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12:40 PM 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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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.
Discussion: The Hill, RedState and The Daily Caller
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?
Laura Crimaldi / Boston Herald:
Reporter roughed up outside Coakley fund-raiser
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Coakley dodges question about Afghanistan claim
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DSCC: Shoved reporter tape a GOP ‘dirty trick’
Discussion: Townhall.com
David Filipov / Boston Globe:
In short race, Coakley picks targets carefully
Discussion: msnbc.com and Red Mass Group
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gov. Paterson welcomes Ford primary challenge
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Lincoln Mitchell / The Huffington Post:   Democracy, Primaries and Party Leadership
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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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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Wall Street Journal:
Support Grows for U.S. Health Exchange  —  WASHINGTON — The White House wants to include a national health-insurance exchange in the health bill, which would give House Democrats one of their top remaining demands, according to an official involved in the discussions.
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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BREITBART.COM:
Americans split on Obama first year: polls
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Stewart and Yoo  —  “There is an unexpected silence in the liberal blogosphere,” says Adam Serwer, “after last night's highly anticipated Daily Show episode, in which Jon Stewart hosted John Yoo, the author of many of the Bush adminstration's torture memos and one of the people most responsible …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and TPM LiveWire
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: HillBuzz and Politics Nation
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin admits questions about Sept. 11  —  In her debut as a contributor to Fox News Tuesday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin admitted that leading up to her 2008 vice presidential debate, she thought Iraq may have been behind the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
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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 …
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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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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.
Eric Odom / American Liberty Alliance:
Our decision to sit out of the Tea Party Convention  —  Earlier yesterday we announced our support of the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville this February.  At the time, we were basing our support on limited knowledge of those involved and we trusted that all was well.
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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 …
Bernie Quigley / Pundits Blog:
'Ted Kennedy's seat'?  Scott Brown v. Kennedy II  —  The Chicago Gang's strategy of taxing the unborn of future generations is a clever variation of the old-school tactic of reaching out to the dead when getting out the vote.  It was standard practice generations back in Southie, where half of my family is from.
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 …
 
 
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