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Looking to settle score, GOP seizes on Reid gaffe

Moments before midnight on Friday, Marc Ambinder blogged at The Atlantic about some of the “juiciest revelations” in “Game Change,” a behind-the-scenes book on the 2008 presidential campaign by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. According to the authors, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was bullish on Barack Obama’s chances at becoming the first African-American president because he was “light-skinned” and had “no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

Obama, Rick Warren and the lingering pain for gays

The response to Barack Obama’s pick of evangelical Christian Rev. Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration has, not surprisingly, been hot. Some of it’s searing, some not so much. Wayne Besen, whose critiques of anti-gay everything can be stinging, was downright temperate — at least for him — in describing how Warren, the pastor of Saddleback megachurch is not so bad.