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The Clock Is Ticking

Sounds like he made the sale.

Caroline is out: I'm not buying the spin that she decided to drop her Senate bid because of her uncle. She knew Ted was gravely ill when she asked David Paterson to give her the job. I believe that after her bungled rollout and obvious hesitation at dealing with reporters, either Paterson was leaning against her or she realized the job wasn't a good fit and needed a face-saving way to withdraw.

"About 90 minutes before she issued her statement," says the New York Post, which broke the story last night, "The Associated Press reported that she had renewed 'determination' to get the seat, after experiencing "misgivings" about taking on a new job when her uncle, who's battling brain cancer, suffered a seizure shortly after Obama's inauguration Tuesday. . . .

"While she cited 'personal reasons,' which some said was about the Massachusetts senator, others said she made her move after it became clear Paterson likely wasn't going to pick her."

That was quite a scoop -- almost as good as this New York Post scoop on Monday:

"Despite claims that he's still undecided, Gov. Paterson is 'certain' to pick Caroline Kennedy to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton in the U.S. Senate, several unhappy contenders for the job have told friends and associates in recent days."

Well, ah, never mind.

The NYT take: "Ms. Kennedy believed that the job was hers if she would accept it, the person said, but aides to Mr. Paterson would not comment on whether that was true."

Offered without comment:

"At the end of Malia and Sasha's scavenger late-night hunt, they opened a door to discover their favorite musical performers: Kevin, Joe, and Nick Jonas -- the pop boy band sensation who first exploded on the Disney Channel and also appeared earlier this week at the Kids' Inaugural Concert."

Okay, I have one comment. Ack.

The new White House blog is a snooze. Bunch of dry press releases. That's not change I can believe in.

The mystery of the disappearing Newsday editors has been solved -- partially:

"A dispute between Newsday editor John Mancini and owner Cablevision Systems Corp. over editorial content appeared to have been resolved Tuesday, when he returned to the newspaper's Melville headquarters.

"Speaking to newsroom staff, Mancini said his absence since Wednesday 'was due to a difference of opinion with ownership over the editorial policy of Newsday. That has been settled.' He declined to offer details, but said: 'No one outside the newsroom influences . . . our news coverage in any way.' Applause erupted, followed by many questions from staffers."

What was it about? Newsday isn't saying. We look forward to its next editorial on transparency in government.

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