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2:20 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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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.
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
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: RedState and The Fix
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.
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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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 Post:
Hood massacre report gutless and shameful  —  There are two basic problems with the grotesque non-report on the Islamist- terror massacre at Fort Hood (released by the Defense Department yesterday):  —  * It's not about what happened at Fort Hood.  —  * It avoids entirely the issue of
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.
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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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Aaron Blake / The Hill:   Rep. Snyder bows out  —  Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Ark.) …
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Honest Democrat Ed Schultz Says 'I'd Cheat' To Keep Scott Brown From Winning...  The Democrat Party should change it's name to ‘Thieves “R” Us’...  Via Breitbart.tv  —  FreeThinkerNY
Associated Press:
In Afghanistan attack, CIA fell victim to series of miscalculations about informant  —  AMMAN, JORDAN — He was an ambitious young doctor from a large family who had a foreign wife and two children — details that officers of Jordan's intelligence service viewed as exploitable vulnerabilities, not biography.
Discussion: TalkLeft and ATTACKERMAN
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
 
 
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