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10:40 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
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Pelosi Urges Obama to Raise Taxes on Wealthy This Year  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is urging the incoming Obama administration to stick to its campaign pledge and immediately increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans, a position that President-elect Barack Obama has wavered on since winning election.
Bloomberg:
Obama Uses Campaign Tactics to Sell Stimulus Plan to Congress
Discussion: The Swamp
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DEAN DESERVES HIS DUE.... Someone's going to have to explain …
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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Brian Blackstone / Wall Street Journal:
Jobless Rate Surges to 7.2% in December  —  WASHINGTON — The final employment report for 2008 closed the books on a miserable year for U.S. workers with payrolls plunging last month by more than half a million, pushing the unemployment rate to a 16-year high.
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
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 …
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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.
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 …
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: Pajamas Media and EU Referendum
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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CNN:
Palin takes digs at Fey, Couric
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.
Washington Post:
What ‘Yes, We Can’ Should Mean for Our Schools  —  In 1994, we founded KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, by starting one middle school in the South Bronx and one in Houston.  Today, KIPP is a growing network of 66 public charter schools serving 17,000 children in 19 states and the District.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Eduwonk
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.
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
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 …
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Two Endgames for Israel  —  WASHINGTON — Israel's leaders have purposely obscured their war aims in Gaza.  But there are only two possible endgames: (A) a Lebanon-like cessation of hostilities to be supervised by international observers, or (B) the disintegration of Hamas rule in Gaza.
Discussion: Commentary, Soccer Dad and Betsy's Page
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
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: Jules Crittenden
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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
Wall Street Journal:
Exxon CEO Backs Emissions Tax
Discussion: The Corner
Michael Walzer / The New Republic:
On Proportionality
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Amir Taheri / Times of London:
No way forward while the Hamas hydra lives
Associated Press:
Former FEMA director among evacuated
Discussion: Firedoglake
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Report of possible P-I sale surprises papers' leaders
Discussion: KING-TV
Judith Miller / Fox News:
NYPD Eyes Disrupting Cell Phones in Event of Terrorist Attack
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Wall Street Titan Emerges as Leading Candidate for ‘Car Czar’
Discussion: Firedoglake