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3:30 AM ET, January 16, 2009


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Ken Belson / City Room:
Updates From Plane Rescue in Hudson River  —  Read complete coverage from The Times, including a href=" / 2009/01/15/from-ferry-decks-and-offices - a-view-of-the-crash/">more eyewitness accounts compiled on City Room.  —  The New York Police Department just sent …
The Smoking Gun:
The Hero Of Flight 1549  —  Veteran pilot, 57, safely landed US Airways jet in Hudson River  —  Meet Chesley B.  “Sully” Sullenberger, III, the US Airways pilot who today amazingly crash-landed a US Airways jet in New York's Hudson River without any apparent fatalities.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
U.S. Airways Crash Rescue Picture: Citizen Journalism, Twitter At Work  —  Janis Krums from Sarasota, Florida posts the first photo of U.S. Airways flight 1549 on Twitter from his iPhone.  Thirty-four minutes after Janis posted his photo, MSNBC interviewed him live on TV as a witness (see video below).
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
All 155 Escape Jet's Plunge Into Hudson
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Full Text of President George W. Bush's Farewell Address  —  (UPDATE: The President made very few minor changes to the prepared text in his actual delivery.  We've made the changes in boldface below.  President-elect Obama did not watch the speech live at Blair House, the presidential guest …
White House:
President Bush Makes Farewell Address to the Nation  —  THE PRESIDENT: Fellow citizens: For eight years, it has been my honor to serve as your President.  The first decade of this new century has been a period of consequence — a time set apart.  Tonight, with a thankful heart …
CNN:   Bush farewell: ‘I have followed my conscience’
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
A Somber Bush Says Farewell to the Nation
Discussion: Democracy in America
Daniel Schulman / MoJoBlog:
Palin to be No Show at Obama's Dinner for McCain  —  On the night before Barack Obama is sworn in as the nation's 44th President, his inaugural committee will host a series of dinners honoring public servants it deems champions of bipartisanship.  To be feted are Vice President-elect Joe Biden …
Rick Santorum /
The Elephant in the Room: McCain may be Obama's secret weapon  —  A desire by both men to secure their places in history might forge an unlikely pairing.  —  I have been to New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington in recent weeks.  In those cities, at least, you cannot watch the news …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama To Hold Fiscal Responsibility Summit  —  President-elect Barack Obama visits the Post newsroom after a meeting with the editorial board and Washington Post Co. Chairman Don Graham, right.  (Photo, The Washington Post)  —  President-elect Barack Obama will convene a “fiscal responsibility summit” …
David A Nakamura / Inauguration Watch:
Obama Visits Washington Post  —  Barack Obama visited the Washington Post to meet the editorial board and national staff, but his tour of the 5th floor newsroom nearly stopped the presses.  —  Staff writers, photographers, editors and employees from other departments lined the hallway …
Obama Visits Post Newsroom
Discussion: Hot Air, FishBowlDC and Ed
Tim Walker / Telegraph:
Will Smith ‘to play’ Barack Obama as US President in Hollywood movie  —  Hollywood film star Will Smith has staked his claim to play Barack Obama in a movie about his rise to become US President and America's first black leader.  —  Smith has staked his claim to play the role …
Discussion: RedState, Think Progress and La Figa
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Bush: ‘Sanctity of Human Life Day’
Discussion: White House and Think Progress
Thomas Nagorski / The World Newser:   West Wing ‘Ghost Town’
Daily Mail:
Beam me up: Scientists left baffled as mysterious columns of coloured light appear in the night skies  —  These stunning images show mysterious columns of light streaming into the sky above the town of Sigulda in Latvia at the end of last month.  —  Taken by designer Aigar Truhins …
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Maggie's Farm
Michelle Levi / CBS News:
Did Obama Skip Bush's Speech?  —  As his predecessor, President Bush, said his final goodbyes to America on national television, President-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle dined at the DC restaurant, Equinox Thursday night.  —  CBS News' Maria Gavrilovic, who waited outside the restaurant …
Discussion: Pat Dollard
David Phelps / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Star Tribune files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy  —  Facing sharp revenue declines, Minnesota's largest newspaper seeks to cut labor costs and restructure its debt.  —  The Star Tribune, saddled with high debt and a sharp decline in print advertising, filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition Thursday night.
Amanda Carpenter /
The Spending Plan is Out  —  I just got a copy of the $825 billion spending plan outlined by the Democratic-controlled House Appropriations Committee.  —  It is frightening.  —  Take a looksee here if you don't believe me.  —  The highlights of this bill, allegedly crafted to save us …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and Viking Pundit
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Congress Moves on Stimulus Bill and Bailout Money
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Elana Schor / TPM Election Central:
As Stimulus Bill Drops, Obey Controls High Expectations — and Obama
Discussion: Open Left and MyDD
Associated Press:
Bush address includes laundry list of back patting  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In his farewell address to the nation, President George W. Bush is acknowledging that many of his decisions are unpopular with the American people.  But he says there can be no debate about the results.
Discussion: BizzyBlog
Michelle Malkin:
AP's final dig at President Bush
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Bruce Wilson / The Huffington Post:
Follow Jesus Like Nazis Followed Hitler, Rick Warren Tells Stadium Crowd  —  On April 17, 2005, at the southern California Anaheim Angels sports stadium thirty thousand Saddleback Church members, more than ever gathered in one spot, assembled to celebrate Saddleback's 25th anniversary …
Discussion: The Gist, La Figa and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Bank of America to Receive Additional $20 Billion  —  Kenneth D. Lewis gambled on bold acquisitions to build Bank of America into the nation's largest bank.  —  But the need for fresh government support to grapple with the newly revealed losses at Merrill Lynch, the brokerage firm he snapped …
Radley Balko / Culture11:
War on Drugs: The Collateral Damage  —  Prohibition militarizes police, enriches our enemies, undermines our laws, and condemns our sick to suffering. … At around 6pm on January 27 of last year, 80-year-old Isaac Singletary spotted a couple of drug dealers attempting to do business on his front lawn.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Reason and
Ali Waked / Ynetnews:
Report: Israel, Hamas agree on 2-week truce  —  Palestinian sources tell Ynet fighting in Gaza to cease within 72 hours for period of two weeks, during which sides will discuss supervision of crossings, IDF withdrawal from Strip and removal of blockade  —  Palestinian sources told Ynet …
USA Today:
Poll: Americans believe Obama will deliver despite down times  —  WASHINGTON — Americans are as down as they've been in decades about the state of the country and its polarized politics, even as they express soaring confidence that Barack Obama will be able to turn things around.
Andy Levy / Big Hollywood:
If I Wrote For The Huffington Post - Give Geese A Chance  —  I'm looking for a job.  What do you think?  —  In the wake of the events of 1-15, in which a wedge of Geese brought down a US Airways aircraft, here's what you won't be hearing about from the so-called “Mainstream Media”: We brought this on ourselves.
Discussion: The Daily Gut
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
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Brian Riedl / The Corner:
10 Questions about the Economic Stimulus Bill
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Bush's farewell  —  George W. Bush's farewell speech brings …
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Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
Hamas minister Siam dies in IAF strike
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Israel Matzav
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Questions for Panetta  —  Eli Lake has an excellent piece …
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Holder: “I Will Review That Determination” Not To Prosecute Schlozman
Discussion: The Caucus, The BRAD BLOG, ACSBlog and MyDD
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
O'Reilly Freaks Out Over the Thought of Holding Bush Admin Torturers Culpable
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Court Affirms Wiretapping Without Warrants