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1:30 PM ET, January 5, 2009

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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 …
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Agence France Presse:
US ex-envoy says Mideast two-state solution unworkable
Michael Lerner / Times of London:
It breaks my heart to see Israel's stupidity
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   CHUTZPAH WATCH.... John Bolton, the former ambassador to the U.N. …
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Amy Forliti / Associated Press:
Minnesota canvassing board expected to say that Democrat Al Franken is winner in Senate race  —  MINNEAPOLIS - The state Canvassing Board was posed to certify the results of the recount in Minnesota's grueling Senate election in Al Franken's favor — but that doesn't mean the race is definitely over.
Pat / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Court rejects Coleman bid to consider rejected absentee ballots
Discussion: Scorecard's Blogs
Michelle Malkin:
A real clown takes a Senate seat
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.
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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.
William Kristol / New York Times:
Why Israel Fights  —  The Israeli assault on Hamas in Gaza is going to be a replay, we're told, of the attempt to subdue Hezbollah in southern Lebanon in the summer of 2006.  And the outcome, it's asserted, will be the same: lots of death and destruction, no strategic victory for Israel …
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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.
Pajamas Media:
Is Iran in Trouble?  —  After years of refusing to see Iran's aggressive intentions, most sensible observers of things Middle Eastern now recognize that the most important terrorist organizations, from Islamic Jihad to Hezbollah and Hamas, are essentially Iranian proxies.
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
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
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Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Kagan nominated for solicitor general
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
TRANSITION TO JUSTICE.  —  The latest news from the Transition Office …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Feministing
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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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Team pressed Richardson, got nothing
Fares Akram / The Independent:
Gaza: The death and life of my father  —  For Fares Akram, The Independent's reporter in Gaza, the Israeli invasion became a personal tragedy when he discovered his father was one of the first casualties of the ground war  —  The phone call came at around 4.20pm on Saturday.
Discussion: Mondoweiss
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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
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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Chicago Sun Times:
Secretary of the Senate rejects Burris' appointment  —  Judge also grants prosecutors 90-day extension to indict Blagojevich, former chief of staff  —  Firing the first shot in Washington in the fight over the appointment of Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate, Gov. Blagojevich's acting chief …
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Chicago Breaking News:
U.S. granted more time to indict Blagojevich
Discussion: TIME.com
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 …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
‘Like Son Jeb as President’  —  Former President Bush (there's currently only one of those!) has endorsed his other governor-son for president.  As we await David Paterson's Caroline Kennedy Senate appointment, I have to think that Jeb for President is not the craziest idea.
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 …
George Selgin / Wall Street Journal:
Argentina Is Short of Cash - Literally  —  Spare some change?  —  Suppose you want to ride the bus or feed a parking meter without exact change.  Or suppose you just want to drop a few cents in a street musician's hat.  Nothing easier, right?  Not if you live in Argentina.
Discussion: Reason and LewRockwell.com Blog
 
 
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Pete Souza Named Obama's White House Photographer
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Obama Girls Start School at Sidwell
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Rudy Giuliani / CNN:
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Pajamas Media:
Some Differences Between Hamas and the Nazi Party
Debora Spar / Washington Post:
One Gender's Crash  —  Let me begin with the caveats: I like men.