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9:55 AM ET, January 22, 2009

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New York Times:
Kennedy Drops Bid for Clinton's Senate Seat, Citing Personal Reasons  —  Caroline Kennedy announced early Thursday that she was withdrawing from consideration for the vacant Senate seat in New York, startling the state's political world after weeks in which she was considered a top contender for the post.
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New York Post:
CAROLINE KENNEDY ENDS SENATE SEAT BID  —  By FREDRIC U. DICKER IN ALBANY and MAGGIE HABERMAN IN N.Y.  —  Caroline Kennedy has told Gov. David Paterson that she is withdrawing her name from consideration to replace outgoing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the U.S. Senate, The Post has learned.
New York Post:
CAROLINE'S KAPUT  —  QUITS SENATE BID AFTER GOV SOURS ON HER TO REPLACE HILL  —  By FREDRIC U. DICKER in Albany and MAGGIE HABERMAN in NY  —  Caroline Kennedy last night withdrew from consideration to replace Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, just two months after rocking the New York political landscape by throwing her hat in the ring.
MSNBC:
Caroline Kennedy withdraws Senate bid
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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.
New York Times:
Obama to Shut Guantánamo Site and C.I.A. Prisons  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is expected to sign 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.
Jon Cohen / Behind the Numbers:
On Torture  —  A majority of Americans in a new Washington …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Ian Sparks / Daily Mail:
Former French President Chirac hospitalised after mauling by his clinically depressed poodle … Former French president Jacques Chirac was rushed to hospital after being mauled by his own ‘clinically depressed’ pet dog.  —  The 76-year-old statesman was savaged by his white Maltese dog …
Sara A. Carter / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama to close terrorist ‘black sites’  —  President Obama on Thursday will order the closure of so-called black sites, where CIA and European security services have interrogated terrorist suspects, under executive orders dismantling much of the Bush admistration's architecture …
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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 …
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 …
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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 …
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 EconoPundit
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.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Paul Krugman
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Intelligence Agencies' Databases Set to Be Linked  —  After Years of Bureaucratic Snags, System Aims to Ease Communications, Give Spies Access to More Data  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. spy agencies' sensitive data should soon be linked by Google-like search systems, nearly five years …
Discussion: GroupIntel
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Limbaugh: I Fear Obama's Repeal Of Bush-Era Secrecy Rules ‘Make It Easier’ To Hold Bush To Account  —  Earlier today, President Obama issued his first set of executive orders.  One of these orders instructs “federal agencies to handle requests for information from the public and press under …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Swamp
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
On Day One, Obama Sets a New Tone
Discussion: The Hill and American Power
Marc Ambinder:
Interview: Col. Peter Mansoor On Petraeus And Obama  —  Yesterday, President Barack Obama held the first meeting of his military cabinet.  Expectations are huge; among those in attendance was Gen. David Petraeus, the commander in chief of Centcom and the officer who will be responsible …
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.
Discussion: marbury
 
 
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The Hill:
Obama boom for K Street
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France wary on sending more Afghan troops
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
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Betsy Rothstein / The Hill:
Celebs compare Obama to Jesus, Gandhi
Mark Preston / CNN:
Coleman packs, vows to continue Senate seat fight
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Jonn Lilyea / This ain't Hell …:
Obama blows off Medal of Honor recipients