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6:50 PM ET, January 15, 2010

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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.
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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.
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.
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.
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Obama heading to Massachusetts for Coakley  —  President Barack Obama will be heading to Massachusetts to campaign for Martha Coakley this Sunday, according to two senior sources informed of the president's decision, a last-minute effort to give the Democrat a needed boost in the Senate race.
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama to campaign for Coakley  —  BOSTON — President Barack Obama will campaign for Massachusetts Senate candidate Martha Coakley on Sunday, POLITICO has learned, a sign that Democrats believe the seat remains winnable enough that it's worth risking the president's prestige.
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
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Red Mass Group
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
How Health Care Reform Could Crash  —  Poll watcher Sean Trende (if that really is his name) thinks Massachusetts GOP challenger Scott Brown may have peaked too soon.  Hmm.  Doesn't necessarily look like it. ....  Mark Blumenthal has some guidance for reading and reconciling all the Mass. polls …
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 Van Sack / Boston Herald:
Poll shocker: Scott Brown surges ahead in Senate race
Associated Press:
Lawmaker: If GOP wins seat, health care dead
Discussion: The Hill
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
MA-Sen: DSCC Runs Ad With Scott Brown And World Trade Center
Discussion: Townhall.com and Swampland
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Why Obama Must, And Shouldn't, Go To MA
Discussion: Hot Air and Ben Smith's Blog
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Obama to Massachusetts on Sunday
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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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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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.
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Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Handling of Ft. Hood shooting suspect could bring discipline
Discussion: Politics Daily and Hotline On Call
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake, DownWithTyranny! and TPMDC
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Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
A GOP Pickup? Rep. Snyder of Arkansas Announces Retirement
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 …
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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bill Clinton: Haiti's rebirth, an opportunity  —  In the sobering controversy that has arisen this week - say it isn't so - over the contribution of humanitarian and U.S. aid to Haiti, some question what will become of all the money.  —  They're suggesting, basically, that some or much of the money …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama to meet with Bush, Clinton on Haitian relief
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Ethics committee probing Visclosky, Tiahrt for ties to PMA lobbying firm  —  The House ethics committee is examining Reps. Peter Visclosky's (D-Ind.) and Todd Tiahrt's (R-Kansas) ties to PMA Group, a now-defunct lobbying firm that was raided by the FBI last year.
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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