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New York Times:
Obama Pledges Public Works on a Vast Scale  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama committed Saturday to the largest public works construction program since the creation of the interstate highway system a half-century ago as he seeks to put together a plan to resuscitate the reeling economy.
Dave Rochelson / Change.gov:
President-elect Barack Obama lays out key parts of Economic Recovery Plan  —  Yesterday we learned that our economy has lost 2 million jobs since the recession began 11 months ago.  —  That's why, in today's weekly address, President-elect Barack Obama explains the key parts of his Economic Recovery Plan …
William Ayers / New York Times:
The Real Bill Ayers  —  IN the recently concluded presidential race, I was unwillingly thrust upon the stage and asked to play a role in a profoundly dishonest drama.  I refused, and here's why.  —  Unable to challenge the content of Barack Obama's campaign, his opponents invented a narrative …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Biden to limit role of vice president  —  Dialing back his predecessor's expansive view of the office, Vice President-elect Joe Biden plans on “restoring the Office of the Vice President to its historical role” as adviser to the president and tie-breaker in the Senate, an aide to Biden said Saturday.
Discussion: Think Progress and Donklephant
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
45 days to Inauguration - BULLETIN: Obama unveils 21st century New Deal, adding sweep and meat to his jobs plan and moving much of his domestic agenda under “economic recovery”  —  EXCLUSIVE: More than 18 publishers have expressed interest in David Plouffe's book.
Discussion: TIME.com and Political Punch
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Deal reached on auto bailout
Discussion: RedState
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
With only 46 days left, Americans start re-liking George W. Bush  —  It makes sense if you think about it.  But who's investing a lot of thought nowadays in President George W. Bush?  —  Not many.  But the folks over at the Gallup Poll have found historically that American voters tend …
Arian Campo-Flores / Newsweek:
Public support grows, according to the new NEWSWEEK Poll.  —  When voters in California, Florida and Arizona approved measures banning same-sex marriage last month, opponents lamented that the country appeared to be turning increasingly intolerant toward gay and lesbian rights.
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
DO AMERICANS RECEIVE BETTER HEALTH CARE?  —  Noah Pollack starts this post by saying “I am far from knowledgeable about health care,” and then gets right down to the busy of proving it, using the oft-discredited prostate cancer stats to argue that “survival rates for many diseases are higher …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Paul Krugman:
Terrible employment numbers  —  A slump, a weak recovery, a worse slump  —  Most commentary on the terrible employment report has focused on the establishment numbers, because the number from the household survey that usually makes headlines, the unemployment rate, didn't rise all that much.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Robert Pear / New York Times:
When a Job Disappears, So Does the Health Care  —  ASHLAND, Ohio — As jobless numbers reach levels not seen in 25 years, another crisis is unfolding for millions of people who lost their health insurance along with their jobs, joining the ranks of the uninsured.  —  The crisis is on display here.
Weekly Standard:
Pakistan's Jihad  —  In the war on terror, Islamabad is both with us and against us.  —  Just two days after the gunmen's siege in Mumbai ended, Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari went on CNN's Larry King Live to plead his case.  Even before the Indian authorities had brought the rampage to an end …
Discussion: Power Line
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The Politico:
10 questions for Obama on ‘Meet the Press’  —  We wouldn't presume to tell NBC's Tom Brokaw what he should ask of Barack Obama when the president-elect appears on Meet the Press for (almost) the full hour on Sunday.  —  But there are 10 questions that we'd like to pose to President-elect Obama …
Discussion: On Deadline
Deepak Chopra / The Huffington Post:
Letter to Sean Hannity of Fox News  —  I sent the following letter to Sean Hannity recently in response to his misrepresentation of what I said on his show regarding the Mumbai terrorist attacks.  I have not received any response back from him.  Today I read it aloud on my Sirius-XM radio program …
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Head of nuclear watchdog calls efforts against Iran ‘a failure’  —  Mohamed ElBaradei urges dialogue between the West and Tehran.  He says Obama has given him ‘lots of hope.’  —  Reporting from Vienna — The chief of the world's nuclear weapons watchdog organization considers five years …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Senate, Snowe and Dinkytown  —  This week Senator Saxby Chambliss won a runoff vote in Georgia.  It's possible you missed this.  Perhaps you were busy — oh, I don't know, maybe contemplating the unemployment rate or learning to darn holes in old socks or embarking on a promising …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Don Surber
Matt Schwartz / Houston Chronicle:
Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector to step down  —  Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Paul Bettencourt announced late Friday that he was resigning to pursue a private business venture.  —  The sudden announcement comes just a month after Bettencourt was reelected to his third term.
 
 
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Peter Robinson / Forbes:
Run, Jeb, Run  —  The GOP needs that Bush in the Senate.
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Leon Wieseltier / The New Republic:
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