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5:40 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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Red Mass Group:
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.
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.
Steve Kornacki:
On Massachusetts....  I wrote a column last week in which I dismissed the chances of Republican Scott Brown actually winning next Tuesday's Senate special election in Massachusetts.  The race would be close, I figured — 53-47 for Coakley, or something like that — but the state's blue tint would be just enough to save the Democrats.
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.
Sabutai / Blue Mass. Group:
Yes it sucks.  Yes you have to vote Coakley.  —  Let's get this out of the way.  You might not want to vote for Martha Coakley.  You might think she deserves what's she's getting after an absentee, self-satisfied campaign (why should I bail her out?).  You likely want to send a message …
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 …
Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Martha Coakley's Convictions
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Ad Wars: Obama Cuts Spot for Coakley, Can Barely Contain Himself
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 …
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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
In Power Push, Movement Sees Base in G.O.P.  —  HOLLAND, Pa. — The Tea Party movement ignited a year ago, fueled by anti-establishment anger.  Now, Tea Party activists are trying to take over the establishment, ground up.  —  Across the country, they are signing up to be Republican precinct leaders …
Discussion: The American Scene
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The Hill:
Democrats see healthcare finish line in sight after negotiations  —  President Barack Obama and House Democrats claimed significant progress Thursday as momentum appeared to increase for swift final action on healthcare reform.  —  After a year of legislative tussling among Democrats …
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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.
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.
Tim Blair:
PACT WITH GAIA  —  Actor Danny Glover believes that the Haitian earthquake was caused by climate change and global warming:  —  Says Glover: “When we see what we did at the climate summit in Copenhagen, this is the response, this is what happens, you know what I'm sayin'?”
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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 …
Media Matters for America:
REPORT: Top Fox News programs devote scant coverage to Haiti earthquake  —  On January 13, Fox News' three top-rated programs for 2009 — The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity, and Glenn Beck — devoted a combined total of less than 7 minutes of coverage to the earthquake in Haiti …
Jennifer Sullivan / Seattle Times:
Haq apologizes, receives life sentence for Jewish Federation shooting  —  Naveed Haq was sentenced to life in prison this morning for barging into the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle 3 ½ years ago, killing one woman and wounding five others amid an anti-Israel tirade.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Mine Eyes Have Seen a Different France Than Paul Krugman  —  In a column a few days back making the argument that Europe's economy “bears little resemblance” to U.S. caricatures of “a stagnant economy in which high taxes and generous social benefits have undermined incentives …
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
System Failure  —  There is a widespread consensus that the decade we've just brought to a close was singularly disastrous for the country: the list of scandals, crises and crimes is so long that events that in another context would stand out as genuine lowlights—Enron and Arthur Andersen's collapse …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 
 
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Rod Nordland / New York Times:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bankers Without a Clue
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Pentagon Steps Up Talks on Ending 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Union Deal on Excise Tax - Higher Thresholds, Transition Period, Open Exchanges
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Joseph Loconte / AMERICAN.COM:
Obama Contra Niebuhr
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Russell Adams / Washington Wire:
Obama to Pen Cover Story on Haiti and the Earthquake for Newsweek
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Proving Animus  —  One fascinating aspect of the Prop 8 trial …
Discussion: Prop 8 Trial Tracker
Megan McArdle:
Special Deal for Labor Unions in Health Care Bill
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Rep. Shadegg to retire
Amie Parnes / The Politico:
EX-ADVISER: ‘WE WERE NEVER READY’
The Huffington Post:
As Wallets Open For Haiti, Credit Card Companies Take A Big Cut