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1:45 PM ET, January 17, 2010


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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Kirk Can't Vote After Tuesday  —  GOP lawyers say Paul Kirk will no longer be a senator after election day.  —  Appointed Senator Paul Kirk will lose his vote in the Senate after Tuesday's election in Massachusetts of a new senator and cannot be the 60th vote for Democratic health care legislation, according to Republican attorneys.
Before It's News:
Joe Lieberman Endorsement Scott Brown Latest Polls Show Widening Lead  —  Hartford, CT- Joe Lieberman may be close to announcing his suppport for Massachusetts Senate Candidate Scott Brown.  Citing the historical Healthcare Reform Bill as the main issue attracting Lieberman to endorse Brown's Campaign.
Steve Kornacki:
Latest Coakley Internal: Brown +2  —  I've been told reliably that Martha Coakley's internal poll for Friday night showed Republican Scott Brown leading by two points, 47 to 45 percent.  Her campaign's three-night average for Friday, Thursday and Wednesday is the same — a 47 to 45 lead for Brown.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lieberman has no plans to endorse in Mass. Senate race  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) has no plans to make an endorsement in Massachusetts's special election on Tuesday.  —  A spokesman for the senator shot down rumors that Lieberman would weigh in on the closely-watched special election …
Christina Lamb / Times of London:
Voters desert President Barack Obama in Ted Kennedy seat  —  A Democratic stronghold is under threat and losing it could cost the president dear, writes Christina Lamb in Boston  —  It is a bitterly cold day in Boston, Massachusetts, and Bernard Feeney and his son are bringing in the day's catch.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Will Obama Repudiate Smear Campaign?  —  Silence is complicity.  —  So the Massachusetts Democratic Party is alleging, in a mailer, that “1,736 women were raped in Massachusetts in 2008.  Scott Brown wants hospitals to turn them all away.”  —  This is as ridiculous as it is offensive.
Washington Wire:
Bay State Homestretch: What to Watch for on Election Day  —  Both campaigns in the closely fought Massachusetts Senate race are in high gear today. … Democrat Martha Coakley, who until this month had been considered a shoo-in for the seat that had been held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy …
Discussion: Raw Story and CBS News
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Kirk: New Mass. senator will be sworn in ‘as quickly as possible’  —  A new Massachusetts senator will be sworn in as quickly as possible, Sen. Paul Kirk (D-Mass.) pledged Sunday.  —  Kirk, the senator in the interregnum until Tuesday's special election to permanently fill the seat …
Discussion: National Review
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Enthusiasm gap in Massachusetts
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
What we're seeing in Massachusetts: week 2
Discussion: The Plum Line
David / Blue Mass. Group:
BMG Exclusive: Scott Brown thought maybe Obama was born out of wedlock
Dan Roem / Hotline On Call:   MA SEN Shows Similarities To '09 VA GOV
Times of London:
World misled over Himalayan glacier meltdown  —  A WARNING that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 is likely to be retracted after a series of scientific blunders by the United Nations body that issued it.  —  Two years ago the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Bush, Clinton dismiss political statements stemming from quake  —  Former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton made the news show rounds Sunday morning to put on a show of unity in the wake of the Haiti earthquake and dismiss controversial partisan statements that have come from pundits in the aftermath.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Clinton, Bush: Haitian aid well-spent
Discussion: The Politico
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
New York Times Ready to Charge Online Readers  —  New York Times Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. appears close to announcing that the paper will begin charging for access to its website, according to people familiar with internal deliberations.  After a year of sometimes fraught debate inside the paper …
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Great Tea Party Rip-Off  —  Even given the low bar set by America's bogus conversations about race, the short-lived Harry Reid fracas was a most peculiar nonevent.  For all the hyperventilation in cable news land, this supposed racial brawl didn't seem to generate any controversy whatsoever in what is known as the real world.
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
The Sources' Stake in the News  —  WHEN The Times interviewed Michael Chertoff about airport security after the underwear bomber tried to blow up a passenger jet on Christmas Day, he said full-body scanners should be deployed at airports.  Chertoff, the former secretary of homeland security …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Emptywheel
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
An Odd Couple Defends Couples That Some (Oddly) Find Odd
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N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
Bernanke and the Beast  —  IS galloping inflation around the corner?
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 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dems try to tar Brown as Birther, thinly
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Brown's pushback  —  America...only three (3) more days left …
Discussion: Hotline On Call