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11:45 PM ET, January 4, 2009


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Associated Press:
Richardson withdraws as Commerce nominee  —  New Mexico governor cites pending investigation of business dealings  —  New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday announced that he was withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama's commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Va. Governor Kaine to Become DNC Chairman  —  Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine will become chairman of the Democratic National Committee later this month, serving as the top political messenger for Barack Obama's administration even while he finishes his final year in the governor's mansion, several sources said.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Billygate: Why Obama dumped Gov. Richardson now  —  New Mexico Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson withdrew his name as Commerce Secretary-designate this afternoon for the new administration of President-elect Barack Obama.  —  With an almost audible sigh of relief barely two weeks …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Team Obama: Richardson misled us  —  It looks as if Barack Obama and his transition team know how badly Bill Richardson's resignation reflects on them.  They have started leaking to the press that Richardson's to blame for the embarrassing spectacle this afternoon of his withdrawal as a Cabinet nominee.
Discussion: Washington Post and MoJoBlog
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Richardson Won't Pursue Cabinet Post  —  WASHINGTON — Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, President-elect Barack Obama's choice for commerce secretary, withdrew from consideration for that job on Sunday, saying a pending investigation into whether his administration gave lucrative contracts …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Eyes $300 Billion Tax Cut  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are crafting a plan to offer about $300 billion in tax cuts to individuals and businesses, a move aimed at attracting Republican support for an economic-stimulus package and prodding companies to create jobs.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama plans to unveil big tax cuts  —  Aiming to foster bipartisan support for his record-setting economic stimulus, President-elect Obama plans to propose huge tax cuts for businesses and middle-class workers that will total about 40 percent of the package, or up to $310 billion, congressional officials said.
Discussion: Cafe Hayek, The Foundry and Reuters
New York Times:
Obama Plan Includes $300 Billion in Tax Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama plans to include about $300 billion in tax cuts for workers and businesses in his economic recovery program as he seeks to win over Congressional skeptics worried that he was too focused on government spending, advisers said Sunday.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Brian Knowlton / The Caucus:
Hoyer Says Don't Expect Stimulus Package Soon
Discussion: Truthdig
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Leading Democrat: Bush 'the worst president we've ever had'  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the nation prepares for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, a leading Democrat is not letting up in his criticism of President George W. Bush.  —  “I really do believe President Bush …
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Reid To Coleman: It's Over. Concede.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Chris Welch / CNN:
Panel to declare Franken winner of Senate race
Discussion: Macsmind and Gawker
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blogs:
Schumer: Franken is the winner
Gideon Levy / Haaretz:
And there lie the bodies  —  The legend, lest it be a true story, tells of how the late mathematician, Professor Haim Hanani, asked his students at the Technion to draw up a plan for constructing a pipe to transport blood from Haifa to Eilat.  The obedient students did as they were told.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine to head DNC  —  Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine has been chosen by President-elect Barack Obama to head the Democratic National Committee, a Democratic official said.  —  The pick is a bet that an energetic younger leader will help the party capitalize on the historic enthusiasm that swept Obama to his landslide win.
Discussion: The Swamp and
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Virginia Governor Is Named D.N.C. Chief
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
AP sources: Va.'s Kaine to take over as DNC leader
Martin Kramer / Sandbox:
Israel's Gaza strategy  —  In the fog of war, it isn't just the truth that falls casualty.  So does common sense.  Quite a few pundits seem to think that Israel lacks a strategy in Gaza.  But unlike the Lebanon war of 2006, this war has been planned in advance, and every stage has been war-gamed.
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Why Israel went to war in Gaza
Michelle Malkin:
Who says conservative bloggers don't do reporting?  —  Before we fully launch into the action-packed first week of 2009, I want to provide you with a year-end wrap-up of original blog reporting on this site and across the conservative blogosphere.  Why?  Well, over the weekend …
Discussion: Don Surber
Media Matters for America:
Is NBC going to help Coulter sell this book?  —  As Media Matters for America has noted, author and syndicated columnist Ann Coulter recently announced that she is scheduled to appear on the January 6 broadcast of NBC's Today to promote the release of her new book, Guilty: Liberal “Victims” …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
John / Power Line:
THE HONEYMOON: OVER BEFORE IT BEGAN!  —  Many liberals have what strikes me as a touching faith that the election of Barack Obama will cause America to be better loved by people around the world, including those who are ideologically hostile to the United States.
Discussion: NO QUARTER and
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Justices' Ruling in Discrimination Case May Draw Quick Action by Obama
Simon Tisdall / Guardian:
Barack Obama's silence on Gaza is damaging his reputation
Discussion: RedState
Andrew McLemore / The Raw Story:
Cheney: Bush's actions legal if not impeached
The Moral Battleground  —  And so now begins the second and most difficult stage.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Commentary
Timothy Williams / New York Times:
Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 37 Near Shrine
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Jihad Watch
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Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Woefully Misleading Piece on Value at Risk in New York Times
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Kevin Drum
Joseph Massad / ei: The Electronic Intifada:
The Gaza Ghetto Uprising
Discussion: Mondoweiss and missing links
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Goldfarb Endorses Terrorist Ethics
Discussion: Alas, a blog and Salon
Pro-Israeli rally draws thousands to Paris
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and