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3:35 PM ET, January 15, 2009


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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
Discussion: protein wisdom
Associated Press:
Senate panel backs Clinton as secretary of State  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton, 16-1, as the next secretary of State.  —  The action paves the way for a full Senate vote after President-elect Barack Obama takes office on Jan. 20.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Hillary Clinton in, Condoleezza Rice out
Amie Parnes / The Politico:
Clinton bids colleagues farewell
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Intelligence Court Rules Wiretapping Power Legal  —  WASHINGTON — A federal intelligence court, in a rare public opinion, is expected to issue a major ruling validating the power of the president and Congress to wiretap international phone calls and intercept e-mail messages without a court order …
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.
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 …
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
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
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
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!
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Marriage, Democracy And California
Discussion: MoJoBlog
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Room for Debate:
Torture's Blowback  —  Susan Crawford, the senior Pentagon official who dismissed charges against Mohammed al-Qahtani, a Guantánamo detainee, said in a published report on Wednesday that she had concluded that he had been tortured by interrogators.  “His treatment met the legal definition of torture.
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Panetta faces rendition queries  —  Panel eyes CIA pick's role in shaping policy during the Clinton era  —  President-elect Barack Obama's choice for CIA director, Leon Panetta, served as White House chief of staff during the time the Clinton administration accelerated a practice …
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
A Diplomat's View  —  I spoke yesterday to Aaron David Miller, author of The Much Too Promised Land and a former adviser to six different Secretaries of State, about the fallout from the war in Gaza and what, if anything, Barack Obama can do to revive the hopes for peace.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and marbury
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
The new McCain?  —  It'll be interesting to watch the Armed Services Committee hearing today on Obama's Pentagon picks in part to see how John McCain behaves.  —  As he returns to Congress, McCain is for the first time in many years not running for president.
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Burris sworn in as Obama successor
USA Today:
Obama sets priorities; poised to tackle Gaza crisis
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blogs:
McAuliffe outraised by GOP rival
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Obama Adviser Presents Plan to Alter Global Financial System
New York Post:
Frosty the Know Man / The Chilling Effect:
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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Where Sweatshops Are a Dream
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Jeffrey Goldberg:
Jane Mayer on Being Immortalized by the Pro-Torture “24”
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Discussion: TalkLeft
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Audacity Without Ideology
Discussion: marbury, PoliGazette and The Corner
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Citing Weak Evidence, Judge Orders Guantanamo Detainee Freed