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4:10 PM ET, January 9, 2010

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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Juiciest Revelations In “Game Change”  —  Game Change, the long-awaited and very gossipy chronicle of the 2008 campaign by journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, is chock full of revelations that are bound to stir the folks who live within ten miles of the Beltway — and perhaps even reverberate beyond Washington.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Harry Reid apologizes for “light skinned” remark about Obama  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) apologized today for referring to President Barack Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect” in private conversations during the 2008 presidential campaign.
Mark Preston / CNN:
Reid apologizes for ‘Negro dialect’ comment  —  Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized Saturday following reports he had privately described then-candidate Barack Obama during the presidential campaign as a black candidate who could be successful thanks in part to his …
New York Magazine:
Saint Elizabeth and the Ego Monster  —  A candidate whose aides were prepared to block him from becoming president.  A wife whose virtuous image was a mirage.  A mistress with a video camera.  In an excerpt from the new book Game Change—their sweeping account of the 2008 campaign …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Frank Quaratiello / Boston Herald:
Scott Brown swearing-in would be stalled to pass health-care reform  —  It looks like the fix is in on national health-care reform - and it all may unfold on Beacon Hill.  —  At a business forum in Boston today, interim Sen. Paul Kirk predicted that Congress would pass a health-care reform bill this month.
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Mr. K / Jumping in Pools:
Brown is winning the battle of the blogosphere.
Discussion: GayPatriot
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Courts Roll Back Limits on Spending in Election Law  —  WASHINGTON — Even before a landmark Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance law expected within days, a series of other court decisions is reshaping the political battlefield by freeing corporations, unions and other interest groups …
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:   Justices may rule soon on campaign-finance case
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Healthcare bill excise tax likely to survive, labor leader says  —  A union-opposed tax on high-cost health insurance will probably remain part of healthcare reform, a prominent labor leader said Friday.  —  Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Unions Oppose Possible Health Insurance Tax
Discussion: naked capitalism
New York Times:
White House Aides Said to Chafe at Slow Pace of Afghan Surge  —  WASHINGTON — Senior White House advisers are frustrated by what they say is the Pentagon's slow pace in deploying 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan and its inability to live up to an initial promise to have all of the forces …
Philip Caputo / The Atlantic Online:
The Fall of Mexico … Those famous words came to mind when another man named Díaz offered me an equally concise observation about the realities of life in the country today: “In Mexico it is dangerous to speak the truth.  It is even dangerous to know the truth.”  —  His full name is Fernando Díaz Santana.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Analysis: Obama's buck-stopping goes only so far  —  Buzz up!  —  WASHINGTON - He says “the buck stops with me,” but nearly a year into office, President Barack Obama is still blaming a lot of the nation's troubles — the economy, terrorism, health care — on George W. Bush.
Dana Loesch / thedanashow.wordpress.com:
Claire McCaskill: “We Should Have a Conference and C-Span Should be in There”  —  While on Jamie's show we interviewed Senator Claire McCaskill who gave further signs of Democrat infighting as she agreed to issue a press release saying that she supports having a broadcasted conference committee on the fauxcare negotiations.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Karen Ocamb / LGBT POV:
Is NOM conceding the federal Prop 8 trial?  Prop 8 side wants a delay  —  In his latest fundraising letter sent out Friday, Brian Brown, Executive Director of the National Organization for Marriage, crows about the defeat of the marriage equality bill in the New Jersey Senate Thursday …
Scott / Power Line:
A letter to the White House  —  Umar Abdulmutallab has been provided a lawyer and clammed up in connection with this efforts to take down Northwest Flight 253 as it approached Detroit on Christmas Day.  Yesterday Abdulmutallab was arraigned in federal court in Detroit.
The Huffington Post:
Jean Biden Dead: Joe Biden's Mother Catherine Dies At 92  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Catherine “Jean” Biden died today in Wilmington, Delaware, surrounded by family, according to a statement released by the White House.  —  Born Catherine Eugenia Finnegan, the mother of Vice President Joe Biden was 92.
Discussion: HillBuzz, ABCNEWS and Politics Daily
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Susan Jo Keller / New York Times:
Catherine E. F. Biden, Mother of the Vice President, Is Dead at 92
Discussion: MyDD
NPR Blogs:
Loud Protests on NPR's ‘Tea Party’ Cartoon  —  For nearly two months, the animated political cartoon sat on npr.org virtually unnoticed.  And then someone discovered it, was disgusted and launched it into the blogosphere — making it a raucous rallying point for conservatives.
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