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9:10 AM ET, January 10, 2010

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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
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.
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
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 …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
2008 Campaign, All Over Again in New Book
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Mother Jones
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Sharpton backs Reid
Discussion: Hot Air
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Harry Reid apologizes for “light skinned” remark about Obama
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Reid apologizes for ‘Negro’ remark
Discussion: Gawker, Majikthise 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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Boston Globe:
Senate poll: Coakley up 15 points  —  AG viewed as stronger on most issues, Globe survey finds, but Brown has gained traction, too  —  Democrat Martha Coakley, buoyed by her durable statewide popularity, enjoys a solid, 15-percentage-point lead over Republican rival Scott Brown as the race …
Jessica Taylor / Scorecard's Blog:
Poll: Scott Brown ahead of Martha Coakley by one point
Discussion: Boston Herald
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Brown HQ Report #1
Discussion: sisu, TD Blog and MyDD
Frank Quaratiello / Boston Herald:
Scott Brown swearing-in would be stalled to pass health-care reform
Discussion: YID With LID
Mr. K / Jumping in Pools:
Brown is winning the battle of the blogosphere.
Discussion: GayPatriot
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
A Fox Chief at the Pinnacle of Media and Politics  —  In the fall of 2008, Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, went to his boss, Rupert Murdoch, with two complaints: he had heard that Mr. Murdoch was considering endorsing Barack Obama for president in The New York Post, and he had read …
Roya Nikkhah / Telegraph:
Myleene Klass warned by police after scaring off intruders with knife  —  Myleene Klass, the broadcaster and model, brandished a knife at youths who broke into her garden - but has been warned by police that she may have acted illegally.  —  Miss Klass, a model for Marks & Spencer …
Discussion: Power Line and Maggie's Notebook
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.
Jamie Doward / Guardian:
Muslim TV channel linked to extremist  —  Satellite broadcaster the Islam Channel denies giving a platform to jihadist extremist  —  A London-based satellite broadcaster that describes itself as “the voice of authority for Muslims in the UK” has been accused of giving a platform to Anwar al-Awlaki …
 
 
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