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7:10 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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Jane Sutton / Reuters:
Obama seeks halt to Guantanamo trials  —  GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - Hours after taking office on Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama ordered military prosecutors in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals to ask for a 120-day halt in all pending cases.
Discussion: 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
Discussion: TIME.com
John M. Broder / New York Times:   Few Protesters at Inauguration
The Hill:
Bush Mocked As He Arrives on Inauguration Dais  —  The crowd packed on the west side of the Capitol grounds serenaded President Bush in mocking fashion when he took to the inaugural stage alongside Vice President Dick Cheney.  —  “Nah nah nah nah, hey hey, good-bye,” a section of the crowd chanted.
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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 …
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: All The Rage, The Politico and TIME.com
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ABCNEWS:
Michelle Obama: ‘Normal Is Now Relative’
Discussion: TIME.com
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
President and First Lady Obama dance
USA Today:
Rev. Joseph Lowery's impassioned benediction … Barack Obama's inaugural speech was book-ended by two expressions of evangelical faith.  First came Rev. Rick Warren's invocation, including mentions of God, Jesus and an allusion to Allah, called by Muslims as “compassionate and merciful.”
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
A tale of two prayers: Warren and Lowery  —  Since much was made of these two invocations beforehand, I thought it would be useful to take a look at Rev. Rick Warren's and Rev. Joseph Lowery's respective prayers at today's inauguration ceremonies for President Obama.
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
Little Green Footballs:
Video: Who Stumbled on the Oath?  —  We've been hearing people bashing Barack Obama for “flubbing” his oath of office, but here's the video—and you can see that it was Justice Roberts who messed it up, not Obama.
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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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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
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.
David Horowitz / Front Page Magazine:
How Conservatives Should Celebrate the Inauguration  —  “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”
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Spencer Spinnell / Traditional Media:
Turning the page on Print Ads  —  Labels: Announcements, Google Print Ads  —  In the last few months, we've been taking a long, hard look at all the things we are doing to ensure we are investing our resources in the projects that will have the biggest impact for our users and partners.
Washington Post:
Sell-Off Is Sobering Welcome From Wall Street  —  As Washington celebrated, New York fretted.  —  The Dow Jones industrial average yesterday fell below 8,000, shedding 4 percent, its bleakest performance on any Inauguration Day since the index was started 124 years ago.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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New York Times:
Fresh Bank Worries Batter Stocks; Dow Falls Below 8,000
Discussion: TIME.com and New York Magazine
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
Madoff's Ponzi Case Leaves PETA Cowed  —  WASHINGTON — The downfall of Bernard Madoff has claimed a far-flung, new victim: a plan by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to lobby Barack Obama at the inaugural festivities to be a vegetarian.  —  The animal-welfare organization viewed Mr. Obama's election as a turning point.
Discussion: Moonbattery and New York Magazine
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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Cathy Horyn / New York Times:
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CNN:
Obama signs first presidential proclamation
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Newshoggers.com
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Back to enflamed, anti-American hatred in Iran!
Manu Raju / The Politico:
7 Obama nominees approved
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Carter ‘Snubs’ Clinton?
Discussion: Don Surber