Mark Halperin’s sleazy new book (the one that snared Harry Reid and beats up on John and Elizabeth Edwards) is proof, writes Glenn Greenwald, that our media aspire to trash and gossip. This story, plus Nixon, Sinatra, Limbaugh, drugs and more after the jump.

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‘Political Reporting’ Means ‘Royal Court Gossip’

The media excitement over a sleazy new “political” book reveals the real function of our press corps.

Harry Reid … a Closed Book? Sen. Harry Reid’s comments about Obama’s racial profile might be “a closed book” for our president.

Google Threatens Pullout From China After E-Mail Accounts Are Hacked In a calm and understated blog post, Google said Tuesday that it had recently come under an unusual cyberattack from China.

The Supremes’ Orthogonal Moment Arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday in the case of Briscoe v. Virginia, the University of Michigan law professor Richard Friedman gave the justices an unintentional vocabulary lesson.

Hiding Movies From Critics I haven’t seen “Armored,” a new heist movie starring Matt Dillon and Laurence Fishburne. And, before it was released, neither did professional movie critics.

Cost of Wars Through September: $1 Trillion Plus These current year appropriations do not include funds to support the “surge” of 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan proposed by the Obama administration on Dec. 1, 2009.

Nixon’s ‘Seduction’ of Frank Sinatra Gearing up for President Richard Nixon’s re-election campaign, White House aides plotted the “seduction” of Frank Sinatra, who was viewed as a source of “massive financial resources.”

Rush Limbaugh for OxyContin? A website featuring a phony Rush Limbaugh endorsement of OxyContin is the target of a Drug Enforcement Administration probe into the illegal online sale of prescription medication.

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