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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 …
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:
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.
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?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Robertson spokesman downplays ‘cursed’ remark
Discussion: PopWatch
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
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TPMDC
Worcester Telegram & Gazette:
Two Worcester police unions endorse Brown
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Mike Flynn / Big Government:
Coakley Staffer Who Attacked Reporter Is an Obama Appointee
Associated Press:
Reporter takes stumble chasing Mass. candidate
Discussion: National Review and Hot Air
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
GOP focusing on nomination after Coakley tussle
Discussion: Riehl World View
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Campaigns going strong as Kennedy seat race heads into final days
Discussion: TPMDC and Daily Kos
Boston Herald:
Coakley cites GOP ‘stalkers’ in D.C. dust-up
Discussion: msnbc.com
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DSCC: Shoved reporter tape a GOP ‘dirty trick’
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
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.
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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 …
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:   Gillibrand Responds to Ford's Challenge, Calling Him Out of Touch With New York
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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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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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
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.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Goldman E-Mail Message Lays Bare Trading Conflicts  —  For years, Wall Street whispered that Goldman Sachs profited handsomely by trading ahead of — or even against — its own clients.  —  On Tuesday, a Goldman executive made an unusual admission that, in some cases, the rumors were true.
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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