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8:50 PM ET, January 22, 2009

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New York Times:
Housekeeper and Taxes Are Said to Derail Kennedy's Bid  —  ALBANY — Problems involving taxes and a household employee surfaced during the vetting of Caroline Kennedy and derailed her candidacy for the Senate, a person close to Gov. David A. Paterson said on Thursday, in an account at odds …
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Karen Tumulty / Time:
Ted Kennedy's Circle Upset By Caroline Kennedy's Awkward Exit  —  Senator Ted Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy in August 2008  —  Of all the many ways in which Caroline Kennedy's brief and unofficial candidacy for the U.S. Senate was mishandled, one final ungraceful note is striking particularly close to home.
Marvin Scott / WPIX-TV:
Confirmed: Kirsten Gillibrand Chosen to Fill Clinton's Senate Seat  —  PIX NEWS is being told that Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand is the reported choice of Governor David Paterson to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton.  Two Congressional sources say members …
Discussion: Daily Kos and MyDD
Danny Hakim / City Room:
With Kennedy Out, N.R.A. Becomes Issue  —  ALBANY — Representative Carolyn McCarthy of Long Island, a staunch supporter of gun-control laws, said in an interview Thursday that she would challenge a fellow Democrat, Representative Kirsten E. Gillibrand, if Gov. David A. Paterson names Ms. Gillibrand to the Senate.
Wayne Barrett / Runnin' Scared:   Is Gillibrand Too Republican to Replace Clinton?
Peter Baker / New York Times:
On Plane to Texas, Critiques of the Speech  —  WASHINGTON — On the plane, no longer Air Force One but now Special Air Mission 28000, they talked about the speech.  George W. Bush, the former president, was heading home to Texas with his inner circle, having just left the west front of the Capitol …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A RIDICULOUS STANDARD.... Marc Thiessen, up until recently George W. Bush's chief speechwriter, has a twisted op-ed in the Washington Post today, arguing that if Barack Obama changes Bush's national-security apparatus in anyway, he'll invite domestic terrorism and will shoulder the blame for American deaths.
CNN:
Obama picks Mitchell as his Middle East envoy  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell was named as a special envoy for the Middle East during an event at the State Department on Thursday afternoon.  —  The move, which is meant to send the signal that Obama …
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Mark Landler / The Caucus:
Secretary of State Clinton Arrives at Foggy Bottom
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama marks ‘new era’ at State Dept
WJAC-TV:
Local Defense Contractor Raided By FBI, IRS  —  WINDBER, Pa. — Federal agents raided Kuchera Industries, an area defense contractor located in Windber.  —  The entrance of the building was blocked by state and federal authorities.  One by one, Kuchera employees drove off the property.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Pa. defense firm raided by FBI
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Fred Hiatt and the Washington establishment's bizarre concept of “due process”  —  Barack Obama will have spent his first several days in office issuing a series of executive orders which, some quibbling and important caveats aside, meet or actually exceed even the most optimistic expectations …
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Limbaugh on Hannity: Racism is ‘the exclusive province of the left’  —  Something seems strangely off about Rush Limbaugh in his interview with Sean Hannity yesterday on Fox.  Of course, there's also the crazy things he says, such as his further explanation of why he hopes Barack Obama's presidency fails:
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:   Limbaugh Claims He's Being Told 'To Bend Over, Grab The Ankles …
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Glenn Beck freaks out about the missing Bible at Obama's do-over swearing in.»  —  Today on his new Fox News show, Glenn Beck panicked about the re-do oath of office President Obama took last night, because Obama did not place his hand on a Bible.  “I checked.
Discussion: Salon and Washington Monthly
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Carolyn Lochhead / San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama retakes oath to err on side of law
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Chris Matthews' Inaugural Jib-Jabbery  —  The MSNBC motormouth talks a lot, says nothing.  —  Nobody in TV news stir-fries his ideas and serves them to the audience faster than MSNBC's Chris Matthews.  Drawing from a larder filled with old anecdotes, unreliable metaphors, wacky intuition …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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Paul J. Gough / Hollywood Reporter:
Book, TV deal in Sarah Palin's future?  —  Politician enlisting help of superstar D.C. attorney  —  NEW YORK — It looks like Sarah Palin may be ready to tell her remarkable story in print.  —  The former GOP vice presidential candidate has apparently enlisted the help …
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Michael Muskal / Los Angeles Times:
Sarah Palin may be shopping a book
Discussion: The Swamp
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Cheney Speaks Out on Libby  —  Former vice president calls prosecution a “serious miscarriage of justice” and disagrees with Bush's decision.  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney disagreed publicly with his boss just four times in the eight years they served together.
Nick Baumann / MoJoBlog:
Obama to Bush: I Can Release Your Records.  Don't Like It?  Sue.  —  On his first day in office, President Obama put former president Bush on notice.  His administration just released an executive order that will make it difficult for Bush to shield his White House records …
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama lobbying ban hits DC reality
Marc Lynch:
Unilateral al-Qaeda ceasefire with the U.S.?  —  Mohammed Essam Derbala, one of the leaders of the Egyptian al-Gama'a al-Islamiya, today called on Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda to declare a unilateral four month ceasefire [hudna] with the United States to test Barack Obama's pledges to establish …
Randall Mikkelsen / Reuters:
Obama CIA choice won't call waterboarding torture  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's choice to head the CIA declined on Thursday to call waterboarding “torture,” only days after his attorney general nominee condemned the interrogation practice as precisely that.
Carrie Sheffield / Washington Times:
Wounded vets walk out during inaugural ball concert  —  An inaugural ball honoring U.S. military veterans ended in a kerfluffle as several veterans walked out when a musical act's attempt at humor backfired.  —  During the Heroes Red, White & Blue Inaugural Ball honoring the nation's veterans …
New York Times:
Obama Orders Secret Prisons and Detention Camps Closed  —  WASHINGTON — Saying that “our ideals give us the strength and moral high ground” to combat terrorism, President Obama signed executive orders Thursday effectively ending the Central Intelligence Agency's secret interrogation program …
The Politico:
GOP pressures Bunning to quit  —  Some Republicans are privately urging Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) to step down at the end of his term amid growing concerns that he can't win reelection in 2010.  —  According to two GOP sources, leading Republican fundraisers in Kentucky are hesitant …
Blogs and Stories:
John Thain's $87,000 Rug  —  Merrill Shocker: CEO Thain's $87,000 Office Rug by Charlie Gasparino  —  Full Coverage: Obama Inauguration, Bush Farewell  —  Blogs and Stories  —  In a Daily Beast/CNBC exclusive, Charlie Gasparino reveals how Merrill Lynch's CEO spent over $1 million …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: No stimulus money for white males  —  Wasn't this supposed the era of post-racialism?  Robert Reich apparently didn't get that message.  In his appearance before Congress on structuring the stimulus plan on January 7th, Reich suggested that the package discriminate against white male workers:
New York Times:
Geithner Says China Is Manipulating Its Currency  —  WASHINGTON — Timothy F. Geithner, who took a big step toward confirmation as Treasury secretary on Thursday, told senators that the Obama administration believes China is “manipulating” its currency, suggesting a more confrontational trade stance toward …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Conyers Hits Newsweek As “Glib” And “Cynical”  —  Rep. John Conyers — angered by a recent Newsweek.com piece claiming that his efforts to force a probe of Bush-era “war on terror” practices are nothing but the “politics of vengeance” — fired off an unusually scathing letter to Newsweek hammering …
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blogs
The Politico:
Obama flashes irritation in press room visit  —  President Obama made a surprise visit to the White House press corps Thursday night, but got agitated when he was faced with a substantive question.  —  Asked how he could reconcile a strict ban on lobbyists in his administration …
Discussion: The Swamp
Fox News:
Clinically Depressed Poodle Mauls Former French President Chirac  —  Former French President Jacques Chirac was rushed to a hospital after being mauled by his pet dog who is being treated for depression, in a dramatic incident that rattled the ex-president's wife.
 
 
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David Corn / MoJoBlog:
Has Obama Ended the “War on Terror”?
Discussion: David Corn
MSNBC:
Obama orders CIA prisons, Gitmo shut
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DON'T JUMP IN THE POOL.... It's impractical for every major media outlets …
Discussion: Washington Post
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Repudiating Bush legal counsel
Marc Ambinder:
Robert Gibbs's First Briefing: Minute-By-Minute
Discussion: The Caucus and Lost in Transition
Brian Angliss / Scholars and Rogues:
U.S. carbon emissions 20% greater than official estimates
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Ambinder:
Anti-Card Check Forces Target Obama Supporters
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
BARRASSO BEHIND ENVIRO DELAY
Discussion: TPMDC and Washington Monthly