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6:50 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.
John Jessup / CBN.com:
Thousands Feared Dead in Haiti After Quake  —  It's still impossible to tell how many people were killed in Tuesday's 7.0 earthquake in Haiti.  Early death toll estimates range from the thousands to half a million.  —  Among those confirmed dead is the archbishop of Port-Au-Prince …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Robertson spokesman downplays ‘cursed’ remark
Discussion: PopWatch
Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Aid Workers Scramble Amid Haiti's Chaos
Discussion: The Washington Note and The Page
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.
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
What Massachusetts can tell us about the midterms  —  The Massachusetts special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy is five days away from its — surprisingly suspenseful — conclusion but, even before the votes are cast, the race has provided political junkies a window into the message strategies for the two national parties.
Associated Press:
Reporter takes stumble chasing Mass. candidate
Discussion: National Review
Mike Flynn / Big Government:   Coakley Staffer Who Attacked Reporter Is an Obama Appointee
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   GOP focusing on nomination after Coakley tussle
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 and Daily Kos
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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” …
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
Jeremy W. Peters / City Room:   Paterson Does Not Oppose a Ford Senate Bid
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
jheProp. 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.
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American Foundation for Equal Rights:
STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT DECISION ON PROP. 8 CAMERAS
Discussion: LGBT POV
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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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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