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10:05 AM ET, January 13, 2010

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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.
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Washington Post:
In Massachusetts, Republican Brown steps up campaign for Kennedy's Senate seat  —  Fueled by the energy of conservative activists, a solid debate performance and a 24-hour, $1.3 million Internet fundraising haul, Massachusetts state Sen. Scott Brown (R) has thrown a major scare …
Wall Street Journal:
Coakley's Saviors  —  The health-care industry rides to the Democratic rescue.  —  We've argued that the leading health industry CEOs will one day be exposed as the most short-sighted business leaders in history, but how to explain the gala fundraiser that their top lobbyists hosted for Martha Coakley last night?
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Coakley dodges question about Afghanistan claim  —  Washington (CNN) - Democrat Martha Coakley dodged a pointed question Tuesday about her claim during a Massachusetts Senate debate the night before that terrorists are no longer in Afghanistan.  —  During Monday's debate with Republican Scott Brown …
Real Clear Politics:
Democrats Could Seek to Delay Seating Brown in Senate  —  Should Republican Scott Brown pull off an upset victory in next week's special election in Massachusetts, Senate Democrats may seek to use the chaos surrounding the appointment of Roland Burris last year as a precedent for delaying …
Discussion: Politics Nation and HillBuzz
David Filipov / Boston Globe:
In short race, Coakley picks targets carefully
Discussion: msnbc.com and Red Mass Group
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Internal Memo To Top Dem Donors Warns Mass Senate Race Is “Very Tight,” “Urgent”
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Dems, labor pour cash into Kennedy seat
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Assailant Was a Coakley Staffer on Loan from the Democratic …
Discussion: Power Line
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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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 …
ABCNEWS:
Thousands Feared Dead in Haiti Earthquake
Discussion: Associated Press
msnbc.com:
Major earthquake devastates Haiti's capital
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” …
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New York Times:
Interview With Harold Ford Jr.
Discussion: The Fix
Quinnipiac University:
Obama's Approval Splits Evenly For First Time, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Split On Whether First Year Is Success Or Failure  —  American voters are split 45 - 45 percent on whether Barack Obama's first year in office is a success or failure and split 35 …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval on Terrorism Up to 49%
Discussion: Political Punch
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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The Hill:
Rep. Rangel: Dems facing ‘serious problems’ on healthcare reform bill  —  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,” …
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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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James Richardson / The Daily Caller:
RNC staff: Hard to deal with Steele  —  Defecting to the GOP Hill campaign committees after a series of high-profile blunders by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, veteran Republican bundlers and donors are expressing doubt in the Committee's ability to capitalize …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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
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: WDIV-TV, Whiskey Fire and Pajamas Media
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Sharpton: Bill Clinton's ‘coffee’ remark about Obama may have been racist  —  Rev. Al Sharpton suggested Tuesday that a remark that Bill Clinton made about President Barack Obama may have been racist .  —  During an interview on Fox News with host Sean Hannity and conservative pundit Ann Coulter …
Discussion: The Politico
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
When Jon Stewart Fails.  —  There is an unexpected silence in the liberal blogosphere after last night's highly anticipated Daily Show episode, in which Jon Stewart hosted John Yoo, the author of many of the Bush administration's torture memos and one of the people most responsible for giving legal sanction to the practice of torture.
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
 
 
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