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10:20 AM ET, January 12, 2010

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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 …
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neo-neocon:
Can Mr. Brown go to Washington?  —  Check this out, from tonight's debate in the Massachusetts Senatorial race:  —  In case you missed the money quote, Scott Brown said: … So please, people of Massachusetts, send Brown to Washington to fill your seat.  —  [UPDATE: Here's WHDH's pundit Andy Hiller on tonight's debate:
Boston Globe:
Coakley, Brown in bitter debate  —  Exchange barbs on taxes, terror; Final face-off has sharper edge  —  Meeting for their final debate of the US Senate campaign, Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Martha Coakley tried to capitalize on voters' fears last night, with Brown raising the specter …
Jessica Taylor / The Politico:
Final debate marks Mass. stretch run  —  Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown faced off over health care, the war on terror and abortion during Monday night's final televised debate in the Massachusetts special Senate election.  —  With the vote to fill the remainder of the late …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Brown and Coakley Debate in Massachusetts  —  The Democratic candidate declares there are no terrorists left in Afghanistan.  —  On Monday night, Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown sparred for an hour over health care, taxes, terrorism, abortion, and the death penalty.
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Coakley goes on offensive just before last debate
Discussion: Townhall.com and Scorecard's Blog
Charles Dharapak / Boston Globe:
Obama has no plans to campaign for Coakley
Ann Gerhart / Washington Post:
Sen. Reid and son Rory each considered a burden for the other's campaign in Nevada  —  LAS VEGAS — As if Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) didn't have enough problems, say hello to Rory Reid, his eldest son.  Looks just like him.  He's running for governor of Nevada.
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Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Scheduled weeks ago, ‘African Americans for Harry Reid’ will go on as planned
Kevin Hechtkopf / CBS News:
Obama's Approval Rating Dips to New Low  —  President Obama's job approval rating has fallen to 46 percent, according to a new CBS News poll.  —  That rating is Mr. Obama's lowest yet in CBS News polling, and the poll marks the first time his approval rating has fallen below the 50 percent mark.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Divorce Rates Higher in States with Gay Marriage Bans
Richard Socarides / The Huffington Post:   “Exactly Why We Have Courts, Why We Have the Constitution …
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 …
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.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Game over: The Clintons stand alone  —  A new book is out with a highly critical but unsourced portrait of Hillary Clinton.  This familiar occurrence — it's happened too many times to count over the years — has usually been greeted with an equally familiar response: A fast and furious counterattack from the Clinton inner circle.
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Bomb Blast Kills University Professor in Tehran  —  PARIS — A remote-controlled bomb attached to a motorcycle killed an Iranian physics professor outside his home in northern Tehran on Tuesday, state media reported, blaming the United States and Israel for the attack.  —  There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
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New York Times:
President Signals Flexibility on Health Plan Tax  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama told union leaders at a private White House meeting on Monday that he remained committed to taxing high-cost insurance policies as a way to drive down health costs.  But he also signaled that he was willing …
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Richard Goldstein / New York Times:
Miep Gies, Protector of Anne Frank, Dies at 100  —  Miep Gies, the last survivor among Anne Frank's protectors and the woman who preserved the diary that endures as a testament to the human spirit in the face of unfathomable evil, died Monday night, the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam said.  She was 100.
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CNN:
Miep Gies, Anne Frank protector, dies at 100
Discussion: Boing Boing
Jim Rutenberg / Media Decoder:
Sarah Palin to Contribute to Fox News  —  Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska has signed on as a contributor to the Fox News Channel.  —  The network confirmed that Ms. Palin will appear on the network's programming on a regular basis as part of a multi-year deal.  Financial terms were not disclosed.
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Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Crist loses straw poll to Rubio in his home county  —  CLEARWATER — Among the many indignities Gov. Charlie Crist has faced over the last several rocky months, this one hit home.  —  Republican Party activists in his own county of Pinellas, many of whom have been campaigning alongside Crist for years …
Jo Piazza / CNN:
Fans have ‘Avatar’ blues  —  (CNN) — James Cameron's completely immersive spectacle “Avatar” may have been a little too real for some fans who say they have experienced depression and suicidal thoughts after seeing the film because they long to enjoy the beauty of the alien world Pandora.
Discussion: Moonbattery and Althouse
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Obama speechwriter Ben Rhodes is penning a different script for the world stage  —  In a scene from a recent HBO documentary about the Obama campaign, the candidate's chief speechwriter, Jon Favreau, looks exhausted after churning out a victory address following the last Democratic primary.
Discussion: The Caucus and ATTACKERMAN
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Future Of Fox  —  Well, this is the celebrity Alaskan when she was a sports announcer, something her college degree qualified her for perfectly:  —  Sarah Palin, Hottie Sports Reporter |  Viral/Other |  SPIKE.com
CNN:
New questions on full-body scanners  —  Washington (CNN) — A privacy group says the Transportation Security Administration is misleading the public with claims that full-body scanners at airports cannot store or send their graphic images.  —  The TSA specified in 2008 documents …
 
 
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