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10:50 PM ET, January 16, 2010


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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dem Mail: Scott Brown Wants Hospitals To Turn Away All Rape Victims  —  This is absolutely brutal: Massachusetts Dems have dropped a mail piece accusing GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown of wanting hospitals to turn away “all” rape victims.  —  The mail piece — sent over by the Brown campaign …
David / Blue Mass. Group:
BMG Exclusive: Scott Brown thought maybe Obama was born out of wedlock  —  Born out of wedlock?  Really??  —  Well, yes.  During (or maybe shortly after) the 2008 Republican convention, Brown was on a panel discussion (aired on the now-defunct CN8 cable news channel) about Sarah Palin.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Massachusetts Race Tests Staying Power of Democrats  —  BOSTON — There may be no better place to measure the shifting fortunes of President Obama and the Democratic Party than in the race being fought here this weekend for the Senate seat that had been held by Edward M. Kennedy.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Enthusiasm gap in Mass. Senate race  —  HYANNIS, Mass. - As the two candidates running in the special Senate election here barnstormed across the state Saturday, the enthusiasm gap between the two parties was on vivid display.  —  Democrat Martha Coakley, Massachusetts' attorney general …
Robert Cruickshank / Firedoglake:
MA-Sen: We've Seen This Movie Before  —  When Mike Stark commented on “the implosion” looming for Democrats as evidenced by the Massachusetts Senate special election next week by suggesting he wouldn't phonebank for Martha Coakley, there were a number of replies taking issue with his assessment …
Boston Globe:
Coakley: Scott Brown doesn't pay for health care for workers  —  Democratic US Senate candidate Martha Coakley today highlighted her differences with her opponent, Republican Scott Brown, on health insurance reform by saying that Brown does not pay for health insurance for his campaign workers, while she does.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Coakley dismisses Schilling: ‘Another Yankee fan’
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Brown's pushback  —  America...only three (3) more days left to the start of the 2nd Revolution in America...the Voter Revolution of 2010!  And this additional attack is why the “real” American people are fed up with these Chicago mafia style politics!  They are dirty, sleazy and so Democratzi!
Democracy Now:
“Bush Was Responsible for Destroying Haitian Democracy"-Randall Robinson on Obama Tapping Bush to Co-Chair US Relief Efforts  —  We speak with TransAfrica founder Randall Robinson, author of An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Open Left
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Krugman, Gruber and non-disclosure issues  —  In the midst of my lengthy discussion yesterday of Cass Sunstein's proposal to “cognitively inflitrate extremist groups” by employing covert agents and secretly paying so-called “independent” analysts to tout the government line …
Richard Johnson / New York Post:
Palin gets 100G for mag cover  —  Bristol, earned an eye-popping $100,000 for their new In Touch Weekly cover, sources say.  For just eight hours' work at her own home, Palin pocketed nearly as much as her $125,000-a-year salary as Alaska governor.  It seems her decision to quit her political role is making big financial sense.
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 …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
In Show of Support, Clinton Goes to Haiti  —  PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Bearing soap, bottled water and other much-needed supplies, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton flew into this ruined capital on Saturday and told the Haitian people that the United States “will be here today, tomorrow and for the time ahead.”
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jesse Lee / White Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: Getting Our Money Back from Wall Street  —  As the President continues to work on immediate job creation, he discusses his proposal for a new fee on the largest financial institutions to ensure that every cent of taxpayer assistance gets paid back.
Discussion: The Page and Washington Monthly
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Obama goes after Wall Street over bailout in his weekly address
Discussion: TigerHawk, The Swamp and The Politico
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Mark Hosenball / Newsweek Blogs:
Coming Around On Iran
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Informed Comment
Lily Coyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Letter of the day: Haiti suffers, and Robertson sees the hand of Satan
Discussion: Firedoglake
Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
Spitting Cobra  —  Artillery is called “The King of Battle.”
Discussion: SWJ Blog
Denise Grady / New York Times:
F.D.A. Concerned About Substance in Food Packaging
Associated Press:
In Afghanistan attack, CIA fell victim to series of miscalculations about informant
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and TalkLeft
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New York Times:
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Discussion: TalkLeft
Robert Costa / National Review:
Not Wicked Awesome — By: Robert Costa
Ex U.N. weapons inspector stung in Web sex case
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Funny: Press corps torments Gibbs again with questions about transparency
Discussion: theblogprof and RedState