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12:10 AM ET, January 16, 2009


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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.
NY Daily News:
Commercial airplane crashes 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 …
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 …
Bush farewell: ‘I have followed my conscience’
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Bush's farewell  —  George W. Bush's farewell speech brings …
Discussion: The New Republic
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
In Farewell, Bush Says He Kept America Safe
Discussion: Democracy in America
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 …
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
Think Progress:
Perino to press: ‘Talk to the hand when it comes to pardons.’  —  In her second-to-last press briefing today, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino refused to answer questions about possible last-minute pardons from President Bush.  A reporter asked whether to expect any more pardons …
Discussion: White House and Washington Monthly
Thomas Nagorski / The World Newser:   West Wing ‘Ghost Town’
Tim Walker / Telegraph:
Will Smith ‘to play’ Barack Obama as US President in Hollywood movie
Discussion: Think Progress and La Figa
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
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
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.
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 …
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Holder: “I Will Review That Determination” Not To Prosecute Schlozman  —  Not that it's likely, but Brad Schlozman may want to hope that Eric Holder's confirmation somehow gets derailed.  —  That's because Holder just told the Senate Judiciary committee that he wants to reconsider …
Discussion: New York Times and ACSBlog
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, Hullabaloo and La Figa
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
M. Night Blumenthal Sees Dead Gazans, Crazy Conservatives in Latest Film Project  —  Max Blumenthal is the M. Night Shyamalan of political Internet “filmmaking.”  The brash politico experienced early success with his brave foray into the bow-tied underbelly of conservative politics, producing “CPAC 2007: The Unauthorized Tour.”
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!
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.
Discussion: alicublog and Washington Monthly
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
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
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
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 …
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