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8:35 AM ET, January 16, 2010


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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.
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.
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: TBogg and
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
In MA-Sen Race That's All About Health Care, Is GOPer Brown Providing Coverage to Staff?  —  The campaign staffers helping Scott Brown for U.S. Senate are being paid as independent contractors rather than as employees and are responsible for paying their own taxes and, presumably, health care coverage.
Associated Press:
Lawmaker: If GOP wins seat, health care dead
Discussion: The Hill
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama to Campaign in Massachusetts on Sunday
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Clusterstock
Boston Herald:
Rudy Giuliani joins Scott Brown, slams Martha Coakley on terrorism
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Vic Snyder retiring  —  Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Ark.) announced tonight that he will be retiring at the end of his term, citing the difficult political environment that he would have faced to win an eighth term in the House.  —  “2010 will be a robust election year during which great forces collide …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Rep. Snyder bows out  —  Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Ark.) …
Discussion: Hot Air
Washington Wire:   A GOP Pickup? Rep. Snyder of Arkansas Announces Retirement
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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).
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.
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Obama goes after Wall Street over bailout in his weekly address  —  President Barack Obama vowed to recoup billions of dollars in bailout money paid out to prevent a major crisis among large financial firms in his radio address Saturday, declaring, “We're not going to let Wall Street take the money and run.”
Discussion: The Swamp and The Politico
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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