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9:20 AM ET, January 15, 2010

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Jessica Van Sack / Boston Herald:
Poll shocker: Scott Brown surges ahead in Senate race  —  + Recent Articles + Recent Blog Entries + Email + Bio  —  Riding a wave of opposition to Democratic health-care reform, GOP upstart Scott Brown is leading in the U.S. Senate race, raising the odds of a historic upset that would reverberate …
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Coakley: “You can have religious freedom but you probably shouldn't work in the emergency room”  —  Last evening, while on Broadside with Jim Braude, I told Jim that Scott Brown was trying to prevent Nuns like the Sisters of Charity that taught me from performing medical procedures contrary to their religious beliefs.
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.
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
3rd-Party Candidate Named Kennedy Could Tip Senate Race in Massachusetts  —  SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — In most elections, a politician calling himself the Tea Party candidate would cheer Democrats, raising hopes that he would siphon votes from Republicans by attracting some of the disaffected anti-Washington, anti-Obama electorate.
Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Martha Coakley's Convictions  —  The role played by the U.S. Senate candidate in a notorious sex case raises questions about her judgment.  —  The story of the Amiraults of Massachusetts, and of the prosecution that had turned the lives of this thriving American family to dust, was well known to the world by the year 2001.
Jessica Taylor / The Politico:
Suffolk U. poll: Brown up by 4  —  A Suffolk University poll released Thursday evening shows Republican Scott Brown four points ahead of Democrat Martha Coakley as he continues his improbable surge in the Massachusetts Senate special election.  —  The poll reports Brown is leading Coakley …
Washington Post:
White House nears deal on health care  —  Gripped by a building sense that its window of opportunity could be closing, the White House on Thursday broke the last major logjam blocking enactment of far-reaching health-care legislation, cutting a deal with organized labor on how to tax high-cost insurance policies.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
OK, It's a Toss-Up
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
GOP money, troops pour into Mass.
Discussion: Boston Globe
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
MA Senate moved to Toss-Up
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Officials quickly stamp out talk of Boise State football team's appearance  —  The White House on Thursday quickly took away the possibility of Boise State University's football team joining the national champions Alabama at an honorary Rose Garden ceremony.
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The Hill:   Democrats see healthcare finish line in sight after negotiations
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Limbaugh stands by his Haiti remarks, tells critical caller she's a ‘bigot’ with ‘tampons in her ears.’  —  Yesterday, hate radio host Rush Limbaugh controversially said that President Obama was going to try to use the devastating Haitian earthquake to boost his credibility with the …
David Axelrod / Washington Post:
What Karl Rove got wrong on the U.S. deficit  —  For its Topic A feature last Sunday, The Post invited a panel of political operatives to offer their advice to the Democratic Party on strategy for 2010 [Sunday Opinion, Jan. 10].  Improbably, one of the operatives asked was Karl Rove …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
White House budget director blames old computers for ineffective government  —  A big reason why the government is inefficient and ineffective is because Washington has outdated technology, with federal workers having better computers at home than in the office.
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The Politico:   ‘Very angry’ Dem sounds alarm
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Obama tells Dems that economy, healthcare will help in midterms
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bankers Without a Clue  —  The official Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission — the group that aims to hold a modern version of the Pecora hearings of the 1930s, whose investigations set the stage for New Deal bank regulation — began taking testimony on Wednesday.
Bill Quigley / The Huffington Post:
What the Mainstream Media Will Not Tell You About Haiti: Part of the Suffering of Haiti is “Made in the USA”  —  Part of the suffering of Haiti is indeed “Made in the USA.”  While the earthquake would harm any country, actions by the United States have absolutely magnified the harm from the earthquake in Haiti.
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (979352)  —  Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Version: 1.0  —  General Information  —  Executive Summary  —  Microsoft is investigating a report of a publicly exploited vulnerability in Internet Explorer.
The White House:
Remarks by the President at the House Democratic Caucus Retreat U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.  Thank you, House of Representatives.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Please, everybody have a seat.  Have a seat.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Pentagon Steps Up Talks on Ending 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is stepping up internal discussions on how gay men and lesbians might be able to serve openly in the armed services, military officials said on Thursday, in anticipation of fulfilling President Obama's campaign pledge …
Andrew Pollack / Prescriptions:
Biologic Drugs May Get Less Protection  —  President Obama is pushing for a last-minute change in the final health care bill that would shorten the time that expensive biotechnology drugs would be shielded from generic competition, pharmaceutical industry officials said Thursday.
Stephen Grocer / Wall Street Journal:
Banks Set for Record Pay  —  Top Firms on Pace to Award $145 Billion for 2009, Up 18%, WSJ Study Finds  —  Major U.S. banks and securities firms are on pace to pay their people about $145 billion for 2009, a record sum that indicates how compensation is climbing despite fury over Wall Street's pay culture.
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Into the Closet  —  Has anyone noticed that now that lesbians and gay men have left the closet to assert their equal rights as citizens, their adversaries seem to be running for a closet of their own?  —  My observation is, of course, prompted by the success that opponents of same-sex marriage …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Israel's Attitude  —  The Netanyahu government has all but declared war on the Obama administration and then openly disses a vital ally, Turkey.  The slow cultural shifts in Israel - toward ever more arrogance, more fundamentalism, more Russian immigrant racism, contempt for the Muslim world …
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Bias raises gays' risk of mental disorders, witness at Prop. 8 trial says  —  Professor says the same-sex marriage ban sent ‘the message that gay relationships are not respected, that they are of secondary value if they are of any value at all.’  —  Reporting from San Francisco …
 
 
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Obama Contra Niebuhr
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Russell Adams / Washington Wire:
Obama to Pen Cover Story on Haiti and the Earthquake for Newsweek
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Ad Wars: Obama Cuts Spot for Coakley, Can Barely Contain Himself