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11:00 AM ET, January 20, 2009

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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.
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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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
INAUGURATION DAY.... I don't recall exactly when I started seeing …
Discussion: Left in the West, Salon and TIME.com
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
The Nation Awaits Its 44th President  —  WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands thronged to the Capitol this morning preparing to witness the midday inauguration of Barack Obama of Illinois as the 44th president of the United States and the first African American to hold the nation's highest elected office.
Discussion: The Swamp and Spin Cycle
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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.
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush leaves note for Obama in Oval Office
Discussion: TIME.com
William Branigin / Washington Post:   In Prelude to Inauguration, Obama Attends Church
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:   Live Blog: The Inauguration of Barack Obama
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 …
Andrew Breitbart / Big Hollywood:
I Pledge to Ridicule Celebrities Who Refuse to Recognize We Are At War With People Who Want to Kill Them, Too  —  Many of the celebrities that were central to demonizing and making life impossible for President Bush for eight loathsome years NOW want to help with the heavy lifting of bringing America …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
Cornyn likely to block today's Clinton vote  —  Hillary Clinton has rejected a request by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) to increase oversight of her husband's foundation — so Cornyn is expected to scuttle Democratic attempts to confirm her as Secretary of State today by a voice vote, sources say.
Discussion: NY Daily News Blogs and Spin Cycle
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Cornyn could be thorn for Clinton
Discussion: TIME.com
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:
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.
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Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Will Obama's Inaugural Address Be One for the Ages?
Discussion: TIME.com
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 D. Podesta / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's link to America: his BlackBerry  —  As president, keeping in touch with friends and critics alike will be crucial to his ability to govern.  —  'Let the man have his BlackBerry.  I said that to a meeting of senior transition staffers in Washington last week.
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 …
Associated Press:
Mayor admits '05 relationship with teen  —  After many denials, Adams confesses to relationship with man, 18, in '05  —  PORTLAND, Ore. - More than a year after denying it, the newly elected mayor of Portland has admitted having a sexual relationship with a male teenager in 2005.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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
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 …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Much in Obama stimulus bill won't hit economy soon  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — It will take years before an infrastructure spending program proposed by President-elect Barack Obama will boost the economy, according to congressional economists.  —  The findings, released to lawmakers Sunday …
Discussion: Townhall.com
Natalie Angier / New York Times:
In ‘Geek Chic’ and Obama, New Hope for Lifting Women in Science  —  With the inauguration of an administration avowedly committed to Science as the grand elixir for the nation's economic, environmental and psycho-reputational woes, a number of scientists say that now is the time to tackle …
Discussion: The Reference Frame
 
 
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Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Party On!  —  As the day unfolds, I'm wondering if we'll hear …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
John P. Avlon / The Politico:
Obama writes the post-partisan playbook
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Early Risers Try to Get a Jumpstart on Celebration
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tax dollars fund Bush transition
Discussion: The Raw Story
Kristi Keck / CNN:
D.C. tattoo parlors offer lasting inaugural memories
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
A tragedy of errors  —  Long haul?  From top, anticlockwise …
Discussion: Donklephant
John / Power Line:
PRESIDENT BUSH: AN ASSESSMENT
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com and GayPatriot
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Will-be President Obama lauds would-be president McCain