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6:35 PM ET, January 8, 2009

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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin: Media goes easy on Kennedy  —  Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) believes Caroline Kennedy is getting softer press treatment in her pursuit of the New York Senate seat than Palin did as the GOP vice presidential nominee because of Kennedy's social class.  —  “I've been interested …
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Palin on Olbermann: ‘THAT guy is EVIL!’  —  Right-winger John Ziegler — who is waging a one-man crusade to prove that President-elect Obama won the election solely because of “media bias” — recently interviewed Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK).  In a gushing description published on a new website devoted …
Discussion: The Raw Story
John Ziegler / Big Hollywood:
Video Exclusive: A Revealing Morning With Sarah Palin  —  If someone told me five months ago that in early January I would pay over $1,400 for an incredibly inconvenient plane ticket and $120 for a 3 a.m. cab fare to get from sunny Los Angeles to Wasilla, Alaska, I would have told …
CNN:
Palin takes digs at Fey, Couric  —  (CNN) — Sarah Palin is credited with making Tina Fey a world-wide star and boosting Katie Couric's ratings at CBS.  —  But in a recent interview with conservative John Ziegler, Palin said both “exploited” her twelve-week candidacy — a fact, she said, that “says a great deal about our society.”
Discussion: Media Blog
Jimmy Carter / Washington Post:
An Unnecessary War  —  I know from personal involvement that the devastating invasion of Gaza by Israel could easily have been avoided.  —  After visiting Sderot last April and seeing the serious psychological damage caused by the rockets that had fallen in that area, my wife, Rosalynn …
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Marvin Hier / Wall Street Journal:
The Jews Face a Double Standard  —  Why doesn't Israel have the same right to self-defense as other nations?  —  The world-wide protests against Israel's ground incursion into Gaza are so full of hatred that they leave me with the terrible feeling that these protests have little …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and neo-neocon
THE WEEK - Online:
Why Democrats recoil from Gaza  —  Good for Shrum for championing Israel's right to defend itself against the Hamas rocket barrage.  He is correct, too, that lasting peace will come only when the Palestinians abandon their hope that Israel can somehow be defeated or destroyed.
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Obama serves Reid taste of Chicago Way  —  So the Chicago Way hauled off and slapped the U.S. Senate in the face—one of those backhands with the knuckles to unsuspecting lips—and guess who blinked?  —  It wasn't Chicago.  —  It was the Senate.  —  Get used to it, America.
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The Huffington Post:
Conyers: Obama Should Not Nominate Sanjay Gupta  —  Rep. John Conyers has written a letter to Democratic colleagues urging them to join him in publicly opposing the nomination of Dr. Sanjay Gupta for Surgeon General.  —  Conyers, the veteran Judiciary Committee chairman, writes that Gupta …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
MO-Senate: Bond to Retire  —  Missouri Sen. Kit Bond (R) will retire in 2010, a decision that hands Democrats a prime pickup opportunity in a state where the party has made strides in recent years.  —  “In 1972, I became Missouri's youngest Governor,” Bond said this morning in an address to the Missouri General Assembly.
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blogs:
Talent in?  —  Two Republican operatives close to former …
Discussion: The Corner and MyDD
David Colton / USA Today:
Obama, Spider-Man on the same comic-book page  —  In a growing world of Barack Obama collectibles, one item soon may be swinging above the rest.  —  On Jan. 14, Marvel Comics is releasing a special issue of Amazing Spider-Man #583 with Obama depicted on the cover.
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Lisa Tolin / Associated Press:
Obama and Spider-Man appear in comic together
Discussion: Washington Wire
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Oakland Turns Violent Over Shooting  —  Protesters angry over a deadly New Year's Day shooting of a young black man by a transit police officer erupted into violence in downtown Oakland on Wednesday night while investigators struggled to determine what prompted the officer to fire his gun into the unarmed man's back.
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Neal Rodriguez / The Huffington Post:
BART Cop Needs to Be Held without Bail
Discussion: Towleroad
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CASS SUNSTEIN PREPARES TO NUDGE.  —  There's some confusion over a celebrity thinker like Cass Sunstein being appointed to head an office as obscure and bureaucratic as the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.  But OIRA is important!  It's just also boring.
Discussion: Democracy in America
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Christi Parsons / Chicago Tribune:
Barack Obama asks longtime University of Chicago professor Cass Sunstein to join his administration  —  Law scholar will handle regulation issues, transition official says  —  WASHINGTON — Cass Sunstein, a longtime University of Chicago legal scholar and prominent author …
Chicago Breaking News:
Panel urges impeachment of Blagojevich  —  The special Illinois House panel investigating Gov. Rod Blagojevich issued a draft report today recommending impeachment, putting lawmakers on a path toward removing the two-term Democrat from office.  —  “The citizens of this state must have confidence …
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Damon Linker / The New Republic:
The Two Richard John Neuhauses  —  The following reflection on the passing of Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009) is cross-posted at the National Catholic Reporter.  Additional thoughts on Neuhaus' life and legacy will appear in this space over the coming days.
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Peter Wehner / The Corner:
A Tribute to Father Neuhaus
Tom Precious / Buffalo News:
Paterson notes Kennedy's ‘lack of elected experience’  —  ALBANY - Caroline Kennedy's lack of elected office experience “does not help her” in her quest to represent New York in the U.S. Senate, Gov. David Paterson told The Buffalo News this morning.  —  “The notion that I have to take Caroline …
Discussion: Washington Wire
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Little Green Footballs:
A Staged Scene in a Gaza Hospital?  - Update: CNN Yanks Video  —  Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert, a radical Marxist who openly supports Hamas and the 9/11 hijackers, is seen once again in this CNN video about the death of a “freelance cameraman's” brother in Gaza — and the footage …
Discussion: Hot Air
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CNN:
Toll of conflict strikes home as cameraman finds brother dead
Discussion: A Blog For All
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
What Are the Chances of a Depression?  —  The answer to the question in the headline, of course, depends on just who you ask.  —  According to a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted last month, 35 percent of Americans think that a “depression” — which the poll defines as “an economic downturn …
Discussion: Wonkette
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Wall Street Journal:
The Deficit Spending Blowout
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Gaza Children Found With Mothers' Corpses  —  PARIS — The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday it had discovered “shocking” scenes — including small children next to their mothers' corpses — when its representatives gained access for the first time to parts of Gaza battered by Israeli shelling.
Discussion: Salon and Minnesota Independent
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Cheney awkwardly stands before Congress as Pelosi interrupts his speech to applaud Obama's victory.»  —  Today, Vice President Cheney stood before Congress and read the official results of the 2008 presidential election.  After reading the electoral totals, he declared that they …
Discussion: The Gavel and D-Day
Richard Owen / Times of London:
‘Concentration camp’ remark threatens Pope's visit to Israel  —  A question mark hangs over Pope Benedict XVI's planned trip to Israel in May after Israeli officials expressed outrage over a Vatican statement comparing Gaza to a “big concentration camp”.  —  The Pope today condemned the use …
CNN:
Key Senate Democrats blast Obama tax proposals  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Even as President-elect Barack Obama was giving a major address on his economic stimulus plan, it was running into trouble with key members of his own party on Capitol Hill.  —  Several Senate Democrats emerged …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Digs In for His BlackBerry  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama has yet to relent, but he conceded that he might be losing the battle to keep his independent lifeline to the outside world.  —  “I'm still clinging to my BlackBerry,” Mr. Obama said Wednesday.  “They're going to pry it out of my hands.”
Andrew Stern / Reuters:
Ex-Senator Craig accepts sex sting guilty plea  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - Former Sen. Larry Craig has ended his effort to void the guilty plea he made following his 2007 arrest in a men's toilet sex-sting operation, his lawyer said on Thursday.  —  The Minnesota courts have denied …
Discussion: Political Machine
Ben Conery / Washington Times:
Holder hearings won't be ‘smooth sailing’  —  The battle lines have been drawn for what is shaping up to be a bruising confirmation battle for Attorney General nominee Eric H. Holder Jr. , though even his foes acknowledge he probably will be confirmed to lead the Obama administration's Justice Department.
Discussion: Commentary and AmSpecBlog
Steve Quinn / Associated Press:
Extreme Alaska cold grounds planes, disables cars  —  JUNEAU, Alaska - Ted Johnson planned on using a set of logs to a build a cabin in Alaska's interior.  Instead he'll burn some of them to stay warm.  —  Extreme temperatures — in Johnson's case about 60 below zero …
 
 
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Labor Calls for Unity After Years of Division
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Howard and Rahm  —  Obama, introducing Tim Kaine at the DNC …
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Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Frank: Too much tax-cutting in Obama's plan
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Americans miffed at Howard bumping Obama
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Why Obama Will ‘Own’ the Recession
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