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9:45 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Kennedy Is Said to Withdraw Senate Bid  —  Caroline Kennedy has withdrawn from consideration for the vacant Senate seat in New York, according to a person told of her decision.  —  Ms. Kennedy on Wednesday called Gov. David A. Paterson, who will choose a successor to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton …
CNN:
Caroline Kennedy withdraws name for Senate seat
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
Associated Press:
Obama takes presidential oath again after stumble  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - After the flub heard around the world, President Barack Obama has taken the oath of office.  Again.  Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the oath to Obama …
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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
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.
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;
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
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novinite.com:   Ten Balls Top Obama Inauguration Day
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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Nathan Gardels / The Huffington Post:
Obama Should Quit War on Terror, Talk to Hamas and Taliban  —  Of course, I agree with my passionate friend, Bernard-Henri Levy, who writes elsewhere on this page that Gaza cannot be allowed to become an “advance base for total war against Israel.”  —  But for the current Israeli government …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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Sean Meade / Thomas P.M. Barnett:
Deleted scenes: Chapter 1
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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: CNN and The Opinionator
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Nancy Gibbs / Time:   Is There a Second Act for George W. Bush?
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
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. …
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
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
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.
Daniel W. Drezner:
Have you met the French, Mr. Obama?  —  God bless France.  You knew, once Obama was sworn in, that Paris would welcome the new president with open arms and not get all passive-aggressive-y ike they [always] [frequently] occasionally do.  —  What's that?  There's a Reuters story about this?
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.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Commentary
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Murtha Says He'd Take Guantanamo Prisoners in His District  —  Rep. Jack Murtha volunteers to house prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in his Pennsylvania district, as President Obama prepares to order the shut-down of the facility.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa. …
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 …
Associated Press:
Gadhafi says US should seek peace with bin Laden  —  WASHINGTON: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has a seemingly unthinkable suggestion for new U.S. President Barack Obama: give Osama bin Laden a chance to make peace.  —  Gadhafi, who is known for outspoken comments, told an audience …
Dennis Sanders / The Moderate Voice:
Who's Afraid of the Big Tent?  —  John Avalon has a great piece up at David Frum's New Majority website about how the GOP can win in New England again.  He notes that before the Bush-era there were still an favorable number of Republicans holding office in New England and now there are none (two if you include New York State.)
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Real Life Politics  —  The transcript follows.  —  Ruth Marcus: Hi everyone.  Looking forward to chatting about the new era ahead...  Washington, D.C.: Regarding the oath of office, many people are saying shifting the word “faithfully” to a different place in the sentence did not in any way change the meaning of what was said.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and TalkLeft
 
 
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Radical in the White House
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Newspapers In Demand Again! Inauguration Sparks Press Run Boost
George Packer In / New Yorker:
LET US NOW SET ASIDE CHILDISH THINGS
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Liberty Street
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Senate Progressive Media Summit Liveblog
Discussion: Riehl World View
James Fallows:
Very late night inauguration points
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
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Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Megan McArdle:
America's drinking problem
KRQE-TV:
Iglesias to prosecute terror cases
Discussion: Think Progress
Scott Collins / Show Tracker:
Alone among networks, Fox News gives Bush homecoming cheer
Discussion: Think Progress