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1:35 PM ET, January 16, 2010

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Coakley dismisses Schilling: ‘Another Yankee fan’  —  In the intensifying Democratic precriminations game over who to blame if Coakley loses, here's one for the blame Coakley camp: On another talk radio show, “Nightside With Dan Rea,” Coakley jabs Rudy Giuliani as a Yankee fan …
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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.
Robert Costa / National Review:
Not Wicked Awesome — By: Robert Costa  —  Coakley calls BoSox great Curt Schilling a Yankees fan:  —  Here's the transcript (via the Brown campaign): … Another Coakley gaffe?  Can't say I'm really surprised.  Instead of offering further commentary/eye rolls, I'll just leave you with this:
Discussion: The Natural Truth
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Quote For The Day  —  “I've been called a lot of things...but never, I mean never, could anyone make the mistake of calling me a Yankee fan.  Well, check that, if you didn't know what the hell is going on in your own state maybe you could...” - Curt Schilling, responding to Martha Coakley's latest, awful gaffe.
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant
Curt Schilling / 38 Pitches:
I've been called a LOT of things...  But never, and I mean never, could anyone ever make the mistake of calling me a Yankee fan.  Well, check that, if you didn't know what the hell is going on in your own state maybe you could....  This is great stuff.
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.
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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 …
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Ohio Democrat Steve Driehaus Losing To Steve Chabot 39% to 56%  —  Steve Driehaus (image via aflcio2008 flickr)  —  FDL/SurveyUSA, 1/12-1/14, 600 likely voters, Margin of Sampling error ± 4.1% … A new SurveyUSA poll sponsored by Firedoglake shows incumbent Democrat Steve Driehaus …
Discussion: The Fix and RedState
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Did Firedoglake Take Out Vic Snyder?  —  Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Ark.) announced his retirement today, mixed-but mostly dire-news for Democrats, who were hopeful that he could hold on and defeat his likely, scandal-tainted GOP opponent Tim Griffin.  One of the possible reasons for the retirement?
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Michelle Malkin:
Video: “Massachusetts Miracle”  —  Everyone's e-mailing it to me:  —  See what others have said  —  Note from Michelle: This section is for comments from michellemalkin.com's community of registered readers.  Please don't assume that I agree with or endorse any particular comment just because I let it stand.
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.
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Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
In MA-Sen Race That's All About Health Care, Is GOPer Brown …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bush, Clinton join Obama at White House to kick off Haiti relief fund  —  President Barack Obama joined his two predecessors at the White House on Saturday to kick off a Haiti relief drive.  —  Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton returned to the White House to join Obama to speak about the …
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New York Times:
Cadillac Plans  —  The agreement between the White House, Congressional leaders and labor unions over taxing high-priced health insurance policies is a reasonable solution to an issue that was threatening to derail health care reform.  The agreement treats unionized workers far more favorably …
Discussion: TalkLeft
CNN:
Ex U.N. inspector stung in Web sex case  —  (CNN) — Pennsylvania authorities say they arrested a former United Nations weapons inspector after he allegedly exchanged sexually explicit online messages with a police officer who was pretending to be a 15-year-old girl.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Funny: Press corps torments Gibbs again with questions about transparency  —  A palate cleanser courtesy of Media Blog.  He's right that they've been over this before and they're right that he hasn't given them a satisfactory explanation.  With good reason.
Discussion: RedState
 
 
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