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4:40 PM ET, January 18, 2009


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Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Obama naysayers speak out  —  With Barack Obama's approval ratings in the 70s and his visage plastered on every shop window and Metro card in Washington, it's hard to remember that 58 million Americans voted for the other guy.  —  Even President Bush — who presumably counts himself among that group …
Michelle Malkin:
Not all conservatives are singing O-Kumbaya  —  I respect the historic tradition of inauguration day, not the cult of personality driving the schlock festivities now taking place.  —  Pomp and circumstance have been replaced with pimp and self-aggrandizement — all topped with a heapful of double standards.
CNN Poll: Obama more popular than ever, despite speed bumps  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new national poll suggests that Barack Obama is more popular than ever, regardless of recent speed bumps on the road to transition.  —  The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Sunday morning …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Pelosi open to prosecuting Bush DOJ  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday that she was open to pursuing investigations of abuses by the Bush Justice Department.  —  “I think that we have to learn from the past and we cannot let the politicizing, for example, of the Justice Department …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
SAVE OBAMA'S BLACKBERRY!  —  If the Presidential Records Act makes IM and Blackberries impossible because it means even the most casual and speculative conversations will be included in future records, then the thing to do is not rip instant messaging — and all its rapid efficiencies …
Obama to meet with military commanders Wednesday
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jorge Silva / Reuters:
Venezuela's Chavez says Obama has “stench” of Bush  —  CAMPO CARABOBO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday Barack Obama had the “stench” of his predecessor as U.S. president and was at risk of being killed if he tries to change the American “empire.”
Robin McKie / Guardian:
President Obama ‘has four years to save Earth’  —  Barack Obama has only four years to save the world.  That is the stark assessment of Nasa scientist and leading climate expert Jim Hansen who last week warned only urgent action by the new president could halt the devastating climate change that now threatens Earth.
Richard Wilner / New York Post:
BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A TIMES  —  GRAY LADY SEEKS RE$CUE BY MEXICAN MOGUL  —  The embattled New York Times Co., trying to wriggle out from under a pile of debt as advertising revenue dries up, is talking to Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim about making a sizeable cash investment in the company.
Louise Story / New York Times:
Hedge Funds, Unhinged  —  LAST summer, Kenneth C. Griffin and his wife, Anne, hedge fund managers both, were so rich that they did something most wealthy couples don't do until much later in life.  —  Still in their 30s, they hired a Ph.D. student in economics to help dole out their money to charities.
Dina Kraft / New York Times:
Gazan Doctor and Peace Advocate Loses 3 Daughters to Israeli Fire and Asks Why  —  TEL HASHOMER, Israel — Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is a Gazan and a doctor who has devoted his life to medicine and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.  —  But on Saturday, the day after three …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
A Farewell Warning On Iraq  —  President Bush teased his ambassador in Baghdad by giving him the nickname “Sunshine,” because of his sometimes-gloomy assessments of the political situation there.  But Ryan Crocker persisted down to the last days in describing things precisely as he saw them.
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Robert J. Shiller / New York Times:
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Associated Press:
Obama pauses to honor war dead
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Annys Shin / Washington Post:
For Businesses Big and Small, It's Lights Out
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Most see Bush presidency as a failure, poll shows
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Paul Krugman:
Bad bank bafflement
Brent Baker /
Celebs Giddy for Obama's ‘Magic Moment’ After ‘Hell’ of Bush Years
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Binding U.S. law requires prosecutions for those who authorize torture
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