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9:20 PM ET, January 19, 2009

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Alex West / The Sun:
Deadliest weapon so far... the plague  —  Terrorists train ... but they face invisible killer  —  At least 40 al-Qaeda fanatics died horribly after being struck down with the disease that devastated Europe in the Middle Ages.  —  The killer bug, also known as the plague …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama camp takes blame for gay bishop slight  —  The Presidential Inauguration Committee is apologizing for the failure to broadcast yesterday's invocation by the gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson.  —  “We had always intended and planned for Rt. Rev. Robinson's invocation to be included …
Discussion: Boston Globe, Hot Air and TIME.com
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Robinson to be rebroadcast on Mall
Discussion: Christianity Today
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   VERY POOR CHOICE
Leah McElrath Renna / The Huffington Post:
HBO Blames Obama Team for Omission of Gay Bishop from Concert Broadcast
Discussion: The Lead and Pam's House Blend
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog News:
HBO owns Obama's inaugural concert. …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and First Draft
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David Stout / New York Times:
Bush Commutes 2 Border Agents' Sentences  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush on Monday commuted the sentences of two former border patrol agents who had been sentenced to more than a decade in prison for shooting and seriously wounding a Mexican drug dealer in Texas in 2005.
Michelle Malkin:
Lame duck surprise: Bush commutes sentences of Compean/Ramos
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Biden tries to shush wife after state-VP slip  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Joe Biden's wife said Monday that he had his pick of being Barack Obama's running mate or the secretary of state nomination that eventually went to Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Debra Black / Toronto Star:
William Ayers turned back at Canadian border  —  An American education professor, one of the founders of a radical 1960s group known as the Weather Underground, which was responsible for a number of bombings in the United States in the early 1970s, was turned back at the Canadian border last night.
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
No Pardon For Libby  —  Bush uses clemency powers sparingly to the end  —  I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was convicted of lying and obstructing a leak investigation over the run-up to the Iraq war.  —  In a move that has keenly disappointed some of his strongest conservative allies …
New York Magazine:
Christopher Hitchens Blames Torture on Common Americans, Demands ‘Tongue’ From Andrew Sullivan  —  A gaggle of prominent scribes including Tina Brown, Harold Evans, and Politico's Mike Allen got a scare Saturday night when they found themselves briefly trapped in an elevator struggling …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama Web-site imitation bears virus  —  With all the public interest in President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration, it was only a matter of time before someone exploited the attention for harm.  —  According to the computer protection firm Panda Security, someone has made copies …
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Sean-Paul Correll / PandaLabs:
Malware Campaign Impersonates Barack Obama's Website
Discussion: Ars Technica and Pat Dollard
Scott Mayerowitz / ABCNEWS:
What Recession?  The $170 Million Inauguration  —  Obama's Inauguration Has Been Financed Partially by Bailed-Out Wall Street Executives  —  ABC NEWS Business Unit  —  The country is in the middle of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, which isn't stopping rich donors …
Christopher Beam / Slate:
Slate crashes Bush's farewell party.  —  You can often tell a party by its parties.  This week, Democrats are feting the incoming chief with top-shelf DJs, valet parking, and more coat checks than coats.  Republicans, on the other hand, seem to be partying on a tight budget, if at all.
Discussion: Wonkette and Los Angeles Times
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
CAROLINE THE ‘CERTAIN’ PICK FOR DAVE: RIVALS  —  DESPITE claims that he's still undecided, Gov. Paterson is “certain” to pick Caroline Kennedy to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton in the US Senate, several unhappy contenders for the job have told friends and associates in recent days.
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
‘Hamas torturing Fatah members in Gaza’  —  Hamas militiamen have rounded up hundreds of Fatah activists on suspicion of “collaboration” with Israel during Operation Cast Lead, Fatah members in the Gaza Strip told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.  —  They said the Hamas crackdown on Fatah intensified …
Jacque Wilson / CNN:
Chris Rock on making fun of Barack Obama  —  (CNN) — Chris Rock is best known for two things: being funny and being crass.  —  “This is what people come to see.  I'm just doing my show,” the comedian said with a laugh.  —  He's also known for his political commentary …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Why I'm not sorry that George W. Bush beat Al Gore and John Kerry.  —  Yes, yes, I was on the downtown streets of Washington bright and early, mingling with the bright-eyed and the wide-eyed.  Yes, by all means I was there on the Mall Sunday afternoon, feeling no more moist than the next person …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Guardian
CNN:
Most blacks say MLK's vision fulfilled, poll finds  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — More than two-thirds of African-Americans believe Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision for race relations has been fulfilled, a CNN poll found — a figure up sharply from a survey in early 2008.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NOT SO MUCH  —  Theda Skocpol responds to Rep. Frank ...  I have to say, my read is very, very similar to Theda's.  I hope Frank was speaking in a more general sense rather than one of literal grand bargains or broad political economic quid pro quos.  In fact, I agree so much I think I'm …
Discussion: Corrente
Blogs and Stories:
Cindy Speaks  —  Cindy McCain on the Emotion She Feels Seeing Another Man Become President  —  Newsmakers: Obama Inauguration, Bush Farewell  —  Blogs and Stories  —  In a conversation with her daughter (and blogger) Meghan, Cindy McCain opens up about subjects she couldn't discuss before …
Rasmussen Reports:
44% Say Global Warming Due To Planetary Trends, Not People  —  Al Gore's side may be coming to power in Washington, but they appear to be losing the battle on the idea that humans are to blame for global warming.  —  Forty-four percent (44%) of U.S. voters now say long-term planetary trends …
CNN:
No Bush moving trucks needed Inauguration Day  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - On Inauguration day, there's one scene at the White House that won't be playing out exactly as it has during past transitions: the traditional moving of the outgoing First Family's belongings.
Discussion: The Politico and TalkLeft
 
 
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
McCain Says Palin Could Be Prez, Speaks To Her Often
Discussion: TIME.com
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Thank You For Standing Up  —  A few days ago, ThinkProgress noted …
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Yes we can, Mr Geithner
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