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10:05 PM ET, January 2, 2009

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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Cornyn promises filibuster on Franken seating  —  Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) threatened Friday to filibuster any attempt to seat Democratic Minnesota Senate candidate Al Franken next week.  —  The newly minted National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) chairman said he had not whipped votes …
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Cornyn Uses Reid's Burris Tactics to Refuse Seating Franken  —  Over at Swampland, K-Tum has the inside scoop on how the Democrats plan to keep Burris from being sworn in: … Oh, snap!  At Harry Reid's urging, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is refusing to sign such a certificate.
Associated Press:
Blagojevich pick to be given few privileges  —  Roland Burris plans to be on Capitol Hill Tuesday  —  WASHINGTON - Democratic leaders plan to grant few if any privileges next week to Roland Burris, the man picked by Gov. Rod Blagojevich to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate …
Discussion: Associated Press
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:   Senate opposition fiercer than Burris thinks
Martin Fletcher / Times of London:
Israel set to begin ground war against Hamas in Gaza  —  James Hider on the Gaza border, and Sheera Frenkel in Jerusalem  —  Israel is poised to launch a major ground offensive into Gaza tonight after allowing hundreds of foreigners living in the devastated territory to evacuate.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
More oddities in the U.S. “debate” over Israel/Gaza  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  This Rasmussen Reports poll — the first to survey American public opinion specifically regarding the Israeli attack on Gaza — strongly bolsters the severe disconnect I documented the other day between …
Richard Falk / The Huffington Post:
Understanding the Gaza Catastrophe
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon
Agence France Presse:
On eve of his death, Hamas leader in Gaza predicted victory
Discussion: Cold Fury
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Signing Off — Farewell, TPMers  —  I can't believe I'm writing this, but for the foreseeable future this is my last post at TPM.  —  I'm heading over to The Washington Post, where I'll be writing the lead blog on a new site that WaPo is launching.  This will drive you mad with curiosity …
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Sargent to WaPo  —  Greg Sargent, the prolific TPM reporter …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Sign of the media times
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   The Right and the News
Lynn Bartels / Rocky Mountain News:
Sources: Bennet will be Colorado's new senator  —  Denver Public Schools superintendent Michael Bennet is expected to be named Saturday as the future U.S. Senate replacement for Interior Secretary nominee Ken Salazar, according to two Democratic sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Michael Bennet  —  The Rocky Mountain News is reporting …
Discussion: Eduwonk
TMZ.com:
John Travolta's Son Dies  —  Rand Memorial Hospital in the Bahamas tells TMZ the son of John Travolta died today.  —  We're told 16-year-old Jett was vacationing with Travolta and wife Kelly Preston.  —  There have been reports that Jett was autistic, though Travolta has denied it …
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
9 Muslim Passengers Removed From Jet  —  Others on Flight Say a Remark Was ‘Suspicious’  —  Officials ordered nine Muslim passengers, including three young children, off an AirTran flight headed to Orlando from Reagan National Airport yesterday afternoon after two other passengers overheard what they thought was a suspicious remark.
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Associated Press:
AirTran apologizes for removing Muslim passengers
Discussion: Reason, Hot Air and Cold Fury
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Obama: Don't Ask Me No Questions  —  Just for fun, a brief year in review of Obama's legendary new openness and transparency with the press corps:
Wall Street Journal:
The Senate Goes Wobbly on Card Check  —  It's hard to defend taking away the secret ballot.  —  Responsibility has a way of focusing the mind.  —  Take Mark Pryor, Democratic senator from Arkansas.  In 2007, Mr. Pryor voted to move card check, Big Labor's No. 1 priority.  And why not?
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Palin is odds-on favorite to win 2012 GOP nomination  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is the front-runner to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, according to online oddsmakers.  —  Despite a slew of negative press this fall about Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) running mate …
Chris Steller / Minnesota Independent:
Supreme Court asks to hear from Franken, counties before ruling on Coleman's suit  —  The Minnesota Supreme Court ordered (pdf) Friday afternoon that the campaign of Al Franken respond by 9 a.m. Saturday to U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman's Dec. 31 petition to start over on the current court-ordered effort …
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Jeff D. Opdyke / Wall Street Journal:
The Doomsayers Who Got It Right  —  More Bad News in Store for 2009?  Last Year's Cassandras Are Still Gloomy  —  For years, they were the party poopers: financial prognosticators who, amid the ebullient stock prices and effervescent home values that defined the early 21st century, warned of trouble.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Kevin Drum
Peter Berkowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Conservatives Can Unite Around the Constitution  —  The coalition that supported Reagan is as viable as ever.  —  After their dismal performance in November, conservatives are taking stock.  As they debate the causes that have driven them into the political wilderness and as they contemplate paths out, they should also take heart.
David Scheer / Bloomberg:
SEC Said to Examine More Ponzi Schemes After Madoff  —  A A A  —  Jan. 2 (Bloomberg) — U.S. regulators working to untangle Bernard Madoff's alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme are probing other money managers suspected of using similar tactics, two people with knowledge of the inquiries said.
Discussion: Emptywheel and TPMMuckraker
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Some Conservatives Fear Obama Advisers Lean Too Far Left  —  To Some Conservatives, Advisers Are Alarmingly Liberal  —  To some staunch conservatives watching President Bush relinquish the reins of power to President-elect Barack Obama, a few too many ardent liberals are now crashing the gates.
Jeremy Olshan / New York Post:
HAPPY #*%!  NEW YEAR TO YOU, TOO!  —  COMIC KATHY LASHES OUT AT HECKLER ON CNN  —  Comedienne Kathy Griffin may be doomed to life on CNN's S-list after answering a heckler with a shrieking, vulgar tirade during the network's live New Year's Eve broadcast.  —  “Screw you,” she told the heckler.
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Alan K. Ota / CQ Politics:
House Rules Package Could Curb Minority's Power, End Term Limits for Chairmen
Discussion: Firedoglake
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
As Recession Deepens, So Does Milk Surplus
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Sidney Awards  —  Everything becomes a shorter version of itself.
Discussion: The New Republic and Kevin Drum
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Hawaii's Still Waters Run Deep for the President-Elect
The Independent:
Climate scientists: it's time for ‘Plan B’
David Sirota / Salon:
Did you hear FDR prolonged the Great Depression?
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Jeffrey Goldberg:
Nizar Rayyan of Hamas on God's Hatred of Jews
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
COLD HAND  —  Like many others, I've been saying this for years.
Discussion: Open Left
Tom Topousis / New York Post:
SEPT. 11 CONDOM-NATION  —  A German entrepreneur has taken bad taste …
Discussion: Gothamist, The Frisky and La Figa
Paul Volpe / Capitol Briefing:
Senate Adjourns, Ends Standoff With Bush
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
In Which Bowl Games Deliver Me Into the Hands of the Far Left
Washington Post:
Palin's Last Word  —  In the wee hours of 2008, Alaska …
John / Power Line:
THE CONFLICT'S ROOT CAUSE
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Cold Fury
 

 
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