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5:20 AM ET, January 13, 2010

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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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Dave Girouard / Google Enterprise Blog:
Keeping your data safe  —  Many corporations and consumers regularly come under cyber attack, and Google is no exception.  We recently detected a cyber attack targeting our infrastructure and that of at least 20 other publicly listed companies.  This incident was particularly notable for its high degree of sophistication.
Associated Press:
E-Mail Breach Has Google Threatening to Leave China
Discussion: The Agonist
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Internal Memo To Top Dem Donors Warns Mass Senate Race Is “Very Tight,” “Urgent”  —  In a sign of serious worry about the increasingly tense battle for Ted Kennedy's seat, the Democratic National Committee and the Martha Coakley campaign have blasted a private memo to top national Dem donors …
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Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Dems, labor pour cash into Kennedy seat  —  Democrats and their union allies are pumping resources into Massachusetts in an attempt to save their 60-seat Senate majority.  —  The seat in question, which belonged to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), has been one of the most reliable liberal votes …
Michael Graham / The Natural Truth:
Coakley Campaign Attacks Tea Party “Devil”  —  Martha Coakley's left-wing allies have been attacking and insulting tea party attendees and town hall participants for months.  Now the Coakley campaign has jumped on the “teabagger” bandwagon.  Her campaign just sent out a press release attacking Scott Brown …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Senate Race Tightens in Massachusetts
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
Coakley to Fundraisers: 'If I Don't Win, 2010 Is Going to Be Hell …
New York Times:
Fierce Quake Devastates Haitian Capital  —  SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — A fierce earthquake struck Haiti late Tuesday afternoon, causing a crowded hospital to collapse, leveling countless shantytown dwellings and bringing even more suffering to a nation that was already the hemisphere's poorest and most disaster-prone.
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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 …
Jonathan M. Katz / Associated Press:
Many casualties expected after big quake in Haiti
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Amrecro / American Red Cross Disaster Newsroom:
Disaster Alert: Earthquake in Haiti
Discussion: Boston Globe and Red Mass Group
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Palin blasts critics in Fox debut: ‘A bunch of b.s.’  —  Sarah Palin hit back today at reports that she was uninformed and unprepared on the 2008 campaign trail.  —  In her debut as a Fox News contributor, Palin told Bill O'Reilly that anecdotes about her reported in a new book and repeated …
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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.
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Harry Reid's Swansong  —  Will Harry Reid retire at the end of this year?  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  In the end, I don't believe Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will run for re-election.  Whether or not the health care bill he muscled through the Senate becomes law, the 70-year-old will bow out of his race for a fifth term.
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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Sharpton: Bill Clinton's ‘coffee’ remark about Obama may have been racist
Discussion: The Politico
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek Blogs:
Chuck Norris Hunts for Obama's ‘Secret Vault’ as Interpol Conspiracy Theories Get Wilder  —  The conspiracy theories about President Obama's executive order on Interpol are getting wilder by the day.  —  Invoking no less an authority than Glenn Beck, movie tough guy (and political activist) …
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WorldNetDaily:
Obama's secret vault  —  On Glenn Beck's Jan. 7 show, Beck was rightly puzzled regarding the exact purpose of President Obama's Dec. 16 signing of an executive order “designating Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization) as a public international organization entitled to enjoy certain privileges, exemptions and immunities.”
Peter H. Stone / Under The Influence:
Health Insurers Funded Chamber Attack Ads  —  Just as dealings with the Obama administration and congressional Democrats soured last summer, six of the nation's biggest health insurers began quietly pumping big money into third-party television ads aimed at killing or significantly modifying …
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Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Health Insurance Companies Exposed Again
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
The Hill:
Rangel: Dems face ‘serious problems’ on healthcare reform  —  Congressional Democrats face “serious problems” in getting a healthcare reform bill to the president's desk, according to a House panel chairman.  —  “We've got to get a bill that's more compatible to the House,” …
Discussion: The Politico
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Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Conan O'Brien Says He Won't Host ‘Tonight Show’ After Leno  —  Conan O'Brien released a statement Tuesday saying that he no longer wanted to be the host of “The Tonight Show” on NBC if it appeared at 12:05 a.m.  —  Mr. O'Brien's brief run as host at 11:35 p.m. is to be cut short next month …
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.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire and Pajamas Media
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
House to vote on Obama's first veto  —  On Dec. 30, President Obama quietly issued his first veto.  On Wednesday, the House will vote on whether to override that veto.  Except Obama didn't really oppose the bill he vetoed, and the House doesn't really want to override it.  —  Confused?
Discussion: PoliBlog and Washington Times
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Specter says he'll back Obama choice for Justice Dept. post  —  Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) announced Tuesday that he would support Indiana University law professor Dawn Johnsen as the new leader of a critical Justice Department post.  The move could potentially break a legislative logjam lasting nearly a year over Johnsen's nomination.
Discussion: Wonkette and pa2010.com
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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” …
Discussion: TBogg and Post Politics
John Cassidy / The New Republic:
Hedging America  —  How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities  —  (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 390 pp., $28  —  One tried-and-true way to start off a course in elementary economics is to call the students' attention to a common object, such as the spiral notebooks in which they are presumably busy taking notes.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and TPMCafe
 
 
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