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1:40 AM ET, January 3, 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 …
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.
Chris Steller / Minnesota Independent:   Supreme Court asks to hear from Franken, counties before ruling on Coleman's suit
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 …
John Cole / Balloon Juice:   Umm, Actually  —  So Greg Sargent is leaving TPM and starting …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Sargent to WaPo  —  Greg Sargent, the prolific TPM reporter …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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: Reuters and The Politico
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 …
Jonn Lilyea / This ain't Hell …:
Muslim attacks Jewish counter protester in DC (UPDATED)  —  ANSWER and the Muslim American Society were at it again today in DC, this time in front of the Israeli Embassy.  Of, course, you know I couldn't resist going.  Yep Brian Becker, the ANSWER national coordinator was there again calling …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Gateway Pundit
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?
Bill Ayers / The Huffington Post:
Obama and Education Reform  —  Of course I would have loved to have seen Linda Darling-Hammond become Secretary of Education in an Obama administration.  She's smart, honest, compassionate and courageous, and perhaps most striking, she actually knows schools and classrooms, curriculum and teaching, kids and child development.
Discussion: American Power
Associated Press:
AirTran apologizes for removing Muslim passengers  —  WASHINGTON - AirTran Airways apologized Friday to nine Muslims kicked off a New Year's Day flight to Florida after other passengers reported hearing a suspicious remark about airplane security.  One of the passengers said the confusion started …
Discussion: Reason and Cold Fury
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
9 Muslim Passengers Removed From Jet
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:
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
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
Alan K. Ota / CQ Politics:
House Rules Package Could Curb Minority's Power, End Term Limits for Chairmen  —  An early partisan skirmish is likely in the House next week, when Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to move a rules package that would curb the GOP's ability to derail legislation through a parliamentary maneuver it has used over the past two years.
Discussion: Needlenose
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.
The Independent:
Climate scientists: it's time for ‘Plan B’  —  Poll of international experts by The Independent reveals consensus that CO2 cuts have failed - and their growing support for technological intervention  —  An emergency “Plan B” using the latest technology is needed to save the world …
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Jon Hurdle / Reuters:
U.S. governors seek $1 trillion federal assistance
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Debate Methods to End Stem Cell Ban
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Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
Green Zone Handed Off With Little Fanfare
David Sirota / Salon:
Did you hear FDR prolonged the Great Depression?
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
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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:
Discussion: Cold Fury and Gateway Pundit