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6:20 PM ET, January 14, 2010

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The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
MA Senate moved to Toss-Up  —  Democratic desperation and other compelling evidence strongly suggest that Democrats may well lose the late Senator Edward Kennedy's Senate seat in Tuesday's special election.  Because of this, we are moving our rating of the race from Narrow Advantage for the Incumbent Party to Toss-Up.
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David / Blue Mass. Group:
Exclusive BMG/Research 2000 poll: Coakley leads 49-41  —  The results are in from BMG's exclusive statewide poll in next week's special Senate election.  Research 2000 interviewed 500 likely voters on Tuesday and Wednesday (and we do mean “interviewed” — Research 2000 does live interviews, unlike robo-pollsters Rasmussen and PPP).
Steve Kornacki:
On Massachusetts....  I wrote a column last week in which I dismissed the chances of Republican Scott Brown actually winning next Tuesday's Senate special election in Massachusetts.  The race would be close, I figured — 53-47 for Coakley, or something like that — but the state's blue tint would be just enough to save the Democrats.
Curt Schilling / 38pitches.weei.com:
Want ANOTHER reason to NOT vote for Martha Coakley???  —  Picked this up from here...  [1]  —  If she hasn't done it yet, Martha Coakley may have just killed her campaign.  —  She's apparently been trying to win the title of Worst Political Campaign Ever, and she might have just clinched …
Gary Hewson / Big Journalism:
Martha's Greatest Hits: The Things the Democrats Would Like You to Forget About Candidate Coakley  —  In researching the ever-intensifying Massachusetts Senate race between Democrat Martha Coakley and her Republican challenger Scott Brown, it only takes a few keystrokes to unearth her ongoing history …
Discussion: Townhall.com
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Republican Scott Brown has raised at least one million …
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review Online
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Rancor between Senate foes rises as vote nears
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:   Rothenberg calls Mass. race a tossup
CNN:
Democrats, labor unions reach tentative deal on ‘Cadillac’ plans  —  Washington (CNN) - Congressional Democratic health care negotiators, working with the White House, have reached a tentative deal with labor unions on restructuring a tax on high-end insurance plans, a key proposal to pay …
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Megan McArdle:
Special Deal for Labor Unions in Health Care Bill  —  The labor unions have been fighting the Senate health care bill for some time now—specifically, the provision that levies high taxes on “Cadillac” plans that exceed certain maximums.  That was expected to be a sticking point …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Details Emerge On White House-Labor Health Care Agreement
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Democratic Leaders Reach Compromise on Taxing Health Plans
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
Andrew Scott / Pocono Record:
Sex sting in Poconos nets former chief U.N. weapons inspector … A former chief United Nations weapons inspector is accused of contacting what he thought was a 15-year-old girl in an Internet chat room, engaging in a sexual conversation and showing himself masturbating on a Web camera.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
What's the Journal doing on this list?  —  The Tea Party Convention put out a press release today announcing that they were packed and had space for just five news outlets:  —  Everyone from a small town newspaper in Iowa to Fox News has asked for press credentials.
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PR Newswire:
Tea Party Nation Would Like to Announce the Following Efforts …
Discussion: Liberal Values
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Will Fox, WSJ accept tea party press selection?
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Watching Beck And Palin: “God Played An Essential Role In The Founding Of This Nation”  —  Just listen to the beginning of their restaurant chat, appropriating both the WTC site and the Statue of Liberty.  More to the point, listen to the framework of their discussion.  The core concept is a “re-founding” of America.
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CBN.com:
Statement Regarding Pat Robertson's Comments on Haiti  —  On today's The 700 Club, during a segment about the devastation, suffering and humanitarian effort that is needed in Haiti, Dr. Robertson also spoke about Haiti's history.  His comments were based on the widely-discussed 1791 slave rebellion led …
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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.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
White House signals allegiance with centrists on major healthcare points
Discussion: The Politico
Amie Parnes / The Politico:
EX-ADVISER: ‘WE WERE NEVER READY’  —  Nicolle Wallace, former senior adviser to the McCain presidential campaign, did little to defend Sarah Palin at a panel discussion for Washington Post reporter Anne Kornblut's new book “Notes from the Cracked Ceiling” on Tuesday night.
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Rep. Shadegg to retire  —  Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.), who briefly announced his retirement last cycle but then opted to seek another term, will not run for reelection in 2010, a GOP source confirms.  —  Shadegg becomes the third Republican to announce his retirement in recent weeks.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Shadegg retires, 14th Republican out in 2010
Discussion: Washington Monthly and MyDD
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama wins more spending cuts than Bush  —  Congress accepts 60% of proposals  —  President Obama notched substantial successes in spending cuts last year, winning 60 percent of his proposed cuts and managing to get Congress to ax several programs that had bedeviled President George W. Bush for years.
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
What Do Sarah Palin and Jesus Christ Have In Common?  —  Having survived the day and in a relatively good mood, with a devil may care attitude, comments are now allowed.  —  I don't know what it is about Sarah Palin that sets people off, but there is very little in between.
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Morning Joe crew rips Limbaugh: ‘Deplorable,’ ‘insensitive,’ ‘mean-spirited.’  —  Yesterday, hate radio host Rush Limbaugh attempted to attack President Obama for responding to the devastation in Haiti.  “This will play right into Obama's hands — humanitarian, compassionate,” Limbaugh argued.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Majority Would Vote Against Obama  —  A year into his tenure, a majority of Americans would already vote against Pres. Obama if the '12 elections were held today, according to a new survey.  —  The Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll shows 50% say they would probably or definitely vote for someone else.
The Huffington Post:
As Wallets Open For Haiti, Credit Card Companies Take A Big Cut  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  As a massive human tragedy unfolds in Haiti, relief organizations are soliciting credit-card donations through their hotlines and websites.  About 97 percent of these donations will actually …
Quinnipiac University:
U.S. Voters Say Sacrifice Modesty, Rights For Security, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Support For Health Reform At 34 Percent  —  American voters say 63 - 25 percent that the government's anti-terror policies lean too far toward protecting civil rights rather than national security and by 84 …
 
 
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