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Chris Cillizza's Morning Fix reports that West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, a Democrat, will push for a special election in 2010 to fill Robert Byrd's seat. He's likely to run in said election, however, which could discourage a Republican challenger.

The Daily Beast's Cheat Sheet notes a Washington Post article about how the Fed could help a still-ailing economy. Though interest rates are already near zero, a Fed official told the Post, "I think there's plenty more we could do if we had to."  

Mike Allen's Playbook looks at an "elegant" new video Sarah Palin has posted on her Facebook page touting a "mom awakening" in 2010 politics. The "Mama Grizzly" message "could help expand Palin's appeal toward the center," Allen surmises, "helping the Republican Party with its demographic peril."

Ezra Klein's Wonkbook cites Politico's report of a CBO analysis of John Kerry and Joe Lieberman's climate bill that predicts it would slash $19 billion from the deficit over the next ten years.

ABC's The Note links to an ABC account of Senator David Vitter's response to a question about the abusive aide whom Vitter supposedly assigned to women's issues. Vitter called the story "misreported" and "misrepresented" and said it had been resolved two years ago -- despite the fact that the aide remained on Vitter's staff until last month.   




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