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3:40 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  —  PHILADELPHIA — President-elect Barack Obama stepped onto a train car built in 1939, a time when his presidency would not have been possible in America, and set off for Washington on Saturday in a three-day march to his inauguration as the country's 44th president.
Discussion: The Caucus and Wonkette
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.
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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
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 ...
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama may not lift stem cell limits  —  PHILADELPHIA - President-elect Barack Obama signaled Friday that he might not use his executive authority to reverse Bush-era limits on stem cell research, but instead might wait for Congress to change the policy.  —  Obama pledged during the campaign …
Discussion: Hot Air
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: American Street and Eschaton
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 …
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: JammieWearingFool and On Deadline
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
Marc Ambinder:
Obama For America Becomes Organizing For America  —  PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Obama political machine is merging with the Democratic National Committee.  —  The President-elect launched Obama 2.0, or Organizing for America, this morning with a YouTube video.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Obama tries to seduce Republicans  —  It's no secret Barack Obama is trying to seduce Republicans these days.  But his conservative courting runs much deeper and wider than is publicly known.  —  Obama has had meetings with his former opponent John McCain, GOP congressional leaders …
Discussion: The Caucus and TIME.com
Nidal al-Mughrabi / Reuters:
Israel plans ceasefire, Hamas vows to fight on  —  GAZA (Reuters) - Israel plans to halt its Gaza offensive without any deal with Hamas, an Israeli official said on Saturday, in an apparent effort to deny the Islamist group any gains from the three-week-old conflict.
 
 
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United States Senator John Cornyn, Texas:
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Telegraph:
£200bn to save banks from bad debt
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Brian Beutler and Think Progress