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2:40 PM ET, January 14, 2010

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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).
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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.
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.
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 …
Scott Brown / Boston Globe:   A new day is coming: restore faith and balance
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Rancor between Senate foes rises as vote nears
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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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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Reid: It Was A Waste Of Time Dealing With Olympia Snowe
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 …
Felix Salmon:
The bank tax emerges
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Ezra Klein
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.
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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David Waters / Washington Post:
Haiti, the devil and Pat Robertson
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
White House: Robertson words ‘stunning’
Discussion: The Politico and ABCNEWS
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
James Sturcke / Guardian:
Obama grants $100m US aid to quake-hit Haiti  —  President says this is ‘moment that cries out for US leadership’ as death toll estimated by aid agency hits 50,000  —  • Datablog: Haiti earthquake aid pledged by country  —  • Guide to the international aid effort in Haiti [PDF]
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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.
Eric Kleefeld / TPM LiveWire:
Beck Calls ‘Bullcrap’ On Palin's Non-Answer About Favorite Founding Father (VIDEO)  —  During Sarah Palin's interview with Glenn Beck today, something extraordinary happened — Beck challenged Palin on a stock, noncommittal answer to a question.  Beck asked: “Who's your favorite Founder?”
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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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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