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11:55 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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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.
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Senate Can Pass Health With 51 Votes, Van Hollen Says  —  Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) — Even if Democrats lose the special election to pick a new Massachusetts senator Tuesday, Congress may still pass health-care overhaul through a process called reconciliation, a top House Democrat said.
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
One Internal Poll: Dead Even.  The Other Internal Poll: Brown by 11.  — By: Jim Geraghty  —  A weird evening.  Within five minutes, two sources call, each one hearing through the grapevine the internals of one of the two major campaigns in Massachusetts.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
Stephen Killion / massmpc.com:
Cambridge Police Patrol Officers endorse State Senator Scott Brown for United States Senator  —  CPSOA's President released the following letter today:  —  All Members,  —  Members of our Association have inquired and requested that we endorse Scott Brown in the upcoming election against Martha Coakley.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHO VOTES AGAINST HELP FOR 9/11 RECOVERY WORKERS?. …
Discussion: The Reaction
Associated Press:
Lawmaker: If GOP wins seat, health care dead
Discussion: The Hill
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
In MA-Sen Race That's All About Health Care, Is GOPer Brown …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Why Obama Must, And Shouldn't, Go To MA
Discussion: Hot Air and Ben Smith's Blog
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama to Campaign in Massachusetts on Sunday
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Clusterstock
The Hill:
Payments to states emerges as major obstacle to health reform  —  Some House Democrats believe their states would get shortchanged in the overhaul of the nation's healthcare system and the funding issue is fast becoming a major hurdle to getting a bill signed into law.
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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
Anill / Wonk Room:
Steve King: Undocumented Haitians Should Be Deported, Haiti In ‘Great Need Of Relief Workers’  —  Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti this week, many activists and politicians have heightened the cry for granting undocumented Haitians in the U.S. Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
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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
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PhRMA Now Voting No?  —  The late afternoon news that PhRMA, the drug manufacturers lobby, will pull its support from Health Care Reform if it doesn't get further patent protections on its drugs is quite a commentary on the state of business in Washington today.
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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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: The Daily Dish and TPMDC
 
 
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