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11:50 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
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 …
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.”
Discussion: Media Blog
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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Associated Press:
Illinois' Burris is a man of high ambition
Chicago Breaking News:
House committee recommends impeachment
Discussion: TIME.com and Political Machine
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Tim McGirk / Time:
Can Israel Survive Its Assault on Gaza?
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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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 …
Discussion: Don Surber and Reuters
The Huffington Post:
Howard Dean Absent From Obama/DNC Affair
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Howard and Rahm  —  Obama, introducing Tim Kaine at the DNC …
Discussion: The New Republic
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: Open Left, Wonkette and MSNBC
Little Green Footballs:
A Staged Scene in a Gaza Hospital?  —  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 in the hospital room was very likely staged for propaganda effect.
Discussion: CNN and Daimnation!
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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 …
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Greg Hitt / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Raise Doubts on Obama Plan  —  The Democratic-led Congress is moving to assert control over President-elect Barack Obama's plan to revive the U.S. economy, posing an early challenge that could define his relationship with Capitol Hill, where the resurgent Democratic Party has strengthened majorities in the House and Senate.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Michael C. Moynihan / Reason:
Murder in Oakland  —  There is no other conclusion to draw from the video embedded below, filmed by a San Francisco subway passenger, other than the blindingly obvious one: Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old butcher's apprentice shot by Bay Area Rapid Transit Police (BART) on New Year's day, was murdered.
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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: Spin Cycle, Emptywheel and Kausfiles
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.
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: NO QUARTER
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Yitzhak Benhorin / Ynetnews:
Security Council approves truce resolution; US abstains
Discussion: Israellycool and EU Referendum
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 …
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
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.
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
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.
Amir Mizroch / Jerusalem Post:
Uncertainty shrouds UN driver's death  —  Who killed a Palestinian humanitarian aid truck driver and wounded two others as their convoy made its way into the Gaza Strip through the Erez crossing during Thursday's ‘humanitarian ceasefire’?  —  According to the foreign media …
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: 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.
Andrew Stern / Reuters:
Ex-Senator Craig accepts sex sting guilty plea  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - Former Sen. Larry Craig has ended his effort to void the guilty plea he made following his 2007 arrest in a men's toilet sex-sting operation, his lawyer said on Thursday.  —  The Minnesota courts have denied …
Discussion: Political Machine
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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