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1:20 AM ET, January 14, 2009


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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.)
The Huffington Post:
Obama And Conservatives Break Bread At George Will's House  —  Barack Obama took the next big step in his Republican charm offensive on Tuesday night, when he dined with several of the nation's most prominent conservative pundits.  —  The president-elect arrived at the Chevy Chase, Md. …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Dinner with conservatives  —  The president-elect tonight is having dinner with some ideological adversaries: four of the most widely-read conservative columnists.  —  He's dining at the Chevy Chase home of Washington Post columnist George Will with the Post's Charles Krauthammer …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Is Obama meeting with Rush Limbaugh tonight?  Update: Nope  —  Sounds nutty, I know, but Ambinder breaks news that The One's dining with “conservative opinion leaders” in Maryland, evidently at George Will's house.  Among the attendees: Bill Kristol, David Brooks, and ... anyone else?
Discussion: FishBowlDC
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Obama Dines With Conservative Writers
Discussion: Wizbang, Daily Kos and AMERICAblog News
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Geithner's Tax Error A Common One, Expert Says
Marc Ambinder:
Geithner's Tax Hiccup
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's Treasury secretary owed $26k in taxes, but it's O.K.
Discussion: CNN and Patterico's Pontifications
Jackie Calmes / The Caucus:
Geithner, Choice for Treasury, Questioned on His Tax Returns
Discussion: protein wisdom, Salon and On Deadline
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 …
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.
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Evidence in Terror Cases Said to Be in Chaos  —  Military Officials Reject Ex-Prosecutor's Charges  —  A former military prosecutor said in a declaration filed in federal court yesterday that the system of handling evidence against detainees at Guantanamo Bay is so chaotic that it is impossible …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and the talking dog
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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
As Senate Hearings Begin, Hillary Clinton's Image Soars
Agence France Presse:
Australia offers ‘best job in world’ on paradise island  —  SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian state is offering internationally what it calls “the best job in the world” — earning a top salary for lazing around a beautiful tropical island for six months.  —  The job pays 150,000 Australian dollars …
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: Amygdala and Wonkette
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
House Judiciary Issues Scathing Report on Bush/Cheney Imperial Presidency  —  Post-it tabs via _ES.  Now where are my highlighters?  —  In a report just made public (PDF), the House Judiciary Committee issues a scathing report on the Bush/Cheney abuses against the rule of law.
Discussion: Emptywheel
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Cheney: NYT Pulitzers for Spying Stories ‘Aggravating’
Discussion: Think Progress and White House
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 American Scene
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Bush appointee saw Justice lawyers as ‘commies,’ ‘crazy libs,’ report says  —  Bradley Schlozman, who supervised civil rights and voting rights lawyers, broke the law by considering political affiliations in deciding who can serve, an inspector general's report says.
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Report Cites Politics at Justice Dept.
Discussion: CBS News, Amygdala and
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Financial Times:
Europe baffled by broken gas promises  —  By Isabel Gorst in Moscow, Joshua Chaffin in Brussels and Roman Olearchyk in Kiev  —  The bitter gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine descended into near-chaos on Tuesday, leaving European Union diplomats baffled as promises to restart supplies fully …
Discussion: TigerHawk
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: RedState and
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
Kathleen Hunter / CQ Politics:
Senate Democrats Gain Big Edge in New Committee Ratios  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have reached a tentative agreement that would give Democrats a three-seat advantage on most committees during the 111th Congress.
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