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12:15 PM 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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Gail Collins / New York Times:
The 10 Percent Rules  —  If Massachusetts was the Department of Homeland Security, the special election to fill Ted Kennedy's senate seat would have the Democrats about four-fifths of the way up the terror alert code.  —  Green: Everything is fine, and who cares if we spelled “Massachusetts” wrong in one of the ads.
Discussion: Boston Globe, Commentary and The Awl
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Scott Brown: Obama not invited to this party  —  Surging GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown yesterday warned President Obama to “stay away” from the Bay State during his roiling race against Democratic rival Martha Coakley and not to interfere with their intensifying battle in the campaign's final days.
Josh Marshall / TPMDC:
Brown Says He's Unfamiliar with Tea Partiers; Campaign Pix Say Otherwise  —  On Wednesday, Republican senate candidate Scott Brown told reporters in Massachusetts that he was “unfamiliar” with the “Tea Party movement,” despite receiving the endorsement of a key national Tea Party group …
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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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.
Michael Whitney / Firedoglake:
Two Bad Ideas Don't Make a Good One: Unions Reportedly Seek Exemption …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama's Bank Tax Seeks $90 Billion to Repay Bailout  —  WASHINGTON—President Obama plans to call on Thursday for taxing about 50 big banks and major financial institutions for at least the next decade to recoup all taxpayer losses from the bailout of Wall Street.
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Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
FIRST THOUGHTS: ENTER THE EX-PRESIDENTS  —  Bush 43 and Clinton to team up to help relief efforts in Haiti... Marathon sessions (yesterday and today) at the White House to wrap up health care... Does the bank tax put Republicans in a box?... Newt makes a 2012 list... Vicki Kennedy cuts a TV ad for Coakley …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
3 million Haitians may need relief …
Discussion: Washington Post and Bloomberg
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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.
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 …
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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.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Poll: Majority would vote against Obama re-election
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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Washington Post:
Google China cyberattack part of vast espionage campaign, experts say  —  Computer attacks on Google that the search giant said originated in China were part of a concerted political and corporate espionage effort that exploited security flaws in e-mail attachments to sneak into the networks …
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
A Heated Debate at the Top
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.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Gingrich says he's a potential 2012 contender  —  (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he's among a handful of Republican candidates who are thinking about running for president in 2012.  —  “I think I'm probably on a list of seven or eight possible candidates at this stage,” …
Discussion: The Hill
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Scott Brown / Boston Globe:
A new day is coming: restore faith and balance  —  I DIDN'T grow up with all the advantages in life.  My mom was on welfare for a time, but I had the support of a loving family and good friends and neighbors.  I don't have all the advantages in this race either, and that's fine by me.
Discussion: Townhall.com
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Harold Ford's Manhattan makeover  —  The success of Harold Ford's prospective run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would seem to rest largely on a curious strategy - convincing New Yorkers that he didn't really believe in most of the centrist positions that made him a Tennessee political wunderkind.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
What Do Sarah Palin and Jesus Christ Have In Common?  —  NOTE: I've intentionally closed the comments to this post.  I write this because I know exactly how the comments are going to go and that's the point of this post.  If you have a problem, question, or concern email me.
National Center for Public Policy Research:
Economic Stimulus Funds Went to Climategate Scientist  —  Funds Should be Returned to U.S. Treasury, Says National Center for Public Policy Research  —  Washington, DC - In the face of rising unemployment and record-breaking deficits, policy experts at the National Center for Public Policy Research …
 
 
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DSK  —  Brooks got it slightly wrong.  It's not the educated class …
Jim Myers / Tulsa World:
Inhofe on ‘enemies’ list
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama wins more cuts in spending than Bush
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Joe Biden update: He meets on transparency today.  But the meeting is closed
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Karen Travers / ABCNEWS:
Accessible and Transparent?  Obama Hasn't Held Press Conference Since July
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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Daily Mail:
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