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3:35 AM ET, January 14, 2009

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Marc Ambinder:
Obama Dines With Conservative Opinion Leaders  —  It's true.  —  He motorcaded to a house in Maryland this evening, and if the press pool report is accurate, he is breaking bread with William Kristol and David Brooks.  (If Brooks and Kristol seem to be unusually briefed about Obama's thinking, you'll know why.)
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The Huffington Post:
Obama And Conservatives Break Bread At George Will's House  —  Barack Obama took the next big step in his Republican charm offensive on Tuesday night, when he dined with several of the nation's most prominent conservative pundits.  —  The president-elect arrived at the Chevy Chase, Md. …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Dinner with conservatives  —  The president-elect tonight is having dinner with some ideological adversaries: four of the most widely-read conservative columnists.  —  He's dining at the Chevy Chase home of Washington Post columnist George Will with the Post's Charles Krauthammer …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Is Obama meeting with Rush Limbaugh tonight?  Update: Nope  —  Sounds nutty, I know, but Ambinder breaks news that The One's dining with “conservative opinion leaders” in Maryland, evidently at George Will's house.  Among the attendees: Bill Kristol, David Brooks, and ... anyone else?
Discussion: FishBowlDC
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Obama Dines With Conservative Writers  —  From the pool report:  —  The PEOTUS departed Hay-Adams at 6:17 p.m. and at arrived at 6:34 p.m. at No. 9 Grafton St., Chevy Chase (right off the circle).  Thanks to the good work of Hans Nichols (of Bloomberg and “Daily Show” fame) …
Discussion: Wizbang, Daily Kos and AMERICAblog News
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Senators Raise Questions About Geithner's Nomination at Treasury  —  Sen. Charles E. Grassley, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is raising questions about a housekeeper who worked briefly for Treasury Secretary-nominee Timothy Geithner without proper immigration papers …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's Treasury secretary owed $26k in taxes, but it's O.K.
Discussion: CNN and Patterico's Pontifications
Marc Ambinder:
Geithner's Tax Hiccup
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Evidence in Terror Cases Said to Be in Chaos  —  Military Officials Reject Ex-Prosecutor's Charges  —  A former military prosecutor said in a declaration filed in federal court yesterday that the system of handling evidence against detainees at Guantanamo Bay is so chaotic that it is impossible …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and the talking dog
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Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Detainee Tortured, Says U.S. Official  —  Trial Overseer Cites ‘Abusive’ Methods Against 9/11 Suspect  —  The top Bush administration official in charge of deciding whether to bring Guantanamo Bay detainees to trial has concluded that the U.S. military tortured a Saudi national who allegedly planned …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama backed same-sex marriage in 1996  —  A document has emerged suggesting that Obama had taken more public, liberal stands in the past than had been revealed in the digging of reporters and opposition researchers over two years of campaigning, the latest of several pointing to a rightward shift as he moved into national politics.
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Tracy Baim / Windy City Media Group Gay …:
Obama changed views on gay marriage  —  Windy City Times Exclusive: WCT Examines His Step Back  —  Images for this article: (click on the thumbnail to see fullsize)  —  1996 statement: ‘I favor legalizing same-sex marriages’  —  During the final weeks of the presidential campaign last fall …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Towleroad and Spin Cycle
CNN:
Palin slams ‘bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie’  —  (CNN) — Sarah Palin fired a new salvo in her war on the media, unloading in a new interview on her home state paper and “bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie.”  —  The Alaska governor, who has granted a steady stream …
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Agence France Presse:
Australia offers ‘best job in world’ on paradise island  —  SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian state is offering internationally what it calls “the best job in the world” — earning a top salary for lazing around a beautiful tropical island for six months.  —  The job pays 150,000 Australian dollars …
Ed Rollins / CNN:
Rollins: Bush still doesn't get it  —  Editor's Note: Ed Rollins, who served as political director for President Ronald Reagan, is a Republican strategist who was national chairman of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's 2008 presidential campaign.  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — One week from today …
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
House Judiciary Issues Scathing Report on Bush/Cheney Imperial Presidency
Discussion: Emptywheel
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Cheney: NYT Pulitzers for Spying Stories ‘Aggravating’
Discussion: Think Progress and White House
C. Brian Smith / Vanity Fair:
My Dinners with Dubya  —  When a college drinking buddy invited C. Brian Smith to hang out with her parents, he tried not to sweat the fact that they lived in the White House.  He even had fun—until 9/11 made watching bad movies with the president feel like a guilty pleasure America couldn't afford.
Discussion: Wonkette and Amygdala
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Report Calls Online Threats to Children Overblown  —  The Internet may not be such a dangerous place for children after all.  —  A high-profile task force created by 49 state attorneys general to find a solution to the problem of sexual solicitation of children online has concluded …
Discussion: Reason and Boing Boing
beliefnet:
Nazi?  You?  —  Ever thought about how you would have reacted had you lived in Nazi Germany?  Ronald Bailey reflects on a famous experiment that meant to discover whether it could happen here, in America.  His conclusion is instructive: … In other words, American culture …
Discussion: The American Scene
Campbell Clark / Globe and Mail:
CANADA VOTES AGAINST RESOLUTION  —  Yesterday, Canada was the sole member of the UN Human Rights Council to vote against a resolution, which passed in a 33-1 vote, condemning Israel over its actions in Gaza.  —  The vote crystallized Canada's emergence under Stephen Harper's government as one of Israel's firmest supporters.
Discussion: Hot Air, Ezra Levant and Daimnation!
Financial Times:
Europe baffled by broken gas promises  —  By Isabel Gorst in Moscow, Joshua Chaffin in Brussels and Roman Olearchyk in Kiev  —  The bitter gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine descended into near-chaos on Tuesday, leaving European Union diplomats baffled as promises to restart supplies fully …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Freudian slip of the day  —  Slog through the interminable platitudes of her prepared remarks or WaPo's joyless running account of the Q&A and you'll see that this really was the most interesting thing said all day.  Somehow the closing of Guantanamo and what it would mean …
Daniel Schwammenthal / Wall Street Journal:
Europe Reimports Jew Hatred  —  The mythical Arab Street now reaches deep into Paris, London, Berlin and Madrid.  —  Give Giancarlo Desiderati credit for his unintellectual honesty.  While most left-wing detractors of Israel claim their animosity toward the Jewish state has nothing …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com and Yourish.com
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Joe the Plumber plunges deeper: ‘Military should decide what information to give the media.’  —  Continuing his reporting from Israel, Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher tried to clarify his remarks criticizing media coverage of war, in a new Pajamas TV segment.
Times of London:
Iranian protesters burn Barack Obama pictures  —  Iranian demonstrators burned photographs of Barack Obama today as they protested against America's inaction over Gaza.  —  Dozens of people gathered in Tehran waving Palestinian flags and defacing and setting fire to images of the President-elect.
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Bush appointee saw Justice lawyers as ‘commies,’ ‘crazy libs,’ report says  —  Bradley Schlozman, who supervised civil rights and voting rights lawyers, broke the law by considering political affiliations in deciding who can serve, an inspector general's report says.
The Huffington Post:
Obama Issues First Veto Threat  —  President-elect Barack Obama made his first veto threat Tuesday in a closed-door meeting with Senate Democrats.  Obama told his former colleagues that if Congress passes a resolution blocking release of the second half of the financial bailout funds he will veto it …
 
 
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