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1:45 PM ET, January 19, 2009

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Michael Jensen / AfterElton.com blogs:
Developing: HBO says they aren't to blame for not including Gene Robinson in concert special  —  Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson (AFP/Robyn Beck)  —  Sunday afternoon, HBO televised the Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial — a concert planned by the Presidential Inauguration Committee …
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Sarah Pulliam / Christianity Today:
Gay Bishop Kicks off Celebrity-filled Event  —  WASHINGTON — Gene Robinson, the divisive figure who was the first openly Episcopal gay bishop, led the invocation at today's inaugural kickoff.  —  Robinson prayed for God to “bless this nation with anger - anger at discrimination …
Lisa Derrick / La Figa:
Bishop Excluded by HBO Broadcast, Opening Ceremony Prayer Edited Out
CNN:
Most blacks say MLK's vision fulfilled, poll finds  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — More than two-thirds of African-Americans believe Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision for race relations has been fulfilled, a CNN poll found — a figure up sharply from a survey in early 2008.
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Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
CAROLINE THE ‘CERTAIN’ PICK FOR DAVE: RIVALS  —  DESPITE claims that he's still undecided, Gov. Paterson is “certain” to pick Caroline Kennedy to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton in the US Senate, several unhappy contenders for the job have told friends and associates in recent days.
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NY Daily News:
Benjamin: Bam wants Kennedy but gov's keeping mum
Discussion: CBS News and Gothamist
Deborah Sontag / New York Times:
In a Most Private Kennedy, a Lure of Public Duty
Discussion: The New Republic and Commentary
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Likud, Kadima escalate mutual attacks  —  The Likud and Kadima parties intensified their attacks against each other on Sunday after the cease-fire took effect in the Gaza Strip, formally ending Operation Cast Lead and restarting the election campaign.  —  The first polls taken …
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Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Parsing Gains of Gaza War  —  GAZA — The Parliament building here has been reduced to rubble.  The five-story engineering department of the Islamic University is a pile of folded concrete.  Police stations, mosques and hundreds of homes have been blown away.
BBC:
Scale of Gaza destruction emerges
Discussion: On Deadline
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
10 Bush pardons to watch for  —  As the clock ticks down on his presidency, George W. Bush has shown few signs he plans to indulge in the frenzy of last-minute pardons that marked Bill Clinton's final hours in the Oval Office.  —  But Bush could quickly leap back into the spotlight in the next …
CNN:
No Bush moving trucks needed Inauguration Day  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - On Inauguration day, there's one scene at the White House that won't be playing out exactly as it has during past transitions: the traditional moving of the outgoing First Family's belongings.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Commentary and Salon
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wall Street Voodoo  —  Old-fashioned voodoo economics — the belief in tax-cut magic — has been banished from civilized discourse.  The supply-side cult has shrunk to the point that it contains only cranks, charlatans, and Republicans.  —  But recent news reports suggest that many influential people …
Debra Black / Toronto Star:
William Ayers turned back at Canadian border  —  An American education professor, one of the founders of a radical 1960s group known as the Weather Underground, which was responsible for a number of bombings in the United States in the early 1970s, was turned back at the Canadian border last night.
Discussion: Townhall.com
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Fox News Primes Itself for a Shift  —  WASHINGTON — When the White House changes occupants this week, it may also change channels.  —  Barack Obama's inauguration on Tuesday marks the end of an era for the Fox News Channel, the cable news network of choice during the George W. Bush years.
William Kristol / New York Times:
The Next War President  —  In synagogue on Saturday, before saying the customary prayer for our country, the rabbi asked us to reflect on the fact that a new president would be inaugurated on Tuesday, and urged us to focus a little more intently than usual on the prayer.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit, Eunomia, TPMCafe and TBogg
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TPM LAUNCHES TPMDC  —  Today, on the eve of the inaugural, TPM is launching a new politics blog, TPMDC.com.  It's the successor to TPM Election Central.  Our team covering the Capital under the new administration will be Elana Schor, who joined our team earlier this month, covering Capitol Hill …
Discussion: TPMDC and The Washington Note
Leonard Pitts Jr / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Pitts: Lincoln might not have welcomed Obama's election  —  Hear Leonard Pitts on Lincoln.  —  On Tuesday, Barack Obama will stand on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and take an oath making him the nation's first president of African heritage.  —  The statue of Abraham Lincoln …
Discussion: Philly.com
Little Green Footballs:
2008 Fiskie Winner: The Year of the Mainstream Media  —  For their non-stop, unseemly, worshipful, overwhelmingly biased coverage in favor of Barack Obama, the winner of the 2008 Idiotarian Award just has to be ... our self-appointed guardians of information, the Mainstream Media and their masks of phony impartiality.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
INAUGURAL COSTS.... This week, inaugural festivities are a pretty big deal — in D.C., throughout the country, and even around the world — but it appears some news outlets have found a way to find fault with the celebration.  —  The AP, for example, reported, “Unemployment is up.  The stock market is down.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Ex-Senator Considered as Envoy to Mideast  —  WASHINGTON — People close to Secretary of State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that George J. Mitchell, a former Senate majority leader and the chairman of a Middle East peace commission in 2001, was a leading candidate …
John / Power Line:
BIGGEST BOONDOGGLE IN AMERICAN HISTORY  —  We are living in a historical moment that in some ways represents uncharted territory.  In other respects, however, the current moment is a return to a simpler and clearer past, when the hallmark of conservatism was opposition to extravagant spending boondoggles proposed by liberals.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Doug Ross
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
More Americans Joining Military as Jobs Dwindle  —  As the number of jobs across the nation dwindles, more Americans are joining the military, lured by a steady paycheck, benefits and training.  —  The last fiscal year was a banner one for the military, with all active-duty and reserve forces meeting …
 
 
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Tim Blair:
NAZIS NEEDED  —  Via Nilk, images of yesterday's Hamas rally in Melbourne:
Discussion: Harry's Place and Atlas Shrugs
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA'S READING LIST.... Barack Obama, it is safe to say …
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