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11:20 PM ET, January 13, 2010

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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.
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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.
Yoon S. Byun / Boston Globe:
Globe endorsement: Martha Coakley for Senate
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Worcester Telegram & Gazette:
Two Worcester police unions endorse Brown
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Assailant Was a Coakley Staffer on Loan from the Democratic …
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Campaigns going strong as Kennedy seat race heads into final days
Discussion: Daily Kos and TPMDC
Associated Press:
Reporter takes stumble chasing Mass. candidate
Discussion: National Review
Boston Herald:
Coakley cites GOP ‘stalkers’ in D.C. dust-up
Discussion: The Natural Truth and TPMMuckraker
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   GOP focusing on nomination after Coakley tussle
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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 …
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.
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:
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?
Discussion: Naked Politics and Chris Blattman
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Robertson spokesman downplays ‘cursed’ remark
Discussion: PopWatch
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 …
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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: Hullabaloo and Don Surber
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.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Weiner: Joe can't spell my name — or “back-stab”
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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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.
Discussion: New York Times
The Note:   Gillibrand to Ford: Bring it On
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.
CNN:
Haiti capital ‘flattened,’ many feared dead  —  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) — Rescue workers struggled to clear rubble and bodies Wednesday …
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.
Discussion: Clusterstock and Felix Salmon
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McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Goldman admits ‘improper’ actions in sales of securities
Discussion: Eschaton and Angry Bear
John Feehery / Pundits Blog:
Paula Nowakowski  —  As I drove my wife back to her office after the funeral of my good friend Jeff Becker, a bumper sticker on the car in front of me caught my attention.  “What if the hokey-pokey is what it is all about?”  —  The thought made me laugh, which is nice, because on Friday …
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver: Health Care Bill “In Trouble”
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Jim Treacher / The DC Trawler:
You haven't lived until you've done Jell-O shots with Paul Begala
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John Curran / Associated Press:
In Vt., 9 candidates for governor, other state offices run on secession platform
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Mr. Obama: Kill NCLB
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Lee Fang / Think Progress:
GOP Senate Candidate Marco Rubio Calls For Suspending Congress …
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Kevin Diaz / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
It's hometown vs. old hand in spat in Franken's office
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