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Video - Boston political analyst: Scott Brown won debate last night

Boston political editor for Channel 7 News, Andy Hiller, declared GOP Massachusetts State Senator Scott Brown the winner of last night's debate between Mr. Brown and Martha Coakley. Surprised by his own reaction to the debate, Mr. Hiller gave the following analysis to his TV audience. (video below the transcript):

2004 flashback: Dodd: Sen. Byrd would have been 'a great leader during Civil War'

In 2004, The Washington Times reported that Senator Christopher Dodd (D - CT) said that Senator Robert C. Byrd (D - W.V.) (a former Klansman) would have been a "great leader during the Civil War. Like Democratic leaders ignoring the controversy Senator Harry Reid (D - NV) has kicked up over his comments about President Barack Obama, Senator Tom Daschle simply brushed off Mr. Dodd's statements. Mr. Daschle, in fact, said that  Mr. Dodd's words could not be compared to Senator Trent Lott's (R - MS) remarks about Senator Strom Thurmond (a former segregationist) two years before.:

Obama team continues to control access to Biden

The new book Game Change by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann continues to stir things up in Washington. While the book has blown up controversy over racially charged remarks from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and former President Bill Clinton, Game Change also goes into the rift between then candidates Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

2010 census lacks citizenship question

This year, the United States Census Bureau is taking heat for question 9 on the new census form which reads: "What is Person 1's race?" -- the second option reads: "Black, African-Am., or Negro." Census officials defend their decision for the category, saying that a number of individuals wrote in "Negro" in the 2000 census. Actually, the 2000 Census included the same race options as the 2010 census form.  However, what is striking in the 2010 census form is the lack of citizenship or birthplace question. 

Pelosi on Lott apology in 2002: 'It doesn't remove the sentiment that escaped his mouth'

The new book Game Change has lived up to its name already and authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann dish out some of the more juicier gossip on the 2008 campaign trail with then candidate and Senator Barack Obama. One particular story that is getting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in hot water today is where he is quoted as privately saying a racially charged comment about Mr. Obama.

PPP Poll: Mass. Senate race a toss up

“The Massachusetts Senate race is shaping up as a potential disaster for Democrats,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “Martha Coakley’s complacent campaign has put Scott Brown in a surprisingly strong position and she will need to step it up in the final week to win a victory once thought inevitable.”

Video: Obama flip-flops on taxing 'Cadillac' insurance plans

Naked Emperor News and Breitbart.tv have posted a new clip illustrating another issue President Obama has back tracked on. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Mr. Obama charged that Senator John McCain (R - AZ) would tax Cadillac health plans, insurance plans known for their generous benefits and high cost.