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5:50 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
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
Reid: Give Stevens a Get-of-Jail Card
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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 …
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
Matthews: Todd ‘just lost his virginity’  —  After a record-setting number of transition press conferences in Chicago, Obama answered questions from reporters in Washington for the first time as President-Elect.  On hand were several new members of the White House press corps.
Discussion: The Swamp and TVNewser
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  —  Joe the Plumber is taking on a new job.  —  The Ohio man, who became famous during the U.S. presidential campaign after asking Barack Obama about his tax plan, is heading to Israel as a war correspondent for a conservative Web site called pjtv.com.
Michelle Malkin:
Joe the Plumber heads to Israel  —  Joe The Plumber will cover the Gaza conflict for PJTV.  He'll be there for 10 days.  Stay safe, Joe!
CNN:
Porn industry seeks federal bailout  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Another major American industry is asking for assistance as the global financial crisis continues: Hustler publisher Larry Flynt and Girls Gone Wild CEO Joe Francis said Wednesday they will request that Congress allocate $5 billion …
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TMZ.com:   Porn Kings to D.C. - Help Us Through Hard Times
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Fiasco at the Army War College  —  Did faculty members at the Army War College curtail their criticism of the Iraq war for fear of institutional retaliation?  —  That seems to be the bottom line in a situation I stumbled across just a few days ago.  A friend passed along a 2005 e-mail note …
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE CASE FOR TENURE.  —  In 2005, the Army War College's …
Washington Wire:
Obama's Remarks on His Pick for Chief Performance Officer  —  The prepared remarks of President-elect Barack Obama in Washington on his pick for White House chief performance officer.  —  Good morning.  —  By now, we all know that we are facing a crisis in our economy …
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Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Feinstein says she supports Panetta for CIA  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the incoming chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday she intends to support President-elect Barack Obama's choice for CIA chief …
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Michael J. Totten:
Stop Juan Cole  —  Juan Cole is decrying all the neocons he's forced to compete with in the 2008 Weblog Awards for Best Middle East or Africa Blog.  He thinks Helena Cobban — a deranged Hezbollah supporter — should have been nominated instead of someone like me.
Discussion: Sandbox
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Martin Kramer / Sandbox:   ABC: Anything But Cole
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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Wall Street Journal:
Israel Resumes Strikes in Gaza after Three-Hour Lull  —  Israel's security cabinet Wednesday approved a continuation of its ground assault in the Gaza Strip, and resumed strikes against the territory after a brief lull it called to expedite the distribution of humanitarian aid.
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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.
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.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
PARTISAN SELF-DECEPTION.  —  Matt Yglesias notes that left-of-center commentary has been notably more pessimistic on the state of the economy than right-of-center commentary.  He offers three hypotheses (left-wing positions are psychologically correlated to pessimism, pessimism was correct …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TigerHawk
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: Flopping Aces and Washington Times
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
McCain Starts ‘Country First’ PAC  —  Less than two weeks from the inauguration that he hoped would usher in his own presidential administration, Senator John McCain announced the formation of a new political action committee that will work to promote Republican causes.
 
 
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