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7:50 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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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 …
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).
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Ad Wars: Obama Cuts Spot for Coakley, Can Barely Contain Himself  —  Passion.  —  On the ol' Inspiro-meter, I'd say the president has hit that rarely reached sweet spot right between Droopy the Dog and Eyeore.  Note, in particular, the deadness in his eyes as he closes out his appeal:
Discussion: Power Line
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 and Weasel Zippers
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Republican Scott Brown has raised at least one million dollars every day this week  —  Knowledgeable sources in Massachusetts tell The Daily Caller that Republican candidate for Senate, Scott Brown, has raised at least $1 million dollars every day this week, most of it online.
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Rancor between Senate foes rises as vote nears
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Rothenberg calls Mass. race a tossup
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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 …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:   Obama tells Dems that economy, healthcare will help in midterms
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Details Emerge On White House-Labor Health Care Agreement
Discussion: The Hill, AmSpecBlog and Open Congress
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 and Status of the Nationwide TEA Party Convention  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —  Media  —  First, we are pleased to announce that the convention has sold out and we now have a waiting list …
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Will Fox, WSJ accept tea party press selection?
Discussion: The Caucus
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.
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.
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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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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama wins more cuts in spending 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.
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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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Tracy Kidder / New York Times:
Country Without a Net  —  THOSE who know a little of Haiti's history might have watched the news last night and thought, as I did for a moment: “An earthquake?  What next?  Poor Haiti is cursed.”  —  But while earthquakes are acts of nature, extreme vulnerability to earthquakes is manmade.
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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.
Discussion: Mediaite
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Liberal Groups Gunning for Ford  —  Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. has yet to make official a primary bid against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in New York.  But by raising his hand and expressing interest, he has unleashed a torrent of opposition among liberal Democrats, bloggers and activists who are mining his every quote.
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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 …
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
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.
 
 
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