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2:30 PM 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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DSCC: Shoved reporter tape a GOP ‘dirty trick’  —  A spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is describing the video above, which shows a Weekly Standard reporter getting pushed around by a DSCC consultant, Michael Meehan, as a “dirty trick” by “Washington Republicans.”
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Coakley associate shoves Weekly Standard reporter; Update: Photo of assailant
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and The Daily Caller
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Coakley dodges question about Afghanistan claim
E.J. Dionne / PostPartisan:
In Massachusetts, Scott Brown was better off on his own
Laura Crimaldi / Boston Herald:   Reporter roughed up outside Coakley fund-raiser
CNN:
PM: Hundreds of thousands dead in Haiti quake  —  Watch live reports from Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  Anderson Cooper is on scene for firsthand accounts of the horror and devastation from the earthquake.  —  Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) — The Haitian prime minister said Wednesday several hundred thousand people …
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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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Haitian hardship, 15 years later
Discussion: The Politico
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Gillibrand urges help for Haitians
Discussion: The Hill and The Swamp
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama: Haiti will get ‘full support’ of U.S.
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Wall Street Journal:
Support Grows for U.S. Health Exchange  —  WASHINGTON — The White House wants to include a national health-insurance exchange in the health bill, which would give House Democrats one of their top remaining demands, according to an official involved in the discussions.
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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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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New York Times:
Interview With Harold Ford Jr.
Discussion: Gawker, The Hill and The Fix
Associated Press:
Obama concedes he hasn't brought country together  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama says he has not succeeded in bringing the country together, acknowledging an atmosphere of divisiveness that has washed away the lofty national feeling surrounding his inauguration a year ago.
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
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Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
FLOTUS: Reid owes me no apology
Discussion: The Swamp
Armstrong Williams / Pundits Blog:   Time to dump Pelosi and Reid
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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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
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin admits questions about Sept. 11  —  In her debut as a contributor to Fox News Tuesday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin admitted that leading up to her 2008 vice presidential debate, she thought Iraq may have been behind the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Palin blasts critics in Fox debut: ‘A bunch of b.s.’
Real Clear Politics:
Democrats Could Seek to Delay Seating Brown in Senate  —  Should Republican Scott Brown pull off an upset victory in next week's special election in Massachusetts, Senate Democrats may seek to use the chaos surrounding the appointment of Roland Burris last year as a precedent for delaying …
Discussion: HillBuzz and Politics Nation
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James Boyce / The Huffington Post:
The Republicans Are Coming! The Republicans Are Coming!
Discussion: TPMDC and Boston Herald
Derek Kravitz / Washington Post:
Democrat wins Va. Senate race  —  Defying recent voting trends that saw several Northern Virginia Republicans win big in November, Del. David W. Marsden (D-Fairfax) narrowly won a special election Tuesday night to represent a broad swath of southwestern Fairfax County in the Virginia Senate.
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.
Karen Ocamb / LGBT POV:
Prop 8 trial -day 3 - You all have ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and it even got awards - gay discrimination is over  —  (Marriage Equality USA's Davina Kotulski is blogging for The Bilerico Project and other outlets on a blogger passed shared with Michael Petrelis.  She sent this via email this morning.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jane Hamsher / The Huffington Post:
How the White House Used Gruber's Work to Create Appearance of Broad Consensus  —  Up until this point, most of the attention regarding the failure to disclose the connection between Jonathan Gruber and the White House has fallen on Gruber himself.  Far more troubling, however …
Jim Brown / OneNewsNow.com:
CPAC keeps GOProud, loses other sponsor  —  Liberty University Law School has withdrawn as a co-sponsor of next month's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington because a Republican homosexual activist group is being allowed to co-sponsor the event.  (See earlier article)
 
 
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Kevin Diaz / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
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Michael J. Totten:
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Discussion: The Daily Dish and Pajamas Media
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP hoping to nab 40-50 Dems to televise healthcare talks
Discussion: The Politico
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Radley Balko / The Politico:
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