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3:35 PM 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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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.
Erik Gallant / The Fray:
New Martha Coakley ad attacking Scott Brown misspells ‘Massachusetts’ … On the heels of last night's final debate between Martha Coakley, Scott Brown and Joseph L. Kennedy, Coakley released a new ad attacking Scott Brown — an aggressive turn that many observers have thought was long overdue.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
DSCC Launches First MA Ad Buy  —  The DSCC will launch ads on behalf of AG Martha Coakley (D) as she battles to preserve Dems' 60-seat majority in the Senate.  —  The DSCC has purchased $567K in ads in the Boston and Springfield markets, a source tells Hotline OnCall.
Discussion: Hot Air
Pete Abel / The Moderate Voice:
Brown, Coakley, and a Confession
Discussion: Time, Boston Globe and msnbc.com
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Brown and Coakley Debate in Massachusetts
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Boston Globe:
Coakley, Brown in bitter debate
neo-neocon:
Can Mr. Brown go to Washington?
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Coakley says no more terrorists in Afghanistan
Discussion: TD Blog
Michael Graham / Boston Herald:   Rage against machine  —  If Scott Brown wins, Harry Reid loses.
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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Richard M. Benjamin / The Huffington Post:
The Real Harold Ford: Why I Support the White Woman Over the Black Dude  —  Harold Ford presents a formidable challenge to New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the 2010 Democratic primary.  —  Why?  The former Tennessee congressman is a light-skinned African American with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.
Discussion: Post Politics and New York Times
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Can Harold Ford win?
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Ensign: Lay off Reid  —  Washington (CNN) - Sen. John Ensign, himself no stranger to controversy, is breaking with other Republicans to defend his fellow Nevada Sen. Harry Reid for describing President Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”
Discussion: Riehl World View and TPM LiveWire
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: Neptunus Lex and AmSpecBlog
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Reporters (Mostly) Barred From Tea Party Convention  —  For a while, I've been calling and emailing the organizers of the National Tea Party Convention with some basic logistical questions, to no avail.  Kevin Diaz explains why: the convention, held in Nashville next month, will be closed to all but “selected” members of the press.
Armstrong Williams / Pundits Blog:
Palin positioning herself for presidential bid?
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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 …
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 …
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Ezra Klein:
House and Senate negotiators considering new Medicare tax
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.
Bloomberg:
Iran Says U.S., Israel May Be Behind Killing of Nuclear Expert  —  Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) — Iran said U.S. and Israeli spy agencies may have conspired with dissident Iranians to kill a nuclear scientist in a bomb attack today in Tehran.  —  Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, a professor of nuclear physics …
Discussion: New York Times and Neptunus Lex
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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” …
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Caitlin Flanagan / The Atlantic Online:
Cultivating Failure  —  IMAGINE THAT AS a young and desperately poor Mexican man, you had made the dangerous and illegal journey to California to work in the fields with other migrants.  There, you performed stoop labor, picking lettuce and bell peppers and table grapes …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 
 
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