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6:05 PM ET, January 11, 2009


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Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
Obama: Gitmo Likely Won't Close in His First 100 Days  —  Closing Guantanamo Bay More Difficult Than People Realize, President-Elect Says  —  President-elect Barack Obama said this weekend that he does not expect to close Guantanamo Bay in his first 100 days in office.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Fiscal Madness  —  I can't believe what I saw yesterday: CNN showed the Shock Doctrine documentary I.O.U.S.A. It is an amazing piece of propaganda, which, if it isn't designed to destroy any chance of enacting a necessary stimulus, will persuade more than a few Americans that the biggest problem …
Discussion: QandO
‘This Week’ Transcript: Barack Obama  —  George Stephanopoulos' Exlusive Interview with President-Elect Barack Obama  —  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Hello, again.  In nine days he will be president of the United States.  This morning Barack Obama is our exclusive headliner.Welcome back to THIS WEEK.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's allegedly “new” centrism and his ABC interview today  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  The central tenets of the Beltway religion — particularly when a Democrat is in the White House — have long been “centrism” and “bipartisanship.”  The only good Democrats are the ones who scorn their …
Earth on the Brink of an Ice Age  —  The earth is now on the brink of entering another Ice Age, according to a large and compelling body of evidence from within the field of climate science.  Many sources of data which provide our knowledge base of long-term climate change indicate that the warm …
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Bush: I Personally Authorized Torture Of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed  —  In an interview with Brit Hume that aired today on Fox News Sunday, President Bush admitted that he personally authorized the torture of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.  He said he personally asked “what tools” …
Bill Sammon / Fox News:
Bush Says He Refused to Bail Out Republicans With Iraq Withdrawal  —  President Bush exudes serenity as he prepares to leave office, content that the war in Iraq is nearly won and he had the fortitude to buck his party despite incredible pressure to withdraw.  —
Jewish Odysseus:
GERMAN “POLICE” JOIN JEW-HATING MUSLIM MOB  —  Only one word comes to mind as I read and watch this: UNBELIEVABLE.  —  Wow.  In Germany.  Wow.  —  I read this story at the excellent Gaza war-posting blog, “Muqata,” and I was just able to dig up the vid on YouTube...It is obviously the same episode.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Embrace  —  Jim Henley offers a provocative thought: … There's something to that.  According to the perverse rules of our post-9/11 discourse, willingness to verbally endorse the idea of having other people torture strangers counts as a form of courageous “toughness” akin to, you know, actually doing something brave.
Turcopolier / Sic Semper Tyrannis:
GW Bush on “known killers”
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Eight Years of Madoffs  —  THREE days after the world learned that $50 billion may have disappeared in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme, The Times led its front page of Dec. 14 with the revelation of another $50 billion rip-off.  This time the vanished loot belonged to American taxpayers.
Discussion:, QandO and The Mahablog
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
An Extremist Makeover?  —  In the past week, I've twice been close enough to Dick Cheney to kick him in the shins.  —  I didn't.  It's probably a federal crime of some sort.  But a girl can fantasize.  I did, however, assume the Stay-away-from-me-you've-got- cooties stance that Jimmy Carter used …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Bad Economy May Fuel Hate Groups, Experts Warn  —  Experts Warn That Downturn Could Drive Discontent, Help Extremists Recruit  —  For 20 years, Bart McIntyre has tracked white supremacist movements, even spending two years undercover in Alabama to penetrate a violent young band of criminals …
Discussion: Don Surber and AMERICAblog News
Anthony H. Cordesman / CSIS:
DATE OF PUBLICATION: … SYNOPSIS:  —  The Israeli-Hamas War, and there is little else that it can be called, has now lasted two weeks.  Israeli jets have flown some 800 strike sorties, and the IDF has pushed deep into Gaza.  Israel also continues to report tactical gains.
Tom Segev / Washington Post:
Peace Is No Longer in Sight  —  At the end of the 10th day of Israel's operation in the Gaza Strip, I was zapping between Israeli, Arab and international TV channels.  The pictures grew more gruesome from moment to moment.  Then a friend called to tell me that Mezzo, a French concert channel …
Bono / New York Times:
Notes From the Chairman  —  Once upon a couple of weeks ago ...  I'm in a crush in a Dublin pub around New Year's.  Glasses clinking clicking, clashing crashing in Gaelic revelry: swinging doors, sweethearts falling in and out of the season's blessings, family feuds subsumed or resumed.
NY Daily News:
Coulter addresses voting issue  —  Conservative scold Ann Coulter knows how this country should be run.  She may not be quite as clear about where she's supposed to vote.  —  The brassy pundit is facing new questions about whether she violated election laws.
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Lethal Technology Making Way From U.S. to Iran Via Front Companies
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
GOP sees Franken as top public enemy
Francesca Segal / Guardian:
Francesca Segal on how antisemitism means she no longer feels safe in Britain
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Searching for Stimulus Opponents
Paul Watson / Los Angeles Times:
Behind the lines with the Taliban
Discussion: Corrente and On Deadline
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
At McDonald's, the Happiest Meal Is Hot Profits
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Levi / CBS News:
Burris: What Blago Did Was Good For U.S.
John / Power Line:
Manufacturing Disaster  —  It is commonly said that by storing weapons …
Discussion: The Corner
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
Standing Between Enemies
Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press:
Palestinian minister warns of ‘disrespect’ in Gaza
Discussion: Preemptive Karma