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6:55 PM ET, January 19, 2009

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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush commutes sentences of former US border agents … WASHINGTON (AP) - In his final acts of clemency, President George W. Bush on Monday commuted the prison sentences of two former U.S. Border Patrol agents whose convictions for shooting a Mexican drug dealer ignited fierce debate about illegal immigration.
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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 …
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.
Fox News:
Bush Commutes Sentences for Two Former Border Patrol Agents
Michelle Malkin:   Lame duck surprise: Bush commutes sentences of Compean/Ramos
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Bush commutes sentences of Ramos and Compean; Update …
Jose Alonso Compean / US Department of Justice:
President George W. Bush Grants Commutations
Discussion: The Swamp
Michael Jensen / AfterElton.com blogs:
Developing: HBO says they aren't to blame for not including Gene Robinson in concert special  —  Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson (AFP/Robyn Beck)  —  Sunday afternoon, HBO televised the Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial — a concert planned by the Presidential Inauguration Committee …
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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, TIME.com and Hot Air
Sarah Pulliam / Christianity Today:
Gay Bishop Kicks off Celebrity-filled Event  —  WASHINGTON — Gene Robinson, the divisive figure who was the first openly Episcopal gay bishop, led the invocation at today's inaugural kickoff.  —  Robinson prayed for God to “bless this nation with anger - anger at discrimination …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Robinson to be rebroadcast on Mall
Discussion: Christianity Today
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
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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.
Discussion: Don Surber, QandO, On Deadline and Hot Air
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 …
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.
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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 …
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TPM LAUNCHES TPMDC  —  Today, on the eve of the inaugural, TPM is launching a new politics blog, TPMDC.com.  It's the successor to TPM Election Central.  Our team covering the Capital under the new administration will be Elana Schor, who joined our team earlier this month, covering Capitol Hill …
Discussion: TPMDC and Matthew Yglesias
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
TAKING PROGRESSIVE NEW MEDIA TO THE NEXT LEVEL.... As you may …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 …
Blogs and Stories:
Cindy Speaks  —  A Daily Beast Debate: Crouch v. Touré on Obama's MLK Legacy  —  Blogs and Stories  —  In a conversation with her daughter (and blogger) Meghan, Cindy McCain opens up about subjects she couldn't discuss before: anger at the New York Times, wardrobe malfunctions, and Obama's inauguration.
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: TalkLeft
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
Agence France Presse:
Gates to sit out Obama inauguration  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Defense Secretary Robert Gates will sit out Barack Obama's inauguration at an undisclosed location as the “designated successor” in the event of a catastrophe, the White House announced Monday.
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 …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
10 Bush pardons to watch for  —  As the clock ticks down on his presidency, George W. Bush has shown few signs he plans to indulge in the frenzy of last-minute pardons that marked Bill Clinton's final hours in the Oval Office.  —  But Bush could quickly leap back into the spotlight in the next …
Paul Krugman:
Economists, ideology, and stimulus  —  Mark Thoma and Brad DeLong are both, in slightly different ways, perturbed by the state of debate over fiscal stimulus.  So am I. This has not been one of the profession's finest hours.  —  There are certainly legitimate arguments against spending-based fiscal stimulus.
 
 
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