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11:30 AM ET, January 13, 2010

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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Video: Someone With the Coakley Campaign Pushes Me into a Metal Railing  —  Coakley won't say if she thinks there are terrorists in Afghanistan.  —  Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley attended a fundraiser at the Capitol Hill restaurant Sonoma tonight.
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Assailant Was a Coakley Staffer on Loan from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee?  —  Or just a really good lookalike?  —  A tipster tells me that the man who was pushing me outside of a Capitol Hill fundraiser Tuesday night for Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley is Michael Meehan.
Washington Post:
In Massachusetts, Republican Brown steps up campaign for Kennedy's Senate seat  —  Fueled by the energy of conservative activists, a solid debate performance and a 24-hour, $1.3 million Internet fundraising haul, Massachusetts state Sen. Scott Brown (R) has thrown a major scare …
Wall Street Journal:
Coakley's Saviors  —  The health-care industry rides to the Democratic rescue.  —  We've argued that the leading health industry CEOs will one day be exposed as the most short-sighted business leaders in history, but how to explain the gala fundraiser that their top lobbyists hosted for Martha Coakley last night?
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Coakley dodges question about Afghanistan claim
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Real Clear Politics:
Democrats Could Seek to Delay Seating Brown in Senate
Discussion: HillBuzz and Politics Nation
David Filipov / Boston Globe:
In short race, Coakley picks targets carefully
Discussion: msnbc.com and Red Mass Group
Daniel Foster / The Corner on National Review Online:
Is the Coakley Camp Resorting to Physical Violence?  — By: Daniel Foster
Discussion: Don Surber
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Dems, labor pour cash into Kennedy seat
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.
The Hill:
Rep. Rangel: Dems facing ‘serious problems’ on healthcare reform bill  —  Congressional Democrats face “serious problems” in getting a healthcare reform bill to the president's desk, according to a House panel chairman.  —  “We've got to get a bill that's more compatible to the House,” …
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Alister Bull / Reuters:
White House says stimulus has saved two million jobs
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
White House calls for jobs bill as it touts stimulus effects
BREITBART.COM:
Obama ‘strengthened America’ in first year: White House
Discussion: protein wisdom
New York Times:   Labor Campaigns Against Tax on Health Plans
New York Times:
Fierce Quake Devastates Haitian Capital  —  SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — A fierce earthquake struck Haiti late Tuesday afternoon, causing a crowded hospital to collapse, leveling countless shantytown dwellings and bringing even more suffering to a nation that was already the hemisphere's poorest and most disaster-prone.
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Senate Hopeful in New State Airs Evolving Views  —  In his first extensive interview since he began weighing a run for United States Senate from New York, Harold E. Ford Jr. distanced himself from his previous opposition to same-sex marriage, his description of himself as “pro-life” …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin admits questions about 9/11  —  In her debut as a contributor to Fox News, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin admitted Tuesday that leading up to her 2008 vice presidential debate she thought Iraq may have been behind the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Discussion: NY Daily News and Think Progress
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Palin blasts critics in Fox debut: ‘A bunch of b.s.’  —  Sarah Palin hit back today at reports that she was uninformed and unprepared on the 2008 campaign trail.  —  In her debut as a Fox News contributor, Palin told Bill O'Reilly that anecdotes about her reported in a new book and repeated …
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org:
Matthews: Neo-Cons Took Cruise to Alaska to Find Empty Headed Palin
Discussion: Hot Air
Quinnipiac University:
Obama's Approval Splits Evenly For First Time, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Split On Whether First Year Is Success Or Failure  —  American voters are split 45 - 45 percent on whether Barack Obama's first year in office is a success or failure and split 35 …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval on Terrorism Up to 49%
Discussion: Political Punch
Dennis Kraniak / MyFox Detroit:
Unruly Passengers Disrupt Northwest Flight 243  —  ((Watch the video to get passenger reaction from Fox 2's Simon Shaykhet.))  —  The source says four men from Saudi Arabai were saying something in Arabic that alarmed four on-board Federal Air Marshals.  The Marshals speak Arabic.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
When Jon Stewart Fails.  —  There is an unexpected silence in the liberal blogosphere after last night's highly anticipated Daily Show episode, in which Jon Stewart hosted John Yoo, the author of many of the Bush administration's torture memos and one of the people most responsible for giving legal sanction to the practice of torture.
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Stewart and Yoo
Discussion: The Daily Dish and TPM LiveWire
Cheryl D. Mills / DipNote:
A Disaster in Haiti and How You Can Help  —  About the Author: Cheryl Mills serves as the Counselor and Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  —  Earlier today, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck Haiti.  Reports are still coming in, but it appears that many schools …
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek Blogs:
Chuck Norris Hunts for Obama's ‘Secret Vault’ as Interpol Conspiracy Theories Get Wilder  —  The conspiracy theories about President Obama's executive order on Interpol are getting wilder by the day.  —  Invoking no less an authority than Glenn Beck, movie tough guy (and political activist) …
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WorldNetDaily:
Obama's secret vault
James Richardson / The Daily Caller:
RNC staff: Hard to deal with Steele  —  Defecting to the GOP Hill campaign committees after a series of high-profile blunders by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, veteran Republican bundlers and donors are expressing doubt in the Committee's ability to capitalize …
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Darkness Falls — By: Mark Steyn  —  Those of us who think something's afoot in Europe have been much mocked by the complaceniks, including a few who should know better (such as Max Boot).  Tony Blankley has a response to that in today's Washington Times.  I like this aside:
Discussion: Washington Times
 
 
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Associated Press:
Obama concedes he hasn't brought country together
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dorgan gets invite from Obama
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin to address alcohol industry event in Las Vegas
Discussion: Politics Daily and Firedoglake
Michael Savage / The Independent:
Campbell lays bare Blair's promise to Bush
Discussion: Guardian and normblog
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Sharpton: Bill Clinton's ‘coffee’ remark about Obama may have been racist
Discussion: The Politico
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
House to vote on Obama's first veto
Discussion: PoliBlog
Peter H. Stone / Under The Influence:
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