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11:40 AM 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.
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 …
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
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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BBC:
Pakistan al-Qaeda leaders ‘dead’
Discussion: Neptunus Lex
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.
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.
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Barack Obama administration ‘prepared to talk to Hamas’  —  The incoming Obama administration is prepared to abandon George Bush's ­doctrine of isolating Hamas by establishing a channel to the Islamist organisation, sources close to the transition team say.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Three sources tell Guardian Obama plans to talk to Hamas
Discussion: Mere Rhetoric and RBO
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
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.
Los Angeles Times:
Eric Holder pushed for controversial clemency  —  As deputy attorney general in 1999, Holder — now attorney general nominee — pressed subordinates to drop objections to clemency for 16 members of violent Puerto Rican nationalist organizations.  —  Reporting from Washington …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
David Cho / Washington Post:
Geithner Preparing Overhaul Of Bailout  —  Obama Team Broadens Scope to Secure Final $350 Billion for Rescue  —  Confronted with intense skepticism on Capitol Hill over the $700 billion financial rescue program, Treasury Secretary nominee Timothy F. Geithner and President-elect Barack Obama's economic team …
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 …
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Sheriff Accused of Stealing Jail Food Allowance  —  DECATUR, Ala. — The prisoners in the Morgan County jail here were always hungry.  The sheriff, meanwhile, was getting a little richer.  Alabama law allowed it: the chief lawman could go light on prisoners' meals and pocket the leftover change.
New York Post:
FORMER GOPER MIKE WANTS TO GET BACK IN  —  Mayor Bloomberg has begun reaching out to city Republican leaders to gauge whether he could run on the GOP line in his re-election bid this year, several sources told The Post.  —  The maneuvering began in the past two weeks, and sources said the mayor …
Discussion: City Room and Gothamist
 
 
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UN ceasefire call goes unheeded
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Robert J. Avrech / Big Hollywood:
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Washington Post:
What ‘Yes, We Can’ Should Mean for Our Schools
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Eduwonk
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
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The Columbus Dispatch:
Voinovich said to be iffy about running in 2010
Discussion: Townhall.com and MyDD
Wall Street Journal:
Exxon CEO Backs Emissions Tax
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Michael Walzer / The New Republic:
On Proportionality
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Associated Press:
Former FEMA director among evacuated
Discussion: Firedoglake
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
Nationwide Inquiry on Bids for Municipal Bonds
Discussion: Room Eight and Talking Points Memo
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
P-I publisher suggests more information on sale rumor coming
Discussion: KING-TV
Judith Miller / Fox News:
NYPD Eyes Disrupting Cell Phones in Event of Terrorist Attack