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11:55 AM ET, January 14, 2009

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Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Detainee Tortured, Says U.S. Official  —  Trial Overseer Cites ‘Abusive’ Methods Against 9/11 Suspect  —  The top Bush administration official in charge of deciding whether to bring Guantanamo Bay detainees to trial has concluded that the U.S. military tortured a Saudi national who allegedly planned …
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Daily Express:
ROURKE: ‘BUSH WAS IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME’
Discussion: Moonbattery and Weasel Zippers
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Legal Cost of Torture
Discussion: American Street
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Evidence in Terror Cases Said to Be in Chaos
Steve Thomma / Yahoo! News:
Obama attends conservative dinner party  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  This could ruin their reputation: President-elect Barack Obama Tuesday evening attending a dinner party at the home of conservative columnist George Will, attended by fellow conservatives William Kristol and David Brooks.
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
Obama breaks Times tradition
Discussion: Romenesko and Balloon Juice
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama Pulls Up a Chair at George Will's House
Discussion: Democracy in America
Jeffrey Goldberg / New York Times:
Why Israel Can't Make Peace With Hamas  —  IN the summer of 2006, at a moment when Hezbollah rockets were falling virtually without pause on northern Israel, Nizar Rayyan, husband of four, father of 12, scholar of Islam and unblushing executioner, confessed to me one of his frustrations.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Tom Friedman offers a perfect definition of “terrorism”  —  (updated below)  —  Tom Friedman, one of the nation's leading propagandists for the Iraq War and a vigorous supporter of all of Israel's wars, has a column today in The New York Times explaining and praising the Israeli attack on Gaza.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Israel's Goals in Gaza?  —  I have only one question about Israel's military operation in Gaza: What is the goal?  Is it the education of Hamas or the eradication of Hamas?  I hope that it's the education of Hamas.  Let me explain why.  —  I was one of the few people who argued back in 2006 …
Quinnipiac University:
Kennedy Fades As New Yorkers Back Cuomo For Senate, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; More Voters Don't Think Kennedy Is Qualified  —  New York State voters have cooled on Caroline Kennedy and more voters now prefer State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo 31 - 24 percent for Hillary Clinton's U.S. Senate seat …
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San Francisco Chronicle:
BART officer arrested on murder warrant in NY Day shooting  —  (01-14) 00:13 PST Oakland — The BART police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man on an Oakland train platform and then refused to explain his actions to investigators was arrested Tuesday in Nevada on suspicion of murder, authorities said.
Lee Keath / Associated Press:
Bin Laden urges jihad against Israel  —  CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden urged Muslims to launch a jihad against Israel and condemned Arab governments as allies of the Jewish state in a new message aimed at harnessing anger in the Mideast over the Gaza offensive.
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Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
The Money-Changers  —  As Barack Obama looks back to Franklin Roosevelt's first inaugural address — the only other such address that came smack in the middle of an economic meltdown — I hope he pays special heed to Roosevelt's words on America's bankers, who then as now had plunged the nation into an economic abyss.
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Bush Presidency Closes With 34% Approval, 61% Disapproval  —  Three-quarters of Republicans approve of Bush, up slightly from recent months  — USA - Democrats - Government and Politics - Independents - Presidential Job Approval - Republicans - The Presidency - Americas - Northern America
Betsy Rothstein / The Hill:
Bachmann's sudden transformation  —  Freshman members of Congress are supposed to be quiet, unobtrusive, deferential.  Michele Bachmann must have missed the memo.  —  At her first State of the Union address in 2007, the petite Minnesota GOP congresswoman with the sparkling blue eyes …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Dems cool on Burris Senate seating  —  Roland Burris will take his seat in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, but he shouldn't expect a warm welcome.  Republicans are ready to portray Burris as a poster child for all that's wrong with the Democratic Party, and Democrats aren't sure that they want to back him if he runs for the seat in 2010.
Discussion: TalkLeft, TIME.com, NY Daily News and MSNBC
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Roger Simon / The Politico:
In politics, does race trump gender?
Discussion: Pat Dollard
JD Johannes / Outside the Wire:
Joe the Plumber—Out of His Depth  —  Previously in this space I remarked that PJTV's sending Joe The Plumber to Israel felt like a shark-jumping publicity stunt and it was a risk that could put PJTV's credibility at risk.  —  After watching a few reports , I felt Joe was fine, when he related things as the average Joe that he is.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Poll finds low trust in feds  —  A majority of voters say their confidence in the federal government's ability is falling, according to a new Public Strategies Inc./Politico poll.  —  Sixty-two percent of respondents say their confidence in Washington has decreased over the past 12 months …
Discussion: Think Progress and TIME.com
Toronto Star:
Canada votes alone for Israel  —  VIDEO: UN chief heads to Mideast  —  We're the only one of 47 nations on UN rights panel to refuse to condemn military offensive in Gaza  —  OTTAWA-Canada stood alone before a United Nations human rights council yesterday, the only one among 47 nations …
Discussion: The Corner and TigerHawk
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
GOP could win 3 key Senate seats  —  Despite the shock of three recent Senate retirements in battleground states, Republicans find themselves unusually well-positioned to weather the loss and compete for those open seats in 2010 — a stark contrast from the dismal early recruiting environment in 2008.
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Afghan Schoolgirls Undeterred by Attack  —  KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — One morning two months ago, Shamsia Husseini and her sister were walking through the muddy streets to the local girls school when a man pulled alongside them on a motorcycle and posed what seemed like an ordinary question.
Discussion: DailyHowler.com and The Plank
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Feds play candid camera with Gov. Blagojevich  —  Federal authorities used a video camera as part of their cache of tools to investigate Gov. Blagojevich in the final weeks of 2008 before his arrest, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.  —  The camera, which likely was remote-controlled …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Should Act Like He Won  —  As we anxiously await the debut of the Obama administration, we hear more and more about the incoming president's “post-partisan” instincts.  He has filled his cabinet with relics of the centrist Clinton years.  He has engaged the evangelical pastor Rick Warren …
Discussion: Swampland and The Opinionator
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Barack Obama's money machine: Now he's selling orange juice!  —  We've written here before about the compulsion of Barack Obama's campaign and transition team and inauguration team to send out e-mails seemingly every day pleading for more money and more money, even weeks after he won the whole national election.
Discussion: TMZ.com
 
 
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