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9:25 AM ET, January 20, 2009

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Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Al Qaeda bungles arms experiment  —  Biological or chemical weapons  —  An al Qaeda affiliate in Algeria closed a base earlier this month after an experiment with unconventional weapons went awry, a senior U.S. intelligence official said Monday.  —  The official, who spoke on the condition …
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Alex West / The Sun:
Deadliest weapon so far... the plague  —  Terrorists train ... but they face invisible killer  —  At least 40 al-Qaeda fanatics died horribly after being struck down with the disease that devastated Europe in the Middle Ages.  —  The killer bug, also known as the plague …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
On Moving Day for 2 First Families, a Bit of Magic by 93 Pairs of Hands  —  WASHINGTON — The peaceful transfer of power that will take place at the Capitol on Inauguration Day is, to many, a miracle of American democracy.  But down at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, another sort of miracle will occur: Moving Day.
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Washington Post:
On First Full Day, Obama Will Dive Into Foreign Policy  —  President-elect Barack Obama will plunge into foreign policy on his first full day in office tomorrow, finally freed from the constraints of tradition that has forced him and his staff to remain muzzled about world affairs during the 78-day transition.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
For Obama, change begins in minutes  —  Since the time of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, presidents have been judged on their First 100 Days.  —  But as Barack Obama takes part in one of the nation's oldest rituals Tuesday, changes will come in the First 100 Minutes - in policy …
Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
Obama's Moment Arrives
Discussion: TIME.com and On Deadline
Iain Martin / Telegraph:
Gordon Brown brings Britain to the edge of bankruptcy  —  Iain Martin says the Prime Minister hasn't ‘saved the world’ and now faces disgrace in the history books  —  They don't know what they're doing, do they?  With every step taken by the Government as it tries frantically to prop …
Discussion: The Corner
Jonn Lilyea / This ain't Hell …:
BDS rages in DuPont Circle  —  This morning, in DuPont Circle, eight blocks from the White House, Bush Derangement Syndrome raged among the old coots of VFP, VVAW, IVAW, Code Pink, World Can't Wait and who knows who else was there.  Their main attraction was throwing shoes at this thirty-foot blow …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Transition Holds Clues to How Obama Will Govern  —  WASHINGTON — On the day before moving into the nation's most storied house, Barack Obama visited a shelter for teenagers with no home.  With sleeves rolled up, he spent a few minutes painting for the benefit of the cameras that trail him everywhere now.
Discussion: City Room, Prairie Weather and marbury
Kristi Keck / CNN:
D.C. tattoo parlors offer lasting inaugural memories  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sometimes, a T-shirt just doesn't cut it.  —  For those who want a more permanent way to showcase their support for Barack Obama, Washington's tattoo parlors are ready to help.  —  “There's nothing more memorable …
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Steve Gill / Pajamas Media:
Obama Tattoo, Anyone? Obama Thong? Action Figure?
Discussion: EU Referendum
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Why I'm not sorry that George W. Bush beat Al Gore and John Kerry.  —  Yes, yes, I was on the downtown streets of Washington bright and early, mingling with the bright-eyed and the wide-eyed.  Yes, by all means I was there on the Mall Sunday afternoon, feeling no more moist than the next person …
WorldNetDaily:
Pray Obama fails  —  Many American Christians believe, as an article of faith, that we are to pray for the success of our leaders.  —  It has become a sort of conventional wisdom among soft-minded believers.  The biblical proof-text for this misguided way of thinking is Romans 13:1-4:
Associated Press:
Cheney Pulls Muscle and Is in Wheelchair  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Dick Cheney pulled a muscle in his back on Monday while moving boxes and will be in a wheelchair for Tuesday's inauguration ceremony.  —  The White House press secretary, Dana Perino, said Mr. Cheney was helping …
Discussion: The Caucus and Firedoglake
Wall Street Journal:
Fiat Nears Stake in Chrysler That Could Lead to Takeover  —  By STACY MEICHTRY in Rome and JOHN STOLL in Detroit  —  In an attempt to revive two of the world's storied auto makers, Italy's Fiat SpA and Chrysler LLC are poised to announce a partnership as soon as today in which Fiat …
Discussion: Daimnation!
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
VERY POOR CHOICE  —  As most of you likely know, the inauguration committee sold HBO the exclusive rights to broadcast yesterday's inaugural concert festivities.  I don't think that was a good idea since certainly not every American subscribes or can subscribe to HBO.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Robinson to be rebroadcast on Mall
Washington Post:
Inauguration Day  —  THE DAWN of a new presidency is always a time of awe and anxiety.  The awe comes in bearing witness to the peaceful transfer of power as a new chapter of national history unfolds.  The anxiety speaks to an untested new leader and the challenges he will face.
Discussion: Commentary and Real Clear Politics
Wall Street Journal:
Bush's Real Sin Was Winning in Iraq  —  In a few hours, George W. Bush will walk out of the Oval Office for the last time as president.  As he leaves, he carries with him the near-universal opprobrium of the permanent class that inhabits our nation's capital.
John / Power Line:
PRESIDENT BUSH: AN ASSESSMENT  —  President Bush leaves office mostly unloved, with some poll respondents saying that they consider him one of our worst presidents ever.  This in itself is odd.  Generally, our worst Presidents have been one-termers, for obvious reasons: James Buchanan …
Discussion: GayPatriot and Ed Driscoll.com
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Mexican Billionaire Invests in Times Company  —  The New York Times Company said Monday it had reached an agreement with the Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helú for a $250 million loan intended to help the newspaper company finance its businesses.  —  Under the terms of the deal …
John Cochran / ABCNEWS:
Obama's Inaugural Address: Great Expectations  —  President-Elect Has Set the Bar High for His Inauguration Day Speech  —  For any incoming president, an inaugural address is a real challenge.  For Barack Obama, it may be a stiffer challenge than for most of his predecessors.
Discussion: GayPatriot and Connecting.the.Dots
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Will-be President Obama lauds would-be president McCain  —  It was a tough, nearly 2-year-long battle that cost Americans upward of $1 billion just between the last two men left standing.  —  And tonight at a special D.C. dinner, on the eve of becoming the nation's 44th president at Tuesday's inauguration …
Matthew Cooper / TPMDC:
The Racial Thaw  —  It's a cliche that people who came of age after the civil rights movement, can't imagine the world of Jim Crow and segregation that preceded them.  To a lesser extent, at 45—I turn 46 on Wednesday—I find it slightly hard to explain what America's racial environment …
 
 
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David Maraniss / Washington Post:
Obama's Journey  —  Barack Obama saw his future home …
Discussion: Making Light and The Fix
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
A tragedy of errors  —  Long haul?  From top, anticlockwise …
Discussion: Donklephant
Associated Press:
Saudi Arabia pledges $1 billion to rebuild Gaza
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Anti-torture lawyer Lederman joining administration
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
John Collins Rudolf / New York Times:
Banks Foreclose on Builders With Perfect Records
Discussion: The Big Picture
Jill Treanor / Guardian:
Sharp drop in bank shares raises nationalisation fears
Discussion: The Sideshow
RealClearWorld:
Bush's Foreign Policy Successes
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Here's the post where you can say good-bye to George Bush.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and Hot Air
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama Web-site imitation bears virus
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NOT SO MUCH  —  Theda Skocpol responds to Rep. Frank ...
Discussion: Corrente
Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
In Last Official Act, Bush Repeals English Language