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6:05 AM ET, January 5, 2009

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Wall Street Journal:
Obama Eyes $300 Billion Tax Cut  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are crafting a plan to offer about $300 billion in tax cuts to individuals and businesses, a move aimed at attracting Republican support for an economic-stimulus package and prodding companies to create jobs.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fighting Off Depression  —  “If we don't act swiftly and boldly,” declared President-elect Barack Obama in his latest weekly address, “we could see a much deeper economic downturn that could lead to double-digit unemployment.”  If you ask me, he was understating the case.
Discussion: Angry Bear and Kevin Drum
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama plans to unveil big tax cuts  —  Aiming to foster bipartisan support for his record-setting economic stimulus, President-elect Obama plans to propose huge tax cuts for businesses and middle-class workers that will total about 40 percent of the package, or up to $310 billion, congressional officials said.
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Associated Press:
Richardson withdraws as Commerce nominee  —  New Mexico governor cites pending investigation of business dealings  —  New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday announced that he was withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama's commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Team Obama: Richardson misled us
Chris Welch / CNN:
Panel to declare Franken winner of Senate race  —  MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) — A state election board on Monday will announce Democrat Al Franken has defeated Republican incumbent Norm Coleman in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race, state officials told CNN Sunday.
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CNN:
MN board to certify Franken's win in tight senate race
Discussion: The Washington Note and Don Surber
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Reid To Coleman: It's Over. Concede.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Can Franken Give Burris His Daily Affirmation?
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Leading Democrat: Bush 'the worst president we've ever had'  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the nation prepares for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, a leading Democrat is not letting up in his criticism of President George W. Bush.  —  “I really do believe President Bush …
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
For Israel, Chance to Strike Before an Ally Departs  —  For nine days, as European and United Nations officials have called urgently for a cease-fire in Gaza, the Bush administration has squarely blamed the rocket attacks of the Palestinian militant group Hamas for Israel's assault …
Discussion: Balkinization
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Simon Tisdall / Guardian:
Barack Obama's silence on Gaza is damaging his reputation
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog and Daily Pundit
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
Good Questions to Vote for in the ATR Debate  —  Tomorrow is the RNC candidates debate hosted by ATR.  You can submit your question for the candidates and vote here.  —  Perhaps not surprisingly, Ron Paul activists have voted up the majority of questions con the site.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Paul-ites, still rolling
Colin Moynihan / New York Times:
Activist Unmasks Himself as Federal Informant in G.O.P. Convention Case  —  When the scheduled federal trial begins this month for two Texas men who were arrested during the Republican National Convention on charges of making and possessing Molotov cocktails, one of the major witnesses …
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:
SF: Interesting Pro-Hamas Protest Banner  —  Pro Hamas rally on Jan. 2nd “Queers for Palestine”.  —  Hmmm, I wonder if these people realize what Hamas would do to them?
Discussion: Dodgeblogium
Gideon Levy / Haaretz:
And there lie the bodies  —  The legend, lest it be a true story, tells of how the late mathematician, Professor Haim Hanani, asked his students at the Technion to draw up a plan for constructing a pipe to transport blood from Haifa to Eilat.  The obedient students did as they were told.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NOW THE TRUTH CAN BE TOLD  —  Al Franken, in tights, impersonating Mick Jagger.  I'm just going to leave it at that.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Boing Boing
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
A show that Springer couldn't even conceive  —  Roland “Tombstone” Burris goes to Washington this week as part of the Illinois political freak show, and many of us back home will watch it and feel like cringing, at least at the beginning.  —  Who among us could not wince at the prospect …
Gili Izikovich / Haaretz:
Foreign journalists vie for the few slots to get into Gaza  —  Since the Israel Defense Forces operation began in the Gaza Strip late last month, Sderot has become a communications hub, mainly for journalists from around the world.  Earlier this week the IDF agreed to allow eight journalists …
Discussion: Associated Press and Mondoweiss
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Virginia Governor Is Named D.N.C. Chief  —  WASHINGTON — Gov. Tim Kaine, of Virginia, who was a top contender to be President-elect Barack Obama's running mate, has been tapped by him to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Democrats familiar with the decision said Sunday.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight.com and TIME.com
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine to head DNC
 
 
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Debora Spar / Washington Post:
One Gender's Crash  —  Let me begin with the caveats: I like men.
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
ForeignPolicy.com gets a makeover
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Chicago Residents Expect Obama to Keep Close Ties With His Home Town
Discussion: Reuters, Stephen C. Rose and The Caucus
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:
Influential Hamas Leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef's Son Renounces Islam
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Justices' Ruling in Discrimination Case May Draw Quick Action by Obama
Andrew McLemore / The Raw Story:
Cheney: Bush's actions legal if not impeached
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Spectator:
The Moral Battleground  —  And so now begins the second and most difficult stage.
Discussion: Commentary and AmSpecBlog