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9:45 AM ET, January 9, 2009

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New York Times:
Senate Allies Fault Obama on Stimulus  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama's economic recovery plan ran into crossfire from his own party in Congress on Thursday, suggesting that quick passage of spending programs and tax cuts could require more time and negotiation than Democrats once hoped.
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The Politico:
O-bummer  —  Congressional Democrats are firing a surprising number of unexpectedly sharp brush-back pitches at President-elect Obama and his staff over policy plans and personnel picks, making him look embattled during what was to be a triumphant debut week in Washington.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Obama Gap  —  “I don't believe it's too late to change course, but it will be if we don't take dramatic action as soon as possible.  If nothing is done, this recession could linger for years.”  —  So declared President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday, explaining why the nation needs …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Pelosi Urges Obama to Raise Taxes on Wealthy This Year  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is urging the incoming Obama administration to stick to its campaign pledge and immediately increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans, a position that President-elect Barack Obama has wavered on since winning election.
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Rifts show as Obama urges quick action on stimulus
Discussion: Donklephant, Reuters and The Politico
Greg Hitt / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Raise Doubts on Obama Plan
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Three sources tell Guardian Obama plans to talk to Hamas
Discussion: RBO
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Lei-off: Obama snubs Dean  —  The conspicuous absence of Howard Dean from Thursday's press conference announcing Tim Kaine's appointment as Democratic National Committee chair was no accident, according to Dean loyalists.  —  Rather, they say, it was a reflection of the lack of respect accorded …
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Jan. 1 Attack By CIA Killed Two Leaders Of Al-Qaeda  —  A New Year's Day CIA strike in northern Pakistan killed two top al-Qaeda members long sought by the United States, including the man believed to be behind September's deadly suicide bombing at a Marriott hotel in the Pakistani capital …
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BBC:
Pakistan al-Qaeda leaders ‘dead’
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Los Angeles Times:
Eric Holder pushed for controversial clemency  —  As deputy attorney general in 1999, Holder — now attorney general nominee — pressed subordinates to drop objections to clemency for 16 members of violent Puerto Rican nationalist organizations.  —  Reporting from Washington …
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Sheriff Accused of Stealing Jail Food Allowance  —  DECATUR, Ala. — The prisoners in the Morgan County jail here were always hungry.  The sheriff, meanwhile, was getting a little richer.  Alabama law allowed it: the chief lawman could go light on prisoners' meals and pocket the leftover change.
Joe Klein / Time:
The Bush Administration's Most Despicable Act  —  “This is not the America I know,” President George W. Bush said after the first, horrifying pictures of U.S. troops torturing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq surfaced in April 2004.  The President was not telling the truth.
Wall Street Journal:
Mere Presidents  —  American leaders are mortal, not magical.  —  He didn't seem distracted, like he was thinking about lunch, and he didn't seem to be deflecting responsibility, but taking it.  This was a relief, and rather unusual in a Washington politician, or pretty much any politician.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Online, Sarah Palin Has Unkind Words for the Press  —  Sarah Palin, still smarting over coverage of her vice presidential run, calls the media's reporting on her family “very scary” and says there may be “a class issue” that explains the more sympathetic treatment of Caroline Kennedy.
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Hoystory:
Cover-up continues  —  Pro-Israel and conservative blogs have been all over the story of CNN peddling a bit of Hamas theater today.  As you watch this video, take a good look at the supposed “victim” and the medical treatment he receives.  —  After the uproar erupted …
Discussion: Pajamas Media, EU Referendum and CNN
David Cho / Washington Post:
Geithner Preparing Overhaul Of Bailout  —  Obama Team Broadens Scope to Secure Final $350 Billion for Rescue  —  Confronted with intense skepticism on Capitol Hill over the $700 billion financial rescue program, Treasury Secretary nominee Timothy F. Geithner and President-elect Barack Obama's economic team …
The Columbus Dispatch:
Voinovich said to be iffy about running in 2010  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. George V. Voinovich reportedly is considering not seeking re-election in 2010, well-placed sources in the Republican Party tell The Dispatch.  —  Although Ohio GOP Chairman Robert T. Bennett insisted tonight that Voinovich …
Jennifer Lawinski / Fox News:
High-Profile Doctor in Gaza Called an ‘Apologist for Hamas’  —  A high-profile Norwegian doctor who has said the September 11 terrorists were justified in their attack is now treating patients in Gaza and is being accused of presenting “hard-core propaganda” to TV interviewers in his telling of the conflict between Hamas and Israel.
Discussion: A Blog For All and Don Surber
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Confidence Surplus  —  Christina Romer is Barack Obama's choice to lead his Council of Economic Advisers.  In 1994, Romer and her husband, David, wrote an essay entitled “What Ends Recessions?”  In the first paragraph, the Romers noted that “economists seem strangely unsure …
Discussion: Commentary and marbury
Amir Taheri / Times of London:
No way forward while the Hamas hydra lives  —  For Islamists in Gaza, Palestine is part of a global religious struggle not a battle to create an independent state  —  The conflict in Gaza has been triggered by Israel's belief that the status quo has become intolerable and should be overturned.
Associated Press:
Former FEMA director among evacuated  —  Michael D. Brown, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, was among those forced to flee his home by the Olde Stage Road Fire.  —  Brown's home north of Boulder was spared, but he and his wife, Tamarra, spent Wednesday night at a friend's rental apartment in nearby Longmont.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Chicago Breaking News:
House committee recommends impeachment  —  SPRINGFIELD — A state legislative committee unanimously voted today to recommend the Illinois House impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich based on allegations that he abused his powers and sold his office to enrich himself.
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BBC:
UN backs ceasefire call for Gaza  —  Diplomats cast their vote on the resolution  —  The UN Security Council has passed a resolution urging an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, with the US alone abstaining.  —  The UK-drafted resolution also calls for a full Israeli withdrawal …
Discussion: Financial Times and NO QUARTER
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