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1:15 PM ET, January 14, 2010

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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.
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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.
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).
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:
CORRECTED: Brown Says He's Unfamiliar with Tea Partiers; Campaign Pix Say Otherwise  —  Correction: State Sen. Scott Brown did not use the word “unfamiliar,” that was how the Boston Globe characterized his remarks.  But after watching video of the press conference where Brown was asked …
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 …
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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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House: Robertson words ‘stunning’
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: $100 million in U.S. aid for Haiti
Discussion: The Politico
Michael Rowe / The Huffington Post:
The Never-Ending Horror of Pat Robertson
Discussion: MyDD
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.
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 …
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
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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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.
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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.
New York Times:
Obama Pledges Sweeping Aid Effort as Haitians Dig and Search for the Missing  —  WASHINGTON —President Obama promised $100 million for the relief effort in Haiti on Thursday morning, vowing that the United States would stand with the impoverished nation as it counted what could be tens …
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Jim Roberts / The Foundry:
Things to Remember While Helping Haiti  —  Today, the United States began surveying the damage inflicted by a devastating earthquake in Haiti this week.  In addition to providing immediate humanitarian assistance, the U.S. response to the tragic earthquake should address long-held concerns …
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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.
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
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 …
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: Unreported, City Room, Hit & Run and Gawker
 
 
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GOP: We'll take back the House  —  GOP leaders have privately settled …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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Rob Christensen / Raleigh News & Observer:
Newt Gingrich says GOP will rebound in 2010
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
That rock in the health-care road? It's called the Constitution.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Betsy's Page
Ezra Klein:
Congressional inaction isn't an option
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Washington Examiner:
DSK  —  Brooks got it slightly wrong.  It's not the educated class …
Discussion: The New Republic and Commentary
Jim Myers / Tulsa World:
Inhofe on ‘enemies’ list
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
2006 GOP sweep victims plot return
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