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7:35 AM ET, January 22, 2009

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New York Times:
Kennedy Withdraws Senate Bid  —  Caroline Kennedy announced early Thursday that she was withdrawing from consideration for the vacant Senate seat in New York, startling the state's political world after weeks in which she was considered a top contender for the post.
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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.
MSNBC:
Caroline Kennedy withdraws Senate bid  —  Personal reasons cited in official statement released early Thursday  —  msnbc.com staff and news service reports  —  ALBANY, New York - Caroline Kennedy said she has withdrawn her name from consideration for the Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Michael Gormley / Associated Press:   Kennedy cites ‘personal reasons’ for ending bid
CNN:   Caroline Kennedy withdraws name for Senate seat
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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Steven Pinker / New York Times:
Oaf of Office  —  IN 1969, Neil Armstrong appeared to have omitted an indefinite article as he stepped onto the moon and left earthlings puzzled over the difference between “man” and “mankind.”  In 1980, Jimmy Carter, accepting his party's nomination, paid homage to a former vice president he called Hubert Horatio Hornblower.
Washington Post:
Obama Takes His Oath of Office Again
Discussion: American Power and Althouse
CNN:
Obama retakes oath ‘out of abundance of caution’
Discussion: The Huffington Post
New York Times:
Obama to Shut Guantánamo Site and C.I.A. Prisons  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is expected to sign executive orders Thursday directing the Central Intelligence Agency to shut what remains of its network of secret prisons and ordering the closing of the Guantánamo detention camp within a year, government officials said.
Discussion: American Street
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Sara A. Carter / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama to close terrorist ‘black sites’  —  President Obama on Thursday will order the closure of so-called black sites, where CIA and European security services have interrogated terrorist suspects, under executive orders dismantling much of the Bush admistration's architecture …
Associated Press:
Sources: Obama to order Guantanamo closed
Discussion: Agence France Presse and Macsmind
Anne Flaherty / Associated Press:
Obama tasks Clinton to step up US diplomacy  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton is taking control of the State Department with a mandate from President Barack Obama to step up diplomatic efforts and restore the nation's tattered image abroad.
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Seasoned Negotiator to Serve as a Mideast Envoy
Discussion: Times of London and MyDD
CNN:
Senate confirms Clinton at State by 94-2 vote
Ian Sparks / Daily Mail:
Former French President Chirac hospitalised after mauling by his clinically depressed poodle … Former French president Jacques Chirac was rushed to hospital after being mauled by his own ‘clinically depressed’ pet dog.  —  The 76-year-old statesman was savaged by his white Maltese dog …
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: MsUnderestimated and BLACKFIVE
The Campaign Spot:
TurboTax Doesn't Prompt Users to Pay Self-Employment Taxes?  Or Just Geithner's Copy of the Software?  —  In today's confirmation hearing, Treasury Secretary nominee Tim Geithner said he used TurboTax to prepare his returns for the years in question where he failed to pay self-employment taxes …
Jill Serjeant / Reuters:
Obama inauguration got unprecedented news coverage  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's inauguration generated an unprecedented 35,000 stories in the world's major newspapers, television and radio broadcasts over the past day — about 35 times more than the last presidential swearing-in …
Discussion: Power Line
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
In U.S., 60% Tuned In to Inauguration as It Happened  —  Nearly half (46%) rate Obama's speech as excellent  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Six in 10 Americans tuned in live to the presidential inauguration ceremonies on Tuesday.  Another 20% heard or read news reports of the event while 20% caught none of it.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Intelligence Agencies' Databases Set to Be Linked  —  After Years of Bureaucratic Snags, System Aims to Ease Communications, Give Spies Access to More Data  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. spy agencies' sensitive data should soon be linked by Google-like search systems, nearly five years …
Discussion: GroupIntel
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James D. Besser / The Jewish Week:
Mitchell As Envoy Could Split Center
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Lobbying reforms leave daylight  —  President Barack Obama's new ethics rules concerning lobbyists appear to be written right out of Wednesday's headlines — the scandalous ones.  —  And while they represent the most aggressive attempt by an administration to rein in lobbyists …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Edward Wong / New York Times:
China Announces Subsidies for Health Care  —  BEIJING — China announced Wednesday that it intended to spend $123 billion by 2011 to establish universal health care for the country's 1.3 billion people.  —  The plan was passed Wednesday at a session of the State Council, the Chinese cabinet.
Discussion: Danwei
Richard Jeffrey Newman / Alas, a blog:
Maybe We Should Share Our Stories of antisemitism  —  Reading through the comments generated by my two posts (here and here) on antisemitism so far has gotten me thinking about how many of us-Jewish or not, but especially Jewish-ever really talk about our experiences with antisemitism …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mark Preston / CNN:
Coleman packs, vows to continue Senate seat fight  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Norm Coleman began packing his Capitol Hill office Wednesday, but said he has no intention of giving up his legal fight to serve another term in Congress.  —  Coleman, a Republican from Minnesota, trails Democrat Al Franken by 225 votes.
 
 
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
On Day One, Obama Sets a New Tone
Discussion: Think Progress
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