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8:35 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 …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:   CNN Medical Correspondent as Surgeon General?
CNN:
Sources: CNN's Gupta approached for surgeon general
Discussion: Truthdig
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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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.
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's Blog Briefing Room:
Bennett: Send Moseley Braun to Senate, Not Burris
Discussion: Think Progress
Erwin Chemerinsky / Los Angeles Times:
The law is on Blagojevich's side
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 …
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Elana Schor / TPM Election Central:
Exclusive: Former Intel Chair Roberts Backs Panetta
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 …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Reid calls on Coleman to concede  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that while Democrats will not seek to seat Democrat Al Franken today, Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) should concede the election.  —  In his inaugural address to the 111th Congress, Reid referred …
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Kevin Duchschere / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Coleman sues over Minnesota Senate recount result
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Coleman: I'm Going To Court
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
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 …
Discussion: United Nations, Ynetnews and Solomonia
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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.
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New York Post:   TIMES' COVER ADS GO FOR $75,000
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 …
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.
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 …
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.”
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 …
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
 
 
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“We have no grand political scheme”
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Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Bottoming Signs
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Kristen Hays / Houston Chronicle:
Court upholds Skilling conviction, orders resentencing
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Arlen Specter compares Eric Holder to Alberto Gonzales
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In Fed Rate Cut, Fears of Long Recession
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