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3:06 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.
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 …
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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Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
Joe the Plumber: Mr. Smith Goes to Jerusalem for Pajamas TV
Michelle Malkin:   Joe the Plumber heads to Israel
New York Times:
Obama Says He Will Seek Overhaul of Retiree Spending  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama said Wednesday that overhauling Social Security and Medicare would be “a central part” of his administration's efforts to contain federal spending, signaling for the first time that he would wade …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
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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
Discussion: marbury
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.
Discussion: Macsmind
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
White House Asked Howard To Stay In Blair House To Give ‘Some Plausible Reason’ For Refusing Obama  —  In December, President-elect Obama asked the White House if he and his family could move into Blair House — the White House's guest house — a week early, so that his daughters Malia and Sasha could start school.
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
Matthews: Todd ‘just lost his virginity’
Discussion: TVNewser and The Swamp
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.
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
BillO: Panetta at CIA means another terrorist attack on USA soon  —  I guess Bill O'Reilly decided he'd had enough of being just a demagogue last night and made the leap into his new persona as an unmistakably dangerous demagogue.  —  His Talking Points Memo segment is almost always amusing …
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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:
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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 …
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 …
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Losing Taste for Debt From the U.S.  —  HONG KONG — China has bought more than $1 trillion of American debt, but as the global downturn has intensified, Beijing is starting to keep more of its money at home, a move that could have painful effects for American borrowers.
Discussion: naked capitalism
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”
Discussion: BitsBlog, Sister Toldjah and Op For
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.
 
 
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