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9:50 PM ET, January 22, 2009

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New York Times:
Snags for Kennedy Said to Be Taxes, Housekeeper  —  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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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?
Discussion: The Daily Politics and RedState
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.
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
2,688 Days  —  When President Bush left office on Tuesday, America marked 2,688 days without a terrorist attack on its soil.  There are 1,459 days until the next inauguration.  Whether Barack Obama is standing on the Capitol steps to be sworn in a second time depends on whether he succeeds in replicating Bush's achievement.
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 …
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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 …
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
Mark Landler / The Caucus:
Secretary of State Clinton Arrives at Foggy Bottom  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived for her first day of work at the State Department Thursday, assuming the mantle of the nation's chief diplomat and preparing to name a pair of renowned diplomats to serve as special emissaries to the Middle East and South Asia.
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CNN:
Obama picks Mitchell as his Middle East envoy
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama marks ‘new era’ at State Dept
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith'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, Townhall.com and Hot Air
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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WJAC-TV:
Local Defense Contractor Raided By FBI, IRS
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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 …
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.
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama lobbying ban hits DC reality
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
Associated Press:
Castro says he doubts he'll be lucid in 4 years  —  HAVANA - Fidel Castro suggested Thursday that his health is failing, saying that four years from now he doesn't expect to be following current events.  In an online column titled “Reflections of Comrade Fidel,” the 82-year-old Cuban leader appeared …
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 …
 
 
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Robert P. George / Public Discourse:
Our Struggle for the Soul of our Nation
Claudia Rosett / Forbes:
The New Anti-Semitism  —  Obama's put a dent in racism.  Will he defend Jews?
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David Corn / MoJoBlog:
Has Obama Ended the “War on Terror”?
Discussion: David Corn
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Conyers Hits Newsweek As “Glib” And “Cynical”
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blogs
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Fox News:
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Marc Ambinder:
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Tyler Cowen / The Atlantic Business Channel:
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Paul J. Gough / Hollywood Reporter:
Book, TV deal in Sarah Palin's future?
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Decline in PC Orders Leads to Microsoft Layoffs