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9:15 AM ET, January 11, 2010


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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Palin derided by top McCain aide, book  —  Sarah Palin was an unprepared, uninformed vice presidential candidate who repeatedly made false statements in public, according to a top McCain campaign aide.  —  In a “60 Minutes” segment based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's new book …
‘Game Change’: New Book Reveals 2008 Campaigns' Messy Moments
Discussion: The Politico and Mediaite
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Reid winning inside game but floundering in NV — Allies plan to spotlight critics' NAACP ratings - Steele flip-flopped from Lott view - GOP plans to turn up heat — Reid feels burned by the authors  —  BIRTHDAYS: Mark Halperin ... Vaughn Ververs (hat tip: Webteam)
Congressional Black Caucus backs Reid
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
The Politico:
Dems launch defense to save Reid
Discussion: Think Progress and Guardian
Wall Street Journal:
The 60th Senate Vote  —  The special election in Massachusetts and the Democratic agenda.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  When Ted Kennedy died last August, Democrats said they'd honor him by finally passing the national health care he had long campaigned for.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and NO QUARTER
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Brown seen as gaining on Coakley in race for Kennedy Senate seat  —  Massachusetts isn't the likeliest backdrop for Republicans to begin their long climb back to a Senate majority.  Democrats control both of the state's U.S. Senate seats, the governorship, all 10 House seats and wide majorities in the state legislature.
David Rose / Daily Mail:
The mini ice age starts here  —  The bitter winter afflicting much of the Northern Hemisphere is only the start of a global trend towards cooler weather that is likely to last for 20 or 30 years, say some of the world's most eminent climate scientists.  —  Their predictions …
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Same-sex marriage set for big day in federal court  —  LOS ANGELES — After a run of setbacks at the state level, gay rights advocates will take the campaign for same-sex marriage into a federal courtroom on Monday, starting down a treacherous avenue that ends at a U.S. Supreme Court dominated by conservatives.
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Prop. 8 trial begins today
Discussion: Law Librarian Blog and TalkLeft
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:   Two Ideological Foes Unite to Overturn Proposition 8
David Boaz / Washington Times:
We miss you, Bubba  —  President Clinton doesn't seem so bad  —  Suddenly, I find myself nostalgic for Bill Clinton.  It comes as a shock.  Back in 1996, I denounced his “breathtaking view of the ability and obligation of government to plan the economy” and his “profoundly anti-individualist ideas.”
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Scott Raab / Esquire:
The Notorious Blago  —  The former Illinois governor has a new dog (Skittles), a new source of income (Elvis impersonations) and — despite an old worry (prison) — a confounding optimism.  You have to read this.  —  From the February 2010 “People Who Matter” issue — on sale this week
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Hill
David Catanese / The Politico:
Gov. Hoeven to announce for Senate  —  North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven is expected to kick-off his candidacy for U.S. Senate Monday evening at a GOP district convention in Bismarck, according to a state Republican familiar with his plans.  —  Hoeven's announcement will come just six days …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Learning From Europe  —  As health care reform nears the finish line, there is much wailing and rending of garments among conservatives.  And I'm not just talking about the tea partiers.  Even calmer conservatives have been issuing dire warnings that Obamacare will turn America into a European-style social democracy.
John Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
Let's Take Bureaucracy Out of Intelligence  —  Groupthink products like National Intelligence Estimates make us vulnerable.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Although the U.S. intelligence community (IC) has been stung by failures relating to the Christmas terrorist attack, these failures are symptomatic of far larger problems.
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
No one punished under congressional ethics rules  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly three years after Congress approved sweeping ethics rules to “drain the swamp,” as incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put it, no member of Congress has been punished for wrongdoing.  —  In that time, allegations …
Chuck Bennett / New York Post:
Food-nanny Mike declares war on salt in NYers diets  —  Mayor Bloomberg, the mayor who declared war on tobacco, sugary drinks and trans fats, has identified a new public enemy — now he wants to protect New Yorkers from salt.  —  Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley launches a campaign today …
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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
America slides deeper into depression as Wall Street revels
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
As Senator's War Chest Grows, So Does Primary Threat
Discussion: The Page
The Hill:
Obama, labor leaders to square off over tax on costly health plans
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Book: Obama, Biden clashed in '08
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Media Notes: A look at Tucker Carlson's political Web site, the Daily Caller
Discussion: Moonbattery and TBogg
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Will Sunday shows ever change?
Discussion: Mediaite
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
U.S. Bankers Are Fed Up With British Regulations
Discussion: naked capitalism and Firedoglake
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Let's Talk About Faith
Discussion: normblog and TBogg
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Yemeni president vows crackdown on al-Qaeda branch
Discussion: The Page
Uzi Mahnaimi / Times of London:
Israeli general Brigadier-General Uzi Eilam denies Iran is nuclear threat
Discussion: naked capitalism
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Insurance Mandate Feeds GOP Attack
Discussion: Clusterstock
Associated Press:
White House Economic Adviser: Jobs Picture is ‘Still Terrible’
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and The Hill
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Boehner chief of staff dies at 46
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and AmSpecBlog