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2:25 PM ET, January 22, 2009

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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 …
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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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 …
New York Times:
Obama Issues Directive to Shut Down Guantánamo
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Not letting abject ignorance interfere with opining
Discussion: Megan McArdle and The Other McCain
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 and MyDD
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Coleman gets job, will still continue reelection bid
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight.com
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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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.
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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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:
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Michelle Malkin:
Robert Reich: Keep stimulus money away from skilled workers and …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Gateway Pundit
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:
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama lobbying ban hits DC reality
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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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: JustOneMinute and Dean's World
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 …
Discussion: ACSBlog
The Politico:
What we don't know about Obama  —  We know a lot more about Barack Obama than we did on Election Day.  He wastes little time making big decisions.  He was serious about surrounding himself with seasoned people, even if they are outsized personalities likely to jostle one another and unlikely to salute on command.
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Marc Ambinder:   Interview: Col. Peter Mansoor On Petraeus And Obama
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: Wizbang, Hot Air and JammieWearingFool
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 …
Discussion: naked capitalism
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Limbaugh Claims He's Being Told ‘To Bend Over, Grab The Ankles’ Because Obama's ‘Father Was Black’  —  Last night on Fox News, host Sean Hannity sat down with right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh to discuss Limbaugh's “general thoughts” of President Obama and his new administration.
Discussion: News Hounds
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.”
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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