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8:40 AM ET, January 9, 2009

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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.
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Pelosi Urges Obama to Raise Taxes on Wealthy This Year
Discussion: Commentary, The Confluence and MyDD
Greg Hitt / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Raise Doubts on Obama Plan
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:   Democrats criticize Obama's proposed tax cuts
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: RBO
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 …
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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 and American Street
The Huffington Post:
Howard Dean Absent From Obama/DNC Affair
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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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CNN:
Palin takes digs at Fey, Couric
Discussion: Think Progress and Media Blog
The Columbus Dispatch:
Voinovich said to be iffy about running in 2010  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. George V. Voinovich reportedly is considering not seeking re-election in 2010, well-placed sources in the Republican Party tell The Dispatch.  —  Although Ohio GOP Chairman Robert T. Bennett insisted tonight that Voinovich …
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 …
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 Breaking News:
House committee recommends impeachment  —  SPRINGFIELD — A state legislative committee unanimously voted today to recommend the Illinois House impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich based on allegations that he abused his powers and sold his office to enrich himself.
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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.
Jennifer Lawinski / Fox News:
High-Profile Doctor in Gaza Called an ‘Apologist for Hamas’  —  A high-profile Norwegian doctor who has said the September 11 terrorists were justified in their attack is now treating patients in Gaza and is being accused of presenting “hard-core propaganda” to TV interviewers in his telling of the conflict between Hamas and Israel.
Discussion: A Blog For All and Don Surber
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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 …
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
Nationwide Inquiry on Bids for Municipal Bonds  —  The federal investigation that prompted Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico to withdraw his nomination as commerce secretary offers a rare glimpse into a long-simmering investigation of possible bid-rigging, tax evasion and other wrongdoing throughout the municipal bond business.
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.
Associated Press:
Former FEMA director among evacuated  —  Michael D. Brown, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, was among those forced to flee his home by the Olde Stage Road Fire.  —  Brown's home north of Boulder was spared, but he and his wife, Tamarra, spent Wednesday night at a friend's rental apartment in nearby Longmont.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Wall Street Journal:
Exxon CEO Backs Emissions Tax  —  The chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp. for the first time called on Congress to enact a tax on greenhouse-gas emissions in order to fight global warming.  —  In a speech in Washington, Rex Tillerson said that a tax was a “more direct …
Discussion: The Corner
Amir Taheri / Times of London:
No way forward while the Hamas hydra lives  —  For Islamists in Gaza, Palestine is part of a global religious struggle not a battle to create an independent state  —  The conflict in Gaza has been triggered by Israel's belief that the status quo has become intolerable and should be overturned.
Joseph Abrams / Fox News:
Group That Funded Rep. Ellison's Pilgrimage to Mecca Called a Front for Extremism  —  Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison took a trip to Mecca in December that was funded by a group terrorism experts say is tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, an international Islamist movement.  —  FOXNews.com
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.
Discussion: Associated Press, Althouse and TalkLeft
BBC:
UN backs ceasefire call for Gaza  —  Diplomats cast their vote on the resolution  —  The UN Security Council has passed a resolution urging an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, with the US alone abstaining.  —  The UK-drafted resolution also calls for a full Israeli withdrawal …
Discussion: Financial Times and NO QUARTER
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Michael Walzer / The New Republic:
On Proportionality
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Report of possible P-I sale surprises papers' leaders
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Jill Burke / KTUU-TV:
Democrat Bob Poe announces plan to run for governor
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
No Surprises in Electoral Tally
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Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
Gay Man to Be Tapped As Deputy Director of Obama's Public Liaison Office
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
Citigroup Reaches Deal With Lawmakers on Home Loans
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