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9:30 AM ET, January 16, 2009


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Amy Westfeldt / Associated Press:
Hudson River hero is ex-Air Force fighter pilot  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The pilot who guided a crippled US Airways jetliner safely into the Hudson River — saving all 155 people aboard — became an instant hero Thursday, with accolades from the mayor and governor and a fan club online.
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.
Ken Belson / City Room:
Updates From Plane Rescue in Hudson River
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 …
David Corn:
What Bush Left Out of His Flat Farewell
Discussion: Firedoglake
CNN:   Bush farewell: ‘I have followed my conscience’
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Forgive and Forget?  —  Last Sunday President-elect Barack Obama was asked whether he would seek an investigation of possible crimes by the Bush administration.  “I don't believe that anybody is above the law,” he responded, but “we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards.”
John Conyers Jr / Washington Post:
Why We Have to Look Back  —  This week, I released “Reining in the Imperial Presidency,” a 486-page report detailing the abuses and excesses of the Bush administration and recommending steps to address them.  Arthur Schlesinger Jr. popularized the term “imperial presidency” …
Discussion: Democracy in America
Wall Street Journal:
Suspend Your Disbelief  —  How to enjoy an inauguration fully.  —  Washington  —  Flying in, we take the route over the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson, the Tidal Basin: the signs and symbols of the great republic.  And you've seen it all a thousand times but you can't stop looking, and you can't help it, your eyes well.
Discussion: marbury and Blog
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
A peek at Obama's Inaugural plan
Discussion:, Reuters and Associated Press
Michelle Malkin:
AP's final dig at President Bush  —  President Bush delivered his farewell address this evening.  He leaves a mixed legacy.  I give him credit where it is due and blame where it is due.  But one thing is unadulterated: The pure contempt of the man from the MSM.
Associated Press:
Bush address includes laundry list of back patting
Discussion: PoliBlog and BizzyBlog
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 …
Discussion: Monkeyfister
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.
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
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama Pledges Reform of Social Security, Medicare Programs  —  President-Elect Says He'll Reshape Social Security, Medicare Programs  —  President-elect Barack Obama pledged yesterday to shape a new Social Security and Medicare “bargain” with the American people, saying …
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 …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
HEY BABY.  I'VE BEEN THINKING THAT WE SHOULD BE EXCLUSIVE.  —  Over at Grist, Tom Laskawy examines Michael Pollan's proposal to make the House Agricultural Committee “exclusive.”  As Laskawy says, this looks like a better idea than it is.  An “exclusive” committee is a committee considered …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Gristmill
Robert Marquand / Christian Science Monitor:
As atheists roll out London ads, believers unruffled  —  Billboard campaign promotes atheist beliefs on buses.  —  PARIS - It's the first mass marketing of atheism in Britain - and many in the community of faith say that's just fine.  —  On Jan. 6 some 800 British red “bendy” buses carried the sign: “There is probably no God.
Discussion: Ross Douthat and Riehl World View
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.
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Daniel Libit / The Politico:
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Anne Hull / MSNBC:
Wary of Obama's America
Discussion: Redhot
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Departing CIA chief Hayden defends interrogations
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Despite taxes, little heat for Geithner
Discussion: Lost in Transition and AmSpecBlog
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
To Those Who Gave Much, Much Will Be Given
Brian Rogers / Houston Chronicle:
Former rep Miles found not guilty of deadly conduct
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Bush: ‘Sanctity of Human Life Day’
Discussion: White House and Think Progress
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
M. Night Blumenthal Sees Dead Gazans, Crazy Conservatives in Latest Film Project
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10 Questions about the Economic Stimulus Bill
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Andy Levy / Big Hollywood:
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Discussion: The Daily Gut
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Bush's farewell  —  George W. Bush's farewell speech brings …
Discussion: The New Republic
Ali Waked / Ynetnews:
Report: Israel, Hamas agree on 2-week truce