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11:55 PM ET, January 22, 2009

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New York Times:
Paterson Is Set to Name Senate Pick  —  ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson, after a confusing and even embarrassing two-month ordeal, said Thursday that he would announce a replacement to fill Hillary Rodham Clinton's Senate seat at noon on Friday.  —  Mr. Paterson made the announcement …
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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.
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?  —  Now that Caroline Kennedy has dropped out, the new frontrunner for Hillary Clinton's senate seat is upstate congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democratic hero for capturing a Republican-majority district in 2006.
The Daily Politics:
Aide: Caroline “became aware of a personal situation”
Discussion: TIME.com, WCBS-TV and Spin Cycle
MSNBC:   NYT: Taxes, housekeeper said to derail Kennedy
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 …
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.
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 …
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Fox News:   Obama Issues Directives on Detainees, Interrogation, Guantanamo
Financial Times:
Obama urges Israel to open Gaza borders  —  By Daniel Dombey in Washington and Tobias Buck in Jerusalem  —  President Barack Obama urged Israel on Thursday to open its borders with Gaza.  —  The plea came in a speech that signalled the new US administration's shift from Bush-era policy on the Middle East and the world as a whole.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Mark Landler / The Caucus:
Secretary of State Clinton Arrives at Foggy Bottom
CNN:
Obama picks Mitchell as his Middle East envoy
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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Repudiating Bush legal counsel
Discussion: Democracy in America
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Freed by U.S., Saudi Becomes a Qaeda Chief  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — The emergence of a former Guantánamo Bay detainee as the deputy leader of Al Qaeda's Yemeni branch has underscored the potential complications in carrying out the executive order President Obama signed Thursday that the detention center be shut down within a year.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and NeoMugwump
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
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Carolyn Lochhead / San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama retakes oath to err on side of law
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Pa. defense firm raided by FBI  —  Federal agents raided the offices of a Western Pennsylvania defense contractor that has received millions in federal earmarks at the request of Rep. John Murtha, according to local media reports.  —  The offices of Kuchera Industries and Kuchera Defense Systems …
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Michelle Malkin:
“Whore for the far-right”  —  The Huffington Post demonstrates its moral superiority and commitment to Obama-esque positivity by breaking out the w-word again.  They're incensed that conservatives on Fox News would dare to express dissenting views of the inaugural festivities.
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 …
Robert P. George / Public Discourse:
Our Struggle for the Soul of our Nation  —  In remarks delivered yesterday at the Cardinal O'Connor Conference on Life, Robert P. George reflected on the history of the pro-life movement and offered advice for its future.  —  Thirty-six years ago tomorrow, the Supreme Court of the United States handed …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Geithner Hints at Harder Line on China Trade  —  WASHINGTON — Timothy F. Geithner, who moved closer to confirmation as Treasury secretary on Thursday, told senators that President Obama believed China was “manipulating” its currency, suggesting a more confrontational stance toward that country than under the Bush administration.
Discussion: James Fallows and Michelle Malkin
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Claudia Rosett / Forbes:
The New Anti-Semitism  —  Obama's put a dent in racism.  Will he defend Jews?  —  America has just thrown one of the world's biggest parties, rejoicing with good reason at the fall of the racial barrier to the White House.  But bigotry ebbs and flows on many fronts, and a question …
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:
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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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