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10:50 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 …
Paul Krugman:
The trouble with Sanjay Gupta
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Sideshow
CNN:
Sources: CNN's Gupta approached for surgeon general
Discussion: Commentary and 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.
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 …
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 …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
Rangel not “comfortable” with Burris confrontation
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Feinstein bucks Dems on Burris
The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Bennett: Send Moseley Braun to Senate, Not Burris
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
Haaretz:
40 Palestinians killed in IDF strike on UN school  —  Israel Defense Forces tank fire killed up to 40 Palestinians at a United Nations school in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, medical sources at two hospitals said.  —  The attack brought the Palestinian death toll to nearly 600 in Israel's 11 …
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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 …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Boring Into the Obama Stimulus Plan
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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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.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
Quin Hillyer / www.dcexaminer.com:
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
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
Coulter booked for ‘Today’ show  —  Conservative author Ann Coulter will appear on Wednesday's “Today” show, according to an NBC spokesperson.  —  Coulter has been talking up being bumped by NBC for the past two days, both on other networks and the radio.  A controversy erupted …
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
Mikko Alanne / The Huffington Post:
A Hate Crime You Won't See in Statistics  —  You may not have heard of 24-year-old Nathan Runkle.  Even if you haven't, you've probably seen the startling undercover images shot inside the California egg industry last year.  Those were filmed by Nathan's organization, Mercy for Animals.
New York Times:
Obama's Media Availability  —  The following is a rush transcript of President-Elect Barack Obama's media availability as provided by the Obama team.  —  Obama: When the American people spoke last November, they were demanding change, change in policies that helped deliver the worst economic crisis …
Discussion: RedState
 
 
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Mike Ross / KTUU-TV:
New poll shows Palin would trail Murkowski big in a Senate race
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
Obama and the Democratic brand
Associated Press:
Al Qaeda No. 2 Blames Obama, Egypt's President for Gaza
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Judeophobic Logic  —  Yesterday Jonah reprised the incisive analysis …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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: TPMMuckraker and Townhall.com
Jack Healy / New York Times:
In Fed Rate Cut, Fears of Long Recession
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Discussion: New York Times and BuzzMachine
Wesley Loy / Anchorage Daily News:
Levi Johnston quits oil field job