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12:55 PM ET, January 8, 2009

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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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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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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Bond will not seek another term  —  Sen. Kit Bond, a senior Republican from Missouri who sits on several powerful Senate committees, announced Thursday that he will not run for reelection in 2010, giving Democrats a shot to pick up a seat in a state that has emerged as a major battleground.
Steve Kraske / KansasCity.com Prime Buzz:
Source: Bond is OUT; won't seek re-election in 2010
Discussion: MSNBC, MyDD and DownWithTyranny!
Christi Parsons / Chicago Tribune:
Barack Obama asks longtime University of Chicago professor Cass Sunstein to join his administration  —  Law scholar will handle regulation issues, transition official says  —  WASHINGTON — Cass Sunstein, a longtime University of Chicago legal scholar and prominent author …
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama to Name Lawyer Friend To Regulatory Affairs Position
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama Picks Sunstein to Oversee Regulations
Discussion: Boston Globe
Dan Slater / Law Blog:   Sunstein to Bring Law & Behavioral Economics to Washington
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Regulatory Czar to Set New Tone
Discussion: Political Punch
Capital Commerce:
Why Obama Will ‘Own’ the Recession  —  For eight decades, Democrats have successfully blamed Republican Herbert Hoover for the decade-long Great Depression.  That, even though Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal failed to restore prosperity or dramatically lower unemployment, and his tax increases in 1937 snuffed out a nascent recovery.
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
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New York Times:
Obama Promises Bid to Overhaul Retiree Spending  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama said Wednesday that overhauling Social Security and Medicare would be “a central part” of his administration's efforts to contain federal spending, signaling for the first time that he would wade …
The Hill:
$1.2T deficit roils Congress
Jesse J. Holland / Associated Press:
Congress asks judge to keep Bush records at WH  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - The new Congress on Thursday asked a federal judge to force the Bush White House to keep documents on the controversial firings of nine federal prosecutors instead of turning them over to the National Archives.
Discussion: TIME.com and Reuters
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Chicago Tribune:
Senate's Democratic majority clears path for Roland Burris  —  Pressure by President-elect Barack Obama leads to about-face  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate's Democratic majority opened the way Wednesday for Roland Burris to become Illinois' next senator, pressured by President-elect Barack Obama …
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
U.N. Suspends Food Aid Into Gaza  —  The United Nations suspended its food aid deliveries into Gaza on Thursday after one of its contract drivers was killed during an Israeli attack on a delivery convoy at a border crossing, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency said.
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Digs In for His BlackBerry  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama has yet to relent, but he conceded that he might be losing the battle to keep his independent lifeline to the outside world.  —  “I'm still clinging to my BlackBerry,” Mr. Obama said Wednesday.  “They're going to pry it out of my hands.”
ninemsn:
Americans miffed at Howard bumping Obama  —  John Howard's decision to stay at the luxurious Blair House mansion in Washington DC has sparked a firestorm of protest in the US.  —  Outraged American taxpayers are demanding the former Australian prime minister book a hotel or stay at the Australian embassy.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Daschle to Face Tough Questions on Competition in Health Insurance  —  WASHINGTON — When Tom Daschle shows up for a confirmation hearing on Thursday, senators are likely to grant him all the courtesies due a former Senate majority leader.  —  But that does not mean Mr. Daschle should expect only softball questions.
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Daschle's approach: Anything but Clinton
Discussion: The Caucus, TIME.com and Blog entry
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
President Bush Tried to Rein In Fan and Fred  —  Democrats and the media have the housing story wrong.  —  Mythmaking is in full swing as the Bush administration prepares to leave town.  Among the more prominent is the assertion that the housing meltdown resulted from unbridled capitalism under a president opposed to all regulation.
Zak Brown / Daily Camera:
Fire control expected today; U.S. 36 re-opened  —  Olde Stage Road Fire has burned about 1,400 acres  —  Please download the latest version of Adobe Flash Player, or enable JavaScript for your browser to view the video player.  —  Please download the latest version of Adobe Flash Player …
Andie Coller / The Politico:
Obama's ‘first mistakes’ mount  —  Team Obama has made its first mistake — again.  —  When Gov. Bill Richardson withdrew his nomination as commerce secretary earlier this week, NBC's Andrea Mitchell declared it “the Obama team's first misstep.”  —  But Mitchell had been scooped.
Discussion: Hot Air
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Army Sends ‘Dear John Doe’ Letters to Families of Fallen Troops  —  The Army mistakenly sent letters addressed “Dear John Doe” to 7,000 family members of soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan, unleashing calls from troubled relatives and prompting a formal apology yesterday from the Army's top general.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
THE BUSH YEARS — THEN AND NOW  —  From NBC's Mark Murray  —  With President Bush set to leave the White House less than two weeks from now, here's a “Then and Now” to show what the United States looked like when Bush was entering office and what it looks like now as he's leaving.
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. may restrict outdoor smoking  —  Lighting up on patios and other areas near restaurants could be illegal by summer if the City Council acts.  —  Lighting up on the outdoor patios of cafes and coffee shops may soon be a thing of the past in Los Angeles.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Reason
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
McConnell Urges Coleman To Fight On, Despite Urging Gore To ‘Be A Statesman’ And Concede In 2000  —  On Monday, the Minnesota State Canvassing Board certified Democrat Al Franken as the victor in the U.S. Senate race recount, beating incumbent Republican Norm Coleman by 225 votes.
Discussion: Don Surber
 
 
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Strong military needs early education focus
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CNN:
Spokesman: Officer in subway shooting has resigned
Richard Clarke / NY Daily News:
President Bush saved U.S. lives?  That's only more Karl Rove-style spin
MSNBC:
Obama: Pass stimulus or recession lasts ‘years’
Marc Ambinder:
Obama's Sales Job
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A SOLUTION TO A PROBLEM THAT DOESN'T EXIST.... You've got to be kidding.
Discussion: Washington Times and Kevin Drum
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Markey: Feb. 17 DTV Date May Have To Move
Discussion: The Swamp and The Huffington Post
Arnold Kling / EconLog:
The Stimulus and the Somme  —  Mark Thoma gives us Joseph Stiglitz …
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
“It Goes with the Turf”  —  Cheney still doesn't take it personally.
Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
Eloping to Vegas? Why Not Lower Manhattan?
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Clinton-era tips for landing an Obama job
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
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David R. Henderson / Forbes:
Will The Real Christina Romer Please Stand Up?
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama sounds economic warning
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