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1:45 PM ET, January 22, 2009

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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama Staff Arrives to White House Stuck in Dark Ages of Technology  —  If the Obama campaign represented a sleek, new iPhone kind of future, the first day of the Obama administration looked more like the rotary-dial past.  —  Two years after launching the most technologically savvy presidential campaign …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Coleman takes a new day job  —  Last session's senior senator from Minnesota Norm Coleman, still battling Al Franken to be seated in the Senate, has taken a paid job as a consultant to the Republican Jewish Coalition, which harshly attacked Obama last fall, its executive director, Matt Brooks, said.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, MyDD and Wonkette
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Coleman gets job, will still continue reelection bid  —  Norm Coleman (R) has taken a job with the Republican Jewish Coalition while contesting Democrat Al Franken's lead in the Minnesota Senate race, his campaign confirmed Thursday.  —  In what could be seen as a sign that Coleman thinks …
Steven Pinker / New York Times:
Oaf of Office  —  IN 1969, Neil Armstrong appeared to have omitted an indefinite article as he stepped onto the moon and left earthlings puzzled over the difference between “man” and “mankind.”  In 1980, Jimmy Carter, accepting his party's nomination, paid homage to a former vice president he called Hubert Horatio Hornblower.
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama Starts Reversing Bush Policies  —  Guantanamo Order Readied; Lobbying Rules Tightened  —  President Obama moved swiftly yesterday to begin rolling back eight years of his predecessor's policies, ordering tough new ethics rules and preparing to issue an order closing the detention facility …
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New York Times:
Obama Issues Directive to Shut Down Guantánamo  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama signed executive orders Thursday directing the Central Intelligence Agency to shut what remains of its network of secret prisons and ordering the closing of the Guantánamo detention camp within a year, government officials said.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Symbolism Matters
Discussion: MSNBC, The Politico and Washington Post
Bill Hammond / The Daily Politics:
Aide: Caroline “became aware of a personal situation”  —  The Daily News' Ken Lovett reports:  —  Caroline Kennedy's aides this morning are saying her decision to withdraw from consideration for the U.S. Senate seat had nothing to do with the health of her uncle, Sen. Ted Kennedy.
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Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
Caroline Kennedy: Hey, Wha' Happened?
Discussion: Time
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.
The White House:
Executive Order — Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and sections 3301 and 7301 of title 5, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Discussion: USA Today and Swampland
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama lobbying ban hits DC reality
Discussion: The Politico and Weekly Standard
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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Jerusalem Post:
IDF denies report that no more than 600 people died in Gaza
Discussion: MSNBC and A Blog For All
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:
Discussion: Flopping Aces and NewsBusters.org
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Michelle Malkin:
Robert Reich: Keep stimulus money away from skilled workers and “white male contractors”  —  I missed Clintonite moldy oldie-turned-Obama economic adviser Robert Reich's testimony a few weeks ago on how the government should spend federal stimulus money.  The Berkeley professor engaged …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Gateway Pundit
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Countdown: NSA Surveillance Far Vaster Than Admitted; Targeted Regular Citizens and Journalists  —  It didn't take twenty four hours after the end of the Bush presidency for the latest scandal to come out—hopefully, it will not go down the memory hole of those eager to “look forward.”
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Muammar Qaddafi / New York Times:
The One-State Solution  —  THE shocking level of the last wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence, which ended with this weekend's cease-fire, reminds us why a final resolution to the so-called Middle East crisis is so important.  It is vital not just to break this cycle of destruction and injustice …
Tom Baldwin / Times of London:
President Obama's first call ‘was to President Abbas’  —  President Obama placed the Middle East at the forefront of his first hours in office yesterday as he sought to make good on his promise of “ushering in a new era of peace”.  —  In a flurry of telephone calls from the Oval Office …
Discussion: Hot Air, Wizbang and JammieWearingFool
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
This is Just Creepy...: Go to 3:54: “I pledge to be a servant to our president and all mankind.”
Discussion: Dean's World
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
MSNBC Wants to Add a 3rd Prime-Time Show  —  WASHINGTON — Building on the momentum of its prime-time hours, MSNBC is developing a 10 p.m. program that would complement its left-leaning evening lineup, the cable news channel's president said this week.  —  A new program could increase …
Discussion: Don Surber
Financial Times:
Merrill delivered bonuses before BofA deal  —  Merrill Lynch took the unusual step of accelerating bonus payments by a month last year, doling out billions of dollars to employees just three days before the closing of its sale to Bank of America.  —  The timing is notable because the money …
Robert J. Barro / Wall Street Journal:
Government Spending Is No Free Lunch  —  Now the Democrats are peddling voodoo economics.  —  Back in the 1980s, many commentators ridiculed as voodoo economics the extreme supply-side view that across-the-board cuts in income-tax rates might raise overall tax revenues.
The Bagger / Carpetbagger:
And the Nominees Are:  —  BEST PICTURE  —  * “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)  —  * “Frost/Nixon” (Universal)  —  * “Milk” (Focus Features)  —  * “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company)  —  * “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight)  —  BEST ACTOR
Discussion: The Other McCain
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
New poll on torture and investigations negates Beltway conventional wisdom  —  (updated below)  —  One of the most common and most corrosive aspects of our political discourse is the endless assertions — based on nothing — about what “Americans believe.”
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Levin: I've Suggested To Eric Holder That He Should Appoint An Independent Investigator On Torture  —  Responding to a question earlier this month, President Obama didn't rule out the possibility of appointing a special prosecutor to “independently investigate” the “greatest crimes” committed by the Bush administration.
James Fallows:
A word about Timothy Geithner  —  I recognize that dealing with the world financial/economic crisis is the most important next thing the Obama Administration has to do.  Without detailed knowledge, I am willing to accept that Geithner is a crucially well-prepared member of the team that will help …
Discussion: The American Scene
Morton A. Klein / zoa.org:
Obama Inauguration Speech — “We Are A Nation Of Christians And Muslims, Jews And Hindus — And Non Believers”  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Why Did Obama Choose This Sequence?  —  ZOA: What is the reason President Obama chose this sequence when listing these four religions?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 
 
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Clinton Welcomed at State Department
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David Barboza / New York Times:
Death Sentences in Milk Cases
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Robert L. Ehrlich / Washington Post:
Post-Partisan? Not Really.
Zachary Coile / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi sketches strategy on key issues
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
In Texas, a Line in the Curriculum Revives Evolution Debate
Discussion: The New Republic
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Bush Was Right When It Mattered Most
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
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White House may put hold on offshore drilling plan
Mousa Abu Marzook / Guardian:
A decisive loss for Israel
Discussion: New York Times and The Corner
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Give Up the Losing Fight on Gay Rights, GOP
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Clinton Confirmation: Explaining the 'No's
Wall Street Journal:
Politics Seen in Bank Bailout Decisions
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Washington Post
Marc Ambinder:
Interview: Col. Peter Mansoor On Petraeus And Obama