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President Obama will give the first State Of The Union Address of his presidency on Wednesday, Jan. 27, according to a tweet from White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton this evening.

TPMDC has confirmed the speech will begin at 9 p.m. In addition to the standard live television broadcast, the Obama administration announced today that the speech will be streamed live on the White House website.

Scott Brown, the Republican candidate in the Massachusetts special election, said today he has already made travel plans to go to Washington, D.C., this Friday if he wins.

As we've reported, Massachusetts won't certify election results for about 15 days after tomorrow's election, and the U.S. Senate won't swear a winner in until they get that paperwork from the state.

But Brown has said he expects to be sworn in right away.

The timing is important because Brown's vote would end Democrats' filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. If he's sworn in before the Senate votes on health care, Democrats will have to take extreme measures -- such as trying to persuade the House to adopt the much more conservative Senate bill or going for reconciliation -- in order to pass the legislation.

A new poll sponsored by Politico shows Scott Brown (R) with a comfortable lead the day before the Massachusetts special election to replace Ted Kennedy in the Senate. The poll, conducted Sunday night for Politico by InsiderAdvantage, shows Brown leading Martha Coakley 52-43, with Libertarian Joe Kennedy hovering at 2% support.

Internal numbers from the poll are even more damaging to Coakley's chances. The results show Brown leading by 41% among independent voters and by 15%. Other recent polls have shown Coakley's support among independents to be waning, and the Politico poll is not the first released today to show Brown solidly ahead in the horserace.

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With the Senate Democrats indicating that they will wait for the state of Massachusetts to follow its own procedural guidelines for certifying a winner in the Massachusetts special Senate election, the next question should be asked: What are the state's guidelines and procedures?

We asked Michelle Tassinari, the legal counsel for the state Elections Division, and she sent us over a list of the relevant statutes.

First of all, no certificate of election can be issued until at least ten days following a special election, and in real terms it would probably be at least 15 days. State law can allow for a certificate seven days after a special election -- but that law is trumped by the federal laws governing overseas and military ballots, which are triggered because this is an election for federal office, and which create a longer window in this election.

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ARG's latest poll from the Massachusetts Senate race shows Scott Brown (R) extending his lead over Martha Coakley (D) in the final hours campaigning.

The previous ARG poll, taken Jan. 12-14, showed Brown with a 3-point lead over Coakley, 48-45. The new poll, released today, was taken over the weekend and shows Brown's lead to now be 7 points. He leads Coakley 52-45, with 2% undecided. The margin of error is 4%. Libertarian Joe Kennedy, who some have suggested might split the anti-Coakley vote tomorrow, polled at just 2% in both surveys.

Yet another Tea Partier is sounding the alarm about the upcoming National Tea Party Convention and questioning the motives of its organizer.

Shane Brooks worked closely with convention organizer Judson Phillips and his Tea Party Nation (TPN) group, until a falling out last month in part over what Brooks saw as TPN's overly close relationship with the GOP, which Brooks distrusts. Now, Brooks, based in Texas, has posted a YouTube video urging fellow activists to "boycott the National Tea Party Convention," and declaring, "we will not allow Tea Party Nation or any group to achieve national leadership of this historic grassroots revolution by the people!"

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January 16, 2010: President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former President George W. Bush walk toward the Rose Garden, where they'll give a press conference about the former presidents' efforts to raise money for Haiti relief, called the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. In a statement released earlier, Bush and Clinton said: "We are pleased to accept President Obama's request to lead private sector fundraising efforts. In the days and weeks ahead, we will draw attention to the many ways American citizens and businesses can help meet the urgent needs of the Haitian people."

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Bush and Obama shake hands before the press conference. In his address to the crowd, Bush said: "The most effective way for Americans to help the people of Haiti is to contribute money. That money will go to organizations on the ground and will be -- who will be able to effectively spend it. I know a lot of people want to send blankets or water -- just send your cash. One of the things that the President and I will do is to make sure your money is spent wisely."

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In his own remarks, President Obama said: "What these gentlemen are going to be able to do is when the news media starts seeing its attention drift to other things but there's still enormous needs on the ground, these two gentlemen of extraordinary stature I think are going to be able to help ensure that these efforts are sustained. And that's why it's so important and that's why I'm so grateful that they agreed to do it."

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Bush and Clinton listen as Obama makes his remarks. Clinton had also made a brief statement at the press conference: "I believe before this earthquake Haiti had the best chance in my lifetime to escape its history -- a history that Hillary and I have shared a tiny part of. I still believe that. The Haitians want to just amend their development plan to take account of what's happened in Port-au-Prince and west, figure out what they got to do about that, and then go back to implementing it. But it's going to take a lot of help and a long time."

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After the press conference, President Obama leads the former presidents back to the Oval Office for a meeting.

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Things aren't all serious when Bush, Obama, and Clinton meet in the Oval Office.

More information on the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund can be found at clintonbushhaitifund.org.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

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