Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
The Only Thing We Have to Fear . . . is Obama. — Barack Obama is the apostle of hope. But he also arouses the flipside of hope—fear. And while the fear he stirs may turn out to be unfounded, it's not irrational. People don't know who Obama really is or where his ideological center of gravity rests …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Liberty Street
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly: NERVES OF STEEL.... There's a whole lot of inanity in Fred Barnes …
Kathy / Liberty Street: Fred Barnes Has Fears....
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's train ride: Lincolnesque imagery — by Mike Dorning and Mark Silva, updated at 10:45 am EST — PHILADELPHIA - President-elect Barack Obama, delivering a pledge “to take up the work” that the patriots of American independence started here, launched a thematic train ride that will deliver the incoming president to Washington.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Obama rides rails to capital, as onlookers cheer — Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition — PHILADELPHIA - President-elect Barack Obama, tracing the train route Abraham Lincoln took nearly a century and a half earlier, undertook the final leg of his inaugural journey …
Discussion: Agence France Presse and The Politico
Peter Hamby / CNN:
RNC candidates turn up the partisan heat on Obama — WASHINGTON (CNN) - Despite the climate of national goodwill surrounding Barack Obama as he prepares to take the oath of office, two of the candidates vying to lead the Republican National Committee unleashed harsh attacks against the president-elect on Friday.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BLOCK THE STIMULUS, HELP THE GOP.... Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, now seeking the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, has a new reason to oppose an economic rescue package: it might help Democrats. … Now, from a policy perspective, most of this is incoherent.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Think Progress
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias: Block the Stimulus, Help the GOP
Barnicle Man, Barnicle Man, Doing The Things That Barnicles Can — Matthew Yglesias at Think Progress catches this Mike Barnicle/Mika Brezenski exchange on “Morning Joe”: … http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=1MEjX6ITLqY — Yup, sure is a disgrace to journalism when you're anonymous ...
Bush's Final Approval Rating: 22 Percent — CBS News/N.Y. Times Poll Finds President Will Leave Office With Lowest Final Approval Rating Ever — (CBS) President Bush will leave office as one of the most unpopular departing presidents in history, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll showing …
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Democratic Daily, The Huffington Post, Liberty Street, Congress Matters, Macsmind and NewsBusters.org
Blue Texan / Firedoglake: Gore Vidal Called It Back In 2002
Hart Williams / The Democratic Daily: Halo Polishing and Other Modern Oddities
Eric Boehlert / The Huffington Post: Why Conservatives Are Such Bad Media Critics
Megan Thee-Brenan / New York Times:
Poll Finds Disapproval of Bush Unwavering
Poll Finds Disapproval of Bush Unwavering
Discussion: the talking dog, The Moderate Voice, Prairie Weather, theheretik.us, The Gun Toting Liberal, Oliver Willis and Donklephant
Robert Stein / The Moderate Voice: Repossessing Patriotism
Justin Gardner / Donklephant: There Is One Person Americans Dislike More Than Bush
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Ethics cloud still hangs over Rangel — A herd of tax reporters trails Charles B. Rangel everywhere he goes these days, like a team of pilot fish feasting on whatever morsels the raspy, talkative Ways and Means Committee chairman casts aside. — Late last year, that media herd was feasting …
Hamas and Hezbollah supporters return to Calgary's Jewish neighbourhood — I don't get it. Glenmore Landing is private property; with a word RioCan, the landlord, could demand that the pro-Hamas and pro-Hezbollah goons, who now gather there weekly, leave. That's what mall security does when teens loiter on skateboards.
Discussion: five feet of fury and Jihad Watch
Kathy Shaidle / five feet of fury: Canada: “foreign anti-Semitic provocateurs flying terrorist flags”
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
By Request: Missing the Trees — John Bedell writes: … I grew up in an apartment in Manhattan and didn't actually realize how much I like to have a little greenery around until I moved to a rowhouse neighborhood in DC and got my hands on a small backyard.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
For a Power Lawyer, a New High-Wire Act — WASHINGTON — During 40 years in politics, Gregory B. Craig has learned the art of the balancing act. — As a Harvard student in 1968, he was enthralled by Allard K. Lowenstein, the antiwar candidate who preached change from within.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft: Power Lawyer in Obama Aministration
Matthew Drake / Daily Mail:
‘Drug-crazed idiot’ Boy George jailed for 15 months for chaining male escort to wall and beating him … Boy George was jailed for 15 months yesterday for falsely imprisoning a male escort. — The former Culture Club singer - real name George O'Dowd - shackled Audun Carlsen to a wall …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah, The Dish Rag, Pat Dollard and Reason
Michael C. Moynihan / Reason: He Really Wants to Hurt Us (and Norwegian Prostitutes)
United States Senator John Cornyn, Texas:
Sen. Cornyn Urges Clinton Foundation To Adopt Stronger Foreign Fundraising Restrictions — Sends letter to Secretary of State nominee seeking additional transparency measures from husband's organization — WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, today sent a letter to Secretary …
Discussion: NY Daily News Blogs and Glenn Thrush's Blogs
Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News Blogs: Objections May Delay Clinton
Agence France Presse:
Arabs lost 2.5 trillion dollars from credit crunch: Kuwait … Arab investors have lost 2.5 trillion dollars from the credit crunch, Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Sabah, whose country hosts an Arab economic summit next week, said on Friday. — “The Arab world has lost 2.5 trillion dollars …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden, TigerHawk and Daily Pundit