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4:55 AM ET, January 14, 2010

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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Coakley Takes Slap Shot At Fenway Fans  —  The Massachusetts special election continues to amaze.  Democratic candidate Martha Coakley has taken a swipe at Fenway Park fans: … Well yes, politicians go out to meet the voters even if it means standing out in the cold.
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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.
Yoon S. Byun / Boston Globe:
Globe endorsement: Martha Coakley for Senate  —  People in Massachusetts are understandably frustrated.  Next week's special election comes in the midst of a too-long Senate debate on health care, showcasing much of what is offensive about the rules of the Senate.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TPMDC
Worcester Telegram & Gazette:
Two Worcester police unions endorse Brown
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
GOP focusing on nomination after Coakley tussle
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Assailant Was a Coakley Staffer on Loan from the Democratic …
Mike Flynn / Big Government:
Coakley Staffer Who Attacked Reporter Is an Obama Appointee
Associated Press:
Reporter takes stumble chasing Mass. candidate
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Boston Herald:   Coakley cites GOP ‘stalkers’ in D.C. dust-up
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Why is Haiti so poor?  —  I'm not interested in talking about Greg Clark or making comparisons to the West; if need be compare it to other black Caribbean nations, such as Jamaica or Barbados.  It's much worse and in terms of social indicators it is also worse than many places in Africa.  Why?
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 spokesman downplays ‘cursed’ remark
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Reid: It Was A Waste Of Time Dealing With Olympia Snowe  —  Hindsight's 20-20, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid now thinks he and leading Democrats, at the behest of the White House, flushed months down the toilet courting Sen. Olympia Snowe's (R-ME) support for health care reform.
Discussion: Don Surber and Hullabaloo
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The Hill:
Obama seizes reins in daylong House-Senate healthcare talks  —  President Barack Obama sought to muscle House and Senate Democrats to reach an accord on healthcare reform during a daylong White House meeting Wednesday.  —  With an eye toward sealing a deal on his signature domestic policy initiative …
The Politico:
Obama pushes for a deal on health bill  —  After an unusual day-long negotiating session, President Barack Obama and top Democratic congressional leaders said late Wednesday that they were making “significant progress” towards reconciling the House and Senate health care reform bills.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Gillibrand Responds to Ford's Challenge, Calling Him Out of Touch With New York  —  Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, after days of ignoring the political threat posed by Harold E. Ford Jr., on Wednesday forcefully took him on, suggesting that his views “may be right for Tennessee,” but are out of step with the voters of New York.
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The Note:   Gillibrand to Ford: Bring it On
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin, Beck rail against ‘system’  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin portrayed herself as a reluctant warrior for freedom on Tuesday during an hour-long interview with Fox News host Glenn Beck.  —  Despite having just signed a multi-year deal with Fox that will require her to spend time in New York …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
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Eric Kleefeld / TPM LiveWire:
Beck Calls ‘Bullcrap’ On Palin's Non-Answer About Favorite Founding Father (VIDEO)
Jonathan M. Katz / Associated Press:
Thousands feared dead in Haiti quake; many trapped  —  PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after a powerful earthquake flattened the president's palace, the cathedral, hospitals, schools, the main prison and whole neighborhoods.
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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.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Weiner: Joe can't spell my name — or “back-stab”  —  A little earlier, I posted a story detailing Joe Lieberman's defense against Harry Reid's Nagourney-reported charge.  —  In a must-read Sunday magazine piece, Nagourney quotes unnamed Reid associates claiming the leader says Lieb …
Discussion: The Politico
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Mike Baker / Associated Press:
Gingrich considers self among top 2012 prospects  —  Buzz up!  —  CARY, N.C. - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday he considers himself among the top Republican prospects for the 2012 presidential election, adding that he believes there will be plenty of GOP options for voters to consider.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Hot Air
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Daschle-dashing Thune in 2012 mix
Discussion: Power Line
American Red Cross:
American Red Cross Pledges Initial $1 Million to Haiti Relief  —  Send a $10 Donation by Texting ‘Haiti’ to 90999  —  Editorial note: You can make a donation by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or click on the Donate Now button.  —  The American Red Cross is sending money …
Lizzy Davies / Guardian:
Sarkozy: full veil not welcome in France  —  Nicolas Sarkozy last night threw his weight behind moves to ban the full Islamic veil in France, calling for an “unambiguous” parliamentary resolution against an item of clothing he said was “not welcome” in a country which valued sexual equality.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Obesity Rates Hit Plateau in U.S., Data Suggest  —  Americans, at least as a group, may have reached their peak of obesity, according to data the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Wednesday.  —  The numbers indicate that obesity rates have remained constant …
Discussion: Megan McArdle
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver: Health Care Bill “In Trouble”  —  You may think that House Democrats warning that the health care bill is in a lot of trouble reflects nothing more than posturing.  Why is Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) saying in this video that the bill might go down on the first pass and then return to the House before it passes?
Discussion: TPMDC, Hot Air, The Greenroom and TalkLeft
 
 
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Lee Fang / Think Progress:
GOP Senate Candidate Marco Rubio Calls For Suspending Congress …
Discussion: The TrogloPundit and The Politico