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8:35 PM ET, January 15, 2010

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A Trade Center image in DSCC spot  —  A new ad from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee uses an unlikely symbol of Wall Street greed: the World Trade Center.  —  The image in the attack on Scott Brown for his alleged closeness to Wall Street pictures the Trade Center and the destroyed Marriott Hotel on its western side.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Massachusetts: ‘Bottom has fallen out’ of Coakley's polls; Dems prepare to explain defeat, protect Obama  —  Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley.
Bshor / Boris Shor, PhD:
Scott Brown is a more liberal Republican than Dede Scozzafava  —  A special Senate election is being held next Tuesday in Massachusetts to finish Edward Kennedy's term.  The candidates are Martha Coakley (D), and State Senator Scott P. Brown (R).  —  The election is particularly noteworthy for a number of reasons.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Scott Brown Voted Against Giving Help To 9/11 Recovery Workers  —  One month after the September 11th attacks, Scott Brown was one of only three Massachusetts State Representatives to vote against a bill to provide financial assistance to Red Cross workers who had volunteered with 9/11 recovery efforts, we've learned.
Steve Kornacki:
Coakley Internal: Brown +3  —  I've been told reliably that Martha Coakley's internal poll for Thursday night showed her trailing Scott Brown by three points — 47 to 44 percent.  —  As I wrote yesterday, her internal poll on Wednesday night had her barely ahead, 46 to 44 percent.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
OK, It's a Toss-Up  —  Earlier today I tweeted about how there wasn't enough evidence to describe the Massachusetts special election as a “toss-up”, as some other forecasters have done, based on the information available to us at that time.  —  Well, now there's some new evidence.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
What To Do If Coakley Loses  —  As the likelihood grows that Republicans could win the special election in Massachusetts, it's worth thinking again about alternatives for health care reform in case that happens.  I see three, in descending order of preference:
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHO VOTES AGAINST HELP FOR 9/11 RECOVERY WORKERS?.... It's a little late in the game to introduce a game-changing issue into the Senate special election in Massachusetts — the election is Tuesday, after all — but this revelation nevertheless tells voters something pretty important about Republican Scott Brown.
Hank Investigates / WHDH-TV:
The Hiller Instinct: Suffolk University Poll  —  Scott Brown is riding a wave.  It could break before it hits shore, or, it could crash through the Democratic seawall of state politics and send him all the way to the U.S. Senate.  —  Our exclusive 7NEWS/Suffolk University Poll shows Brown, with 50%, in front of Coakley with 46%.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
David Frum / FrumForum:
Miracle in Massachusetts  —  Byron York is reporting that the bottom is dropping out of Martha Coakley's support in the Mass Senate race.  It's not just the Democratic scare of a lifetime: Scott Brown might actually win.  —  If so, this is an earthquake in American politics …
The Note:
Bill Buckner Curse Haunts Health Care?  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports: As Democrats rush to get a deal on health care, they are doing so with a an eye on the Massachusetts Senate race.  —  If Democratic nominee Martha Coakley loses, Democrats in Washington want to be in a position …
Associated Press:
Lawmaker: If GOP wins seat, health care dead
Discussion: The Hill
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Why Obama Must, And Shouldn't, Go To MA
Discussion: Hot Air and Ben Smith's Blog
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
How Health Care Reform Could Crash
Discussion: Hot Air and HorseRaceBlog
Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
Massachusetts shocker: Brown Up 15% in Pajamas Media/CrossTarget Poll
Boston Herald:
Rudy Giuliani joins Scott Brown, slams Martha Coakley on terrorism
Discussion: The Fix and The Plum Line
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama to Campaign in Massachusetts on Sunday
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Clusterstock
Charlie Cook / National Journal Online:
Colossal Miscalculation On Health Care  —  OBAMA AND HILL DEMOCRATS SHOULD HAVE FOCUSED MUCH MORE ON THE ECONOMY.  —  Honorable and intelligent people can disagree over the substance and details of what President Obama and congressional Democrats are trying to do on health care reform and climate change.
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ArkansasTimes:
Vic Snyder not seeking re-election  —  U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder of Little Rock distributed an e-mail shortly after 4 p.m. Friday saying that he is not running for re-election this year.  He cited family demands.  His family grew to four children a year ago with the addition of triplets.
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Rep. Snyder bows out  —  Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Ark.) …
Discussion: Hot Air
Washington Wire:
A GOP Pickup? Rep. Snyder of Arkansas Announces Retirement
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Beck: Obama is ‘dividing the nation’ by reacting ‘so rapidly to Haiti.’  —  Right wing radio talker Rush Limbaugh has received considerable criticism for politicizing the earthquake in Haiti this week with a series of inflammatory remarks attacking President Obama.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama confidant's spine-chilling proposal  —  Cass Sunstein has long been one of Barack Obama's closest confidants.  Often mentioned as a likely Obama nominee to the Supreme Court, Sunstein is currently Obama's head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs where, among other things …
China Real Time Report:
Clearing Up Confusion on Google and China  —  From Silicon Valley to Zhongguancun, Google's surprise announcement that it may pull out of China has fueled an enormous amount of discussion in recent days, not all of it 100% accurate.  Below are some misstatements and misunderstandings we've seen:
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Kim Hart / The Hill:
Rep. Smith: Google makes ‘180-degree turn’ on bill backing Internet freedom
Discussion: The Politico
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Underlying Tragedy  —  On Oct. 17, 1989, a major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck the Bay Area in Northern California.  Sixty-three people were killed.  This week, a major earthquake, also measuring a magnitude of 7.0, struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Skelton opposes repeal of 'Don't ask, don't tell'  —  The leading House Democrat on military policy said Friday that he opposes repealing the law that bans openly gay people from serving in the military.  —  Seventeen years ago, Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) played a major role in crafting …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Plan B?  —  If Scott Brown wins on Tuesday, you can bet he'll arrive in DC the next morning waiting to be sworn in.  And there's just not much precedent for any real delay of swearing in the winner of a special election, as long as the election result is not in dispute.
Discussion: TPMDC
New York Times:
Pentagon Report on Fort Hood Shooting Details Failures  —  WASHINGTON — The military's defenses against threats from inside its own ranks are outdated and ineffective, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said on Monday as he described the findings of an Army review of the Nov. 5 shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas.
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
Activists Call Urgent “Don't Ask/Tell” Meeting  —  The Advocate has learned that a closed-door meeting of about 20-25 LGBT advocates took place Wednesday at the Human Rights Campaign headquarters in Washington to discuss strategy for repealing “don't ask, don't tell” at this critical juncture …
 
 
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