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2:40 AM ET, January 7, 2009


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The Hill:
'I don't work for Obama'  —  Democrats must be “very, very careful” to avoid overreaching and will not rubber-stamp President-elect Obama's policies, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday.  —  In an interview with The Hill, Reid said it is essential for Obama …
Discussion: Macsmind
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Burris Backs Reid Into a Corner  —  Lost amid the scads of cameras and scrambling reporters seeking to get a glimpse or a word from former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris over the last 24 hours is one simple fact: Burris — and, by extension, embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Alan K. Ota / CQ Politics:
Liberals Relish New Clout as Session Starts  —  The Democratic Party's liberal wing will begin a hard push this week to consolidate power in the House and advance its agenda with a quiet assist from a longtime champion, Speaker Nancy Pelosi .  —  Leaders of the Democrats' liberal faction …
Discussion: and Open Left
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Senators Turn Burris Away at Capitol
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Truthdig
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
Rangel not “comfortable” with Burris confrontation
The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:   Bennett: Send Moseley Braun to Senate, Not Burris
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 …
Paul Krugman:
The trouble with Sanjay Gupta  —  So apparently Obama plans to appoint CNN's Sanjay Gupta as Surgeon General.  I don't have a problem with Gupta's qualifications.  But I do remember his mugging of Michael Moore over Sicko.  You don't have to like Moore or his film; but Gupta specifically claimed that Moore …
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.
Elana Schor / TPM Election Central:
Feinstein Explains Her Reticence* About Panetta Nomination
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Panetta a ‘Brave’ Choice, Says Former CIA Agent
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 …
Hadeel Al-Shalchi / Associated Press:
Report: Al-Qaida No. 2 blames Obama for Gaza fight  —  CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader lashed out at President-elect Barack Obama in a new audio message Tuesday, accusing him of not doing anything to stop Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip, according to an intelligence monitoring center.
Associated Press:
Al Qaeda No. 2 Blames Obama, Egypt's President for Gaza
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Quin Hillyer /
Quin-essential cases: Re-nominating Keisler would be change GOP can believe  —  For all of Barack Obama's lofty talk about bipartisanship, the incoming president has yet to do anything of real substance on the domestic political front to lessen the Capitol's partisan toxicity.
Discussion: Power Line
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:   Specter Attacks Choice for Attorney General
Michael Hirschorn / The Atlantic Online:
End Times  —  VIRTUALLY ALL THE predictions about the death of old media have assumed a comfortingly long time frame for the end of print—the moment when, amid a panoply of flashing lights, press conferences, and elegiac reminiscences, the newspaper presses stop rolling and news goes entirely digital.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Guardian
Ruth Gledhill / Times of London:
Richard Dawkins launches ‘There is no God’ adverts on buses across Britain  —  The archsceptic professor Richard Dawkins today launched Britain's first atheist campaign posting the message: “There's probably no God.  So stop worrying and enjoy your life” on the side of 800 British buses.
Discussion: Hot Air
Ariane Sherine / Guardian:
We did it! The atheist bus campaign is bigger and better then ever
Marc Lynch:
“We have no grand political scheme”  —  I spent the morning at a lecture organized by GWU's outstanding Homeland Security Policy Institute's Ambassador's Roundtable Series featuring Israel's Ambassador to the United States Sallai Meridor.  It was a profoundly dismaying experience.
Discussion: and Kevin Drum
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Obama's Choice for Solicitor General Has Left a Breach in a Long Paper Trail  —  WASHINGTON — The New Republic called Elena Kagan a “wonderwonk” for her work on tobacco legislation in the Clinton administration.  She was, the magazine said, “a nerd who can talk tough.”
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 …
Rudolph Bush / Dallas Morning News:
Bush wants gate on route to Dallas home  —  Just like his father, President George W. Bush will return to Texas when he leaves office.  —  And just like his father, he wants a gate to be installed along a public street to limit access to his neighborhood.  —  Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm …
Discussion: Think Progress
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
‘Senator’ Biden's trip raises concerns  —  Joe Biden has always had a flair for doing things differently - but his upcoming trip to South Asia may set a new standard.  —  The vice president-elect will be traveling to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  But he won't really be traveling …
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.
Kevin Duchschere / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Coleman sues over Minnesota Senate recount result  —  Republican Norm Coleman, who received 225 fewer votes than DFLer Al Franken in the U.S. Senate recount, will challenge the result in court.  He told reporters at a state Capitol news conference that a lawsuit, known as an election contest, would proceed.
French TV claims photos from 2005 showed damage from Israel's Gaza operation  —  French public television network France 2 on Tuesday revealed they had aired photographs that allegedly showed destruction caused by the Israel Air Force during Operation Cast Lead, which were in fact taken during …
Dems plan pro-Israel resolution  —  WASHINGTON (JTA) — Top Democrats are planning to introduce a non-binding congressional resolution supporting Israel's goal in its Gaza Strip operation.  —  U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the U.S. House of Representatives majority leader …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
Hana Levi Julian / Arutz Sheva:
Livni: World Must Choose between Israel and Terror  —  ( Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair met with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni Monday evening, hoping to find a way to persuade Israel to consider at least a temporary ceasefire in its Operation Cast Lead against the Hamas terrorist organization ruling Gaza.
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Allon Sinai / Jerusalem Post:
Terror in Turkey for Bnei Hasharon team
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Jihad Watch
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Israel Puts Media Clamp on Gaza
Discussion: Mondoweiss and TPMCafe
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Gaza could have been a model of the future Palestinian state.
Discussion: marbury
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. court upholds L.A. ban on billboards
Discussion: LA Observed and How Appealing
Mike Ross / KTUU-TV:
New poll shows Palin would trail Murkowski big in a Senate race
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
Obama and the Democratic brand
New York Times:
Obama's Media Availability
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Judeophobic Logic  —  Yesterday Jonah reprised the incisive analysis …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and five feet of fury
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Bottoming Signs
Habib Battah / Aljazeera:
In the US, Gaza is a different war
Discussion: Haaretz
Kristen Hays / Houston Chronicle:
Court upholds Skilling conviction, orders resentencing
Discussion: TalkLeft
Mikko Alanne / The Huffington Post:
A Hate Crime You Won't See in Statistics
Discussion: Towleroad
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama deplores civilian deaths in Gaza, Israel
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Macsmind and TPMCafe
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
Coulter booked for ‘Today’ show
Discussion: CBS News and Washington Monthly