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9:25 AM ET, January 19, 2010


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama plans combative turn  —  President Barack Obama plans a combative response if, as White House aides fear, Democrats lose Tuesday's special Senate election in Massachusetts, close advisers say.  —  “This is not a moment that causes the president or anybody who works for him to express any doubt …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
538 Model Posits Brown as 3:1 Favorite  —  The FiveThirtyEight Senate Forecasting Model, which correctly predicted the outcome of all 35 Senate races in 2008, now regards Republican Scott Brown as a 74 percent favorite to win the Senate seat in Massachusetts on the basis of new polling from ARG …
New York Times:
Democrats May Seek to Push Health Bill Through House  —  WASHINGTON — The White House and Democratic Congressional leaders, scrambling for a backup plan to rescue their health care legislation if Republicans win the special election in Massachusetts on Tuesday, have begun laying the groundwork …
David Catanese / The Politico:
New poll: Brown up 9  —  A new InsiderAdvantage poll conducted exclusively for POLITICO shows Republican Scott Brown surging to a 9-point advantage over Martha Coakley a day before Massachusetts voters trek to the ballot box to choose a new senator.  —  According to the survey conducted Sunday evening …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Good news: Obama to take “combative” approach to Brown victory  —  A follow-up to last week's video clip of The One promising to make the midterms a referendum on ObamaCare, which is working like gangbusters right now for Marcia or Marla or whatever her name is.
Boston Globe:
Sen. Kerry says Scott Brown supporters engaged in bullying, threats
Steve Kornacki:
Coakley internals: +1, with a catch
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
NRSC worked under radar in Mass.
MyFox Boston:
Poll: Scott Brown surges to double-digit lead over Martha Coakley
Daniel Foster / The Corner on National Review Online:
Kerry Warns of “Dangerous Atmosphere” Around Brown Rallies — By: Daniel Foster
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Pundit & Pundette
Michael Graham / Boston Herald:   Nothing Madisonian in this Martha
The Note:
‘Revolution in the Streets’: Mass. Republicans Prep for Fight …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:   Brown Hometown Rally Tonight (Pics)
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Irish bookie pays off Brown bets early
Joe Garofoli / SFGate:   Pelosi: Whatever happens in MA Senate race, health care will pass (VIDEO)
Washington Post:
FBI broke law for years in phone record searches  —  The FBI illegally collected more than 2,000 U.S. telephone call records between 2002 and 2006 by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist or simply persuading phone companies to provide records, according to internal bureau memos and interviews.
Bernard Avishai / TPMCafe:
Who's To Blame?  —  I am mostly living far from Massachusetts these days, but I've marinated in its politics for 25 years, and seen my share of reactionaries voted into office.  The idea that the state's undecideds are breaking for Brown because of some generalized economic anger that Obama failed …
Discussion: TalkLeft
CBS News:
Poll: Most Don't Want Sarah Palin to Run for President  —  Posted by Kevin Hechtkopf A new CBS News poll finds that a large majority of Americans say they do not want former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to run for president.  —  Specifically, 71 percent say they do not want the former …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
From Depression To Rage  —  We have heard a lot from those furious that Obama has not solved all our problems overnight, how they feel that this country has somehow been taken away from them, how they feel a disconnect from the president.  But maybe it's time for a different kind of rage …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Looming Landslide For Brown  —  Democrats can stop hoping at this point.  —  I can see no alternative scenario but a huge - staggeringly huge - victory for the FNC/RNC machine tomorrow.  They crafted a strategy of total oppositionism to anything Obama proposed a year ago.
Aislinn Laing / Telegraph:
US accused of ‘occupying’ Haiti as troops flood in  —  France accused the US of “occupying” Haiti on Monday as thousands of American troops flooded into the country to take charge of aid efforts and security.  —  The French minister in charge of humanitarian relief called on the UN to …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Instapundit
Alan Wolfe / Washington Post:
Book review of ‘Game Change’ by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin  —  Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime  —  Harper.  448 pp.  $27.99  —  During elections, people make judgments about who should hold office.  They also make judgments about the journalists who cover the campaigns.
Anderson Cooper / CNN:
Anderson in the midst of looting chaos  —  AC360° Anchor  —  We were covering another story when we heard shots being fired.  We ran toward the sound and found a store being looted.  Two Haitian police officers were occasionally firing into the air to try to keep order …
Discussion: New York Magazine and GINA COBB
Read the Secret ‘Jesus’ Messages on U.S. Military Weapons  —  Gun sights used in Iraq and Afghanistan have coded Bible references.  —  PHOTOS: Christian Scopes  —  In August of 2005 Trijicon was awarded a $660 million dollar, multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 …
U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret ‘Jesus’ Bible Codes
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