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10:20 PM ET, January 15, 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 …
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).
Airplane crash-lands into Hudson River; all aboard reported safe  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — A US Airways plane with more than 150 people aboard went down in the Hudson River on Thursday after taking off from LaGuardia Airport, and everyone aboard got off the plane alive, officials said.
Associated Press:
Plane crashes in NYC river after bird cuts engines … NEW YORK (AP) - A US Airways plane crashed into the frigid Hudson River on Thursday afternoon after striking a bird that disabled two engines, sending 150 on board scrambling onto rescue boats, authorities say.  No deaths or serious injuries were immediately reported.
Discussion: USA Today and JustOneMinute
‘Miracle on the Hudson’: All safe in jet crash
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
NY Daily News:
Commercial airplane crashes in Hudson River
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 …
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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Full Text of President George W. Bush's Farewell Address  —  (UPDATE: The President made very very minor changes to the prepared text in his actual delivery.  We've made them in bolface below.  President-elect Obama did not watch the speech; he went out to dinner just as it was beginning.)
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
In Farewell Address, Bush Says He Kept America Safe  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush defended his two terms in office during a farewell address from the White House on Thursday evening and conceded that he “experienced setbacks” over a tumultuous eight years.  But he argued that he kept the country safe following Sept. 11, 2001.
Discussion: Democracy in America
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Bush's farewell  —  George W. Bush's farewell speech brings his presidency back to its defining event, the terror attacks less than nine months after he took office.  The relatively short speech, with the conventional congratulations to his successor gratitude for his elections and mentions …
Discussion: The New Republic
The Politico:
‘My fellow Americans’ for the last time
Discussion: Gawker
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bush: ‘This is a moment of hope’
Discussion: The Swamp and Associated Press
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
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Intelligence Court Rules Wiretapping Power Legal  —  WASHINGTON — A federal intelligence court, in a rare public opinion, issued a major ruling validating the power of the president and Congress to wiretap international phone calls and intercept e-mail messages without a specific court order …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   ABOUT THAT FISA COURT RULING.... There's been some talk today …
A.L. / The Anonymous Liberal:
From the Department of Bad Legal Reporting
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Emptywheel
Thomas Nagorski / The World Newser:
West Wing ‘Ghost Town’  —  From long-time ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton:  —  President and Mrs. Bush fly to Camp David Friday afternoon for a final weekend in the rustic seclusion of “the Camp.”  Over the next 36 hours, White House staffers will go through the behind …
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: Maggie's Farm and Pat Dollard
Associated Press:
Holder to Senate: ‘Waterboarding is torture’  —  Obama's nominee for attorney general vows break with controversial tactic  —  Attorney General-nominee Eric Holder and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., shake hands just prior to Holder's confirmation hearing on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Commitee.
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Holder: “I Will Review That Determination” Not To Prosecute Schlozman
Discussion: New York Times and ACSBlog
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
O'Reilly Freaks Out Over the Thought of Holding Bush Admin Torturers Culpable  —  Bill O'Reilly came briefly unhinged last night, but managed to keep himself from having one of his infamous all-out temper tantrums.  I thought for sure he was about to start shouting, “Do it live!  F—k it!
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Congress Moves on Stimulus Bill and Bailout Money  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Thursday unveiled an $825 billion fiscal recovery package, a combination of spending and tax cuts aimed at putting millions of unemployed Americans back to work.  And in a second major advance …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Washington Monthly
Elana Schor / TPM Election Central:
As Stimulus Bill Drops, Obey Controls High Expectations — and Obama
Discussion: Open Left and MyDD
Byron York / The Corner:
Vince Foster, Fifteen Years Later  —  I was looking over a daily almanac and saw that Vincent Foster would have been 64 years old today.  In the 1990s, I spent a lot of time covering his death, beginning with trip to Fort Marcy Park the morning after his body was discovered.
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
Hamas minister Siam dies in IAF strike  —  The IDF stepped up pressure on Hamas on Thursday, killing Interior Minister Said Siam and pushing deep into Gaza City as defense officials predicted a cease-fire would begin soon.  —  Siam, the most senior Hamas political leader killed since Operation …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Israel Matzav
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
10 Take Aways From the Bush Years  —  There's actually a lot that President-elect Barack Obama can learn from the troubled presidency of George W. Bush.  Over the past eight years, I have interviewed President Bush for nearly 11 hours, spent hundreds of hours with his administration's key players …
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 …
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: La Figa and The Gist
Patty Henetz / Salt Lake Tribune:
Protesters label Redford an enemy of the poor  —  Oil and gas drilling » Clergymen link famed moviemaker's stance to racism.  —  Hollywood's Sundance Kid is hurting poor people.  —  So say some East Coast ministers and conservative activists, who took to the streets in front …
Discussion: Don Surber
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Tanner Sends Letter To Berry Apologizing For Racist Email  —  So you'll remember that on Tuesday, a DOJ report found that John Tanner, the former chief of the department's voting rights section, had told a colleague over email in 2004 that he liked his coffee “Mary Frances Berry style — black and bitter.”
Richard L. Connor / CQ Politics:
History May See Lincoln-Like Greatness in George W. Bush  —  It's easy to make comparisons between President-elect Barack Obama and former President Abraham Lincoln.  We have the Illinois connections and then the hovering, dark clouds of war, a nation divided and in crisis, and other similarities that provide a historic link.
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USA Today:
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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Questions for Panetta  —  Eli Lake has an excellent piece …
Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Globe to cut up to 50 jobs in newsroom
Discussion: Gawker
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