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3:45 AM ET, January 22, 2009

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New York Times:
Kennedy Withdraws Senate Bid  —  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.
MSNBC:
Caroline Kennedy withdraws Senate bid  —  Personal reasons cited in official statement released early Thursday  —  msnbc.com staff and news service reports  —  ALBANY, New York - Caroline Kennedy said she has withdrawn her name from consideration for the Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton …
Michael Gormley / Associated Press:
Kennedy withdraws from consideration for NY Senate
CNN:   Caroline Kennedy withdraws name for Senate seat
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CNN:
A major Bush rule gets scrapped by Obama  —  (CNN) — It's the same Oval Office.  The same desk.  Even the same curtains.  But President Obama has already made one major change: Go through eight years of White House photos, and you won't find one of former President Bush in the Oval Office without his jacket on.
CNN:
Obama retakes oath ‘out of abundance of caution’
Discussion: The Huffington Post
USA Today:
On the new whitehouse.gov: ‘Pool’ reports to be public?
Discussion: The Opinionator
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Real Life Politics
Discussion: Balloon Juice and TalkLeft
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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New York Times:
Obama to Close Foreign Prisons and Guantánamo Camp  —  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 …
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Murtha Says He'd Take Guantanamo Prisoners in His District  —  Rep. Jack Murtha volunteers to house prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in his Pennsylvania district, as President Obama prepares to order the shut-down of the facility.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa. …
Discussion: Wizbang and Sister Toldjah
Associated Press:
Sources: Obama to order Guantanamo closed
Discussion: Reuters and Macsmind
David Stout / New York Times:
Clinton Is Approved, but Vote on Holder Is Delayed  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York was overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate as President Obama's secretary of state on Wednesday, but the new president will have to wait at least a week for a vote on his choice to lead the Justice Department.
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CNN:
Senate confirms Clinton at State by 94-2 vote
Jonn Lilyea / This ain't Hell …:
Obama blows off Medal of Honor recipients  —  According to TSO who was at the “Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball”, this newly sworn-in President for the first time in 56 years blew off the ball (that's 14 Inaugurations).  —  Some background on the ball;
Discussion: MsUnderestimated and BLACKFIVE
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 …
James D. Besser / The Jewish Week:
Mitchell As Envoy Could Split Center … The expected appointment of a special envoy to breathe new life into Israeli-Palestinian negotiations could split the pro-Israel center while pleasing the Jewish left and outraging the right.  The schism could be particularly deep if …
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Jill Serjeant / Reuters:
Obama inauguration got unprecedented news coverage  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's inauguration generated an unprecedented 35,000 stories in the world's major newspapers, television and radio broadcasts over the past day — about 35 times more than the last presidential swearing-in …
Discussion: Power Line
The Campaign Spot:
TurboTax Doesn't Prompt Users to Pay Self-Employment Taxes?  Or Just Geithner's Copy of the Software?  —  In today's confirmation hearing, Treasury Secretary nominee Tim Geithner said he used TurboTax to prepare his returns for the years in question where he failed to pay self-employment taxes …
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
Tom Gralish / Scene on the Road:
Found - AGAIN - the Poster Source Photo  —  The photographer is MANNIE GARCIA, a Washington DC freelancer for the Associated Press.  —  Driving home from Washington after the inauguration, cruising on adrenalin from covering the historic event and then stopping two or three times for coffee …
Discussion: Swampland and Sister Toldjah
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Will Get His Blackberry  —  President Barack Obama is going to get his blackberry.  —  On Monday, a government agency that the Obama administration — but that is probably the National Security Agency — added to a standard blackberry a super-encryption package. …
Richard Jeffrey Newman / Alas, a blog:
Maybe We Should Share Our Stories of antisemitism  —  Reading through the comments generated by my two posts (here and here) on antisemitism so far has gotten me thinking about how many of us-Jewish or not, but especially Jewish-ever really talk about our experiences with antisemitism …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mark Preston / CNN:
Coleman packs, vows to continue Senate seat fight  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Norm Coleman began packing his Capitol Hill office Wednesday, but said he has no intention of giving up his legal fight to serve another term in Congress.  —  Coleman, a Republican from Minnesota, trails Democrat Al Franken by 225 votes.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
On Day One, Obama Sets a New Tone  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama moved swiftly on Wednesday to impose new rules on government transparency and ethics, using his first full day in office to freeze the salaries of his senior aides, mandate new limits on lobbyists and demand that the government disclose more information.
Discussion: Think Progress
 
 
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Edward Wong / New York Times:
China Announces Subsidies for Health Care
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Betsy Rothstein / The Hill:
Celebs compare Obama to Jesus, Gandhi
Associated Press:
Gadhafi says US should seek peace with bin Laden
Daniel W. Drezner:
Have you met the French, Mr. Obama?
Discussion: Democracy in America
Sean Meade / Thomas P.M. Barnett:
Deleted scenes: Chapter 1
Discussion: The Daily Dish and ATTACKERMAN
 Earlier Items: 
Nielsen Wire:
Obama Inaugural Events Viewed By 29.2% In Top Markets
New York Times:
Geithner Grilled Over Tax Issue
Reihan Salam / The American Scene:
Worshipping Obama  —  Churlish right-wingers will likely keep …
David Remnick / New Yorker:
GOING, GOING, GONE  —  The mood at the Inauguration was so joyful …
Discussion: The Fix
Dirk Johnson / New York Times:
Trials for Parents Who Chose Faith Over Medicine
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Schumer's $3-4 Trillion Horror Story
MsUnderestimated:
Daily Show - What Differences Between Bush & Obama? (VIDEO)
Discussion: Lean Left