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5:55 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 …
Discussion: The Politico and Mediaite
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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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
Washington Post:
Yemeni president vows crackdown on al-Qaeda branch  —  SANAA, YEMEN — Yemen's president vowed over the weekend to track down al-Qaeda militants who refuse to renounce terrorism, as President Obama affirmed in a magazine interview that he has no plans at the moment to send troops to Yemen …
Discussion: The Page
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Mike Allen / The Politico:   Obama: No troops to Yemen, Somalia
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Feinstein: Halt Gitmo prisoner transfers to countries with al-Qaeda presence
Discussion: the talking dog and New York Times
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 …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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: NO QUARTER
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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
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.
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.
 
 
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Uzi Mahnaimi / Times of London:
Israeli general Brigadier-General Uzi Eilam denies Iran is nuclear threat
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John Bolton / Wall Street Journal:
Let's Take Bureaucracy Out of Intelligence
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
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Abortion rights activists get ready for another year of challenges
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Crack TSA Manhunt Corners National Security Threat — By: Mark Steyn
Discussion: BBC and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS