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11:25 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 …
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.
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 …
Michael Graham / Boston Herald:   Rage against machine  —  If Scott Brown wins, Harry Reid loses.
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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John Stanton / Roll Call:
Feingold Criticizes Reid, Declines to Endorse Him as Leader  —  Sen. Russ Feingold (Wis.) became the first Democrat to openly criticize Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) use of racially insensitive language and declined to endorse Reid's continued tenure as Majority Leader.
Ward Connerly / Wall Street Journal:   Harry Reid's Race Problem
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:   “African-Americans For Harry Reid” Facebook Page Lists 5 Fans... 4 Are White
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Scheduled weeks ago, ‘African Americans for Harry Reid’ will go on as planned
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.
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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.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain on Palin, Reid: No ‘looking back’
Discussion: The Note, CBS News and The Politico
CBS News:   Racism Doesn't Always have a Southern Drawl
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and GOP 12
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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.
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American Foundation for Equal Rights:
Text of Ted Olson's Opening Statement in Prop.  8 Trial - As Prepared  —  The federal trial over the unconstitutionality of Proposition 8 began today with an opening statement by attorney Theodore Olson, who with David Boies is leading the legal team assembled by the American Foundation …
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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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 …
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Bomb Blast Kills Physics 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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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Kissell looking solid  —  A year into his first term in Congress, Larry Kissell is doing just fine.  —  45% of his constituents approve of the job he's doing to 30% who disapprove.  Those numbers are comparable to where PPP found Virginia Foxx and Patrick McHenry's approval ratings in 2008 when each won reelection by 16 points.
Christopher Hitchens / Vanity Fair:
Vidal Loco  —  What has happened to Gore Vidal, the witty, tough-minded subversive of American letters, the 20th century's only possible answer to Oscar Wilde?  After 9/11, the author laments, Vidal's writings took a graceless lurch toward the crackpot, surpassing even the wilder-eyed efforts …
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 …
Associated Press:
US Investigating 38 Cases of Reconstruction Abuse  —  KABUL (AP) — The U.S. agency overseeing the multibillion dollar Afghanistan reconstruction effort is investigating 38 criminal cases ranging from contract fraud to theft — most involving non-Afghans, officials said Tuesday.
 
 
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