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7:35 PM ET, January 13, 2010

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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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Rich Schapiro / NY Daily News:
Rev. Pat Robertson says ancient Haitians' ‘pact with the devil’ caused earthquake  —  The Rev. Pat Robertson is offering his own absurd explanation for why a quake hit Haiti: Many years ago, the island's people “swore a pact to the the devil.”  —  “Something happened a long time ago in Haiti …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Robertson: Haiti ‘cursed’ since Satanic pact  —  The Rev. Pat Robertson, on his CBN broadcast today, offered his own explanation of the earthquake in Haiti:  —  “Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it,” he said.
GottaLaff / The Political Carnival:
VIDEO- Pat Robertson: Haiti disaster due to Haiti's “pact at the Devil.”  —  Relevant segment starts at about 6:00:  —  “When these disasters strike, we are there to help the people.”  —  Of course you are, Pat... after you come out with outlandishly despicable statements about why Haiti …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Did Haiti Form a Pact With the Devil?  —  My colleague Amanda Terkel observes that Pat Robertson thinks the Haitians have no one but themselves to blame for the earthquake that's afflicting their country.  After all, it's only comeuppance for their pact with the devil:
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Robertson spokesman downplays ‘cursed’ remark
Discussion: PopWatch
Political Punch:
Pat Robertson Blames Earthquake on Pact Haitians Made with Satan
Discussion: Political Byline and Hot Air
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Why is Haiti so poor?
Discussion: Naked Politics
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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dem Staffer Apologizes For Shoving Weekly Standard Reporter  —  As you may have heard, a Dem staffer helping the Martha Coakley campaign was caught on video shoving a Weekly Standard reporter, prompting an explosion of outrage from national Republicans and the right-wing media, who alleged bullying and intimidation.
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.”
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
GOP focusing on nomination after Coakley tussle
Discussion: Boston Globe
Associated Press:
Reporter takes stumble chasing Mass. candidate
Discussion: National Review
Mike Flynn / Big Government:   Coakley Staffer Who Attacked Reporter Is an Obama Appointee
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: Taylor Marsh, Daily Kos and The Page
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The Note:
Gillibrand to Ford: Bring it On  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: Harold Ford Jr.'s needling of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, as he considers a primary challenge against her for her Senate seat, is drawing a response.  —  In a statement issued tonight, Gillibrand, D-N.Y., suggests that Ford …
Pareene / Gawker:
New York Times Allows Harold Ford to Destroy Himself  —  Remember how the New York Times' uncomfortable interview with Caroline Kennedy pretty much sank her Senate campaign?  Hello, Harold Ford, welcome to New York!  First question: Jets or Giants? … Right.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Senate Hopeful in New State Airs Evolving Views
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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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Prop. 8 trial TV blocked  —  Splitting 5-4, the Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked any television broadcast to the general public of the trial in a San Francisco federal court of the challenge to California's ban on same-sex marriage.  The stay will remain in effect until the Court rules on a coming appeal challenging the TV order.
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: The Politico
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Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Report: Dems to Grant Special Exemption to Unions on “Cadillac Tax”
Discussion: Cold Fury
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 …
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.
 
 
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