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4:35 PM ET, January 21, 2009

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Mark McKinnon / Blogs and Stories:
Aboard the Bush Plane  —  Britain's Leading Historian on the Genius of Obama's Unsoaring Inaugural  —  Full Coverage: Obama Inauguration, Bush Farewell  —  Blogs and Stories  —  In a Daily Beast exclusive, a former Bush advisor files his account—and his photos—from aboard the former president's flight back to Texas.
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David Remnick / New Yorker:
GOING, GOING, GONE  —  The mood at the Inauguration was so joyful, so filled with unalloyed expectation and—there's that word again—hope, that it seems almost peevish (and historically repetitive) to sound a sour note, but here it unavoidably is: the hostility among some in the vast crowd toward …
Discussion: The Fix
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Exit the Boy King
Discussion: MSNBC
CNN:
A major Bush rule gets scrapped by Obama  —  (CNN) — It's the same Oval Office.  The same desk.  Even the same curtains.  But President Obama has already made one major change: Go through eight years of White House photos, and you won't find one of former President Bush in the Oval Office without his jacket on.
Julian Borger / Guardian:
President Barack Obama willing to negotiate with Iran ‘without preconditions’  —  The new Obama administration is willing to talk to Iran “without preconditions” and will work towards the abolition of nuclear weapons, the White House said today.  —  The Obama foreign policy agenda that appeared …
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CNN:
Change In the Air(waves)  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Welcome to the YouTube White House.
Discussion: The Politico and Jules Crittenden
USA Today:   On the new whitehouse.gov: ‘Pool’ reports to be public?
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Mohammed Jawad and Obama's efforts to suspend military commissions  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  This is a very good and important step — not only because of its substance, but also because it was something Obama did almost immediately, even before his first full day in office:
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Lymari Morales / Gallup:
Americans Send No Clear Mandate on Guantanamo Bay
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Gitmo trials halted by Obama order
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Dish and Riptide 2.0
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 …
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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.
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CNN:
Dutch politician faces charges over anti-Islam film  —  AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (CNN) — Dutch authorities will file charges against a lawmaker for inciting religious hatred in speeches and a film he made about Islam last year, an Amsterdam district prosecutor told CNN Wednesday.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
President Obama's First Day  —  President Obama reported to work at 8:35 a.m. on Wednesday, walking into the Oval Office for the first time as the nation's chief executive.  Jeff Zeleny is following Mr. Obama's first day on the job.  —  If so, perhaps the first official entry came this afternoon …
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MsUnderestimated:
DAILY SHOW - WHAT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BUSH & OBAMA?  (VIDEO)  —  Tonight Jon Stewart rightly pointed out that there really are no differences when it comes to philosophy about national security, and he demonstrates it with sequential video clips, comparing Barack's speech with past Bush speeches.
Discussion: Lean Left
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Anti-porn online law dies quietly in Supreme Court  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - A federal law intended to restrict children's access to Internet pornography died quietly Wednesday at the Supreme Court, more than 10 years after Congress overwhelmingly approved it.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Balkinization
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court won't save porn law, alters immunity rule
Discussion: Blog of Rights
David Stout / New York Times:
Justices Reject Pornography Law
Discussion: The Swamp and ACSBlog
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Will Get His Blackberry  —  President Barack Obama is going to get his blackberry.  —  On Monday, a government agency that the Obama administration — but that is probably the National Security Agency — added to a standard blackberry a super-encryption package. …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and RedState
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.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Holder confirmation delayed  —  Eric Holder's confirmation vote before the Judiciary Committee will be delayed for up to a week as Republican senators continue to press him on his views about interrogation and other Bush administration intelligence methods.  —  The Judiciary Committee …
Discussion: CNN, Think Progress, Salon and CBS News
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Washington Wire:
McCain Lends Hillary Clinton a Helping Hand  —  Patrick Yoest reports on Congress.  —  Sen. John McCain unexpectedly lent a hand to Sen. Hillary Clinton on the Senate floor today, calling for her quick confirmation as secretary of State without a lengthy roll-call vote.
Andy Levy / Big Hollywood:
My “To Don't” List for the Right  —  The only thing worse than bad winners are sore losers, and we've had enough of them for the past eight years.  So with that in mind, in the wake of today's historic inauguration, here's my Handbook For The Loyal Opposition, 2009 edition - a “To Don't List,” if you will.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“No Words That Will Be Quoted In A Hundred Years”  —  Packer on yesterday's proceedings: … Allow me: she was pretty pedestrian (but better than Aretha).  —  Mulling over the address yesterday, I felt in retrospect that the restraint and classical tropes of the speech were deliberate and wise.
Discussion: New Yorker and Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Alex Spillius / Alex Spillius's blog listings:   Barack Obama inauguration: his worst speech
James D. Besser / The Jewish Week:
Mitchell As Envoy Could Split Center … The expected appointment of a special envoy to breathe new life into Israeli-Palestinian negotiations could split the pro-Israel center while pleasing the Jewish left and outraging the right.  The schism could be particularly deep if …
Reihan Salam / The American Scene:
Worshipping Obama  —  Churlish right-wingers will likely keep complaining about the “cult of Obama.”  I won't indulge in that easy cynicism.  I will note, however, that as I stumbled home, tired and scotch-afflicted for the first time in my life, I talked to one of my best friends …
Haaretz:
Supreme Court revokes ban on Arab parties from national elections  —  Israel's Supreme court overruled on Wednesday a parliamentary panel which had decided to bar Israeli Arab parties from running in next month's parliamentary election.  —  The court issued its decision in response …
Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Europe's Carbon Market Collapses—Should We Worry?  —  Now and again, cap-and-trade systems for carbon emissions get misunderstood—and I think this is one of those times.  Let's review: The idea is that the government sets a nationwide cap on greenhouse-gas emissions and then auctions off …
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Wall Street Journal Receives Envelopes Containing White Powder  —  The Wall Street Journal received more than a dozen envelopes containing an unknown white powder, and New York City police and hazardous materials crews are investigating the matter, a spokesman said.
Denver Post:
Is dissent still patriotic?  —  Do all Americans truly have a yearning to fundamentally “remake” our nation?  There must be a subversive minority out there that still believes the United States — even with its imperfections and sporadic recessions — is, in context, still a wildly prosperous and free country worth preserving.
New York Times:
Hearing Over, Geithner's Confirmation Is Expected  —  WASHINGTON — Senators of both parties interrogated Timothy F. Geithner, President Obama's nominee to be Treasury secretary, on Wednesday about his personal tax delinquencies and his role in the run-up and response to the financial crisis …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Schumer's $3-4 Trillion Horror Story  —  While questioning Treasury nominee Tim Geithner at his confirmation hearing this morning, Sen. Chuck Schumer said he spent some time calling around Wall Street this weekend, and what he heard was that if the government wants to clean out all the toxic assets …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Megan McArdle:
America's drinking problem  —  For obvious reasons, I'm a huge fan of Glenn Reynolds' policy suggestion for Barack Obama: … A drinking age of 21 is an embarassment to a supposedly liberty-loving nation.  If you are old enough to enlist, and old enough to vote, you are old enough to swill cheap beer in the company of your peers.
 
 
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Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Another SOFA?  —  At the new White House website, Obama lays out his agenda for Iraq.
Discussion: The Corner and Political Machine
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