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4:45 PM ET, January 15, 2009


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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 …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
What if I didn't pay taxes?  —  Would it be OK if I stopped paying my taxes until Barack Obama names me to be his secretary of the treasury?  —  That is a deal I would like to get.  That is the deal financial wizard Timothy Geithner got.  —  He didn't pay all of his federal taxes for years.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Bush and the Libby Pardon  —  As the curtain closes on the presidency of George W. Bush, the one loose end dangling is the pardon of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.  In 2007 Mr. Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, was convicted for perjury and obstruction of justice.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama To Hold Fiscal Responsibility Summit  —  President-elect Barack Obama will convene a “fiscal responsibility summit” in February designed to bring together a variety of voices on solving the long term problems with the economy and with a special focus on entitlements …
Discussion: and Boston Globe
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Obama at The Post  —  President-elect Barack Obama has arrived …
Discussion: USA Today and TPM Election Central
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.
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Holder breaks with Mukasey, says ‘waterboarding is torture.’
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Vitter casts lone vote against Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State.»  —  Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 16-1 to approve President-elect Obama's nomination of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.  Casting the sole “nay” vote was Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Hillary Clinton in, Condoleezza Rice out
Marist Poll:
Filling Her Senate Seat: New Yorkers Favor Cuomo to Replace Clinton  —  This Marist Poll reports:  —  · New Yorkers Clamor for Cuomo...Kennedy Stagnates in Pool of Public Opinion: The tides of support have changed in the contest over who voters think should fill Hillary Clinton's vacant U.S. Senate seat.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Paterson Nears A Pick
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 …
Tim Walker / Telegraph:
Will Smith ‘to play’ Barack Obama as US President in Hollywood movie
Discussion: Think Progress and La Figa
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!
Claudia Rosett / Forbes:
Iran Wields The Gavel At The UNDP  —  What do Obama and Susan Rice propose to do about this?  —  Truly, I had plans to write this week about something other than the United Nations.  But over at Turtle Bay, here they go again.  —  To chair the 2009 governing board of the U.N.'s flagship agency …
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Pajamas Media
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Of Judges, By Judges, For Judges  —  In November, 13,402,566 California voters expressed themselves for or against Proposition 8, which said that their state's Constitution should be amended to define marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman.  The voters, confident that they had a right …
Discussion: New West Notes
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Marriage, Democracy And California
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Where Sweatshops Are a Dream  —  Before Barack Obama and his team act on their talk about “labor standards,” I'd like to offer them a tour of the vast garbage dump here in Phnom Penh.  —  This is a Dante-like vision of hell.  It's a mountain of festering refuse, a half-hour hike across …
Discussion: Blog
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Obama Charms Even a Night's Grand Ol' Party  —  At one point during the party, CNBC's Larry Kudlow asked Barack Obama why he had hired several of the liberal guests who appeared on his program but left him Robert Reich.  —  “So someone will stick up for me on your show,” the president-elect replied.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Playing to the Pundits
California Progress Report:
State of the People is Grim: More Budget Cuts Are Exactly the Wrong Prescription  —  As Governor Schwarzenegger prepares to report on the State of the State tomorrow, California's families today declared that “the State of the People” is increasingly grim with a record number of Californians having lost …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
David Dayen / Calitics:   The State Of The State Is, Well, You Know
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: Washington Monthly and alicublog
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Biden Outlines Plans to Do More With Less Power  —  WASHINGTON — He was in the Senate for 36 years and visited the White House under seven presidents.  But Joseph R. Biden Jr. has never seen the inside of the vice president's office in the West Wing.  “I never thought a lot about the vice presidency …
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
Obama at the Washington Post  —  Obama arrived at the Washington Post headquarters today, as covered in priceless pool report by the New York Times Helene Cooper. … Is Cooper bitter about the Times still not getting an interview?
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Silla Brush / The Hill:
Fed under new scrutiny
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The Hill:
Rep. Obey not sure $825B stimulus is enough
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Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
The new McCain?  —  It'll be interesting to watch the Armed …
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Obama Adviser Presents Plan to Alter Global Financial System
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E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Audacity Without Ideology
Discussion: PoliGazette and marbury