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9:25 AM ET, January 21, 2009

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Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Obama Seeks Halt to Legal Proceedings at Guantanamo  —  In one of its first actions, the Obama administration instructed military prosecutors late Tuesday to seek a 120-day suspension of legal proceedings involving detainees at the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — a clear break with the approach of the outgoing Bush administration.
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CNN:
Obama calls for halt to Gitmo prosecutions
Discussion: Hot Air
Jane Sutton / Reuters:
Obama seeks halt to Guantanamo trials
Discussion: Pirate's Cove, GINA COBB and MyDD
The Politico:
Obama faces first day as president  —  With the pageantry almost behind him, Barack Obama comes to work for the first full day Wednesday to face problems both foreign and domestic.  —  And his staff just hopes to figure out the computers.  —  Obama wraps up the inaugural festivities Wednesday morning …
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Quickfire for the new press secretary  —  A new president, a new press secretary - and plenty of questions for both.  —  Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is expected to step to one of the most storied podiums in the world for the first time Wednesday, as the public face of Barack Obama's White House.
Discussion: The Swamp and TIME.com
CNN:
Work begins for President Obama
Discussion: On Deadline
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
Something Has to Be Said  —  The utter lack of ooh-ing and ah-ing over Michelle Obama's inauguration wear should tell you something.  It was bad.  —  She's worn beautiful things in the past.  I tend to think saturated, jewel tones (royal purple, forest green, dark teal, deep orange) look great on her.
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ABCNEWS:
Michelle Obama: ‘Normal Is Now Relative’
Discussion: TIME.com
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
President and First Lady Obama dance
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and TalkLeft
Cathy Horyn / New York Times:   The First Lady Tells a Story With Fashion
Gregg Levine / Firedoglake:
Worst.  Inauguration.  Ever.  —  So, I don't even know how to write about this without it sounding like bitter grousing, and frankly, I'm a little embarrassed to have to report that after five hours of standing in the bitter cold, getting pushed and shoved to the point where you start to feel …
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Leah Carliner / Inauguration Watch:
Purple, Silver, Blue Ticket Holders Turned Away
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.
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Brian Faler / Bloomberg:
Much of Stimulus Won't Be Spent Before 2011, CBO Says  —  Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) — The government wouldn't be able to spend at least one-fourth of a proposed $825 billion economic stimulus plan until after 2010, according to a new report that suggests it may take longer than expected to boost the economy.
Discussion: RedState, Betsy's Page and The Bellows
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Stimulus Projects May Be Slow, CBO Says
Discussion: The Corner
New York Times:
Questions for Mr. Geithner  —  Timothy Geithner, President Obama's nominee for Treasury secretary, appears before the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday.  The Op-Ed page asked seven experts in finance and economics to pose the questions they would like to hear the nominee answer.
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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Gingrich urges GOP to fight Geithner
Fox News:
World Celebrates, Riots on Obama's Inauguration Day  —  While much of the world celebrated the arrival of the new American president on Tuesday, some regions saw angry protests.  —  In Iran, protesters burnt posters of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama and waved flags in support of Gaza, Reuters reported.
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Anita Chang / Associated Press:
Chinese translation cuts out parts of Obama speech  —  BEIJING - The official Chinese translation of President Barack Obama's inauguration speech omitted his references to communism and dissent, and a live broadcast on state television Wednesday quickly cut away to the anchor when sensitive topics were mentioned.
Michelle Roberts / Oregonian:
Portland Mayor Sam Adams apologizes for ‘sexual relationship’ with teenager … Portland Mayor Sam Adams held a news conference at 1:30 p.m. today in City Hall to discuss reports of his sexual relationship with a teenager.  Reporter Michelle Roberts is sending dispatches from the news conference.
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
A tale of two prayers: Warren and Lowery
Elizabeth Stanton / Bloomberg:
U.S. Stocks Slide in Dow Average's Worst Inauguration Day Drop  —  Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) — U.S. stocks sank, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its worst Inauguration Day decline, as speculation banks must raise more capital sent financial shares to an almost 14-year low.
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Wall Street Journal:
Banks Pull Dow Under 8000
Andy Barr / The Politico:
New White House site slams Bush  —  The new White House website unveiled by President Barack Obama's team Tuesday includes a shot at former President Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina.  —  Under the “agenda” portion of the site regarding Katrina, it reads: “President Obama will keep …
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Wall Street Journal:
Let's Stimulate Private Risk Taking  —  Tax cuts are the way to nudge capital toward productive uses.  —  In virtually all economics classes, including those taught by the many excellent economists on the Obama team, the idea of government spending as an engine for growth is not a popular topic.
Discussion: EconLog
Wall Street Journal:
Hopes for the Obama Presidency  —  Marshal the Power of Government  —  By Katrina vanden Heuvel  —  President Barack Obama will need to act swiftly and invest political capital — along with trillions of dollars — in a sustained recovery program.  While many caution our new president …
Discussion: The Nation
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
At Inaugural Balls, Only One Couple Mattered  —  WASHINGTON — Moments before the first dance at the first inaugural ball, President Obama emerged onstage Tuesday hand in hand with his wife, Michelle, who glittered in a floor-length ivory one-shoulder gown.  —  “How good-looking is my wife?”
Discussion: The Politico and TIME.com
Etgar Lefkovits / Jerusalem Post:
Norwegian envoy: Israel, Nazis the same  —  A Norwegian diplomat based in Saudi Arabia has sent out e-mails from her Foreign Ministry e-mail account equating Israel's offensive against Hamas in Gaza with the systematic mass murder of six million Jews by the Nazis.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Israellycool
 
 
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