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9:20 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 …
Washington Post:
Obama Is Under Fire Over Panetta Selection  —  Current, Ex-CIA Officials Criticize ‘Opaque’ Process  —  President-elect Barack Obama said yesterday that he has selected a “top-notch intelligence team” that would provide the “unvarnished” information his administration needs, rather than “what they think the president wants to hear.”
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Burris Backs Reid Into a Corner
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Specter Attacks Choice for Attorney General  —  WASHINGTON — A leading Republican senator issued a broad attack on Tuesday on President-elect Barack Obama's pick as attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., questioning his political independence.  —  The senator, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania …
Quin Hillyer /
Quin-essential cases: Re-nominating Keisler would be change GOP can believe
Discussion: Power Line
New York Times:
Obama Warns Trillion-Dollar Deficit Potential  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday braced Americans for the unparalleled prospect of “trillion-dollar deficits for years to come,” a stark assessment of the budgetary outlook that he said would force his administration …
William Booth / Washington Post:
Many Cubans Expect Obama to End Bilateral Hostilities  —  Many Islanders Expect Better Relationship With U.S. Under New President  —  HAVANA — Vicente González says that although Barack Obama is no Karl Marx — “he is a capitalist and likely an imperialist” — he has high hopes …
Avi Shlaim / Guardian:
How Israel brought Gaza to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe  —  The only way to make sense of Israel's senseless war in Gaza is through understanding the historical context.  Establishing the state of Israel in May 1948 involved a monumental injustice to the Palestinians.
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Talking Joe: Biden makes news  —  Joe Biden hasn't said much in public since the election, but one of Washington's most prolific talkers is back - and making news whenever he speaks.  —  In fewer than five minutes on Tuesday, Biden criticized his own incoming Obama administration …
Daily Mail:
Synagogue set ablaze and anti-Semitic assaults soar in UK following Israel's invasion of Gaza … The number of anti-Semitic attacks in London has risen sharply following Israel's land assault on Gaza, Jewish community groups said today.  —  Their leaders have compiled a dossier of attacks …
Hal Varian / Wall Street Journal:
Boost Private Investment to Boost the Economy  —  Excessive spending is what got us into this mess in the first place.  —  These days it seems like it is our patriotic duty to consume more.  And if we don't choose to spend more money ourselves, the government will do it for us.  —  But wait a minute.
Discussion: EconLog and Economist's View
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 …
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.
David Kopel / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Kmiec v. Kmiec regarding Heller: Douglas Kmiec has sharply criticized the majority opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller.  E.g., Slate, July 8, 2008 (majority opinion amounts to unjust rule by judicial fiat); Tidings, July 11, 2008 (Heller majority misconstrued the Second Amendment …
David Rogers / The Politico:
An economic game plan emerges  —  A closed door-meeting of the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday will be an early test of President-elect Barack Obama's economic plan, with Chairman Max Baucus hoping to use the executive session to judge support for the tax cuts and major health provisions at the heart of the $775 billion package.
Nick Perry / Seattle Times:
11 gay bars get letters threatening ricin attacks  —  Eleven gay bars in Seattle were sent letters Tuesday threatening ricin attacks — in what some are describing as a hate crime.  The Seattle Police Department said it takes the threat seriously.  The department has seized the letters …
Discussion: Towleroad
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 …
Washington Post:
Blair House Mystery Solved: It's John Howard  —  The veil is lifted.  We now know who is booked at Blair House, kicking President-elect Barack Obama and his family to the waiting list and across Lafayette Park to the Hay-Adams Hotel.  —  The only overnight visitor at the presidential guest manse …
Discussion: The Jed Report
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 and TigerHawk
Jonathan Adams / Christian Science Monitor:
Charter 08 worries China  —  Police have detained activists behind the democracy petition, which has drawn diverse support.  —  BEIJING -  —  On Dec. 8, the police took Zhang Zuhua into a room in Beijing and sat him in a chair.  —  For 12 hours, they questioned him.  They brought him water, but no food.
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Mideast's Ground Zero  —  The fighting, death and destruction in Gaza is painful to watch.  But it's all too familiar.  It's the latest version of the longest-running play in the modern Middle East, which, if I were to give it a title, would be called: “Who owns this hotel?  Can the Jews have a room?
Israel briefly halts Gaza attacks  —  Israel has halted military operations in Gaza for three hours in the first of a daily, planned ceasefire, it says.  —  An Israeli spokesman said it would allow Gazans to “get medical attention, get supplies... whatever they need”.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Allon Sinai / Jerusalem Post:
Terror in Turkey for Bnei Hasharon team  —  Bnei Hasharon experienced two hours of terror in Ankara on Tuesday evening.  —  Moments before the tip-off of the Israeli team's Eurocup encounter against Turk Telekom some 3,000 Turkish fans shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ and, by some accounts …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Jihad Watch
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
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.
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Senators Turn Burris Away at Capitol
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Ruth Gledhill / Times of London:
Richard Dawkins launches ‘There is no God’ adverts on buses across Britain
Discussion: Hot Air
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Mike Ross / KTUU-TV:
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Kristen Hays / Houston Chronicle:
Court upholds Skilling conviction, orders resentencing
Discussion: TalkLeft