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11:40 AM ET, January 3, 2009


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Associated Press:
Obama: Country needs economic stimulus plan  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  CHICAGO - President-elect Barack Obama urged congressional leaders Saturday to move quickly on an economic recovery plan, even as some Republicans are saying they want more time to review the details.
Dave Rochelson /
American Recovery and Reinvestment
Discussion: Political Punch
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Back at Work, Obama Pitches His Stimulus Plan
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Senate recount proceeds as high court seeks more ballot information  —  A statewide review that is adding wrongly rejected absentee ballots to the Senate recount moved toward a conclusion today.  Meanwhile, all were waiting for a decision by the state Supreme Court on a Coleman motion to modify the review procedure
Discussion: On Deadline and TalkLeft
Justin Lahart / Real Time Economics:
Ignoring the Oracles: You Are With the Free Markets, or Against Them  —  It's hard to tell what's more striking about Raghuram Rajan's 2005 presentation at the Kansas City Fed's Jackson Hole symposium — the way many of the dangers he laid out came to pass, or the way he was attacked, and then discounted.
Ron Ben-Yishai / Ynetnews:
IDF artillery targets Gaza  —  IDF escalating attacks?  For first time since Gaza op's start, IDF artillery units shell targets in Strip.  Meanwhile, Air Force hunts for senior Hamas terror activists in Strip, hits dozens of targets Saturday; Hamas officer killed after car hit by aircraft
The Raw Story:
CNN: US weapons ‘killing innocent civilians’ in Gaza
Discussion: Mondoweiss and Guardian
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Some Forecasters See a Fast Economic Recovery  —  Economics as the dismal science?  Not in some quarters.  —  In the midst of the deepest recession in the experience of most Americans, many professional forecasters are optimistically heading into the new year declaring that the worst may soon be over.
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Rangel Pushed for a Donation; Insurer Pushed for a Tax Cut  —  On April 21, 2008, Representative Charles B. Rangel met with officials of the American International Group, the now-troubled insurance giant, to ask for a donation to a school of public service that City College of New York was building in his honor.
Julian Sanchez / Law & Disorder:
Reinventing conservatism, one tweet at a time  —  Since the humbling results of the November election came in, the conservative movement has been scrambling to assess what happened—and to figure out how to prevent it from happening again.  Much of this effort, in light of the Obama campaign's …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and The Next Right
Laurence H. Tribe / Forbes:
Blagojevich And The Constitution  —  The Senate doesn't have to seat Burris.  —  President-elect Barack Obama has urged the Senate to exclude from the seat he once occupied anyone appointed by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  —  But if, as some have argued, the Senate …
Discussion: Balkinization and PoliBlog
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
U.S. Debt Set to Soar in This Year  —  $2 Trillion Increase May Test Federal Ability to Borrow  —  With President-elect Barack Obama and congressional Democrats considering a massive spending package aimed at pulling the nation out of recession, the national debt is projected to jump …
Discussion: Macsmind
Khalid al-Ansary / Reuters:
U.S.-installed Iraqi ex-PM says Bush “utter failure”  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Former U.S.-installed Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has denounced the policies of President George W. Bush as an “utter failure” that gave rise to the sectarian venom that ravaged his country.
David Hanners / Austin American-Statesman:
Social activist, organizer ... and FBI informant  —  It was all about stopping violence, says Austin man who revealed alleged firebomb plot at GOP convention.  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — In a federal courtroom in Minneapolis this month, the public transformation of Brandon Darby of Austin will become complete.
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Washington Post:
Peacemaking Event Is Attacked in Iraq  —  A suicide bomber sneaked through the back door of a crowded hall where guests had gathered Friday for a reconciliation lunch at the invitation of a tribal leader, killing as many as 32 people and wounding dozens more in the worst attack in Iraq in weeks.
Discussion: Think Progress
Andy Barr / The Politico:
States want $1 trillion to ‘keep afloat’  —  A group of Democratic governors warned Friday that without as much as $1 trillion in federal assistance, many states will not be able to pay their bills in the next year.  —  “There are states that are talking as California has of not being able …
Discussion: Donklephant
Jon Hurdle / Reuters:
U.S. governors seek $1 trillion federal assistance
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Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Taking a Break From War With a Game Anything but Gentle
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Obama's View on Power Over Detainees Will Be Tested Early
Discussion: Political Punch
Demian McLean / Bloomberg:
Obama Moves to Counter China With Pentagon-NASA Link
Frank Main / Chicago Sun Times:
Blagojevich stripped of access to classified federal security information
Bill Ayers / The Huffington Post:
Obama and Education Reform
Discussion: and American Power
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Amie Parnes / The Politico:
Coloradans react to Bennet pick
Discussion: New York Times and Reuters
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Debate Methods to End Stem Cell Ban
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Associated Press:
AirTran apologizes for removing Muslim passengers
Discussion: CNN
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Sidney Awards  —  Everything becomes a shorter version of itself.
Discussion: The New Republic and Kevin Drum