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6:40 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.
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
A REPORT FROM THE SCOTT BROWN RALLY AT WORCESTER: “It's an absolute mob scene.  The police have closed off the streets.  It's mind blowing.  The hall is already full, and it holds 3,000 people.  There may be another 1,000 people outside.”  —  Meanwhile, reader Sean Fitzpatrick writes: “Pictures don't do justice.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Charlie Cook: Brown now favored  —  Hours before President Barack Obama's appearance with the Democratic candidate in the Massachusetts Senate race, political handicapper Charlie Cook sent an unusual weekend update to his Cook Political Report subscribers saying that Scott Brown, the Republican, is now a slight favorite.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
What we're seeing in Massachusetts: week 2  —  Here's what we saw on day 1 of our Massachusetts poll:  —The electorate is becoming more Democratic.  Last weekend we found it at Obama +16 and now we see it at Obama +20.  So all the efforts to get the party base more engaged in the election are paying off.
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.
Discussion: Liberal Values and RedState
Felicia Sonmez / Hotline On Call:
Brown Rallies A Revitalized GOP  —  WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA — State Sen. Scott Brown (R) brought his surging campaign to this western MA town this a.m., rallying a crowd of GOPers more energized than many in attendance could remember.  —  Standing on a platform in front of the truck …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Brown Campaign Now Says “He Doesn't Believe” Obama Born Out Of Wedlock; But No Apology  —  As you may have heard, an incendiary video is making the rounds in which Scott Brown questioned whether Obama's parents were married when he was born — and Dems are pounding him over it.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Kirk: New Mass. senator will be sworn in ‘as quickly as possible’
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama says Mass. voters face stark choice in special election
Discussion: The Politico
Washington Wire:
Bay State Homestretch: What to Watch for on Election Day
Discussion: Raw Story and CBS News
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
McConnell: Healthcare will be ‘toxic’ for Democrats in 2010, '12
Discussion: Think Progress
Joan Vennochi / Boston Globe:
Blame Beacon Hill
Discussion: PostPartisan
Steve Kornacki:
Latest Coakley Internal: Brown +2
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 …
Washington Post:
Poll shows growing disappointment, polarization over Obama's performance  —  A year into his presidency, President Obama faces a polarized nation and souring public assessments of his efforts to change Washington, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Bush, Clinton dismiss political statements stemming from quake
Discussion: theblogprof and The Moderate Voice
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
President Obama at One Year: Lower Ratings, Higher Doubts
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Howard Fineman / Newsweek:
Roger Ailes is the real head of the GOP.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“My Vote For Brown Isn't A Vote Against Obama” Ctd  —  A reader writes: … I'll try.  First off, there's no compromise with the current GOP.  They make Gingrich look like Pope John XXIII.  If they got back majorities in the Congress, there will be no debt reduction …
Discussion: Liberal Values
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Gay marriage supporters fear Supreme Court's ruling was an omen  —  When justices intervened to stop proceedings from airing online, some saw sympathy for supporters of Proposition 8 - and a lack of faith in the district judge who will first decide the measure's fate.
Paul Krugman:
Brown, Coakley, And the Outrage Gap  —  About Paul Krugman  —  Paul Krugman is an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times.  —  Comments of the Moment
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Harold Ford Jr.: It Was Good to Hear President Bush's Voice  —  Yeah, I just love the sound of fingernails across a chalkboard too, Harold.  It's hard to feel good about these two leading the fundraising effort for Haiti knowing full well the damage they helped heap upon that country …
Barack Obama / Newsweek:
Why Haiti Matters  —  In the tragic aftermath of Haiti's 7.0 earthquake, images of the disaster break our hearts and remind us of the fragility of life.  What America must do now—and why.  —  From the magazine issue dated Jan 25, 2010  —  In the last week, we have been deeply moved …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Clinton, Bush: Haitian aid well-spent
Discussion: The Politico
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Dems try to tar Brown as Birther, thinly
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