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12:45 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 …
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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Vince Cable / Times of London:
Barack Obama sworn in again, but without a Bible
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION.... There was widespread agreement …
Discussion: Gothamist
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Coleman takes a 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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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 …
WCBS-TV:
Kennedy Drops Senate Bid For ‘Personal Reasons’  —  WATCH: Live Video Outside Kennedy's Apartment  —  Despite Conflicting Reports, Princess Of Camelot Informs Gov. Paterson She Is Withdrawing From Consideration  —  Cuomo, Suozzi, Maloney, Israel Catapulted To Head Of Pack
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New York Times:
Kennedy Drops Bid for Clinton's Senate Seat, Citing Personal Reasons
Karen Tumulty / Swampland:   Caroline Kennedy: Hey, Wha' Happened?
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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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Symbolism Matters
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 …
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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
Jerusalem Post:   ‘Maximum 600 Palestinians died in Gaza’
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.
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 …
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
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: No stimulus money for white males
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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 …
New York Times:
Obama Issues Directive to Shut 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.
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
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
Reuters:
White House may put hold on offshore drilling plan  —  U.S. President Barack Obama may order a hold on a proposal issued in the final days of the Bush administration to expand offshore drilling in previously banned areas, an Interior Department official told Reuters on Wednesday.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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.
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.
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
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
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama lobbying ban hits DC reality  —  When is a ban on lobbyists in an administration not a ban on lobbyists in an administration?  When you need a lobbyist who knows how the Pentagon works to help run the defense establishment.  —  That's the situation the new Obama Administration finds itself in.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Bush Was Right When It Mattered Most  —  Its call sign has always been Air Force One.  But on Tuesday, it was Special Air Mission 28000, as former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura returned home to Texas on a plane full of family, friends, former staff and memories of eight years in the White House.
Discussion: Washington Post
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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Ian Sparks / Daily Mail:
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