Do Politico, CBS and Drudge Report just copy-and-paste each other's stories?

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That sure seems to be the case with regards to three nearly identical (i.e. at times word-for-word) dispatches posted last night regarding the upcoming release of Game Change, a book about the 2008 campaign.

The content sharing began when Drudge put up an original item, time stamped "Thu Jan 07 17:26:11 ET." Note this passage [emphasis added]:

When President-elect Obama called her again to convince her to be his secretary of state, Clinton told him there was a problem, says Heilemann, a Time magazine reporter. "At that point she says 'There's one last thing that's a problem, which is my husband. You've seen what this is like; it will be a circus if I take this job,'" Heilemann reports. Says Halperin, who writes for New York magazine, "It's this extraordinary moment…Clinton saying something she says to almost no one, admitting her husband is a problem. At the same time Obama comes back and shows vulnerability to her. He says to her, 'Given the economic crisis, given all I have to deal with, I need your help.'"

Now look at the dispatch posted by Politico's Mike Allen. It was time stamped two minutes later ("/7/10 5:28 PM EST") and it often used the exact same language as Drudge.

From Politico's report:

Heilemann, who writes for New York magazine, told Cooper that when the president-elect called her a second time to persuade her to be his secretary of state, after being turned down the first time, Clinton told him there was a problem.

"At that point she says, 'There's one last thing that's a problem, which is my husband," Heilemann said. "'You've seen what this is like; it will be a circus if I take this job.'"

Halperin, a Time magazine correspondent, said: "It's this extraordinary moment. ... Clinton saying something she says to almost no one, admitting her husband is a problem. At the same time Obama comes back and shows vulnerability to her. He says to her, 'Given the economic crisis, given all I have to deal with, I need your help.'"

And then later last night from CBS.com, which was hyping an upcoming 60 Minutes segment on Game Change:

When President-elect Obama called her again to convince her to be his secretary of state, Clinton told him there was a problem, says Heilemann, a New York Magazine reporter. "At that point she says 'There's one last thing that's a problem, which is my husband. You've seen what this is like; it will be a circus if I take this job,'" Heilemann reports.

Says Halperin, who writes for Time magazine, "It's this extraordinary moment…Clinton saying something she says to almost no one, admitting her husband is a problem. At the same time Obama comes back and shows vulnerability to her. He says to her, 'Given the economic crisis, given all I have to deal with, I need your help.'"

Meanwhile, from Drudge:

Those are some of the revelations in 'GAME CHANGE,' a new book about the presidential campaigns by political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, who say they interviewed 200 Democrats and Republicans with inside knowledge.

From Politico:

Schmidt was interviewed by Anderson Cooper for a segment about "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime," a book about the 2008 presidential campaign by political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, to be published Monday...The "Game Change" authors said they interviewed 200 Democrats and Republicans with inside knowledge.

From CBS.com:

Those are some of the revelations in "Game Change," a new book about the presidential campaigns by political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, who say they interviewed 200 Democrats and Republicans with inside knowledge.

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