Monday was that the First National Tea Party Convention next month will be closed to the press …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Swampland and The Hill
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The Politico:
Tea partiers shell out big bucks for Palin  —  Sarah Palin's appearance early next month at the first tea party movement's convention in Nashville, Tenn., has stirred controversy in conservative circles over her reported decision to charge a substantial fee.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Reporters (Mostly) Barred From Tea Party Convention  —  For a while, I've been calling and emailing the organizers of the National Tea Party Convention with some basic logistical questions, to no avail.  Kevin Diaz explains why: the convention, held in Nashville next month, will be closed to all but “selected” members of the press.
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
NV Sen Moved to Lean Takeover, Dems Still have Edge in MA Sen  —  New polling confirms that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) is mired near 40% in general election ballot tests against all potential opponents, even those voters know nothing about.  It will be extremely difficult …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Ensign: Lay off Reid  —  Washington (CNN) - Sen. John Ensign, himself no stranger to controversy, is breaking with other Republicans to defend his fellow Nevada Sen. Harry Reid for describing President Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”
CBS News:
Racism Doesn't Always have a Southern Drawl
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Neptunus Lex
Yahoo! News:
McCain on claims of campaign's lax vetting of Palin: 'I wouldn't know.'  —  Buzz up!  —  An interview on “The Today Show” this morning became contentious when host Matt Lauer questioned Sen. John McCain about allegations in a new book that his campaign did little background research …
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans split on success of Obama presidency  —  Washington (CNN) - Americans are giving Barack Obama a split decision on his first year in office, according to a new national poll.  —  Forty-eight percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday …
Wall Street Journal:
Tax on Investment Income Is Weighed  —  Health-Bill Negotiators Consider Extending Medicare Levy as They Face Pressure to Ease Proposed Hit on Generous Insurance Plans  —  WASHINGTON — House and Senate negotiators are considering applying for the first time the Medicare payroll tax …
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Ezra Klein:
House and Senate negotiators considering new Medicare tax
Discussion: Washington Post and Townhall.com
Harold Ford Jr / New York Post:
Ford: I'm gearing up for Senate race  —  It's true: I am strongly considering running for the United States Senate.  —  I do so because our best as a nation has always come when we test our ideas and ourselves, and when we trust competition to refine the steel of our convictions and the truth of our arguments.
Peter H. Stone / Under The Influence:
Health Insurers Funded Chamber Attack Ads  —  Just as dealings with the Obama administration and congressional Democrats soured last summer, six of the nation's biggest health insurers began quietly pumping big money into third-party television ads aimed at killing or significantly modifying …
The Politico:
Obama to address House GOP  —  President Barack Obama will address House Republicans next week at their annual retreat in Baltimore, deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton said Tuesday afternoon.  —  It's a show of bi-partisanship after a year rife with tumult in the relationship between …
Discussion: The Hill, The Swamp and Jay Bookman
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Tel Aviv Cluster  —  Jews are a famously accomplished group.  They make up 0.2 percent of the world population, but 54 percent of the world chess champions, 27 percent of the Nobel physics laureates and 31 percent of the medicine laureates.  —  Jews make up 2 percent of the U.S. population …
Discussion: Jeffrey Goldberg and Israel Matzav
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Federal Reserve earned $45 billion in 2009  —  Wall Street firms aren't the only banks that had a banner year.  The Federal Reserve made record profits in 2009, as its unconventional efforts to prop up the economy created a windfall for the government.  —  The Fed will return about $45 billion …
Gavin Lee / BBC:
Strange reunion  —  Why would a former Guantanamo Bay prison guard track down two of his former captives - two British men - and agree to fly to London to meet them?  —  “You look different without a cap.”  —  “You look different without the jump suits.”  —  With those words, an extraordinary reunion gets under way.
Richard M. Benjamin / The Huffington Post:
The Real Harold Ford: Why I Support the White Woman Over the Black Dude  —  Harold Ford presents a formidable challenge to New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the 2010 Democratic primary.  —  Why?  The former Tennessee congressman is a light-skinned African American with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.
Discussion: NY Daily News and Post Politics
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
U.S. Chamber warns of ‘double-dip’ recession because of Dem policies  —  U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue warned the U.S. faces a double-dip recession because of the taxes and regulations under consideration by the Democratic Congress and President Barack Obama.
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Afghan President Grateful to U.S. for ‘Little Help’  —  Karzai Tells Diane Sawyer Income, Education and Health Has Improved in His Tenure  —  Afghan President Hamid Karzai disputed President Obama's claim that Afghanistan once had a “blank check” from the U.S., but said he is grateful for the …
Discussion: The Page
The Huffington Post:
DADT Repeal: Dems Move Forward With Plans  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Congressional negotiators and White House officials are moving forward with plans to add the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell to the upcoming defense authorization bill, Democratic sources tell the Huffington Post.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Nelson ‘not 100 percent certain’ he'll support health bill's final passage  —  Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said he's not yet “100 percent certain” he can vote for health reform legislation.  —  Nelson, who gave Democrats a crucial 60th vote to end debate on its healthcare bill and pass it …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
With Updated Hubble Telescope, Reaching Farther Back in Time  —  Astronaut repairmen had hardly finished tightening the last stubborn bolts on the Hubble Space Telescope last summer when astronomers set the controls on the refurbished telescope to the dim and distant past.
 
 
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