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9:50 PM ET, January 13, 2009


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Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Senators Raise Questions About Geithner's Nomination at Treasury  —  Sen. Charles E. Grassley, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is raising questions about a housekeeper who worked briefly for Treasury Secretary-nominee Timothy Geithner without proper immigration papers …
Brett J. Blackledge / Associated Press:
Source: Treasury nominee failed to pay taxes  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Barack Obama's choice to run the Treasury Department and lead the economic rescue effort disclosed to senators Tuesday that he failed to pay $34,000 in taxes from 2001 to 2004, a last-minute complication in an otherwise smooth path to confirmation.
Marc Ambinder:
Geithner's Tax Hiccup
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Jackie Calmes / The Caucus:
Geithner, Choice for Treasury, Questioned on His Tax Returns
Discussion: protein wisdom, On Deadline and Salon
Palin slams ‘bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie’  —  (CNN) — Sarah Palin fired a new salvo in her war on the media, unloading in a new interview on her home state paper and “bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie.”  —  The Alaska governor, who has granted a steady stream …
Kate Beckinsale / Esquire:
The Governor Strikes Back: Five New Quotes from Sarah Palin  —  Last week, the former vice-presidential candidate lashed out at the media's coverage of her campaign.  In a brand-new “What I've Learned” interview with Esquire, excerpted here in advance of the March issue, Palin goes even further.
Anchorage Daily News:
Full text of the Palin-ADN email exchange  —  Gov. Palin's press office claims that she has pointed out errors in Daily News coverage that we have refused to correct.  The only such complaints of which I'm aware are below, in an email from Gov. Palin to the publisher and me.
The Huffington Post:
Obama Issues First Veto Threat  —  President-elect Barack Obama made his first veto threat Tuesday in a closed-door meeting with Senate Democrats.  Obama told his former colleagues that if Congress passes a resolution blocking release of the second half of the financial bailout funds he will veto it …
Obama threatens dissenting Dems with first veto
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots and Truthdig
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
As Senate Hearings Begin, Hillary Clinton's Image Soars
Ed Rollins / CNN:
Rollins: Bush still doesn't get it  —  Editor's Note: Ed Rollins, who served as political director for President Ronald Reagan, is a Republican strategist who was national chairman of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's 2008 presidential campaign.  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — One week from today …
Helene Cooper / The Caucus:   War Czar for Bush to Keep His Job
Rich Lowry / Real Clear Politics:
Bush's Mistakes  —  President Bush infamously couldn't or …
Discussion: Commentary
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Dines With Conservative Opinion Leaders  —  It's true.  —  He motorcaded to a house in Maryland this evening, and if the press pool report is accurate, he is breaking bread with William Kristol and David Brooks.  (If Brooks and Kristol seem to be unusually briefed about Obama's thinking, you'll know why.)
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Cheney: NYT Pulitzers for Spying Stories ‘Aggravating’  —  Vice President Dick Cheney said that the prizes won by the New York Times for uncovering the Bush administration were “aggravating” to him, and cautioned the incoming administration on the lessons he's learned in office.
Discussion: White House
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
House Judiciary Issues Scathing Report on Bush/Cheney Imperial Presidency
Discussion: Emptywheel
Matt Corley / Think Progress:   Cheney: It ‘Always Aggravated Me’ …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Freudian slip of the day  —  Slog through the interminable platitudes of her prepared remarks or WaPo's joyless running account of the Q&A and you'll see that this really was the most interesting thing said all day.  Somehow the closing of Guantanamo and what it would mean …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama backed same-sex marriage in 1996  —  A document has emerged suggesting that Obama had taken more public, liberal stands in the past than had been revealed in the digging of reporters and opposition researchers over two years of campaigning, the latest of several pointing to a rightward shift as he moved into national politics.
C. Brian Smith / Vanity Fair:
My Dinners with Dubya  —  When a college drinking buddy invited C. Brian Smith to hang out with her parents, he tried not to sweat the fact that they lived in the White House.  He even had fun—until 9/11 made watching bad movies with the president feel like a guilty pleasure America couldn't afford.
Discussion: Wonkette
Nazi?  You?  —  Ever thought about how you would have reacted had you lived in Nazi Germany?  Ronald Bailey reflects on a famous experiment that meant to discover whether it could happen here, in America.  His conclusion is instructive: … In other words, American culture …
Discussion: The Corner
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Joe the Plumber plunges deeper: ‘Military should decide what information to give the media.’  —  Continuing his reporting from Israel, Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher tried to clarify his remarks criticizing media coverage of war, in a new Pajamas TV segment.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Pelosi tries Dadaism  —  A video posted just now by the Speaker's office.  Really.  —  Good to see they're having a good time up there.
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Daniel Schwammenthal / Wall Street Journal:
Europe Reimports Jew Hatred  —  The mythical Arab Street now reaches deep into Paris, London, Berlin and Madrid.  —  Give Giancarlo Desiderati credit for his unintellectual honesty.  While most left-wing detractors of Israel claim their animosity toward the Jewish state has nothing …
Discussion: Ed and
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem blasts Obama econ team's ‘mumbo jumbo’  —  A Democratic senator on Tuesday accused President-elect Obama's incoming director of the Office of Management and Budget of talking “mumbo jumbo” instead of offering hard details on the economy.  —  “I would think that in this era of freshness …
Discussion: and RedState
The New Republic:
The Truthiest New Show on Television  —  The strongest case against the Department of Homeland Security is that it's not really about homeland security at all.  Rather than catch terrorists, DHS officers at the border spend most of their time arresting people for drug and immigration offenses instead.
Paul J. Gough / Hollywood Reporter:
Obama inauguration to air in theaters  —  MSNBC pact puts coverage in 27 U.S. locations  —  NEW YORK — President-elect Barack Obama is on his way to the big screen, thanks to a deal between MSNBC and Screenvision that will put the news channel's inaugural coverage in 27 theaters around the country.
Discussion: Show Tracker and TVNewser
Stephanie Simon / Wall Street Journal:
‘Trashion’ Trend: Dumpster Couture Gets a Boost at Green Inaugural Ball  —  Designer Judd Will Be Showing Off a Coat of Many Colorful Obama Posters  —  SANTA FE, N.M. — In the world of trashy fashion, designer Nancy Judd has hit the big time.  —  Ms. Judd spends her days in a studio …
Discussion: Hot Air and Fausta's Blog
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Former GOP House Aide Nabbed Trying to Sell Inaugural Tickets  —  Selling inauguration tickets isn't illegal, not yet anyway.  But it was still embarrassing for one former congressional aide who now works at a powerful lobbying firm when she was caught this week trying to sell tickets …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
David Welna / NPR:
Democratic Lawmakers May Investigate Bush Years  —  Listen Now  —  · President-elect Barack Obama has suggested that when it comes to investigating the Bush administration on issues such as eavesdropping or terrorist interrogations, he'd rather look forward than back.
David Morgan / Reuters:
Pentagon: 61 ex-Guantanamo inmates return to terrorism  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Tuesday that 61 former detainees from its military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, appear to have returned to terrorism since their release from custody.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Obama's Solid Choice For FCC Chair  —  For one of the final appointments of the Obama transition, Julius Genachowski has been named FCC chair: … There are several things to like about this pick.  First, as an advisor to Barack Obama's presidential campaign, Genachowski helped to develop …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Report Calls Online Threats to Children Overblown  —  The Internet may not be such a dangerous place for children after all.  —  A high-profile task force created by 49 state attorneys general to find a solution to the problem of sexual solicitation of children online has concluded …
Discussion: Reason
Jeffrey Goldberg:
Does “Black Hawk Down” Portray an American War Crime?  —  At least nine hundred people, maybe half of them civilians, have been killed in Gaza so far, the overwhelming majority presumably killed by Israel (some people, more than we probably know right now, have been killed by Hamas, mainly Fatah activists in revenge killings).
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White House:
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Atlanticist
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Report Cites Politics at Justice Dept.
Discussion: CBS News, and Amygdala
Sharon Theimer / Associated Press:
AP: Clinton acted on concerns of husband's donors