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7:55 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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Coakley says no more terrorists in Afghanistan
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Harry Reid's Swansong  —  Will Harry Reid retire at the end of this year?  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  In the end, I don't believe Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will run for re-election.  Whether or not the health care bill he muscled through the Senate becomes law, the 70-year-old will bow out of his race for a fifth term.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
The Official Google Blog:
A new approach to China  —  Like many other well-known organizations, we face cyber attacks of varying degrees on a regular basis.  In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Campbell could switch to Senate race Thursday  —  Former Rep. Tom Campbell (R-Calif.) appears primed to switch from California's governor's race to its Senate race, and it looks like he will make an announcement Thursday morning.  —  In an invitation from the Los Angeles County GOP …
Discussion: Swing State Project and GOP 12
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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.
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 Swamp, The Hill 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
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 …
Vince Lattanzio / Press Association:
Sick Passenger on “Do Not Board” List Flies Out of Philly  —  An investigation has been launched to find out why a man with an extremely contagious disease was allowed to fly out of Philadelphia International Airport.  —  The man, who's infected with Tuberculosis, boarded a US Airways bound …
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.
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.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin to address alcohol industry event in Las Vegas  —  Washington (CNN) - Las Vegas and alcohol probably aren't the first two things that come to mind at the mention of Sarah Palin, but the former vice presidential candidate is about to change that.  —  At least that's according to Craig Wolf …
Dustin Lance Black / The Huffington Post:
We Cannot Wait  —  Almost 32 years ago, in San Francisco's City Hall, having just defeated anti-gay proposition 6, Supervisor Harvey Milk stood in his office debating what the next step in the gay and lesbian movement should be.  Per usual, he found himself in a heated debate with the other …
Los Angeles Times:
Iranian officials blame West for bombing that killed top scientist  —  Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, one of the country's leading nuclear scientists, is killed outside his home on his way to work.  Reformists said he had become vocal in his opposition to the government.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
McCain: “I Wouldn't Know” About Palin Vetting Process  —  John McCain does not want to talk about the 2008 presidential election, or any of the intrigue that's followed—a fact he made clear in an interview with Matt Lauer this morning on “Today,” in which he said he “wouldn't know” …
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.
CBS News:
Racism Doesn't Always have a Southern Drawl  —  Posted by Jan Crawford Trent Lott was forced out as Senate majority leader for making racially charged remarks, with few rallying to his defense.  But Harry Reid's explosive comment's about Barack Obama's “light skin” and “no Negro dialect” …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Neptunus Lex
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.
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
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
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 …
 
 
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