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11:35 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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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 …
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 …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Book: Obama, Biden clashed in '08  —  The relationship between Barack Obama and Joe Biden grew so strained during the 2008 campaign, according to a new book, that the two rarely spoke and aides not only kept Biden off internal conference calls but refused to even tell him they existed.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and GOP 12
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.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
2008 Campaign, All Over Again in New Book
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Mother Jones
The Politico:
Reid apologizes for ‘Negro’ remark
Discussion: Don Surber
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Reid apologizes for ‘Negro’ remark
Discussion: Gawker and Townhall.com
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Toss up in Massachusetts  —  The Massachusetts Senate race is now a toss up.  —  Buoyed by a huge advantage with independents and relative disinterest from Democratic voters in the state, Republican Scott Brown leads Martha Coakley 48-47.  —  Here are the major factors leading to this surprising state of affairs:
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Brown HQ Report #1
Discussion: sisu, Hot Air and MyDD
Mr. K / Jumping in Pools:
Brown is winning the battle of the blogosphere.
Discussion: GayPatriot
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Teddy's anger  —  One of the enduring mysteries of the 2008 campaign was what got Ted Kennedy so mad at Bill Clinton.  The former president's entreaties, at some point, backfired, and the explanation has never quite emerged.  —  I've finally gotten my hands on a copy of Game Change, in which John Heliemann and Mark Halperin report:
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Game Change: Even More Juicy Stuff  —  From Game Change, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann  —  Why Sen. Kennedy was offended about his conversation with Bill Clinton: (Page 218): “Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, A few years ago this guy would have been getting us coffee.”
Discussion: Don Surber
Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
Detroit bomber ‘singing like a canary’ before arrest  —  President Barack Obama is under fire over claims that the Christmas Day underwear bomber was “singing like a canary” until he was treated as an ordinary criminal and advised of his right to silence.  —  The chance to secure crucial information …
Discussion: Maggie's Notebook and Townhall.com
Hollywoodreporter / The Live Feed | THR:
Oliver Stone's ‘Secret History’ to put Hitler ‘in context’  —  TCA — Director Oliver Stone's upcoming Showtime documentary miniseries “Secret History of America” promises to put mass murderers such as Stalin and Hitler “in context.”  —  “Stalin, Hitler, Mao, McCarthy …
Paul Krugman:
The health insurance excise tax  —  OK, clearly I have to weigh in on this.  Should there be a limit to the tax deductibility of employer-provided health insurance, which is what the excise tax in the Senate bill is supposed to fix?  —  My answer is yes, but the final bill should address the criticisms.
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Healthcare bill excise tax likely to survive, labor leader says
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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.
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.
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Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
Three Cheers For A Law Enforcement Approach To Terrorism
 
 
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Roya Nikkhah / Telegraph:
Myleene Klass warned by police after scaring off intruders with knife
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Sharpton backs Reid
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Obama in '02: ‘The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott’
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New York Magazine:
Saint Elizabeth and the Ego Monster
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You will become mentally ill in 2013
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Detroit News:
Muslims, Nigerians in Detroit denounce terrorism
Hugh Son / Bloomberg:
NY Fed Lawyer Says AIG 'Didn't Warrant' Geithner Attention
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
GOP Sen. Dick Lugar rebukes Cheney criticism of Obama as ‘unfair.’
Philip Caputo / The Atlantic Online:
The Fall of Mexico … Those famous words came to mind …
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