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8:10 AM ET, January 14, 2010

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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.
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David Waters / Washington Post:
Haiti, the devil and Pat Robertson  —  Pat Robertson is at it again.  The purported Christian minister who suggested assassinating Venezuela leader Hugo Chavez and nuking the U.S. State Department, the reputed follower of Jesus who blamed the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina on pagans …
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Why is Haiti so poor?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Robertson spokesman downplays ‘cursed’ remark
Discussion: Think Progress
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
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Democrats Fight to Hold Crucial Seat: Kennedy's
Discussion: The Page
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
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.
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The Hill:
Obama seizes reins in daylong House-Senate healthcare meeting  —  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 health-bill deal  —  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 / The Politico:
Reid, Lieberman clash over letter  —  For the second time in a week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) finds himself at the center of a political imbroglio stemming from something that he said in private that was subsequently broadcast to the outside world by unnamed sources.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Discussion: The Politico
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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MiamiHerald.com:
Haiti's president thankful for incoming aid
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.
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Daschle-dashing Thune in 2012 mix
Discussion: Power Line
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.
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
U.S. responds swiftly to help Haiti  —  The Obama administration scrambled to face its first overwhelming international disaster Wednesday — the devastating earthquake in Haiti — and emergency relief experts gave the White House high marks for its initial steps.
Discussion: The Swamp
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
Daily Mail:
Doomsday clock to be moved by world's top scientists tomorrow  —  The minute hand of the famous Doomsday Clock will be moved at 3pm this afternoon, for the first time in two years.  —  The timepiece in New York conveys how close humanity is to catastrophic destruction, which is represented by midnight.
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
John Feehery / Pundits Blog:
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Discussion: The Politico
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
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Discussion: The Politico and The Caucus
Jay Mathews / Class Struggle:
Mr. Obama: Kill NCLB
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Reuters:
Al Qaeda linked to rogue aviation network
Discussion: The Jawa Report