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8:30 PM ET, January 8, 2009

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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin: Media goes easy on Kennedy  —  Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) believes Caroline Kennedy is getting softer press treatment in her pursuit of the New York Senate seat than Palin did as the GOP vice presidential nominee because of Kennedy's social class.  —  “I've been interested …
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Palin on Olbermann: ‘THAT guy is EVIL!’  —  Right-winger John Ziegler — who is waging a one-man crusade to prove that President-elect Obama won the election solely because of “media bias” — recently interviewed Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK).  In a gushing description published on a new website devoted …
Discussion: The Raw Story and NewsBusters.org
CNN:
Palin takes digs at Fey, Couric  —  (CNN) — Sarah Palin is credited with making Tina Fey a world-wide star and boosting Katie Couric's ratings at CBS.  —  But in a recent interview with conservative John Ziegler, Palin said both “exploited” her twelve-week candidacy — a fact, she said, that “says a great deal about our society.”
John Ziegler / Big Hollywood:
Video Exclusive: A Revealing Morning With Sarah Palin  —  If someone told me five months ago that in early January I would pay over $1,400 for an incredibly inconvenient plane ticket and $120 for a 3 a.m. cab fare to get from sunny Los Angeles to Wasilla, Alaska, I would have told …
Jimmy Carter / Washington Post:
An Unnecessary War  —  I know from personal involvement that the devastating invasion of Gaza by Israel could easily have been avoided.  —  After visiting Sderot last April and seeing the serious psychological damage caused by the rockets that had fallen in that area, my wife, Rosalynn …
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Marvin Hier / Wall Street Journal:
The Jews Face a Double Standard  —  Why doesn't Israel have the same right to self-defense as other nations?  —  The world-wide protests against Israel's ground incursion into Gaza are so full of hatred that they leave me with the terrible feeling that these protests have little …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and neo-neocon
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Obama serves Reid taste of Chicago Way  —  So the Chicago Way hauled off and slapped the U.S. Senate in the face—one of those backhands with the knuckles to unsuspecting lips—and guess who blinked?  —  It wasn't Chicago.  —  It was the Senate.  —  Get used to it, America.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DEAN DESERVES HIS DUE.... Someone's going to have to explain to me why Howard Dean isn't treated better. … Look, Dean has earned some genuine respect.  He was a successful five-term governor, the chairman of the National Governors Association, and a ground-breaking presidential candidate.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Howard and Rahm  —  Obama, introducing Tim Kaine at the DNC …
Discussion: The New Republic
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Obama appears with new DNC chief
Discussion: The Politico, Reuters and Open Left
The Huffington Post:
Howard Dean Absent From Obama/DNC Affair
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
The Huffington Post:
Conyers: Obama Should Not Nominate Sanjay Gupta  —  Rep. John Conyers has written a letter to Democratic colleagues urging them to join him in publicly opposing the nomination of Dr. Sanjay Gupta for Surgeon General.  —  Conyers, the veteran Judiciary Committee chairman, writes that Gupta …
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Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Conyers Vs. Gupta. Oh, It's On.
Discussion: MSNBC, Open Left, Wonkette and NO QUARTER
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Barack Obama administration ‘prepared to talk to Hamas’  —  The incoming Obama administration is prepared to abandon George Bush's ­doctrine of isolating Hamas by establishing a channel to the Islamist organisation, sources close to the transition team say.
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Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Oakland Turns Violent Over Shooting  —  Protesters angry over a deadly New Year's Day shooting of a young black man by a transit police officer erupted into violence in downtown Oakland on Wednesday night while investigators struggled to determine what prompted the officer to fire his gun into the unarmed man's back.
Discussion: pandagon.net and Balloon Juice
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Protests over BART shooting turn violent
Discussion: Reason and Towleroad
David Colton / USA Today:
Obama, Spider-Man on the same comic-book page  —  In a growing world of Barack Obama collectibles, one item soon may be swinging above the rest.  —  On Jan. 14, Marvel Comics is releasing a special issue of Amazing Spider-Man #583 with Obama depicted on the cover.
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Lisa Tolin / Associated Press:
Obama and Spider-Man appear in comic together
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Washington Wire
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
CASS SUNSTEIN PREPARES TO NUDGE.  —  There's some confusion over a celebrity thinker like Cass Sunstein being appointed to head an office as obscure and bureaucratic as the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.  But OIRA is important!  It's just also boring.
Discussion: Democracy in America
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Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Gaza Children Found With Mothers' Corpses  —  PARIS — The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday it had discovered “shocking” scenes — including small children next to their mothers' corpses — when its representatives gained access for the first time to parts of Gaza battered by Israeli shelling.
Discussion: Salon and Minnesota Independent
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Chicago Breaking News:
Panel urges impeachment of Blagojevich  —  The special Illinois House panel investigating Gov. Rod Blagojevich issued a draft report today recommending impeachment, putting lawmakers on a path toward removing the two-term Democrat from office.  —  “The citizens of this state must have confidence …
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Tom Precious / Buffalo News:
Paterson notes Kennedy's ‘lack of elected experience’  —  ALBANY - Caroline Kennedy's lack of elected office experience “does not help her” in her quest to represent New York in the U.S. Senate, Gov. David Paterson told The Buffalo News this morning.  —  “The notion that I have to take Caroline …
Discussion: Washington Wire and Spin Cycle
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The Daily Politics:
Paterson On Caroline's ‘Pluses And Minuses,’ Decision Timetable
Discussion: Spin Cycle and TIME.com
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
MO-Senate: Bond to Retire  —  Missouri Sen. Kit Bond (R) will retire in 2010, a decision that hands Democrats a prime pickup opportunity in a state where the party has made strides in recent years.  —  “In 1972, I became Missouri's youngest Governor,” Bond said this morning in an address to the Missouri General Assembly.
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Cheney awkwardly stands before Congress as Pelosi interrupts his speech to applaud Obama's victory.»  —  Today, Vice President Cheney stood before Congress and read the official results of the 2008 presidential election.  After reading the electoral totals, he declared that they …
Discussion: The Gavel and D-Day
Brian Stelter / TV Decoder:
Obama Recommends Delay in Digital TV Switch  —  Six weeks before the nation's television stations are scheduled to convert to digital transmission, an aide to President-elect Barack Obama is asking Congress to consider a delay.  —  In the most significant sign to date of concern …
CNN:
Key Senate Democrats blast Obama tax proposals  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Even as President-elect Barack Obama was giving a major address on his economic stimulus plan, it was running into trouble with key members of his own party on Capitol Hill.  —  Several Senate Democrats emerged …
Richard Owen / Times of London:
‘Concentration camp’ remark threatens Pope's visit to Israel  —  A question mark hangs over Pope Benedict XVI's planned trip to Israel in May after Israeli officials expressed outrage over a Vatican statement comparing Gaza to a “big concentration camp”.  —  The Pope today condemned the use …
Ed Lavandera / CNN:
Questions surround shooting of baseballer's son  —  (CNN) — Robbie Tolan sits in a Houston, Texas, hospital bed with a bullet from a police officer's gun lodged in his liver.  The son of a famed baseball player was shot in his own driveway.  —  But how this unarmed 23-year-old …
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Wall Street Titan Emerges as Leading Candidate for ‘Car Czar’  —  Democrats tell ABC News successful private equity investor Steve Rattner of the investment firm Quadrangle Group has emerged as President-elect Barack Obama's leading candidate to be “car czar.”
Discussion: Kausfiles
Little Green Footballs:
A Staged Scene in a Gaza Hospital?  - Update: CNN Yanks Video  —  Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert, a radical Marxist who openly supports Hamas and the 9/11 hijackers, is seen once again in this CNN video about the death of a “freelance cameraman's” brother in Gaza — and the footage …
Discussion: CNN and A Blog For All
Brownsox / Daily Kos:
CA-Sen: Middling numbers for both Boxer, Schwarzenegger  —  At this point, I'd bet against Arnold actually running for Senate, but if he were in fact to do so, here are the numbers pitting him against California's junior Democratic Senator, Barbara Boxer:  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 1/5-7.
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Andie Coller / The Politico:
Obama's ‘first mistakes’ mount
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The Stimulus and the Somme  —  Mark Thoma gives us Joseph Stiglitz …
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