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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.
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Obama signs order to close Guantanamo in a year
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Symbolism Matters
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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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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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 Post:
CAROLINE KENNEDY ENDS SENATE SEAT BID
Karen Tumulty / Swampland:   Caroline Kennedy: Hey, Wha' Happened?
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.
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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
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
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.”
Discussion: Daily Kos and Liberty Street
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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 …
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
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
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
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: Matthew Yglesias and Betsy's Page
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.”
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.
Megan McArdle:
TurboTax denies responsibility for Geithner's mistakes  —  If you're an executive at Intuit, which makes a substantial chunk of change filing people's tax returns, you probably don't want to anger the future head of the Treasury—which, of course, contains the Internal Revenue Service, the ultimate consumer of your output.
David Barboza / New York Times:
Death Sentences in Milk Cases  —  BEIJING — A group of high-ranking dairy company executives and middlemen were sentenced by a Chinese court on Thursday to long jail terms, life in prison and, for three individuals, the death penalty for endangering public safety last year by selling …
Discussion: The Peking Duck
 
 
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