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9:05 PM ET, January 7, 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.
Discussion: The Jed Report
TMZ.com:   Porn Kings to D.C. - Help Us Through Hard Times
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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:
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
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
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Neptunus Lex
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
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.
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: New York Times and Show Tracker
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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: Power Line
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
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, Romenesko and Sister Toldjah
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 …
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
 
 
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