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11:45 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 …
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 …
Sanjay Gupta / CNN:   Anchors & Reporters  —  Dr. Sanjay Gupta is chief medical correspondent …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
CNN Medical Correspondent as Surgeon General?
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Sources: CNN's Gupta approached for surgeon general
Discussion: Commentary and Truthdig
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Elana Schor / TPM Election Central:
Feinstein Explains Her Reticence* About Panetta Nomination
The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:   Bennett: Send Moseley Braun to Senate, Not Burris
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
Rangel not “comfortable” with Burris confrontation
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 …
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
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Arlen Specter compares Eric Holder to Alberto Gonzales
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.”
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 TPMCafe
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.
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.
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Bottoming Signs  —  Here and there are some small signs that the economy is at least bottoming — a crucial stepping stone to meaningful recovery.  —  For example, the ISM non-manufacturing services report released today for December came in at 40.6 on the composite index, compared to 37.3 in November.
Mike Ross / KTUU-TV:
New poll shows Palin would trail Murkowski big in a Senate race  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Even with the last election barely two months in the rearview mirror, some in the national media have speculated that Gov. Sarah Palin might make a run for the U.S. Senate in 2010 as a prelude to running for president in 2012.
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
Obama and the Democratic brand
New York Times:
Obama's Media Availability
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Judeophobic Logic  —  Yesterday Jonah reprised the incisive analysis …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Habib Battah / Aljazeera:
In the US, Gaza is a different war
Kristen Hays / Houston Chronicle:
Court upholds Skilling conviction, orders resentencing
Discussion: TalkLeft
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