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12:00 AM ET, January 20, 2009

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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 …
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.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama camp takes blame for gay bishop slight  —  The Presidential Inauguration Committee is apologizing for the failure to broadcast yesterday's invocation by the gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson.  —  “We had always intended and planned for Rt. Rev. Robinson's invocation to be included …
Discussion: Boston Globe, Hot Air and TIME.com
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Robinson to be rebroadcast on Mall
Discussion: Christianity Today
Leah McElrath Renna / The Huffington Post:
HBO Blames Obama Team for Omission of Gay Bishop from Concert Broadcast
Discussion: The Lead and Pam's House Blend
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush commutes sentences of former US border agents … WASHINGTON (AP) - In his final acts of clemency, President George W. Bush on Monday commuted the prison sentences of two former U.S. Border Patrol agents whose convictions for shooting a Mexican drug dealer ignited fierce debate about illegal immigration.
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Bush Commutes 2 Border Agents' Sentences  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush on Monday commuted the sentences of two former Border Patrol agents imprisoned for shooting a Mexican drug smuggler, but he was preparing to leave office without granting clemency to any better-known figures …
Fox News:
Bush Commutes Sentences for Two Former Border Patrol Agents
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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Biden tries to shush wife after state-VP slip  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Joe Biden's wife said Monday that he had his pick of being Barack Obama's running mate or the secretary of state nomination that eventually went to Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
No Pardon For Libby  —  Bush uses clemency powers sparingly to the end  —  I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was convicted of lying and obstructing a leak investigation over the run-up to the Iraq war.  —  In a move that has keenly disappointed some of his strongest conservative allies …
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
‘Hamas torturing Fatah members in Gaza’  —  Hamas militiamen have rounded up hundreds of Fatah activists on suspicion of “collaboration” with Israel during Operation Cast Lead, Fatah members in the Gaza Strip told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.  —  They said the Hamas crackdown on Fatah intensified …
Christopher Beam / Slate:
Slate crashes Bush's farewell party.  —  You can often tell a party by its parties.  This week, Democrats are feting the incoming chief with top-shelf DJs, valet parking, and more coat checks than coats.  Republicans, on the other hand, seem to be partying on a tight budget, if at all.
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama Web-site imitation bears virus  —  With all the public interest in President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration, it was only a matter of time before someone exploited the attention for harm.  —  According to the computer protection firm Panda Security, someone has made copies …
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Sean-Paul Correll / PandaLabs:
Malware Campaign Impersonates Barack Obama's Website
Discussion: Ars Technica and Pat Dollard
Scott Mayerowitz / ABCNEWS:
What Recession?  The $170 Million Inauguration  —  Obama's Inauguration Has Been Financed Partially by Bailed-Out Wall Street Executives  —  ABC NEWS Business Unit  —  The country is in the middle of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, which isn't stopping rich donors …
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
44% Say Global Warming Due To Planetary Trends, Not People  —  Al Gore's side may be coming to power in Washington, but they appear to be losing the battle on the idea that humans are to blame for global warming.  —  Forty-four percent (44%) of U.S. voters now say long-term planetary trends …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NOT SO MUCH  —  Theda Skocpol responds to Rep. Frank ...  I have to say, my read is very, very similar to Theda's.  I hope Frank was speaking in a more general sense rather than one of literal grand bargains or broad political economic quid pro quos.  In fact, I agree so much I think I'm …
Discussion: Corrente
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Here's the post where you can say good-bye to George Bush.  —  The sun has set on the last night of the Bush presidency.  Now, tired old George can retreat to Texas and not be kicked around anymore.  He can wait for that history he's always talking about to do its curative work.
Discussion: Hot Air
Andy Borowitz / The Huffington Post:
In Last Official Act, Bush Repeals English Language  —  In what he hoped would be the capstone to his eight years as President, George W. Bush today signed an executive order repealing the English language.  —  Scrawling his name on the official document, Mr. Bush said that in abolishing English …
Jacque Wilson / CNN:
Chris Rock on making fun of Barack Obama  —  (CNN) — Chris Rock is best known for two things: being funny and being crass.  —  “This is what people come to see.  I'm just doing my show,” the comedian said with a laugh.  —  He's also known for his political commentary …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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Jill Treanor / Guardian:
Sharp drop in bank shares raises nationalisation fears
Discussion: The Sideshow
RealClearWorld:
Bush's Foreign Policy Successes
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Cnaan Liphshiz / Haaretz:
Israel recruits ‘army of bloggers’ to combat anti-Zionist Web sites
Walter Alarkon / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
McCain Says Palin Could Be Prez, Speaks To Her Often
Discussion: TIME.com
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Thank You For Standing Up  —  A few days ago, ThinkProgress noted …
Luigi Zingales / voxeu.org:
Yes we can, Mr Geithner
Discussion: EconLog
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
You Thought the Jeremiad Was Over?
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
 Earlier Items: 
Agence France Presse:
Gates to sit out Obama inauguration
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TPM LAUNCHES TPMDC
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Fox News Primes Itself for a Shift
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TVNewser
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Media execs prep for ‘news emergency’
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Ex-Senator Considered as Envoy to Mideast
Discussion: The Cable and Booman Tribune
CNN:
No Bush moving trucks needed Inauguration Day
Discussion: The Politico and TalkLeft