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11:30 AM ET, January 22, 2009

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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.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Symbolism Matters
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION.... There was widespread agreement …
Discussion: Gothamist and The Raw Story
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Oath of Office Is Administered Again
Discussion: The Swamp and Washington Post
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 …
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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Karen Tumulty / Swampland:   Caroline Kennedy: Hey, Wha' Happened?
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 …
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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 …
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.
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 Wonkette
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Emily Cadei / CQ Politics:
Franken Makes Case To Let Senate Decide
Discussion: D-Day
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Clinton Confirmation: Explaining the 'No's  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton was confirmed as the new Secretary of State by a 94 to 2 vote today, a tally that — of course — prompts the question: Who voted “no”?  —  The answer: Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).
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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.
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: RedState and NewsBusters.org
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Rep. Oberstar: Rail Had to Take a Back Seat to Tax Cuts  —  Elana Schor's got the quotes from Representative Jim Oberstar (D-MN) that indicate that the reason rail got so little funding in the stimulus proposal is that they were cut to make room for more tax cuts: … Not good.
Discussion: The Bellows
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Elana Schor / TPMDC:   Oberstar: Mass Transit Got the Shaft to Make Room For Tax Cuts
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 …
Ynetnews:
Gazan doctor says death toll inflated  —  Physician at Gaza's Shifa Hospital tells Italian newspaper number of dead in Israeli offensive ‘stands at no more than 500 or 600, most of them youths recruited to Hamas’ ranks'.  Senior Palestinian Health Ministry official denies claims …
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
 
 
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Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
In Afghan South, Taliban Fill NATO's Big Gaps
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David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
This is Just Creepy...: Go to 3:54: “I pledge to be a servant …
Washington Post:
D.C.'s Inauguration Head Count: 1.8 Million
Peter Hamby / CNN:
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
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 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Politics Seen in Bank Bailout Decisions
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Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Limbaugh: I Fear Obama's Repeal Of Bush-Era Secrecy Rules …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Hill:
Obama boom for K Street
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Intelligence Agencies' Databases Set to Be Linked
Discussion: GroupIntel
Betsy Rothstein / The Hill:
Celebs compare Obama to Jesus, Gandhi