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9:00 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 …
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
CNN's Sanjay Gupta Is Approached for Surgeon General Job
Discussion: The Swamp
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:   CNN Medical Correspondent as Surgeon General?
CNN:
Sources: CNN's Gupta approached for surgeon general
Discussion: Truthdig and Commentary
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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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 …
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.
The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Bennett: Send Moseley Braun to Senate, Not Burris
Discussion: Think Progress
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
Rangel not “comfortable” with Burris confrontation
Discussion: The Politico, Spin Cycle and Commentary
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 …
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
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Don Surber
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Jeb Bush: No Florida Senate race
Discussion: TIME.com
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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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
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 …
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 …
Little Green Footballs:
UN School Used by Terrorists As a Weapons Dump  —  The UN and the mainstream media are wailing and accusing Israel of war crimes (yes, again) after the IDF returned fire at a UN school from which Palestinians were firing mortars.  —  The explosives and booby traps installed in the school …
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Gideon Rachman / Financial Times:
Israel's self-defeating Gaza offensive
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
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.
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.
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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 …
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: Guardian
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.”
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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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Judeophobic Logic  —  Yesterday Jonah reprised the incisive analysis …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Marc Lynch:
“We have no grand political scheme”
Discussion: Abu Aardvark
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
Discussion: Townhall.com and TPMMuckraker
Jack Healy / New York Times:
In Fed Rate Cut, Fears of Long Recession
Mikko Alanne / The Huffington Post:
A Hate Crime You Won't See in Statistics
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
Obey, Inouye Announce Earmark Cuts, Openness
Discussion: Sunlight Foundation
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama deplores civilian deaths in Gaza, Israel
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Ariane Sherine / Guardian:
We did it! The atheist bus campaign is bigger and better then ever
Rachel Sylvester / Times of London:
Memo: don't rely on the Brits during a battle
Discussion: The Debatable Land
Wesley Loy / Anchorage Daily News:
Levi Johnston quits oil field job