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11:25 AM ET, January 13, 2009


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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.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Getting Specific  —  Sometime Tuesday morning, the incoming Obama administration's favorite slogan, “We only have one president at a time,” gets thrown into the pre-inaugural bonfire.  —  Mr. Obama and his aides have used that line to avoid becoming specific about how they would deal differently …
Michelle Malkin:
Hillary's pay-for-play troubles, continued  —  Scroll for updates...  I linked to a taste of Hillary Clinton's pay-for-play problems last week.  —  Timed to her first SecofState nomination hearing today, the AP spills the beans of at least a half-dozen cases of Hill intervening on behalf of Bill's donors.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Clinton to emphasize ‘smart power’
Discussion: The Swamp
The Politico:
44 to reverse 43's executive orders  —  President-elect Barack Obama is expected to move swiftly to reverse executive orders regarding torture of terror suspects, the military prison at Guantanamo Bay and other controversial security policies, sources close to his transition said …
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Criticisms, political pressure and Barack Obama  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Barack Obama's announced intentions on ABC News this Sunday regarding Guantanamo sparked substantial objections from civil liberties and human rights advocates.  The result of those objections?  From today's New York Times:
Discussion: Informed Comment
Wall Street Journal:
Genachowski Picked to Head FCC
Discussion: A VC and Silicon Alley Insider
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CALLING THE SHOTS.... Last week, there was a key vote …
Discussion: At-Largely and Think Progress
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 …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
For Senate GOP, 2010 Losses on Top Of the 2008 Losses  —  Voinovich Is Latest to Say He'll Resign  —  A spate of retirement announcements by Senate Republicans this year have further complicated attempts by GOP strategists to begin rebuilding a party devastated by across-the-board losses in recent elections.
Who Is Roland Burris?  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has climbed down from his initial refusal to allow the seating of Roland Burris to succeed President-elect Barack Obama as the junior senator from Illionis.  —  Burris was appointed by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich despite warnings …
Discussion: RedState
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Maybe Roland Burris needs a bailout
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Burris to Take Seat in Senate As Credentials Standoff Ends
Discussion: and Gawker
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Philip Kennicott / Washington Post:
The Power Of Brand-Old Message Art  —  At a time when capitalism seems to be foundering on the rocks of risk, greed and general grumpiness, the image of Barack Obama has become a sterling brand, a reliable, iterable, trust-inspiring label slapped on our big box of collective anxiety.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Let the bidding begin: Dick Cheney's writing a book with ‘a few scores to settle’  —  Oh-oh.  —  Yes, yes, Dick Cheney was a wrestler in school, like his buddy Donald Rumsfeld.  And wrestlers going out there on the mat to grapple aggressively and viciously for six long minutes with opponents are rarely shy about confrontations.
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
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
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Discussion: Don Surber and Wake up America
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy