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12:15 PM ET, January 9, 2009

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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 …
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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.
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.
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: The Reaction, Commentary and marbury
Bloomberg:
Obama Uses Campaign Tactics to Sell Stimulus Plan to Congress
Discussion: The Swamp
David Rogers / The Politico:
Doubts arise over Obama stimulus plan
Chicago Sun Times:
Change in Burris' story?  —  SPRINGFIELD — A potentially troublesome new detail emerged about Roland Burris' controversial U.S. Senate appointment Thursday after a state House panel voted unanimously to recommend Gov. Blagojevich be impeached.  —  For the first time, Burris indicated …
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Newsdesk / Clout St:
House votes to impeach Blagojevich  —  Posted by Ray Long and Rick Pearson a 10:25 a.m.; last updated at 10:40 a.m.; (for the live blog, scroll down)  —  SPRINGFIELD—In a historic vote, the Illinois House has impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich, directing the Senate to put the state's 40th chief executive …
Discussion: TIME.com and Emptywheel
Chicago Breaking News:
House impeaches Blagojevich
Discussion: Wonkette
Christopher Wills / Associated Press:
Illinois House impeaches Gov. Rod Blagojevich
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Unemployment Hits 7.2%, 16-Year High  —  With the recession in full swing, the nation's employers shed 524,000 jobs in December, the government reported Friday, and a rapidly deteriorating economy promised more significant losses in the months ahead.  December's job losses brought the total …
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John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Not Doing Enough  —  Why I worry that Obama doesn't realize just how bad things are.  —  Does Barack Obama understand the seriousness of the economic crisis?  Yesterday, he laid out his economic agenda, and it was filled with all sorts of important exhortations and proscriptions.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The High-Speed Rail Stimulus?
Discussion: Eschaton
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: The Volokh Conspiracy
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Michelle Malkin:
Who's afraid of Joe the Journalist?
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Becky Nahm / KSTP-TV:
POLL: Coleman should concede  —  An exclusive Survey USA poll shows nearly half of Minnesotans surveyed say its time for Republican Norm Coleman to concede the U.S. Senate race to Democrat Al Franken.  —  But the survey does not hold good news for Franken either.
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.
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 …
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Mitch McConnell Lost His Testicles and Now Infects the Senate GOP With a Cancer  —  Allow me to be blunt:  —  There are some of you who have fallen under McConnell's spell in the same way the lefties have fallen under Obama's spell.  McConnell can do no wrong.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama mixes some fear into his rhetoric  —  Barack Obama won the White House on a message of hope, but when it comes to dealing with the first test of his presidency, he has mixed in a little fear.  —  As the president-elect works to salvage the slumping economy with his pricy stimulus plan …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
A Difficult Road Awaits Panetta at the C.I.A.  —  WASHINGTON — As every previous director could attest, succeeding at the helm at the Central Intelligence Agency requires an uneasy balance: being firm enough to impose a White House agenda without inciting a revolt, while winning allegiance …
Scott / Power Line:
DAN DIKER: A DETERRENT RESTORED?  —  Dan Diker is a foreign policy analyst with the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.  He writes from Jerusalem today with an optimistic assessment of Israel's current offensive:
Discussion: Daled Amos
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Amir Taheri / Times of London:   No way forward while the Hamas hydra lives
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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Campbell Brown / CNN:
Brown: Obama's lofty ideas lack specifics
Associated Press:
Questions loom over use of Treasury bailout money
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
BBC:
UN ceasefire call goes unheeded
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Washington Post:
What ‘Yes, We Can’ Should Mean for Our Schools
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Eduwonk
New York Post:
FORMER GOPER MIKE WANTS TO GET BACK IN
Discussion: City Room and Gothamist
 Earlier Items: 
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Obama Picks CIA Veteran Brennan as Counterterror Adviser
Discussion: The Caucus and TalkLeft
Jagdish Bhagwati / Financial Times:
Obama and trade: an alarm sounds
The Columbus Dispatch:
Voinovich said to be iffy about running in 2010
Discussion: Townhall.com and MyDD
Michael Walzer / The New Republic:
On Proportionality
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Barack Obama administration ‘prepared to talk to Hamas’