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12:55 PM ET, January 12, 2009


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John Cushman / The Caucus:
From the White House Briefing Room, a Swan Song  —  President Bush's last press conference opened with cordial words for the reporters who have covered his remarkable eight years in office.  —  Acknowledging that relations have been strained at times - that some had “misunderestimated me …
Bush admits mistakes in his final news conference
Discussion: The Swamp
CNN:   Bush gives prescription to GOP
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Bush Tells His Party To Be ‘Open-Minded’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
NYT reporter warns of one-term Obama  —  White House reporters for The New York Times predict that the market collapse will force President-elect Barack Obama to abandon for now many of his campaign promises.  —  If his stimulus plan “doesn't work out, he may very well be a one-term president …
William Kristol / New York Times:
Continuity We Can Believe In  —  Barack Obama made news Sunday on ABC's “This Week”: The White House dog will likely be a Labradoodle or a Portuguese water dog.  —  I've got to say I'm a little disappointed.  These are nice, friendly, generally obedient breeds (or in the case of the Labradoodle, a crossbreed).
Brian Knowlton / New York Times:
In Interview, Obama Talks of ‘New Approach’ to Iran
Discussion: Lost in Transition
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blogs:
Portman running to succeed Voinovich  —  Former Republican congressman Rob Portman will announce that he is running for the Senate soon after Ohio Sen. George Voinovich's retirement announcement, according to multiple Republican sources.  —  Portman would give Senate Republicans …
Discussion: The Swamp
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Voinovich Announces Retirement
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michelle Malkin:
I can't say I'll miss Crybaby George Voinovich
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Who Runs for Senate if Voinovich Retires?
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Iran warns Hamas not to accept Egyptian truce proposal  —  Iran is exerting heavy pressure on Hamas not to accept the Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire with Israel, an Egyptian government official said on Sunday.  —  The official told The Jerusalem Post by phone that two senior Iranian officials …
Rachel Abramowitz / Los Angeles Times:
The bleeping Golden Globes  —  Some of the acceptance speeches were saltier than usual this year, thanks to Mickey Rourke, Tina Fey and others.  —  The Golden Globes are supposed to be loose, but so loose that it could spur FCC sanctions?  The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama climate czar has socialist ties  —  Group sees ‘global governance’ as solution  —  Until last week, Carol M. Browner, President-elect Barack Obama's pick as global warming czar, was listed as one of 14 leaders of a socialist group's Commission for a Sustainable World Society …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Ideas for Obama  —  Last week President-elect Barack Obama was asked to respond to critics who say that his stimulus plan won't do enough to help the economy.  Mr. Obama answered that he wants to hear ideas about “how to spend money efficiently and effectively to jump-start the economy.”
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Plans to Keep Estate Tax  —  Democrats Want to Freeze Levy at Current Levels Instead of Letting It Expire Next Year  —  President-elect Barack Obama and congressional leaders plan to move soon to block the estate tax from disappearing in 2010, suggesting the levy might outlive the …
The Politico:
Land mines ahead for Hillary  —  Hillary Clinton, ever the preparation junkie, is cramming for Tuesday's confirmation hearing — intent on downplaying old disagreements with Barack Obama and parrying questions about her husband's overseas entanglements, aides say.
Christian Brose / Shadow Government:   47 questions for Hillary Clinton's confirmation hearing
David Carr / New York Times:
Let's Invent an iTunes for News  —  Last Tuesday, iTunes, Apple's ubiquitous online music store that sold more than 2.4 billion tracks last year alone, changed its own tune, announcing that songs would no longer be sold with copying restrictions and that they would be available at various prices.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gay bishop will open inaugural weekend  —  The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, who was elected the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop in 2003, will deliver the invocation for Sunday's kickoff inaugural event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the Presidential Inaugural Committee said.
The Directors / RedState:
If Not Ken Blackwell, Keep Mike Duncan  —  RedState endorses Ken Blackwell for Chairman of the Republican National Committee.  —  While RedState's endorsement in the race for Chairman of the Republican National Committee does not set us apart from many of our colleagues in the online right movement, our second choice does.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Former top Bush officials back Holder  —  Two more former top Bush Justice Department officials have endorsed the nomination of Eric Holder for attorney general, the latest in a growing list of GOP backers for Holder.  —  In letters obtained by Politico and expected to be released shortly …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Christian Science Monitor:
An inside story of how the US magnified Palestinian suffering  —  The covert push to empower Fatah failed.  And isolating Hamas just made things worse.  But it's not too late to change course.  —  CHERRYFIELD, MAINE; AND WASHINGTON -  —  A million and a half Palestinians are learning …
Discussion: War in Context
Shelly Paz / Jerusalem Post:
Joe the Plumber is here, and he ain't happy  —  Samuel Wurzelbacher of Ohio, aka Joe the Plumber, arrived in Sderot at noon Sunday to show local and foreign reporters how to do it right.  —  “You should be ashamed of yourself,” he told foreign reporters.  —  “You should be patriotic …
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
Pro-Joe: Plumber's Trip to Israel Scares the Establishment Media  —  After all, some of the best reporting of the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah War came from a cook.  (Watch Joe's first report here)  —  Pajamas TV is turning Joe the Plumber into a journalist, and the media class doesn't like it one bit.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
YouTube Teams With Congress to Show Lawmakers at Work
James Fallows:
Refining the point about GW Bush's final press conference
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Pelosi vows to keep stimulus free of earmarks
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Blog entry
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Barak and Livni disagree with Olmert, want quick end to Gaza fighting
Discussion: Power Line and Commentary
Chicago Tribune:
Blagojevich to swear in Senate, then members start his trial
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Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Coleman is casting wider net for votes
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Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Environmentalist Creates Uproar at Oil-Lease Auction by Running Up Prices
Discussion: Environmental Capital
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Caroline Kennedy is ‘impressive’ at Brooklyn pol confab
Megan McArdle:
Car success!  —  Several commenters are eager to know what happened with the car.
CBS News:
Did Speculation Fuel Oil Price Swings?
David Shepardson / Detroit News:
Chrysler wants $3B more in bailout aid
Freethinkr /
Say No To...  Along with the emancipation of women …