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10:10 AM ET, January 13, 2009


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New York Times:
Obama's Plan to Close Prison at Guantánamo May Take Year  —  President-elect Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order on his first full day in office directing the closing of the Guantánamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, people briefed by Obama transition officials said Monday.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Will Issue Executive Order Within First Week to Shut Guantanamo
Discussion: The BLT and ATTACKERMAN
Wall Street Journal:
Genachowski Picked to Head FCC
Discussion: A VC and Silicon Alley Insider
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Clinton to emphasize ‘smart power’  —  Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y. ) is previewing a muscular Obama administration foreign policy that will rely on diplomacy as well as the military, declaring in remarks prepared for her confirmation hearing as secretary of State …
Discussion: The Swamp
Sharon Theimer / Associated Press:
AP: Clinton acted on concerns of husband's donors  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State appointee Hillary Rodham Clinton intervened at least six times in government issues directly affecting companies and others that later contributed to her husband's foundation, an Associated Press review of her official correspondence found.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
No Shortage of Expert Advice on Mideast for Clinton
Discussion: BBC, The Caucus, and abu muqawama
Washington Post:
Obama Seeks Second Half of Bailout Funds  —  Request for Funds Meets Skepticism On Capitol Hill  —  President-elect Barack Obama yesterday launched an aggressive campaign to persuade a deeply skeptical Congress to permit him to spend another $350 billion to stabilize the still-fragile U.S. financial system …
New York Times:
Release of More Federal Bailout Money Gains Favor
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Obama to Visit the Hill to Ask Democrats to Approve Bailout
Discussion: and Corrente
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Obama Shelves Jobs-Credit Proposal  —  Democrats Said $3,000 Tax Incentive Could Be Abused by Businesses  —  Bowing to widespread Democratic skepticism, President-elect Barack Obama will drop his bid to include a business tax break he once touted in the economic stimulus bill now taking shape on Capitol Hill, aides said last night.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Where Some See Mistakes, He Sees Disappointments  —  “This is the ultimate exit interview,” President Bush told the White House press corps yesterday as he faced it for a final time in the briefing room.  —  And the interviewee had come with well-rehearsed lines for any question his interviewers could devise.
Replacing Voinovich: Contenders are already edging toward running in 2010  —  George Voinovich's decision to retire from the U.S. Senate injected courage Monday into politicians interested in his seat and ignited a lively race with national implications that could last nearly two years.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
For Senate GOP, 2010 Losses on Top Of the 2008 Losses
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Weighing Reach of Law in Appeals for Clemency  —  WASHINGTON — In an unusually testy argument, the Supreme Court on Monday tried to make sense of a federal law that provides lawyers to poor inmates on state death rows when their cases move to federal court.
Discussion: Law Blog and SCOTUSblog
Mike Scarcella / The BLT:   Process Server on Chief Justice Roberts: ‘Definitely a Gentleman’
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Olmert Says He Made Rice Change Vote  —  WASHINGTON — In an unusually public rebuke, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel said Monday that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had been forced to abstain from a United Nations resolution on Gaza that she helped draft, after Mr. Olmert placed a phone call to President Bush.
Michael Yon:
Michael Moore Lawsuit  —  Due to many meetings and holiday travel, I am still working on pieces about the incredible U.S. soldiers who took me on some dangerous missions in December.  Also, my trip with Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, harvested important information.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Go East, young man?  Californians look for the exit  —  LOS ANGELES - Mike Reilly spent his lifetime chasing the California dream.  This year he's going to look for it in Colorado.  —  With a house purchase near Denver in the works, the 38-year-old engineering contractor plans to move …
Discussion: QandO, Don Surber and Chicago Boyz
Jerusalem Post:
Hamas raids aid trucks, sells supplies  —  Hamas on Monday raided some 100 aid trucks that Israel had allowed into Gaza, stole their contents and sold them to the highest bidders.  —  The IDF said that since terminal activity is coordinated with UNRWA and the Red Cross …
Clemente Lisi / New York Post:
O TO ARRIVE IN A ‘LINCOLN’  —  INAUGURAL THEMES WILL HARKEN BACK TO GREAT EMANCIPATOR  —  They're going to party like it's 1861!  —  In what will be a Lincoln-themed inauguration from top to bottom, Obama won't only follow in the footsteps of the former president - he'll also eat like him, it was announced yesterday.
Discussion: MSNBC
Monday / Monday Morning Clacker:
Meghan McCain Sits Down With MMC To Talk Blogs, Bikers, Politics & Why She Only Takes Off Her High Heels To Swim  —  Meghan McCain is an American blogger and daughter of the 2008 Republican nominee for President, John McCain.  —  Most recently, Ms. McCain spent almost two years …
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
As China's Jobless Numbers Mount, Protests Grow Bolder  —  Economic Woes Shining a Light On Social Issues  —  BEIJING — For months, the Communist Party had been able to deflect anger about factory closings toward the companies themselves.  The party managed to come off as the benevolent savior …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Top Officer Urges Limit on Mission of Military  —  WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday that senior officers must work to prevent the militarization of American foreign policy, and he urged generals and admirals to tell civilian leaders when they believed …
Student auctions off virginity for offers of more than £2.5 million  —  A student who is auctioning her virginity to pay for a masters degree in Family and Marriage therapy has seen bidding hit £2.5million ($3.7m).  —  Natalie Dylan, 22, claims her offer of a one-night stand …
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Governor dishes on Caroline  —  ALBANY - Gov. Paterson said Caroline Kennedy “impressed” him in her interview for the U.S. Senate seat, but he's not ready to declare the front-runner just yet.  —  In an exclusive interview with the Daily News, Paterson said he has interviewed 15 people …
Discussion: Spin Cycle and
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Juan Cole / Informed Comment:
Only a “For America” PAC Can Stop the Madness
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama to Send More Troops to Afghanistan So Administration …
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Andrew Breitbart / Big Hollywood:
Is He Really That Crazy?  Why Would Mickey Rourke Defend George W. Bush?
Discussion: Don Surber and Wake up America
 Earlier Items: 
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Gay Bishop Is Asked to Say Prayer at Inaugural Event
Discussion: The Gist and Truthdig
Gideon Levy / Haaretz:
Things one sees from The Hague
Discussion: Jeffrey Goldberg and Israel Matzav
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Huckabee: I'm not ‘pro-gay.’
Discussion: TVNewser
Susanne M. Schafer / Associated Press:
Top Army recruiter weighs fat camp for recruits