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12:25 AM ET, January 25, 2009

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Agence France Presse:
Two ex-Guantanamo inmates appear in Al-Qaeda video  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) — Two men released from the US “war on terror” prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have appeared in a video posted on a jihadist website, the SITE monitoring service reported.  —  One of the two former inmates …
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Washington Post:
Guantanamo Case Files in Disarray  —  President Obama's plans to expeditiously determine the fates of about 245 terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and quickly close the military prison there were set back last week when incoming legal and national security officials …
Byron York / The Corner:
Limbaugh Responds to Obama  —  According to an account in the New York Post, President Barack Obama yesterday told Republican leaders, “You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done.”  With George W. Bush now off the stage, it may be that Obama and some of his fellow Democrats view Limbaugh …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Obama's Partisan, Profane Confidant Reins It In  —  WASHINGTON — Early this month, Barack Obama was meeting with the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and other lawmakers when Rahm Emanuel, his chief of staff, began nervously cracking a knuckle.  —  Mr. Obama then turned to complain to Mr. Emanuel about his noisy habit.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama Starts With 68% Job Approval  —  One of the better initial ratings of post-World War II presidents  — USA - Gallup Daily - Government and Politics - Leadership - Presidential Job Approval - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In the first Gallup Poll job approval rating …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:   Obama gets his opening grade
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Michelle Obama: ‘Inappropriate’ to use daughters to sell dolls  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - They've been in the White House less than a week, but the first daughters have already been co-opted by marketers — and Michelle Obama isn't happy about it.  —  Ty, the toy company responsible …
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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:   Dolls Resembling Daughters Displease First Lady
Larissa MacFarquhar / New Yorker:
MS. KENNEDY REGRETS  —  She's unable to be in the Senate today.  —  Last Tuesday, Caroline Kennedy attended the Presidential Inauguration.  The sun was shining on the Capitol, the sky was blue, the Marine Band was playing.  Barack Obama, for whom she had campaigned ardently for nearly a year …
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Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Obama Plans Fast Action to Tighten Financial Rules  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration plans to move quickly to tighten the nation's financial regulatory system.  —  Officials say they will make wide-ranging changes, including stricter federal rules for hedge funds …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
The Huffington Post:
House Stimulus Bill (FULL TEXT)  —  The 647-page House stimulus package scored the coveted designation of H.R. 1, which the Speaker reserves for her highest legislative or symbolic priority.  The bill is a combination of legislation that moved this week through the Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce and Appropriations Committees.
Mickey Edwards / Los Angeles Times:
Reagan wouldn't recognize this GOP  —  The Gipper may be the patron saint of Limbaugh and Coulter, but he'd be amazed at what's been done in his name.  —  In my mind's eye, I can see Ronald Reagan, wearing wings and a Stetson, perched on a cloud and watching all the goings-on down here in his old earthly home.
Matthew Parris / Times of London:
There's no new motor to drive the economy  —  Forget all the talk of post-recession rebuilding.  We were living beyond our means and must now reduce our expectations  —  There's a piece of fashionable political nonsense you should be vaccinated against before the virus hits us …
Julie Creswell / New York Times:
Price Paid for Merrill Is Rising  —  You could hardly blame Kenneth D. Lewis, the embattled leader of the Bank of America Corporation, for feeling a bit of buyer's remorse.  —  His audacious acquisition of Merrill Lynch, the giant brokerage, looks so disastrous that many on Wall Street wonder if he can keep his job.
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics and Angry Bear
Ron Rosenbaum / Slate:
The Worst Pop Singer Ever  —  Why, exactly, is Billy Joel so bad?  —  This may seem an odd moment to bring up the subject of Billy Joel.  But the recent death of the painter Andrew Wyeth revived a long-standing debate over whether his art is respectable or merely sentimental schlock.
Discussion: The Agonist and Night Light
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Obama raises heart rates, lowers expectations  —  His boring inaugural doesn't diminish his hotness in the eyes of his usual acolytes.  —  Recommend  —  How dazzling is President Obama?  So dazzling that he didn't merely give a dazzling inaugural speech.  Any old timeserving hack could do that.
Wall Street Journal:
Blowhards  —  The fabulous debate over wind power on Nantucket Sound.  —  For all the hype about the Bush Administration's oil-and-gas energy bias, one of its last official acts was to give the go-ahead to what could be America's first offshore wind farm — thus enraging more than a few self-deputized environmentalists.
Discussion: RedState
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Obama breaks from Bush, avoids divisive stands  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Barack Obama opened his presidency by breaking sharply from George W. Bush's unpopular administration, but he mostly avoided divisive partisan and ideological stands.
Washington Post:
Obama Presents Further Details on Economic Stimulus  —  President Obama laid out the most detailed benchmarks to date of his massive economic recovery package this morning as he took to the airwaves with urgency, warning in his first weekly presidential address that the economy …
Discussion: MyDD and Swampland
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Despite shrines to Obama, the bookstore was nearly deserted.  —  Shrine #1:  —  Shrine #2:  —  Overview of the deserted place:  —  Where is everyone?  It's about 5:30 p.m. here at Borders, and I feel as though I've stayed until after closing time.  I used to like to go here to browse …
 
 
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