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1:05 AM ET, January 13, 2010

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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.
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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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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.
Michael Graham / The Natural Truth:
Coakley Campaign Attacks Tea Party “Devil”  —  Martha Coakley's left-wing allies have been attacking and insulting tea party attendees and town hall participants for months.  Now the Coakley campaign has jumped on the “teabagger” bandwagon.  Her campaign just sent out a press release attacking Scott Brown …
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Dems, labor pour cash into Kennedy seat  —  Democrats and their union allies are pumping resources into Massachusetts in an attempt to save their 60-seat Senate majority.  —  The seat in question, which belonged to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), has been one of the most reliable liberal votes …
Wall Street Journal:
Coakley's Saviors  —  The health-care industry rides to the Democratic rescue.
Discussion: Red Mass Group
New York Times:
Fierce Earthquake Rocks 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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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 …
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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  —  On Glenn Beck's Jan. 7 show, Beck was rightly puzzled regarding the exact purpose of President Obama's Dec. 16 signing of an executive order “designating Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization) as a public international organization entitled to enjoy certain privileges, exemptions and immunities.”
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 …
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 …
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Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Health Insurance Companies Exposed Again
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
The Hill:
Rangel: Dems face ‘serious problems’ on healthcare reform  —  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,” …
Discussion: The Politico
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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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Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
House to vote on Obama's first veto  —  On Dec. 30, President Obama quietly issued his first veto.  On Wednesday, the House will vote on whether to override that veto.  Except Obama didn't really oppose the bill he vetoed, and the House doesn't really want to override it.  —  Confused?
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
CQ Study Shows Obama's Legislative Strategy is Working  —  Congressional Quarterly concludes that whether or not Obama's relatively low-key approach is antagonizing his core supporters, it seems to be working: … In part we're seeing that an administration staffed, from the White House on down …
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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.
Scott Shane / New York Times:
A Year of Terror Plots, Through a 2nd Prism  —  WASHINGTON — As terrorist plots against the United States have piled up in recent months, politicians and the news media have sounded the alarm with a riveting message for Americans: Be afraid.  Al Qaeda is on the march again …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
John Cassidy / The New Republic:
Hedging America  —  How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities  —  (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 390 pp., $28  —  One tried-and-true way to start off a course in elementary economics is to call the students' attention to a common object, such as the spiral notebooks in which they are presumably busy taking notes.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and TPMCafe
The Corner on National Review Online:
Coates Speaks as Best He Can — By: NRO Staff  —  It's not news that Christopher Coates, the former chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department, was relieved of his post on January 5 and “transferred” to South Carolina for an 18-month assignment with the U.S. attorney's office.
Discussion: Commentary
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
“Halperin/Heilemann Deep Background” And The Sourcing Talmud  —  Peeling back the curtain a bit, I've had more than a few discussions with trusted sources over the past day or so about whether certain information imparted to me is on “deep background” — meaning, to me, that it can be published …
 
 
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Ezra Klein:
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Steve Clow / L.A. NOW:
Assembly committee OKs bill to legalize marijuana
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Scott Ott / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: Power Line
Dustin Lance Black / The Huffington Post:
We Cannot Wait  —  Almost 32 years ago, in San Francisco's City Hall …
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Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
Supreme Court looks at constitutionality of sex offender law
Discussion: TalkLeft
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin to address alcohol industry event in Las Vegas
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Goldman Acknowledges Conflicts With Clients
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Romney Digs At Huckabee Over “Game Change”