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2:55 PM ET, January 17, 2009

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Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Obama rides rails to capital, as onlookers cheer  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  PHILADELPHIA - President-elect Barack Obama, cheered by onlookers along the train route Abraham Lincoln took nearly a century and a half earlier, undertook the final leg …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's train ride: Lincolnesque imagery  —  by Mike Dorning and Mark Silva, updated at 1:15 pm EST  —  WILMINGTON, Del. - President-elect Barack Obama, calling on Americans “to pick ourselves up once again” during a troubling era on the eve of a new presidency, picked up his own vice president-elect …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Makes His Way by Train to Washington
Discussion: The Caucus and Wonkette
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
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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
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 …
Extreme Mortman:
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 ...
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.
Discussion: Eschaton
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 …
Discussion: RedState
Ezra Levant:
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
Washington Post:
The Growing Foreclosure Crisis  —  One oft-repeated assertion no longer holds true.  Those in trouble are not, primarily, lower-income borrowers.  The foreclosure crisis has become a wave, afflicting neighborhoods of every stripe — but particularly communities created by the boom itself.
Discussion: Eschaton
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 …
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft and TIME.com
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Inaugural Panel Sells Exclusive TV Rights  —  Barack Obama's inaugural organizing committee has struck deals with three television networks to the tune of more than $5 million, giving the networks exclusive access to inaugural events.  But the arrangement is prompting questions …
Discussion: On Deadline
 
 
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Mark Preston / CNN:
White supremacists watched as Obama era begins
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Marc Ambinder:
Obama For America Becomes Organizing For America
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United States Senator John Cornyn, Texas:
Sen. Cornyn Urges Clinton Foundation To Adopt Stronger Foreign …
Kevin Duchschere / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Recount: Trial on Coleman challenge to begin on Jan. 26
Discussion: Donklephant and TIME.com
Telegraph:
£200bn to save banks from bad debt
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Michael Grunwald / Time:
How To Spend (and Not Spend) One Trillion Dollars
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