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10:35 AM ET, January 17, 2009

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CBS News:
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 …
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
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's train ride: Lincolnesque imagery  —  PHILADELPHIA - Supporters of President-elect Barack Obama are assembling in Philadelphia this morning for a “town hall'-styled address and the start of a thematic train ride that will deliver the incoming president to Washington this evening.
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
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
Circuit City to Shut Down  —  Circuit City Stores, a bellwether American retailer, said Friday that it would go out of business, stripping the nation of its second-largest consumer electronics chain.  —  The company, which filed for bankruptcy protection in November but had hoped to emerge …
Discussion: The Mahablog and Booman Tribune
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Circuit City to liquidate U.S. stores
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Associated Press:   Circuit City to close 567 remaining US stores
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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices to Hear 2 Cases Brought Against Schools  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide two cases pitting parents against public schools.  —  One concerns a 13-year-old honor student who was subjected to a strip search by school officials in Arizona looking for prescription-strength ibuprofen.
Associated Press:
Calif. tax refunds to be delayed starting Feb. 1  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's controller says he will begin a 30-day delay on tax refunds and other payments starting Feb. 1 because the state is running out of money.  —  Controller John Chiang said Friday he must delay $3.7 billion …
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Fox reporter: Bush ‘inherited the 9/11 attacks.’  —  Today, President Bush left for Camp David for what is expected to be his last departure from the White House via Marine One.  During Fox News's coverage of the event, hosts Martha MacCallum and Wendell Goler tried to rewrite history for Bush:
Zombie / zomblog:
January 10, 2009: The Intifada is globalized as the Gaza War becomes a world war  —  On January 10, the war between Israel and Hamas became a global conflict.  No longer confined to the Gaza Strip, the fighting spread to cities around the world: what were billed as “anti-war” …
Telegraph:
£200bn to save banks from bad debt  —  The taxpayer will be forced to underwrite up to £200 billion of bad banking debt under a government plan to take control of assets belonging to Britain's major high street lenders, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
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
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Bush Record  —  Thinking back to George W. Bush's farewell address it's striking that the best thing the man can say about his record in office is that only once during his term in office were 3,000 people killed by foreign terrorists.  And it's really striking that other people …
Discussion: Shadow Government
Kevin Duchschere / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Recount: Trial on Coleman challenge to begin on Jan. 26  —  Republican Norm Coleman's trial challenging DFLer Al Franken's lead in the U.S. Senate recount will begin Jan. 26, according to an order issued this afternoon by the three-judge panel that will hear the case.
Discussion: Donklephant and TIME.com
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Senators urge Obama to buy F-22s  —  Senators are pressing President-elect Obama to allow the Air Force to continue buying F-22 Raptor fighter jets.  —  Deciding whether to buy more F-22s after the final aircraft on order is delivered at the end of 2011 is one of the first strategic …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Defense Tech
 
 
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