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8:30 PM ET, January 21, 2009

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New York Post:
CAROLINE KENNEDY ENDS SENATE SEAT BID  —  By FREDRIC U. DICKER IN ALBANY and MAGGIE HABERMAN IN N.Y.  —  Caroline Kennedy has told Gov. David Paterson that she is withdrawing her name from consideration to replace outgoing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the U.S. Senate, The Post has learned.
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New York Times:
Kennedy Is Said to Withdraw Senate Bid  —  Caroline Kennedy has withdrawn from consideration for the vacant Senate seat in New York, according to a person told of her decision.  —  On Wednesday she called Gov. David A. Paterson, who will choose a successor to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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.
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David Stout / New York Times:
Clinton Is Approved, but Vote on Holder Is Delayed  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York was overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate as President Obama's secretary of state on Wednesday, but the new president will have to wait at least a week for a vote on his choice to lead the Justice Department.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:   Clinton Confirmed  —  The U.S. Senate confirmed Hillary Clinton …
Washington Wire:
Clinton Confirmed for Secretary of State
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.
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 …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Settlement Freeze  —  In the very early days of the Bush …
Discussion: Megan McArdle
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 …
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Jonn Lilyea / This ain't Hell …:
Obama blows off Medal of Honor recipients  —  According to TSO who was at the “Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball”, this newly sworn-in President for the first time in 56 years blew off the ball (that's 14 Inaugurations).  —  Some background on the ball;
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novinite.com:   Ten Balls Top Obama Inauguration Day
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: New York Times and The Fix
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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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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. …
USA Today:
On the new whitehouse.gov: ‘Pool’ reports to be public?  —  But a quick tour around its features indicates it will have some interesting features, along with the usual pages about the president's agenda, the White House and the federal government:  —  • Pool reports.
Discussion: The Opinionator
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Sean Meade / Thomas P.M. Barnett:
Deleted scenes: Chapter 1  —  A grand strategy grading sheet  —  On articulation, President Bush gets a “T” for “trying”—as in, too hard.  As Jacob Weisberg argues in his 2008 book, The Bush Tragedy, George W. Bush was determined to succeed where his father had failed in articulating …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Nathan Gardels / The Huffington Post:   Obama Should Quit War on Terror, Talk to Hamas and Taliban
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
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
David Stout / New York Times:
Justices Reject Pornography Law  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to consider attempts to revive a 1998 law intended to protect children from Internet pornography, ending a legal conflict dating to the administration of President Bill Clinton.
Discussion: SCOTUSblog, The Swamp and ACSBlog
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Anti-porn online law dies quietly in Supreme Court
Hollywoodreporter / The Live Feed:
Obama's inauguration most-watched since Reagan's  —  UPDATED: Here's another way Barack Obama's inauguration made history.  —  Nielsen Media Research says 37.8 million TV viewers watched Tuesday's coverage — the largest inaugural audience in decades.  —  Obama's viewership is bigger than any presidential inauguration in 28 years.
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Nielsen Wire:
Obama Inaugural Events Viewed By 29.2% In Top Markets
Tom Gralish / Scene on the Road:
Found - AGAIN - the Poster Source Photo  —  The photographer is MANNIE GARCIA, a Washington DC freelancer for the Associated Press.  —  Driving home from Washington after the inauguration, cruising on adrenalin from covering the historic event and then stopping two or three times for coffee …
Discussion: Swampland and Extreme Mortman
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.
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 …
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Washington Post:
Treasury Secretary Nominee Urges Changes to Current Bailout Plan
Discussion: D-Day
David A Nakamura / Inauguration Watch:
Inaugural Committee Apologizes for Ticket Fiasco  —  The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which was responsible for planning and executing Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony yesterday, apologized today for keeping thousands of ticket-holders outside the security gates, causing them to miss the ceremony.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Radio Equalizer and Commentary
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Senate Progressive Media Summit Liveblog  —  digg it  —  Marcy and I are at the Hart Senate Office Building with Atrios, Jerome, Bowers, David Corn, Mike Rodgers, Natasha Chart, Chris Hayes, Brownsox and others listening to various Senators come in and talk about their issues.
Discussion: Riehl World View
 
 
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Associated Press:
Kennedy Released From Hospital
Discussion: Reuters
Daniel W. Drezner:
Have you met the French, Mr. Obama?
Dennis Sanders / The Moderate Voice:
Who's Afraid of the Big Tent?
George Packer In / New Yorker:
LET US NOW SET ASIDE CHILDISH THINGS
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Liberty Street
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Another SOFA?  —  At the new White House website, Obama lays out his agenda for Iraq.
Reihan Salam / The American Scene:
Worshipping Obama  —  Churlish right-wingers will likely keep …
Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Europe's Carbon Market Collapses—Should We Worry?
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Schumer's $3-4 Trillion Horror Story
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Megan McArdle:
America's drinking problem
Discussion: The Nation and Wall Street Journal
KRQE-TV:
Iglesias to prosecute terror cases
Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
WHouse stops pending Bush regulations for review
Scott Collins / Show Tracker:
Alone among networks, Fox News gives Bush homecoming cheer
Discussion: Think Progress and Salon
Denver Post:
Is dissent still patriotic?