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9:45 AM ET, January 17, 2009

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Megan Thee-Brenan / New York Times:
Poll Finds Disapproval of Bush Unwavering  —  President Bush prepares to leave office with no evidence that public opinion toward him is softening during his final days in power, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.  —  When asked about Mr. Bush's performance over the last eight years …
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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 …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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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Los Angeles Times:
California controller to suspend tax refunds, welfare checks, student grants  —  John Chiang announces that his office will suspend $3.7 billion in payments owed to Californians starting Feb. 1, because with no budget in place the state lacks sufficient cash to pay its bills.
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: Booman Tribune
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MSNBC:
Circuit City to liquidate U.S. stores
Discussion: pandagon.net
Associated Press:   Circuit City to close 567 remaining US stores
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Outside The Beltway
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:
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
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 …
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 …
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” …
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
Marc Ambinder:
Provocation of The Day: Coleman Could Still Win  —  In some ways, Al Franken's 225 vote lead the Minnesota Senate race is an illusory number.  That's his margin after the state canvassing board completed its recount.  Why isn't he in the Senate?  —  Thank Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Profiles in Courage: Obama's Freshman Democratic Senators  —  Of seven newly minted freshman Democratic senators, six voted for releasing the second half of the $700 billion TARP funds in what is being considered Obama's first major test of strength on the Hill.
Kim Gamel / Associated Press:
Iraqi guards said to throw party for shoe-thrower  —  BAGHDAD - The Iraqi journalist jailed since throwing his shoes at President George W. Bush got a visit from his brother Friday and a birthday party from his guards as he turned 30.  —  Muntadhar al-Zeidi, who has gained cult status …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
ABCNEWS:
Secret List of U.S. Military Bases to Replace Gitmo  —  Pendleton, Leavenworth, Miramar Included as Possible New Home for 250 Detainees  —  The U.S. military has prepared a list of U.S. military bases that could be used to house as many as 250 detainees currently being held at the U.S. Naval base …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Hot Air
CNN:
Freeh: Holder was ‘used’ in Rich pardon  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former FBI Director Louis Freeh said Friday that Attorney General-designate Eric Holder allowed himself “to be used” by the Clinton White House in the pardon process for then-fugitive financier Marc Rich in January 2001.
Discussion: Salon and Spin Cycle
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
Schumer aide on inside track for U.S. Attorney in Manhattan
Discussion: Spin Cycle
 
 
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
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Center for American Progress:
Re-energizing the Economy  —  The U.S. economy has gone from bad …
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Our world may be a giant hologram
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
‘Open Here’ to Peek at Esquire's Articles and Ad
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Chicago Breaking News:
Governor's lawyers quit impeachment trial
Discussion: Clout St, Law Blog and Emptywheel
Owen Thomas / Gawker:
Microsoft CEO, Yahoo Chairman Meet in New York
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Associated Press:
Sources: Obama ready to ban harsh interrogations
Discussion: Commentary and Hot Air
David Brooks / New York Times:
An Economy of Faith and Trust