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5:05 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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Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
NEVADA U.S. SENATE POLL: Reid hits new low in poll  —  Rating is worst in R-J's surveys for 2010 election  —  More than half of Nevadans are unhappy with Sen. Harry Reid, according to a new poll commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.  It's the worst “unfavorable” …
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 …
Philip Elliot / Associated Press:
Reid apologizes for ‘no Negro dialect’ comment  —  Buzz up!  —  WASHINGTON - The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate apologized on Saturday for comments he made about Barack Obama's race during the 2008 presidential bid and are quoted in a yet-to-be-released book about the campaign.
The Politico:   Reid races to recover from ‘Negro’ remark
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Reid apologizes for ‘Negro’ remark
Discussion: Townhall.com
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 and marbury
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
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Right-Wing Radio Host Incensed That ‘Butt Sniffer’ Michael Steele Canceled Appearance On Her Show  —  There was significant media speculation yesterday when embattled Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele abruptly canceled a noon interview with ABC News.
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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
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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
Andrea James / Boing Boing:
You will become mentally ill in 2013  —  Toronto is a lovely and tolerant city full of amazing resources for LGBT people and their allies.  My many visits resulted in nothing but the fondest of memories.  However, Toronto/Ontario taxpayers unwittingly harbor and nurture the most reactionary sexologists in the world.
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Officials Hid Truth About Immigrant Deaths in Jail  —  Silence has long shrouded the men and women who die in the nation's immigration jails.  For years, they went uncounted and unnamed in the public record.  Even in 2008, when The New York Times obtained and published a federal government list …
Discussion: 24Ahead
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.
 
 
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