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5:30 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.
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.
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: The Politico, Time and msnbc.com
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Desperate Dems try to Palinize Massachusetts Senate race  —  Frantic over the possibility that a Democrat might lose the race to replace Sen. Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts, the Democratic National Committee has sent its top spinner, Hari Sevugan, to the aid of Democratic candidate Martha Coakley …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Coakley says no more terrorists in Afghanistan
Discussion: TD Blog
Breitbart.tv:
THE LAST TIME A WHITE DEMOCRAT COMMENTED ON OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN AND RACE...
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
DSCC Launches First MA Ad Buy
Discussion: Hot Air and The Other McCain
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Conan O'Brien Says He Won't Host ‘Tonight Show’ Following Leno  —  Conan O'Brien released a statement Tuesday saying that he no longer wants to host NBC's “Tonight Show” and intends to seek a way to end his contract with the network.  —  The host, who saw his brief run at host of “Tonight” …
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 …
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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 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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Divorce Rates Higher in States with Gay Marriage Bans  —  Over the past decade or so, divorce has gradually become more uncommon in the United States.  Since 2003, however, the decline in divorce rates has been largely confined to states which have not passed a state constitutional ban on gay marriage.
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.”
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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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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.
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
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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
After Withholding Endorsement, Specter To Support Key Obama DOJ Nominee  —  Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) says he's revisited his initial concerns over Obama Justice Department nominee Dawn Johnsen, and has decided to support her confirmation.  —  “After voting ‘pass’ (which means no position) …
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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
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 …
Denver Post:
Sources: Hickenlooper intends to enter guv's race  —  Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper has told top Democrats he intends to run for governor, sources tell The Denver Post.  —  Hickenlooper has been meeting with key advisers since Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter last week unexpectedly announced he was dropping his re-election bid.
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.
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
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
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Strom Thurmond son planning to run for Congress  —  Strom Thurmond's youngest son, Paul Thurmond, is one step closer to running for Congress himself, announcing that he's setting up an exploratory committee to run for the seat of retiring Rep. Henry Brown (R-S.C.)
Discussion: TPMDC
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.
Patrick Courrielche / Big Journalism:
Peer-to-Peer Review (Part III): How ‘Climategate’ Marks the Maturing of a New Science Movement  —  PART III - A global warming skeptic receives the leaked files from an anonymous “Deep-Climate” insider.  Release of files exposes gatekeeping and leads to the maturing of a new science movement - that of peer-to-peer review.
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Campbell could switch to Senate race Thursday
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Bloomberg:
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Discussion: New York Times
Caitlin Flanagan / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
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