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12:10 AM ET, January 8, 2009

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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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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Porn Industry Goes Limp, Seeks $5 Billion Federal Injection  —  When President Bush announced his economic stimulus in January 2008, he bragged that his package was the “right size” and would “boost” the economy: … Bush's package did stimulate spending...in the adult pornography industry.
TMZ.com:
Porn Kings to D.C. - Help Us Through Hard Times
Bill Carter / New York Times:
NBC's Matthews Won't Run for Senate  —  Chris Matthews, the host of the MSNBC program “Hardball,” told his staff on Wednesday night that he would not run for the Senate in 2010 from Pennsylvania.  —  For much of the last year, Mr. Matthews had been considering entering the Senate race …
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
Matthews isn't running for Senate  —  Before “Hardball” today, Chris Matthews informed the show's staff in a production meeting that he's not running for Senate, according to a network source.  —  Matthews' flirtation with running in 2010 for the Pennsylvania Senate seat held by Arlen Specter …
Discussion: Scorecard's Blogs
Matea Gold / Show Tracker:   Updated: MSNBC host Chris Matthews is not running for Senate
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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Michelle Malkin:   Joe the Plumber heads to Israel
Joseph Abrams / Fox News:
Protester Calls for Jews to ‘Go Back to the Oven’ at Anti-Israel Demonstration  —  Like many other protests of Israel's campaign in Gaza, this one ended badly — police had to cool an ugly fight between supporters of Israel and Gaza, breaking up the warring sides as their screaming and chanting threatened to turn into something worse.
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Daniel Finkelstein / Times of London:   Israel acts because the world won't defend it
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME?  —  In his press conference just now, Barack Obama softened his approach on seating Roland Burris: … If he gets seated, I'll work with him?  That's different from his earlier statement that Burris shouldn't be seated.  —  Late Update: The video:
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
I want to play poker with Harry Reid.  Really I do.
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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Is Reported Set to Revise Counterterrorism Efforts  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama is preparing to scrap the way President Bush oversaw domestic security in the White House and name a former Central Intelligence Agency official to coordinate counterterrorism, people close to the transition said Wednesday.
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: Israellycool, Sandbox and Taylor Marsh
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.
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Jack Kemp has cancer: Report
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Little Green Footballs:
The Fauxto That Wasn't  —  In the midst of a liveblogging session on the conflict in Gaza, the Muqata raised the alarm about a possible fauxtograph: The Muqata: Day 12 of the War, Wednesday, January 7, 2009.  —  The picture he noticed was filed by AP photographer Adel Hana in Gaza:
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Palin Draws First Major Dem Challenger for 2010 Race  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has drawn her first Democratic challenger in a potential reelection bid in 2010, a hurdle the former vice presidential nominee may need to clear before pursuing national ambitions.
Discussion: Swing State Project
Pacified / SoapBlox:
Where we stand  —  We are stabilizing everything as best we can right now, and getting ourselves backups to help keep everything safe and restoreable in the short-term  —  A long term fix is also on the way.  —  It also seems like SoapBlox needs to be transformed from a proprietary model …
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 …
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
TAKING CHANCE - HBO MOVIE TO AIR IN FEBRUARY  —  “Chance Phelps was wearing his Saint Christopher medal when he was killed on Good Friday.  Eight days later, I handed the medallion to his mother.  I didn't know Chance before he died.  Today, I miss him.”  - LtCol Michael R. Strobl, USMC (Ret.), “Taking Chance”
Bob Cesca / The Huffington Post:
The Myth of Bush As “The Hero of September 11”  —  As January 20 grows larger in the window, I've been thinking more often about the Bush legacy — specifically about certain aspects of the president's record that are in danger of being completely obliterated and replaced with myths and wholesale fiction.
Eric Black / MinnPost:
Senate recount: It's unlikely Coleman will win in court  —  Norm Coleman is surrounded by supporters and members of the media following his press conference on Tuesday.  —  Norm Coleman's public statement Tuesday, in officially announcing that he would contest the election result, struck the right tone.
Art Golab / Chicago Sun Times:
Chicago Public Schools' cappuccino bill: $67,000  —  Chicago public school bureaucrats skirted competitive bidding rules to buy 30 cappuccino/espresso machines for $67,000, with most of the machines going unused because the schools they were ordered for had not asked for them …
Discussion: Don Surber and A Blog For All
Andrew Roth / Club for Growth:
Dumbness on the First Day  —  Over 400 bills were proposed by congressional members on the first day of business yesterday.  Jim Harper offers up some of his “favorites”.  Here are ones that stuck out in my mind: … Who were the most prolific bill writers?  In the House: … In the Senate:
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Los Angeles Times:
Douglas Frantz to be chief investigator for Senate panel  —  The former Times managing editor will work for the Foreign Relations Committee under its new chairman, Sen. John F. Kerry.  —  Washington — Douglas Frantz, a former managing editor of the Los Angeles Times, has been chosen …
Discussion: The Cable and Romenesko
Thomas Geoghegan / New York Times:
A Job Too Big for One Man to Fill  —  IN 2009 four new senators will slip into office — all in violation of the Constitution, which requires a special election to fill a Senate vacancy.  Colorado, Delaware, hapless Illinois and star-struck New York will have senators “elected” by a single voter, the governors who appoint them.
Ron Kampeas / The Telegraph:
The best reporter in Gaza  —  Ibrahim Barzak is one of the best reporters I know.  —  We got to know each other back in 1992, when he was about 16; I had just started with AP, and he had inherited his father's correspondency.  Hikmet Barzak, who married late in life, had died after reporting Gaza for the AP since the 1950s.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 
 
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