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4:45 PM ET, January 13, 2010

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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.
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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.”
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.
bostonherald.com.nyud.net:
Coakley cites GOP ‘stalkers’ in D.C. dust-up  —  Bay State Attorney General Martha Coakley blamed GOP “stalkers” today for triggering tensions outside a Washington, D.C., fund-raiser last night where a Weekly Standard reporter said he was roughed up by a Coakley campaign volunteer..
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
This Photo May Change The Election  —  A hot story today is how a reporter for The Weekly Standard was shoved to the ground by a Martha Coakley campaign worker when the reporter tried to ask Coakley why she was attending a fundraiser with lobbyists.  —  But another part of the story …
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  —  What is it about my friend John McCormack and campaign panic?  He's actually one of the nicest, mild-mannered people you'd ever want to meet, and yet for the second time in three months, John finds himself at the center of controversy.
Laura Crimaldi / Boston Herald:
Reporter roughed up outside Coakley fund-raiser
Discussion: Commentary
Mike Flynn / Big Government:   Coakley Staffer Who Attacked Reporter Is an Obama Appointee
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Coakley dodges question about Afghanistan claim
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   GOP focusing on nomination after Coakley tussle
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) — “Port-au-Prince is flattened” after a 7.-magnitude earthquake struck …
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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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The Politico:
Harold Ford's gilded New York  —  Harold Ford arrived in New York through one of its finer entry points: Sag Harbor, an exclusive section of pricey East Hampton, where in 2003 his father and predecessor in Congress bought a spacious house for $1.8 million.  —  The Sag Harbor spot …
Discussion: The Page
New York Times:
Interview With Harold Ford Jr.  —  Following are edited excerpts from Monday's interview with Harold E. Ford Jr., conducted by Michael Barbaro, a political reporter for The New York Times, at New York University's campus in Manhattan:  —  Q. Why are you thinking about jumping into this race?
Pareene / Gawker:   New York Times Allows Harold Ford to Destroy Himself
Kos / Daily Kos:
MA-Sen: No longer stealth  —  As E. J. Dionne notes, this past week, things have gotten tougher for Scott Brown: … Brown has been caught in a vice.  His support from teabaggers was critical to becoming competitive — his moneybomb on Monday was the first real moneybomb conservative activists …
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E.J. Dionne / PostPartisan:
In Massachusetts, Scott Brown was better off on his own
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
Kpicket / The washington times Blogs:
Rep. Frank lashes out over accusations that Mass. Dems would stall …
Discussion: Townhall.com and YID With LID
James Boyce / The Huffington Post:
The Republicans Are Coming! The Republicans Are Coming!
Discussion: Boston Herald, TPMDC and TD Blog
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The Hill:
Rep. Rangel: Dems facing ‘serious problems’ on healthcare reform bill
Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
FLOTUS: Reid owes me no apology
Discussion: Pundits Blog and The Swamp
Carlh / Media Matters for America:
Robertson's “true story“: Haiti “swore a pact to the devil” to get “free from the French” and “ever since they have been cursed”  —  From the January 13 edition of Christian Broadcasting Networks' The 700 Club:  —  Please upgrade your flash player.  The video for this item requires a newer version of Flash Player.
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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.
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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.
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 …
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
GOP Senate Candidate Marco Rubio Calls For Suspending Congress For Two Years To Fix The Economy  —  Last night on CNBC, Marco Rubio, a right-wing Republican running for US Senate in Florida, told host Larry Kudlow about his “solutions to the high unemployment” and economic recession.
Discussion: The Politico
Michael F. Cannon / Cato Institute:
Obama's Prescription for Low-Wage Workers: High Implicit Taxes, Higher Premiums … House and Senate Democrats have produced health care legislation whose mandates, subsidies, tax penalties, and health insurance regulations would penalize work and reward Americans who refuse to purchase health insurance.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Cato @ Liberty and EconLog
National Journal Online:
Unions Tentatively Strike A Deal Regarding Excise Tax  —  by Anna Edney, with Billy House contributing  —  THIS CONTENT IS FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF CONGRESSDAILY ONLY.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, The Politico and QandO
 
 
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