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9:40 PM ET, January 5, 2009

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The Caucus:
Panetta to Be Named C.I.A. Director  —  President-elect Barack Obama has selected Leon E. Panetta, the former congressman and White House chief of staff, to take over the Central Intelligence Agency, an organization that Mr. Obama criticized during the campaign for using interrogation methods …
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Lauren Kornreich / CNN:
Feinstein slams Obama CIA head pick  —  (CNN) — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Senate's incoming Intelligence committee chair, slammed President-elect Barack Obama's choice of Leon Panetta as director of the CIA Monday.  —  “I was not informed about the selection of Leon Panetta to be the CIA Director.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's impressive new OLC chief  —  The Office of Legal Counsel, inside the Justice Department, is probably the most consequential federal government office that remains relatively obscure.  The legal opinions which it issues become, more or less automatically, the official legal position of the Executive Branch.
Marc Ambinder:
Panetta On Torture  —  Here's Central Intelligence Agency director-designate Leon E. Panetta, writing about torture, in the Washington Monthly.  Actually, no — he's writing in the Washington Monthly about torture:
Discussion: Donklephant and Prairie Weather
The Politico:
Panetta, Blair land top intel posts
Discussion: PoliGazette and Washington Monthly
Los Angeles Times:
Leon Panetta is Obama's pick for CIA director
Discussion: The Cable
Brian Faughnan / BrianFaughnan's blog:
Obama's CIA Designee Sought CIA Cuts, Threatened Director
Discussion: The Opinionator
CNN:
Secretary of the Senate rejects Burris appointment  —  (CNN) — An aide to Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erickson tells CNN that this morning she rejected Roland Burris' certificate of appointment to the Senate.  —  Robert Baxter says Erickson rejected Burris' appointment because it does …
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Wall Street Journal:
Funny Business in Minnesota  —  In which every dubious ruling seems to help Al Franken.  —  Strange things keep happening in Minnesota, where the disputed recount in the Senate race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken may be nearing a dubious outcome.  Thanks to the machinations …
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Senate recount: Franken's on top; Coleman to sue  —  The state Canvassing Board certified final results this afternoon in Minnesota's marathon U.S. Senate race, but that won't end the battle between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman, whose Senate term ended on Saturday.
Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Recount results certified with Franken on top
Discussion: Power Line and The Swamp
Chris Steller / Minnesota Independent:   Supreme Court denies Coleman's suit to stop certification of election
Drudge Report:
NBC BANS COULTER FOR LIFE; CUT FROM ‘TODAY’ SHOW OVER BOOK'S CLAIMS, NO MORE CABLE  —  The nation's top selling conservative author has been banned from appearing on NBC, insiders tell the DRUDGE REPORT.  —  Banned for life!  —  “We are just not going to have her on any more, it's over,” a top network source explains.
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
Coulter's ‘Today’ show interview canceled  —  Ann Coulter was scheduled to appear on the “Today” show Tuesday morning to promote her new book, “Guilty.”  But it's now been canceled, according to her website.  —  Coulter wrote: “TODAY SHOW AND TODAY SHOW FOURTH HOUR: CANCELLED!”
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
REMEMBER LINCOLN?  —  Dave Weigel, now happily ensconced at the Washington Independent, is liveblogging the RNC chairman debate: … It's really weird that Republican candidates for high office almost never named Abraham Lincoln as their favorite Republican president.  He was, after all, a Republican.
Discussion: Kevin Drum
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Washington Wire:   Ron Paul-Finally-Gets His Due
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
RNC candidate Ken Blackwell compares Bush to Hoover.»
Discussion: Political Machine
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:   RNC Debate: Round II
Connie Hair / Human Events:
Pelosi Erases Gingrich's Long-Standing Fairness Rules  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to re-write House rules today to ensure that the Republican minority is unable to have any influence on legislation.  Pelosi's proposals are so draconian, and will so polarize the Capitol …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and AmSpecBlog
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Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:   GOP protests term limit change
Associated Press:
Ex-eBay CEO to run for Calif. governor  —  Meg Whitman plans to seek seat in 2010; Schwarzenegger is term-limited  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Former eBay Inc. chief executive Meg Whitman plans to run for governor of California, a person with knowledge of her political aspirations said Monday.
Discussion: The Politico
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Judy Lin / Associated Press:
Ex eBay CEO prepares run for Calif. governor
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jeffrey Goldberg:
Why I'm Not Blogging More About Gaza  —  Andrew Sullivan just asked me (live, not on e-mail; bloggers at the Atlantic actually talk to each other) why I haven't been posting more on Gaza.  The simple answer is that I'm busy reporting, and I hope to head to the Middle East soon …
Discussion: Michael J. Totten
New York Times:
Restore the Senate's Treaty Power  —  THE Constitution's Treaty Clause has long been seen, rightly, as a bulwark against presidential inclinations to lock the United States into unwise foreign commitments.  The clause will likely be tested by Barack Obama's administration …
Bob Barr / Los Angeles Times:
No defending the Defense of Marriage Act  —  The author of the federal Defense of Marriage Act now thinks it's time for his law to get the boot — but for political reasons, not in support of gays.  —  In 1996, as a freshman member of the House of Representatives, I wrote the Defense of Marriage Act …
Jeff Poor / The Business & Media Institute:
EPA ‘Cow Tax’ Could Charge $175 per Dairy Cow to Curb Greenhouse Gases  —  Farm Bureau warns just this one rule may increase milk production costs up to 8 cents a gallon.  —  Business & Media Institute  —  Call this one of the newest and innovative ways your government has come up with to battle greenhouse gas emissions.
Discussion: Macsmind and Don Surber
Ben McGrath / New Yorker:
CORRECTING CAROLINE  —  In 2001, shortly after being sworn into the Senate, Hillary Clinton gave a press conference to address questions related to her husband's Presidential pardons.  The Times observed that she used the word “disappointed” ten times, in reference to her brother, Hugh Rodham …
Discussion: Commentary and Gothamist
New York Times:
Prosecutors Want Madoff's Bail Revoked  —  The disgraced financier Bernard L. Madoff tried to hide at least $1 million in watches and jewelry from government investigators and should have his bail revoked and sent to jail immediately, federal prosecutors told a judge Monday afternoon.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?  —  Since my earlier post was more arch and cryptic, I wanted to expand on what seems to be the problem with the Obama stimulus plan, as revealed in the current round of leaks.  I would point to three key issues.  And I'm going to base these three on the premise …
 
 
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Foreign Policy:
Counterinsurgency Field Manual: Afghanistan Edition
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
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Andrew Breitbart / Washington Times:
A million stories to tell
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Jodie T. Allen / PewResearch.org:
States of the Union Before and After Bush
Discussion: Washington Wire and Think Progress
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SNAKES  —  We're watching the Republican leadership's press conference …
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Patrick J. Lyons / New York Times:
Griffin Bell, Ex-Attorney General, Dies at 90
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
The End of the Line  —  Lunch with President George W. Bush.
Discussion: Think Progress
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Home schooling grows
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Poll: Caroline Kennedy's Support Collapses
Discussion: Firedoglake
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The Cuteness Stimulus  —  Obama transition team acts …
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Investors dump $89B in U.S. securities in historic fire sale
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