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10:20 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 …
Paul Krugman:
The trouble with Sanjay Gupta
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Sideshow
CNN:
Sources: CNN's Gupta approached for surgeon general
Discussion: Truthdig
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:   CNN Medical Correspondent as Surgeon General?
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 …
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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.
New York Times:
Burris, Blocked From Taking Seat, Gains New Support  —  WASHINGTON — Roland W. Burris, the would-be junior senator from Illinois, picked up the support of a key Democrat late Tuesday afternoon in his bid to occupy the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.
Elana Schor / TPM Election Central:
Feinstein Explains Her Reticence* About Panetta Nomination  —  Just talked with Dianne Feinstein outside the Senate chamber about her qualms with the Leon Panetta nomination.  The incoming Senate intelligence committee chairman said that both President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden called …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Feinstein bucks Dems on Burris
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
Rangel not “comfortable” with Burris confrontation
Discussion: The Politico, Spin Cycle and Commentary
The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Bennett: Send Moseley Braun to Senate, Not Burris
Discussion: Think Progress
Erwin Chemerinsky / Los Angeles Times:
The law is on Blagojevich's side
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 …
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Habib Battah / Aljazeera:   In the US, Gaza is a different war
Haaretz:
French TV claims photos from 2005 showed damage from Israel's Gaza operation
Discussion: Power Line
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.
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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
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
James Rosen / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Biden will visit Asia hot spots before Jan. 20 inauguration  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday he and three other senators will join Vice President-elect Joe Biden this week on a trip to Southwest Asia that will effectively serve as the Obama administration's first foray into volatile Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
‘Senator’ Biden's trip raises concerns
Discussion: Associated Press
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
FL-Senate: Jeb Bush Will Not Run  —  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is expected to make a decision soon about whether he will run for the open Senate seat in Florida in 2010.  —  UPDATED, 3:48 p.m. ET: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will not run for the open Senate seat of Sen. Mel Martinez …
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Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Jeb Bush won't run for Florida Senate seat in 2010
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: Newshoggers.com
Stephen M. Walt:
Was Ike right about the “military-industrial complex?”  —  Remember notorious pacifist...I mean, five-star General Dwight D. Eisenhower's famous warnings about a “military-industrial complex?”  Turns out Ike was pretty darn prescient.  —  Here's why.  If you'd just lost your job …
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   The Think Tank Industrial Complex
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 …
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama deplores civilian deaths in Gaza, Israel  —  Breaking his silence on the conflict in Gaza, the president-elect deplored the civilian casualties, which have been overwhelmingly on the Palestinian side, after a meeting with fiscal and economic advisors today.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Macsmind
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.
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Panetta a ‘Brave’ Choice, Says Former CIA Agent  —  “Ishmael Jones” is a former deep-cover officer with the Central Intelligence Agency.  He is author of The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture, published last year by Encounter Books.
 
 
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Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
Obama and the Democratic brand
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Obama's Media Availability
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Associated Press:
Al Qaeda No. 2 Blames Obama, Egypt's President for Gaza
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Judeophobic Logic  —  Yesterday Jonah reprised the incisive analysis …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Bottoming Signs
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Kristen Hays / Houston Chronicle:
Court upholds Skilling conviction, orders resentencing
Discussion: TalkLeft
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Arlen Specter compares Eric Holder to Alberto Gonzales
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Jack Healy / New York Times:
In Fed Rate Cut, Fears of Long Recession
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A Hate Crime You Won't See in Statistics
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Wesley Loy / Anchorage Daily News:
Levi Johnston quits oil field job