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5:15 PM ET, January 6, 2009

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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Obama Wants Journalist Gupta for Surgeon General  —  President-elect Barack Obama has offered the job of surgeon general to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the neurosurgeon and correspondent for CNN and CBS, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.  —  Gupta has told administration officials …
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Sanjay Gupta / CNN:
Anchors & Reporters  —  Dr. Sanjay Gupta is chief medical correspondent for the health and medical unit at CNN.  Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon and an assistant professor of neurosurgery, plays an integral role in the network's medical coverage, which includes lead reporting on breaking medical news …
Discussion: The Caucus
CNN:
Burris denied entry to Senate  —  (CNN) — Roland Burris was denied entry to the Senate chambers on Tuesday as he tried to claim the seat once held by President-elect Barack Obama.  —  Burris said the secretary of the Senate rejected his credentials, and therefore he would not be allowed access to the floor.
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New York Times:
Burris Is Blocked From Taking Senate Seat  —  WASHINGTON — Roland W. Burris, the would-be junior senator from Illinois, arrived at the Capitol on Tuesday morning for the start of the 111th Congress and was greeted like a celebrity, even though he remains a private citizen, at least for the moment.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate Rejects Burris in Spectacle at Capitol  —  Senate officials this morning rejected Roland Burris's effort to be seated as the successor to President-elect Barack Obama, telling the former Illinois attorney general that he lacked the requisite approval of state officials to be sworn …
Erwin Chemerinsky / Los Angeles Times:
The law is on Blagojevich's side
Discussion: TalkLeft, cab drollery and MSNBC
Haaretz:
40 Palestinians killed in IDF strike on UN school  —  Israel Defense Forces tank fire killed up to 40 Palestinians at a United Nations school in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, medical sources at two hospitals said.  —  The attack brought the Palestinian death toll to nearly 600 in Israel's 11 …
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Little Green Footballs:
UN School Used by Terrorists As a Weapons Dump
Discussion: Solomonia
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
Biden: Not consulting Senate on Panetta “a mistake”  —  Vice President-elect Joe Biden — offering one last defense of the institution he's inhabited for three decades — conceded the Obama transition team made a “mistake” in not consulting the Senate before tapping Leon Panetta to head the CIA.
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Elana Schor / TPM Election Central:
Exclusive: Former Intel Chair Roberts Backs Panetta
Paul Krugman:
Stimulus arithmetic (wonkish but important)  —  Bit by bit we're getting information on the Obama stimulus plan, enough to start making back-of-the-envelope estimates of impact.  The bottom line is this: we're probably looking at a plan that will shave less than 2 percentage points off …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Boring Into the Obama Stimulus Plan
Jeffrey Goldberg:
The World's Pornographic Interest in Jewish Moral Failure  —  Okay, yesterday I was depressed.  Today, I'm just pissed off.  It's absolutely astonishing to me how interested the world is in Israel's failings.  This is the source of a bitter but hilarious observation I once heard a Kurdish leader make …
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Jeb won't run for Senate  —  Jeb Bush has decided not to run for the Senate in Florida next year, according to former state House Speaker Marco Rubio.  —  “He said it just wasn't the right timing,” Rubio said, recounting a phone call he received this afternoon from the former Florida governor and presidential brother.
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Wesley Loy / Anchorage Daily News:
Levi Johnston quits oil field job  —  PUBLIC SCRUTINY: Rules say he needs diploma for apprenticeship.  —  wloy@adn.com  —  Levi Johnston, the boyfriend of Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol, has quit his North Slope oil field job over questions about his eligibility to work …
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Imagine the Jews Were the Real Terrorists!  —  Stephen Walt, coauthor with John Mearsheimer of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, has started a new blog at the website of Foreign Policy.  He is one of a number of new bloggers the magazine has brought on board ahead of Obama's inauguration.
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David Shepardson / Detroit News:
Obama to ride in style in GM limo  —  Armored '09 Cadillac to carry new president in inaugural parade.  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama is getting a new ride to go with his new address on Jan. 20.  —  General Motors Corp. recently delivered to the U.S. Secret Service a brand …
Discussion: CBS News, Marc Ambinder and TIME.com
Guillermo X. Garcia / MySanAntonio.com:
Latinos push Obama on vacant post  —  READ  —  After the withdrawal of Bill Richardson's name as an Obama administration Cabinet nominee, Hispanic leaders say they expect the president-elect to name another Latino to head the Commerce Department.  —  An Obama transition team source …
Discussion: The New Republic, D-Day and TIME.com
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Eliot Spitzer / Slate:
The Obama stimulus package should be spent on transformative investments, not bridges and buildings.  —  The incoming Obama administration and Congress are planning a huge fiscal stimulus package.  They hope that such a stimulus will catalyze an economic turnaround and be a cornerstone of a “New New Deal.”
Agence France Presse:
240,000 dollars awarded to man forced to cover Arab T-shirt  —  NEW YORK (AFP) - An airline passenger forced to cover his T-shirt because it displayed Arabic script has been awarded 240,000 dollars in compensation, campaigners said Monday.  —  Raed Jarrar received the pay out on Friday …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Reid calls on Coleman to concede  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that while Democrats will not seek to seat Democrat Al Franken today, Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) should concede the election.  —  In his inaugural address to the 111th Congress, Reid referred …
Discussion: Minnesota Independent and TIME.com
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
Coulter booked for ‘Today’ show  —  Conservative author Ann Coulter will appear on Wednesday's “Today” show, according to an NBC spokesperson.  —  Coulter has been talking up being bumped by NBC for the past two days, both on other networks and the radio.  A controversy erupted …
Wall Street Journal:
An Endgame for Israel  —  Maybe this column would get a better reception if it were titled, “No Endgame for Israel.”  Because the quantity of commentary claiming that Israel cannot possibly achieve any kind of successful outcome in Gaza is already approaching presurge levels of Iraq defeatism.
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
The Man in the Middle  —  Buzzzzzz.  THE CELL PHONE rings again and Chuck Schumer flips it open.  “I figured it out,” he says without preamble.  “George Washington.  If George Washington got indicted, you wouldn't pounce on the guy—you'd say he served honorably and now it's time for Alaskans to move on.”
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
THE FIRST TEN SENATE BILLS.  —  A Democratic aide on the hill passes along the first ten bills that Majority Leader Harry Reid will put in the hopper this evening to kick off the new session of Congress, as sent by leadership to various Senate Legislative Directors.
 
 
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Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
Obey, Inouye Announce Earmark Cuts, Openness
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New York Post:
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Discussion: Guardian
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama deplores civilian deaths in Gaza, Israel
Wall Street Journal:
Justice Requires 12 Angry Men
Discussion: TalkLeft and Law Blog
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Obtains Documents Re: Blagojevich Contacts with Obama …
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Machine
Rachel Sylvester / Times of London:
Memo: don't rely on the Brits during a battle
Discussion: The Debatable Land
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Alex Roarty / PolitickerPA:
Brother would be ‘stunned beyond words’ if Chris Matthews ran for Senate
Discussion: Wonkette
Dan / GayPolitics.com:
Obama names gay man as director of Office of Management and Administration
Discussion: The Bilerico Project and Wonkette