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9:50 AM ET, January 14, 2010

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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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Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Democrats Fight to Hold Crucial Seat: Kennedy's  —  BOSTON — Martha Coakley stepped briskly through a community center here Tuesday, issuing clipped greetings and appealing for votes in a race she was once thought to have sewn up.  Always a bit stiff, she laughed politely when one man shouted his support …
Yoon S. Byun / Boston Globe:
Globe endorsement: Martha Coakley for Senate  —  People in Massachusetts are understandably frustrated.  Next week's special election comes in the midst of a too-long Senate debate on health care, showcasing much of what is offensive about the rules of the Senate.
Brian C. Mooney / Boston Globe:
Outside groups fund attack ads
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dem Staffer Apologizes For Shoving Weekly Standard Reporter
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
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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.
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 …
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)
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 …
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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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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Nelson tries to repair damage at home  —  Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson and his wife were leaving dinner at a new pizza joint near their home in Omaha one night last week when a patron began complaining about Nelson's decisive vote in favor of the Senate's health care bill.  —  Other customers started booing.
Discussion: CNN, RedState and The Hill
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver: Health Care Bill “In Trouble”
Discussion: TPMDC, Hot Air, The Greenroom and TalkLeft
CNBC.com:
Jobless Claims, Retail Sales Show Economy Still Weak  —  The number of newly laid-off workers requesting unemployment benefits rose last week as jobs remain scarce amid a sluggish economic recovery, while holiday retail sales were weaker than expected as well.
Discussion: Hot Air and HazZzMat
New York Times:
Discrimination on Trial, but Not on TV  —  The trial that started on Monday in San Francisco over the constitutionality of California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage could have been a moment for the entire nation to witness a calm, deliberative debate on a vitally important issue in the era of instant communications.
Discussion: Prop 8 Trial Tracker
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Prop. 8 trial TV blocked
John / Power Line:
Mistakes a High School Newspaper Wouldn't Make  —  The New York Times—described by a reader earlier today as “the junk-bond issuing, Mexican-controlled New York Times”—continues to decline.  The paper's grasp of history is illustrated by these corrections, just a few days apart.
Discussion: HazZzMat
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Why is Haiti so poor?  —  I'm not interested in talking about Greg Clark or making comparisons to the West; if need be compare it to other black Caribbean nations, such as Jamaica or Barbados.  It's much worse and in terms of social indicators it is also worse than many places in Africa.  Why?
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Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Meet Mikey, 8: U.S. Has Him on Watch List  —  The Transportation Security Administration, under scrutiny after last month's bombing attempt, has on its Web site a “mythbuster” that tries to reassure the public. … “Meet Mikey Hicks,” said Najlah Feanny Hicks, introducing her 8-year-old son …
Discussion: City Room, Hit & Run and Gawker
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
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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.
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.
Discussion: msnbc.com and NY Daily News
 
 
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John Feehery / Pundits Blog:
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