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The dolls formerly known as Sweet Sasha (left) and Marvelous Malia, made by Ty. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)Enlarge This Image

  • Those Marvelous Malia and Sweet Sasha dolls? Retired. Toymaker Ty -- best known for Beanie Babies -- released the plush dolls last month but said they were not intended to depict the first daughters. Mom in Chief Michelle Obama wasn't buying it: A spokeswoman for the first lady called the dolls "inappropriate." Now they'll be renamed and sold as Marvelous Mariah and Sweet Sydney.

  • It pays to win: Obama campaign manager David Plouffe has a seven-figure deal with Viking for "The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama's Historic Victory." The "high-level" account of the two-year campaign is due in the fall.

  • Elizabeth Edwards is writing a new memoir about adversity titled "Resilience," scheduled for May release. Publisher Broadway Books won't release details, so there's no word how much she'll discuss the affair her husband, former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, had with video producer Rielle Hunter.

  • By The Reliable Source  |  February 5, 2009; 7:40 AM ET
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