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3:20 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 …
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‘Game Change’: New Book Reveals 2008 Campaigns' Messy Moments  —  From Obama to Palin, a New Book Raises Candidates' Moments to Forget  —  While “Game Change” has yet to hit store shelves, the book about the 2008 presidential campaign is already creating a stir over its revelations …
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Reid Is Under Fire for 2008 Remarks  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to resign his leadership post over remarks he made in 2008 about then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, adding to the Nevada Democrat's political troubles.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Top Democrat defends Reid for remarks
Discussion: Moonbattery and Weasel Zippers
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.
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Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Boehner chief of staff dies at 46  —  Paula Nowakowski, the longtime chief of staff to House Republican Leader John Boehner, died suddenly Saturday night, according to the leader's office.  She was 46.  —  “It is with profound sadness and shock that I announce the passing of Paula Nowakowski …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and AmSpecBlog
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.
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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
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama: No troops to Yemen, Somalia  —  President Barack Obama said in an interview with People magazine released Sunday that he has “no intention” of sending combat troops to the terrorist havens of Somalia and Yemen because “working with international partners is most effective at this point.”
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Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Insurance Mandate Feeds GOP Attack  —  WASHINGTON — As congressional Democrats try to iron out differences in the House and Senate health-care bills, Republicans are attacking the legal premise of the legislation, saying Congress has no power to make people carry health insurance or pay a penalty or tax.
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 …
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.
Christopher Drew / New York Times:
Drone Flights Leave Military Awash in Data  —  HAMPTON, Va. — As the military rushes to place more spy drones over Afghanistan, the remote-controlled planes are producing so much video intelligence that analysts are finding it more and more difficult to keep up.
Discussion: Politics Daily and Pajamas Media
 
 
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Uzi Mahnaimi / Times of London:
Israeli general Brigadier-General Uzi Eilam denies Iran is nuclear threat
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Yitzhak Benhorin / Ynetnews:
US official: Mitchell didn't threaten Israel
Tom Kington / Guardian:
Italians cheer as police move immigrants out
Discussion: Truthdig
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Adviser: Obama subdued, disappointed by latest jobs report
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and The Politico
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Abortion rights activists get ready for another year of challenges
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Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Crack TSA Manhunt Corners National Security Threat — By: Mark Steyn
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