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3:15 PM ET, January 5, 2009

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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 …
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Pat / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Court rejects Coleman bid to consider rejected absentee ballots  —  The ruling clears the way for election officials to certify results showing Democrat Al Franken in the lead.  —  The Minnesota Supreme Court today rejected a bid by Norm Coleman in the disputed U.S. Senate election …
Amy Forliti / Associated Press:
Minnesota canvassing board expected to say that Democrat Al Franken …
Michelle Malkin:
A real clown takes a Senate seat
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's impressive new OLC chief  —  (updated below)  —  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.
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Change.gov:
President-elect Obama announces key Department of Justice posts  —  WASHINGTON—Today, President-elect Barack Obama announced that he intends to nominate the following individuals for key posts at the United States Department of Justice: David Ogden, Deputy Attorney General; Elena Kagan …
Discussion: Think Progress and ACSBlog
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Kagan nominated for solicitor general
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp and Hot Air
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Chicago Breaking News:
U.S. granted more time to indict Blagojevich
Discussion: TIME.com
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John R. Bolton / Washington Post:
The Three-State Option  —  War in the Gaza Strip demonstrates yet again that the current governance paradigm for the Palestinian people has failed.  Terrorists financed and supplied by Iran control Gaza; the Palestinian Authority is broken, probably irretrievably; and economic development is stalled in Gaza and the West Bank.
Paul Krugman:
Is Obama relying too much on tax cuts?  —  I don't know yet.  But news reports this morning certainly raise questions.  —  Let's lay out the basics here.  Other things equal, public investment is a much better way to provide economic stimulus than tax cuts, for two reasons.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fighting Off Depression  —  “If we don't act swiftly and boldly,” declared President-elect Barack Obama in his latest weekly address, “we could see a much deeper economic downturn that could lead to double-digit unemployment.”  If you ask me, he was understating the case.
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Top Of The Morning  —  Countercyclical spending: Obama plans payroll tax relief for those receiving the earned income tax credit — that's a direct stimulus jolt for lower middle class Americans.  A second part would give cash to struggling businesses by allowing them to write off …
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The Prowler / American Spectator:
Beyond Bill Richardson
Discussion: Commentary
Associated Press:
Chronology of key events in Richardson withdrawal
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and The Swamp
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 …
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Obama Launches Stimulus Campaign on Hill
Discussion: Daily Kos
Right Wing News:
The 7th Annual “20 Most Annoying Liberals Of 2008”  —  Honorable Mentions: Bill Ayers, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Juan Cole, Kent Conrad, The Daily Kos, Bill Delahunt, Glenn Greenwald, Alcee Hastings, Christopher Hitchens, The Huffington Post, Jesse Jackson, Jesse Jackson Jr. Caroline Kennedy …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Pajamas Media:
Some Differences Between Hamas and the Nazi Party  —  I find the current situation deeply sorrowful, harrowing.  There is one aspect of it that I think needs clarification, a clarification that will help thinking about the situation as a whole, and that is the analogies between Hitler, the Nazis and Hamas.
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Pajamas Media:
Some Differences Between Hamas and the Nazi Party
Discussion: Firedoglake
CNN:
Republican party showdown today  —  WASHINGTON DC (CNN) - Call it a first step in the Republican Party's push to return from the political wilderness.  —  The six candidates running to lead the GOP's national committee face off today at a debate in Washington.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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David J. Lynch / USA Today:
Investors dump $89B in U.S. securities in historic fire sale  —  The deep river of private money that helped knit together the global economy has abruptly dried up, new government figures show.  —  As the global financial crisis grew more severe this summer, foreigners sold almost $90 billion …
Kara Scannell / Wall Street Journal:
Madoff Chasers Dug for Years, to No Avail  —  Regulators Probed at Least 8 Times Over 16 Years; Congress Starts Review of SEC Today  —  Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC was examined at least eight times in 16 years by the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulators, who often came armed with suspicions.
Maria Recio / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Bush first ex-prez to face limit on Secret Service protection  —  WASHINGTON — President George W. Bush's “after-life,” as Laura Bush calls the post-presidency, is shaping up to be pretty comfortable, with a Dallas office, staffers, Secret Service protection, a travel budget …
nsnetwork.org:
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - BUSH'S BOMBS: A NATIONAL SECURITY LEGACY OF FAILURE  —  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  —  The sorry national security legacy of the Bush administration can be measured in in the President's failure to meet his own rhetorical objectives: “victory” in Iraq, an Afghanistan cleansed of terrorists …
 
 
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
The Unserious Left  —  The ground invasion of Gaza has begun.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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The Cuteness Stimulus  —  Obama transition team acts …
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U.S. Senate hopeful meets with community leaders in Syracuse
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U.S. Sending Emergency Aid to Darfur
Agence France Presse:
US ex-envoy says Mideast two-state solution unworkable
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CHUTZPAH WATCH.... John Bolton, the former ambassador to the U.N. …
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