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7:35 AM ET, January 6, 2009

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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
REALLY A MYSTERY  —  From an observer up on the Hill ...  And from a career intel professional ...  I used to do a lot of intelligence reporting.  But I haven't really done any to speak of in a few years.  So I'm coming at this cold.  But I feel instinctively suspicious of the congressional reaction to this appointment.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Lauren Kornreich / CNN:
Feinstein slams Obama CIA head pick  —  (CNN) — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Senate's incoming Intelligence committee chair, slammed President-elect Barack Obama's choice of Leon Panetta as director of the CIA Monday.  —  “I was not informed about the selection of Leon Panetta to be the CIA Director.
The Caucus:
Panetta to Be Named C.I.A. Director  —  President-elect Barack Obama has selected Leon E. Panetta, the former congressman and White House chief of staff, to take over the Central Intelligence Agency, an organization that Mr. Obama criticized during the campaign for using interrogation methods …
Los Angeles Times:
Panetta a surprise pick to run the CIA  —  Leon Panetta, a former congressman and Clinton chief of staff, would give Obama a political ally at the helm of the troubled spy agency.  —  Reporting from Washington — In choosing Leon E. Panetta to be the next CIA director …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's impressive new OLC chief
Drudge Report:
NBC BANS COULTER FOR LIFE; CUT FROM ‘TODAY’ SHOW OVER BOOK'S CLAIMS, NO MORE CABLE  —  The nation's top selling conservative author has been banned from appearing on NBC, insiders tell the DRUDGE REPORT.  —  Banned for life!  —  “We are just not going to have her on any more, it's over,” a top network source explains.
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blogs:
Reid: Coleman will “never ever serve”  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered the toughest language he has ever used in arguing that Norm Coleman's career in the Senate is finished.  —  “Norm Coleman will never ever serve [again] in the Senate,” Reid told Politico's Manu Raju.  “He lost the election.
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Maayana Miskin / Arutz Sheva:
Zahar Claims Victory, Calls to Kill Jewish Children  —  (IsraelNN.com) Hamas spokesman Mahmoud Az-Zahar claimed victory for Hamas on Monday, saying Hamas had succeeded in “destroying Israel's sense of security” with its rocket attacks.  Zahar made his proclamation in video footage sent from a secret hideout …
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT
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James Hider / Times of London:
Hamas: Israel has legitimised the killing of its children
Discussion: Harry's Place and Jihad Watch
WCBS-TV:
SHOCK POLL: Kennedy Trailing Cuomo Huge  —  Public Policy Polling Shows Princess Of Camelot Losing Grip On New Yorkers, Falls Behind 20 Points Among Dems  —  Caroline Kennedy appears to be losing momentum in her bid for Hillary Clinton's U.S. Senate seat.  —  A new survey conducted …
Discussion: Don Surber and Political Machine
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blogs:
NRSC chair encourages King candidacy
Discussion: TIME.com and Swing State Project
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Steele, Blackwell take limelight at RNC forum  —  Members to vote for new chairman  —  Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, an accomplished speaker, and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, not well known for dazzling performances, each repeatedly drew sustained applause …
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Washington Wire:   Ron Paul-Finally-Gets His Due
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Biden on economy: 'We're at war'  —  Vice-president-elect Joe Biden likened the country's economic crisis to the attacks of 9/11 Monday in a private meeting on Capitol Hill.  —  “We're at war,” Biden told congressional leaders of both parties during their sit-down with Barack Obama in the Capitol …
Discussion: Fox News and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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Peter Baker / New York Times:   Biden Schedules Fact-Finding Journey to Asia
Robert D. Kaplan / The Atlantic Online:
Iran's Postmodern Beast in Gaza  —  Israel has just embarked on a land invasion of the Gaza Strip after a week of aerial bombing.  Gaza is bordered by Egypt, and was under Egyptian military control from 1949 through 1967.  And yet in a startling rebuke to geography and recent history …
Greta Van Susteren / Fox News:
What is with CNN ?  KEEPING THEM (CNN) honest: guess what CNN did!  CNN put Gov Sarah Palin in same category as John Edwards, Elliott Spitzer, Gov Blago and more!!  —  Wait until you read this one about CNN!! (and yes, I will continue to defend women who are gratuitously insulted!  I hope you will, too.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and RedState
New York Times:
Ex-Detainee of U.S. Describes a 6-Year Ordeal  —  LAHORE, Pakistan — When Muhammad Saad Iqbal arrived home here in August after more than six years in American custody, including five at the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, he had difficulty walking, his left ear was severely infected …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The RBC
Wall Street Journal:
Like a Virgin: The Press Take On Teenage Sex  —  Yes, attitudes do make a difference in behavior.  —  The chain reaction was something out of central casting.  A medical journal starts it off by announcing a study comparing teens who take a pledge of virginity until marriage with those who don't.
Jonathan Adams / Christian Science Monitor:
In an increasingly wired China, rehab for Internet addicts  —  A Beijing treatment center for Web-addicted youths includes counseling, group games like laser tag, and physical exercise.  —  BEIJING -  —  A 6 a.m. wake-up call.  Afternoon drills in military bearing and formations.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
REMEMBER LINCOLN?  —  Dave Weigel, now happily ensconced at the Washington Independent, is liveblogging the RNC chairman debate: … It's really weird that Republican candidates for high office almost never named Abraham Lincoln as their favorite Republican president.  He was, after all, a Republican.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Laura Bush to write her life story  —  Laura Bush has signed with Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, to write her memoirs for publication in the spring of 2010.  —  The first lady plans to write about her experiences in the White House and Texas governor's mansion …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
 
 
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Policing the Police
Bloomberg:
Italian Pensions Sapped by Private Funds Bush Backed
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Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Suing Cold Medication Manufacturers Because Drug Dealers Make Drugs …
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
William Lynn to Deputy Secretary of Defense?
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Transition donors give less
Discussion: The Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Berenson / New York Times:
Bid to Revoke Madoff's Bail Cites His Gifts
Discussion: On Deadline and TalkLeft
Jeffrey Goldberg:
Why I'm Not Blogging More About Gaza
Discussion: L'Hôte and Michael J. Totten
Andrew Breitbart / Washington Times:
A million stories to tell
Ben McGrath / New Yorker:
CORRECTING CAROLINE
Discussion: Gothamist and Commentary