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10:15 AM ET, January 21, 2009

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The Politico:
Obama faces first day as president  —  With the pageantry almost behind him, Barack Obama comes to work for the first full day Wednesday to face problems both foreign and domestic.  —  And his staff just hopes to figure out the computers.  —  Obama wraps up the inaugural festivities Wednesday morning …
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Quickfire for the new press secretary  —  A new president, a new press secretary - and plenty of questions for both.  —  Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is expected to step to one of the most storied podiums in the world for the first time Wednesday, as the public face of Barack Obama's White House.
Discussion: The Swamp and TIME.com
CNN:
Change In the Air(waves)  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Welcome to the YouTube White House.  —  In one of many signs of “change” in the air, President Obama has officially tweaked the name of a White House institution, the Weekly Radio Address, which has been heard on stations across the nation each Saturday for years.
Associated Press:
AP Poll: People optimistic on Obama by 3-1 margin
Discussion: TIME.com, Reuters and The Politico
CNN:
Work begins for President Obama
Discussion: On Deadline
Wall Street Journal:
Financials Plunge as U.S. Considers New Rescue Options  —  Shares of the biggest names in American banking plunged Tuesday as some investors feared that the government would need to nationalize the most deeply wounded financial institutions, wiping out stockholders.
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New York Times:
Questions for Mr. Geithner  —  Timothy Geithner, President Obama's nominee for Treasury secretary, appears before the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday.  The Op-Ed page asked seven experts in finance and economics to pose the questions they would like to hear the nominee answer.
Deborah Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Issue Won't Derail Geithner
Discussion: The Caucus and TIME.com
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Obama Seeks Halt to Legal Proceedings at Guantanamo  —  In one of its first actions, the Obama administration instructed military prosecutors late Tuesday to seek a 120-day suspension of legal proceedings involving detainees at the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — a clear break with the approach of the outgoing Bush administration.
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
Something Has to Be Said  —  The utter lack of ooh-ing and ah-ing over Michelle Obama's inauguration wear should tell you something.  It was bad.  —  She's worn beautiful things in the past.  I tend to think saturated, jewel tones (royal purple, forest green, dark teal, deep orange) look great on her.
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ABCNEWS:
Michelle Obama: ‘Normal Is Now Relative’
Discussion: TIME.com
Gregg Levine / Firedoglake:
Worst.  Inauguration.  Ever.  —  So, I don't even know how to write about this without it sounding like bitter grousing, and frankly, I'm a little embarrassed to have to report that after five hours of standing in the bitter cold, getting pushed and shoved to the point where you start to feel …
Juan Williams / Wall Street Journal:
Judge Obama on Performance Alone  —  Let's not celebrate more ordinary speeches.  —  With the noon sun high over the U.S. Capitol, Barack Obama yesterday took the oath of office to become president of the United States.  On one level, it was a simple matter of political process — the symbolic transfer of power.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: The Debut  —  Welcome to the newest Fix feature — our daily rundown of the news you need to know about the White House of President Barack Obama.  —  We started the cheat sheet during the party conventions over the summer and had so much fun with it that we thought …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Federal Eye
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Jane Sutton / Reuters:
Guantanamo trial of Canadian halted  —  GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - Hours after taking office, U.S. President Barack Obama ordered military prosecutors in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals to ask for a 120-day halt in all pending cases and a judge granted the request …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU, MyDD and GINA COBB
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CNN:
Obama calls for halt to Gitmo prosecutions
Discussion: Hot Air
Anita Chang / Associated Press:
Chinese translation cuts out parts of Obama speech  —  BEIJING - The official Chinese translation of President Barack Obama's inauguration speech omitted his references to communism and dissent, and a live broadcast on state television Wednesday quickly cut away to the anchor when sensitive topics were mentioned.
Wall Street Journal:
Let's Stimulate Private Risk Taking  —  Tax cuts are the way to nudge capital toward productive uses.  —  In virtually all economics classes, including those taught by the many excellent economists on the Obama team, the idea of government spending as an engine for growth is not a popular topic.
Discussion: EconLog
Fox News:
World Celebrates, Riots on Obama's Inauguration Day  —  While much of the world celebrated the arrival of the new American president on Tuesday, some regions saw angry protests.  —  In Iran, protesters burnt posters of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama and waved flags in support of Gaza, Reuters reported.
Michelle Roberts / Oregonian:
Portland Mayor Sam Adams apologizes for ‘sexual relationship’ with teenager … Portland Mayor Sam Adams held a news conference at 1:30 p.m. today in City Hall to discuss reports of his sexual relationship with a teenager.  Reporter Michelle Roberts is sending dispatches from the news conference.
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
A tale of two prayers: Warren and Lowery
Carolyn Lochhead / San Francisco Chronicle:
Experts say Obama should retake the oath  —  (01-21) 04:00 PST Washington - — Several constitutional lawyers said President Obama should, just to be safe, retake the oath of office that was flubbed by Chief Justice John Roberts.  —  The 35-word oath is explicitly prescribed in the Constitution …
BBC:
Dutch MP faces anti-Islam charges  —  A Dutch court has ordered prosecutors to put a right-wing politician on trial for making anti-Islamic statements.  —  Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders made a controversial film last year equating Islam with violence and has likened the Koran to Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf.
The Politico:
Seven reasons for healthy skepticism  —  Even in a city of cynics, the Inauguration of a new president — and the infusion of new ideas, new personalities and new energy that comes with it — summons feelings of reverence.  —  Barack Obama, especially, is the object of inaugural good feelings.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
At Inaugural Balls, Only One Couple Mattered  —  WASHINGTON — Moments before the first dance at the first inaugural ball, President Obama emerged onstage Tuesday hand in hand with his wife, Michelle, who glittered in a floor-length ivory one-shoulder gown.  —  “How good-looking is my wife?”
Discussion: The Politico and TIME.com
Brian Faler / Bloomberg:
Much of Stimulus Won't Be Spent Before 2011, CBO Says  —  Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) — The government wouldn't be able to spend at least one-fourth of a proposed $825 billion economic stimulus plan until after 2010, according to a new report that suggests it may take longer than expected to boost the economy.
Discussion: RedState, Betsy's Page and The Bellows
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Calibrates Role as Opposition  —  WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader John Boehner recently attacked the potential “wasteful spending” and “mountains of debt” in President Barack Obama's stimulus plan.  A few days later, he warmly invited Mr. Obama to address House Republicans, saying …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and TIME.com
 
 
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