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6:20 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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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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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: TVNewser and The Swamp
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
Discussion: The Jed Report
TMZ.com:
Porn Kings to D.C. - Help Us Through Hard Times
Discussion: Perez Hilton
PR Newswire:
Hustler's Larry Flynt and Girls Gone Wild CEO Joe Francis Ask …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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
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 …
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, Macsmind and Israellycool
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Martin Kramer / Sandbox:   ABC: Anything But Cole
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.
Yaakov Katz / Associated Press:
IDF steps up anti-tunnel ops, warns civilians to vacate area  —  The IDF stepped up its operations against weapons smuggling tunnels along the Philadelphi Corridor on Wednesday night after dropping flyers on Rafah urging residents of the town living near the corridor to vacate the area.
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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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
CEO Eric Schmidt wishes he could rescue newspapers.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Metaphorically speaking, Google is killing the newspaper industry.  Online news is quickly hollowing out the traditional paper - the Christian Science Monitor eliminates its print edition, Tribune Co. declares bankruptcy …
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
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.
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
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
 
 
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