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3:30 PM ET, January 7, 2009

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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
I want to play poker with Harry Reid.  Really I do.  —  Rather than call for a special election in Illinois, Reid sends a letter to Blagojevich signed by everyone in the Democratic caucus asking him to step down.  They assert that they will not seat anyone he appoints.  —  Harumph.
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Chicago Breaking News:
Senate leader leaves door ajar for Burris  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid opened a potential path to seating Roland Burris in the Senate after a 45-minute meeting with the former Illinois attorney general at the Capitol this morning.  —  After days in which Senate leaders …
The Huffington Post:
Dem Aide: Obama Team Pushed To Seat Burris  —  The apparent decision to seat Roland Burris came after aides to President-elect Barack Obama contacted senior Senate Democrats and suggested that they reverse course and accept Gov. Rod Blagojevich's controversial appointment, according to a senior Dem congressional aide.
Walter Dellinger / New York Times:
City of Cold Shoulders  —  THE scene of Roland W. Burris being escorted from the Senate by the Capitol police on Tuesday could be only the first act of an unpleasant and distracting drama.  But in the days since Mr. Burris's appointment to Illinois's junior Senate seat was announced …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Illinois Secretary of State backs Burris, downplays own role
Discussion: The Fix, CBS News and Daily Kos
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
Reid: Give Stevens a Get-of-Jail Card
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Reid aide denies Senate seating Burris
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 …
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
Matthews: Todd ‘just lost his virginity’
Discussion: The Swamp and TVNewser
New York Times:
Obama Warns of Prospect for Trillion-Dollar Deficits  —  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 …
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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?
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Sweet on Caroline  —  Ask not, you know, what your country can, like, do for you.  Ask what you, um, can, you know, do for your country.  —  After a lifetime of shying away from the public spotlight, Caroline Kennedy asked herself what she could do for her country.
Associated Press:
Joe the Plumber to become war correspondent  —  TOLEDO, Ohio - Joe The Plumber is putting down his wrenches and picking up a reporter's notebook.  —  The Ohio man who became a household name during the presidential campaign says he is heading to Israel as a war correspondent for the conservative Web site pjtv.com.
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Associated Press:
Joe the Plumber named war correspondent in Israel for conservative Web site
Discussion: TIME.com
Kevin Vance / Weekly Standard:
Team Sarah Infiltrated  —  Administrators of Team Sarah have uncovered evidence on a left-wing online thread that some Internet trolls sought to discredit the organization by posing as conservative racists on Team Sarah's forums.  —  Team Sarah, an online community supportive of Gov. Sarah Palin …
Discussion: Washington Times and Flopping Aces
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE CASE FOR TENURE.  —  In 2005, the Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute was facing so much heat for perceived criticism of the Iraq War that its professors “were worried about what might happen to SSI, even frightened for the organization.”  So they stopped speaking out.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Fiasco at the Army War College
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
CIA Man: Spies' Reaction to Panetta ‘Overwhelmingly Negative’  —  A retired senior CIA operations officer who quit last summer after 20 years tracking terrorists says the rank-and-file reaction to President-elect Obama's choice of Leon E.Panetta to run the spy agency has been “overwhelmingly negative.”
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Kemp diagnosed with cancer  —  Former GOP vice presidential nominee Jack Kemp, 73, has been diagnosed with cancer.  —  According to a statement from his consulting firm, Kemp Partners, doctors are still testing Kemp before determining a course of treatment.
Daphne Benoit / Agence France Presse:
Obama era expected to end taboo on gays in US military  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - Sixteen years after Bill Clinton tried to end restrictions on gays in the military, the US armed forces under Barack Obama may be forced to give homosexuals the same welcome as non-gays.
Little Green Footballs:
IDF Kills Giant Jew-Eating Rabbit  —  Last Friday on Hamas TV, Gaza's children learned that the IDF had killed Assud, the giant Jew-eating rabbit.  —  Very sad, but at least the bunny didn't have to undergo amputation.  —  FurryOldGuyJeans ::  49 seconds ago
Discussion: Seraphic Secret
A Soldier's Mother:
The Images they Show...  There are images that break your heart.  The news is filled with them today and they can easily sway you to think that all of the situation in the Middle East comes down to a picture.  How horrible, truly tragic, unacceptable and wrong it is to have a child die.
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Get out of the way, you old fogies  —  Warning: This column is replete with ageism — a hazardous prejudice to have in a nation growing progressively older.  —  The average American's life expectancy (or, as it's referred to in Washington, the “junior senator") is now a crusty 77 years.
Discussion: Reason
Martin Kramer / Sandbox:
ABC: Anything But Cole  —  Juan Cole is running two campaigns on his blog.  One is against Israel—business as usual for Cole.  The other is promoting his blog in the 2008 Weblog Awards competition (Middle East category), where there are ten finalists (I am one).
Nat Hentoff / Village Voice:
Nat Hentoff's Last Column: The 50-Year Veteran Says Goodbye  —  I used to say, 'I've been at the Voice since the Civil War.' But now I'm off to other combats.  —  I've borrowed Woody Guthrie's 1942 song to report that this is my last column for the Voice.  I'm not retiring …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and City Room
 
 
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Tony Mauro / The BLT:
The Kagan File  —  The praise coming from Harvard Law School colleagues …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
McCain Starts ‘Country First’ PAC
Max Blumenthal / Blogs and Stories:
Rick Warren's Africa Problem
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Towleroad
John Lingan / SPLICETODAY.COM:
Our Legal Immigrants Deserve Better
Discussion: Reason and AmSpecBlog
David M. Dickson / Washington Times:
House to vote on fair pay bills
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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Paul J. Gough / Reuters:
HBO lands rights to inaugural ceremony
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Ynetnews:
‘Hamas has nothing left but rockets’
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The DOJ pursues the “real criminal” in the NSA spying scandal
Discussion: theheretik.us
Nick Perry / Seattle Times:
11 gay bars get letters threatening ricin attacks
Discussion: Shakesville
 

 
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Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

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