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5:40 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: CNN, The Raw Story and Media Blog
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
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.
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.
Discussion: MSNBC, NO QUARTER and RBO
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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.”
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama Warns of Dire Consequences Without Stimulus
Discussion: Hullabaloo, The Fix and Firedoglake
Dave Rochelson / Change.gov:
Dramatic action (Update: Photos)
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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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 …
Dan Slater / Law Blog:
Sunstein to Bring Law & Behavioral Economics to Washington
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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
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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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blogs:
Talent in?  —  Two Republican operatives close to former …
Discussion: The Corner and MyDD
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.
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Neal Rodriguez / The Huffington Post:
BART Cop Needs to Be Held without Bail
Discussion: Towleroad and Ta-Nehisi Coates
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
What Are the Chances of a Depression?  —  The answer to the question in the headline, of course, depends on just who you ask.  —  According to a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted last month, 35 percent of Americans think that a “depression” — which the poll defines as “an economic downturn …
Discussion: Wonkette
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Wall Street Journal:
The Deficit Spending Blowout
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
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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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 …
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 …
CNN:
Toll of conflict strikes home as cameraman finds brother dead  —  (CNN) — At a Gaza hospital, doctors tried to revive a 12-year-old victim of the violence, but their efforts were in vain.  Mahmoud died.  —  Recording the tragedy at the hospital was his brother, freelance cameraman Ashraf Mashharawi.
Discussion: A Blog For All
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Little Green Footballs:   A Staged Scene in a Gaza Hospital?
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
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
The Daily Politics:
Paterson On Caroline's ‘Pluses And Minuses,’ Decision Timetable  —  Now that the date has been set for Hillary Clinton's secretary of state confirmation hearing (next Tuesday), the pressure is on for Gov. David Paterson to finally make a decision on who he will tap to replace her in the US Senate.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Defense Subcabinet Taking Shape  —  New Department of Defense posts announced:  — For Deputy Secretary of Defense, William J. Lynn III, who was DOD comproller from 1997-2001 and whose canned bio opens with the intriguing pitch that he “brings decades of experience and expertise …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Howard and Rahm  —  Obama, introducing Tim Kaine at the DNC, showered praise on Howard Dean — who, unaccountably, isn't present, a scheduling conflict being taken by some close to Dean as a snub.  —  In a discordant note, Obama praised Dean for retaking the House, “working with my chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.”
Discussion: The New Republic
 
 
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Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Frank: Too much tax-cutting in Obama's plan
Discussion: Hot Air and Newshoggers.com
Washington Post:
Inauguration to Close Bridges and Highways
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Pressing for stimulus  —  Here's the text of Obama's speech …
Discussion: The Daily Politics
Wendy Norris / Colorado Independent:
Ex-FEMA head Brown evacuated in Boulder wildfire
Discussion: The Latest Word and Daily Camera
Ashley Baker / Fashion Week Daily:
Rumor of the Week: Anna for Ambassador!
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog:
Updated Senate Phone List Erases Norm Coleman
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Daschle Pledges a Bipartisan Reform of Health Care System
Discussion: The Politico, The Caucus and TIME.com
 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Parking Shortages Still Bad for Business
Discussion: WTOP.com and Kevin Drum
Richard Clarke / NY Daily News:
President Bush saved U.S. lives?  That's only more Karl Rove-style spin
ninemsn:
Americans miffed at Howard bumping Obama
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Hot Air
Arnold Kling / EconLog:
The Stimulus and the Somme  —  Mark Thoma gives us Joseph Stiglitz …
Discussion: Economist's View and The Foundry
Capital Commerce:
Why Obama Will ‘Own’ the Recession
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Flopping Aces