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10:50 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 and NewsBusters.org
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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Chicago Breaking News:
House committee recommends impeachment
Discussion: TIME.com and Political Machine
Associated Press:
Illinois' Burris is a man of high ambition
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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The Huffington Post:
Howard Dean Absent From Obama/DNC Affair
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Lei-off: Obama snubs Dean
Discussion: Reuters
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
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Tim McGirk / Time:
Can Israel Survive Its Assault on Gaza?
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
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
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.
Discussion: The Other McCain
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Protests over BART shooting turn violent
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Towleroad
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Oakland Turns Violent Over Shooting
Discussion: pandagon.net and Balloon Juice
THE WEEK - Online:
Why Democrats recoil from Gaza  —  Good for Shrum for championing Israel's right to defend itself against the Hamas rocket barrage.  He is correct, too, that lasting peace will come only when the Palestinians abandon their hope that Israel can somehow be defeated or destroyed.
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Jimmy Carter / Washington Post:
An Unnecessary War
Marvin Hier / Wall Street Journal:
The Jews Face a Double Standard
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Hot Air
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.
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Jennifer Lawinski / Fox News:
High-Profile Doctor in Gaza Called an ‘Apologist for Hamas’
Discussion: A Blog For All
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
Judith Miller / Fox News:
NYPD Eyes Disrupting Cell Phones in Event of Terrorist Attack  —  The New York Police Department is training for new threats in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks, Commissioner Raymond Kelly is set to tell a Senate committee Thursday.  —  FOXNews.com  —  The New York Police Department …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
No Surprises in Electoral Tally
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Gay Man to Be Tapped As Deputy Director of Obama's Public Liaison Office
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Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

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