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3:55 PM ET, January 26, 2009

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William Kristol / New York Times:
Will Obama Save Liberalism?  —  All good things must come to an end.  Jan. 20, 2009, marked the end of a conservative era.  —  Since Ronald Reagan's election in 1980, conservatives of various sorts, and conservatisms of various stripes, have generally been in the ascendancy.  And a good thing, too!
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Andrew Breitbart / Big Hollywood:
Iraq War Showdown: Bill Kristol Agrees to Debate Matt Damon After Actor's “Idiot” Slam  —  On Sunday afternoon Weekly Standard editor and New York Times columnist Bill Kristol — in an email exchange with Big Hollywood — agreed to debate Matt Damon on his Hollywood home turf after being informed …
Blogs and Stories:
The Sacking of Bill Kristol  —  Why The New York Times Sacked Bill Kristol by Scott Horton  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The famous neoconservative published his final New York Times column today.  Scott Horton reports on real reasons the Gray Lady didn't renew his contract.
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
Cut Kristol: As Era Ends at ‘NYT,’ Some of Bill's Greatest Bloopers  —  As you surely know by now, Bill Kristol wrote his final column today for The New York Times, sparing the paper any further embarrassment.  But, as usual, he did not spare us all a good belly laugh: The news of his demise came …
Discussion: Media Blog
Glenn Garvin / MiamiHerald.com:
The opinionated Mr. Damon  —  Actor — and Miami Beach resident — Matt Damon likes to mix his art with politics  —  Matt Damon enters the Coconut Grove recording studio with a smile of obvious relief, notwithstanding the fact that in moments he will have to pronounce words like Kangerdlugssuaq.
Richard Perez-Pena / New York Times:
Kristol Ends Times Op-Ed Column  —  William Kristol, the conservative columnist, and The New York Times have quietly ended their relationship after little more than a year, the newspaper said on Monday.  —  A single sentence printed below Mr. Kristol's column in Monday's paper broke the news: “This is William Kristol's last column.”
Discussion: Althouse and Gawker
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KRISTOL LEAVES THE TIMES.... At the end of an otherwise uninteresting …
Discussion: Think Progress
New York Post:
JUST PLANE DESPICABLE  —  ‘RESCUED’ CITI BUYING $50M JET  —  Beleaguered Citigroup is upgrading its mile-high club with a brand-new $50 million corporate jet - only this time, it's the taxpayers who are getting screwed.  —  Even though the bank's stock is as cheap as a gallon of gas …
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Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Citigroup about to complete purchase of brand new $50 million corporate jet.»
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Newsday:
Rep. Peter King calls on Paterson to justify Senate pick  —  While U.S. Senate designee Kirsten Gillibrand met Sunday with the state's top political power brokers in Manhattan, forces opposed to her began plotting against upstate congresswoman.  —  Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) …
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New York Post:
SWISS HISS FOR THE GOV  —  ALL SIDES RIP TRIP
Jeremy W. Peters / City Room:
After Criticism, Paterson Cancels Trip to Davos
Discussion: Spin Cycle
The Huffington Post:
Woodward Suggests Future Scandal For Obama White House  —  Appearing on the Chris Matthews Show Sunday, Bob Woodward offered a rather cryptic prediction of scandal that will plague the Obama White House.  —  “This may be tantalizing but vague,” said the Washington Post scribe.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Feingold Introduces 28th Amendment  —  I hope you'll excuse the hubristic headline.  Constitutional amendments are introduced all the time in the Congress.  Most of them are used to make a political point of one kind or another and stand little chance of becoming law.
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Jane Mayer In / New Yorker:
BEHIND THE EXECUTIVE ORDERS  —  On Thursday, President Barack Obama consigned to history the worst excesses of the Bush Administration's “war on terror.”  One of the four executive orders Obama signed effectively cancelled seven years of controversial Justice Department legal opinions authorizing methods …
ABCNEWS:
Blago Says He Thought of Oprah for Senate  —  Blago Goes on ‘GMA’ and Skips His Impeachement Trial  —  Illinois' beleaguered Gov. Rod Blagojevich said today that when he was deciding who would take President Obama's Senate seat he considered appointing talk show queen Oprah Winfrey.
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Shawn Pogatchnik / Associated Press:
EU: US must show Guantanamo detainees pose no risk  —  BRUSSELS, Belgium — European Union leaders said Monday they are willing to take prisoners being released from the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay — but only after detailed screening to ensure they don't import a terrorist.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bad Faith Economics  —  As the debate over President Obama's economic stimulus plan gets under way, one thing is certain: many of the plan's opponents aren't arguing in good faith.  Conservatives really, really don't want to see a second New Deal, and they certainly don't want to see government activism vindicated.
Washington Post:
Franken Has the Lead, but Coleman Has His Day in Court  —  The longest-running Senate campaign in the nation heads into the home stretch this week.  We think.  —  Today in St. Paul, Minn., a three-judge panel will kick off a trial featuring Norm Coleman, the incumbent Republican senator who …
Discussion: CBS News and Law Blog
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Kevin Duchscehere / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Franken-Coleman Senate race goes to trial
Discussion: TPMDC, New West Notes and Power Line
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's Initial Approval Ratings in Historical Context  —  Rank among the best for a newly elected president since World War II  — USA - Government and Politics - Leadership - Presidential Job Approval - The Presidency - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ …
Discussion: MSNBC and Political Buzz
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Cheney's Veil Lifted on Vice President's Residence  —  Hope and change has come to Google Maps.  The official residence of the vice president, obscured until Dick Cheney's last days in office and residence, now shines in satellite sunlight.  —  A reader tipped us off that Google Maps …
Rasmussen Reports:
44% of Democrats Say Bush Team Guilty of War Crimes  —  Forty-four percent (44%) of Democratic voters believe President Bush and senior members of his administration are guilty of war crimes.  Only 28% of the nation's Democrats disagree.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found …
Jerusalem Post:
Top EU official: Hamas fully responsible for Gaza war  —  Hamas bears full responsibility for the war in Gaza, a top EU official said Monday in the Strip, calling the group “a terrorist movement.”  —  “At this time we have to also recall the overwhelming responsibility of Hamas,” Louis Michel …
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
New, Transparent WhiteHouse.gov Forgoes Press Briefing Transcripts?  —  Barack Obama's administration may be promising the “greatest ethical standard ever administered to an executive branch,” and increased transparency over his predecessor, but it seems to be forgoing at least one transparency practice …
Wall Street Journal:
The Stimulus Time Machine  —  That $355 billion in spending isn't about the economy.  —  The stimulus bill currently steaming through Congress looks like a legislative freight train, but given last week's analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, it is more accurate to think of it as a time machine.
Guardian:
Twenty-five people at the heart of the meltdown ...  Alan Greenspan, chairman of US Federal Reserve 1987- 2006  —  Only a couple of years ago the long-serving chairman of the Fed, a committed free marketeer who had steered the US economy through crises ranging from the 1987 stockmarket collapse through …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Ready-for-Disaster Republicans  —  Beneath the warm pledges of bipartisanship and the earnest calls for cooperation in the midst of a grave crisis lurks an unpleasant fact: From the moment it loses power, the opposition party turns to the task of getting it back.  —  Party politics has not been suspended.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Secretary Clinton names climate czar  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday will name Todd D. Stern, a trusted top aide in her husband's White House, to serve as a special envoy for climate change, Democratic officials said.  —  Climate was largely ignored by President George W …
Discussion: The Politico, Reuters and Guardian
 
 
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Prosecuting torture: ‘Hard to believe’
Discussion: NPR, Think Progress and TPMMuckraker
Ross Douthat:
The Teapot Analogy  —  In response to this post, and the suggestion …
Discussion: The New Republic
John / Power Line:
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO JIMMY CARTER
Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
Q&A: David Gregory's Sunday Grill
John Kerry / CNN:
Commentary: Torture weakened America's national security
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History's Forgotten Fiascos
Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek:
There's More To Fear Than Fear
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters:
God bless Ann Althouse
Bruce Bartlett / The Politico:
GOP must adapt to welfare state
Examiner:
Police officer stalks man who caught him breaking the law
Louise Story / New York Times:
For $10, Fuld Sold Florida Mansion to His Wife
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