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2:25 PM ET, January 23, 2009

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New York Times:
Paterson Picks Gillibrand for Senate Seat  —  ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson has selected Representative Kirsten Gillibrand, a 42-year-old congresswoman from upstate who is known for bold political moves and centrist policy positions, to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton …
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Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
DAVE PICKS GILLIBRAND AS LIBERAL DEMS HOWL  —  ALBANY - Gov. Paterson, defying the liberal wing of his Democratic Party, has chosen little-known, NRA-backed, upstate Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as New York's junior senator, it was learned last night.
Eve Fairbanks / The New Republic:
Ten Things You Didn't Know About Kirsten Gillibrand  —  New York guv David Paterson is set to name Kirsten Gillibrand, a second-term congresswoman from upstate New York, to replace Hillary in the Senate.  At first blush, Gillibrand seems merely a perfect Caroline Kennedy replacement: A woman with cash, but without all that baggage!
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blogs:
Peter King praises Gillibrand
Discussion: MyDD
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Gillibrand  —  David Paterson's choice of Kristin Gillibrand is …
Discussion: Salon
The Daily Politics:
20th CD Jockeying Begins
Discussion: Democracy in America
Forbes:
The 25 Most Influential Liberals In The U.S. Media  —  Edited by Tunku Varadarajan, Elisabeth Eaves and Hana R. Alberts, 01.22.09, 04:02 PM EST  —  Listen for their voices during the Obama era.  —  Barack Obama's inauguration was the formal point at which the reigning ideology in Washington changed from “conservative” to “liberal.”
Albany Times Union:
Bruno indicted  —  Grand jury issues 8-count indictment for mail and wire fraud  —  ALBANY — A federal grand jury today indicted former state Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, accusing him of eight counts of public corruption.  —  Bruno is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate at 1:30 p.m. today.
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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Rick Karlin / Capitol confidential:
Speaking of indictments, Bruno is on tap
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Wayne Barrett / Runnin' Scared:
Did Paterson Consider the Bruno Connection to Gillibrand's Dad?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Freed by U.S., Saudi Becomes a Qaeda Chief  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — The emergence of a former Guantánamo Bay detainee as the deputy leader of Al Qaeda's Yemeni branch has underscored the potential complications in carrying out the executive order President Obama signed Thursday that the detention center be shut down within a year.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Former Bush Speechwriter: Obama Is “Most Dangerous Man Ever To Occupy Oval Office”
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Washington Is Confident It Can Forge Recovery Plan  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama and Congressional leaders from both parties pushed forward Friday with plans to pass a bipartisan economic recovery plan by mid-February, predicting that they would be able to settle their differences over the size and nature of the package.
Discussion: The Politico and The New Republic
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The Campaign Spot:
John McCain Does the Impossible  —  John McCain has prompted me to say the unthinkable.  —  The right man won in 2008.  —  I say this because the circumstances of Hillary Clinton being Secretary of State, while foreign governments have donated $41 million to her husband's foundation …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:   McCain floats Kyl for president
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Obama's Best Friend in the Senate?
Discussion: The Political Animal
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
WSJ Insists Obama Is Leaving Door Open For A ‘Jack Bauer Exception’ To His Torture Ban  —  Yesterday, President Obama signed an executive order banning the use of torture in all military and CIA interrogations of suspected terrorists.  The order specifically revoked the legal memos written …
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Why the Gitmo policies may not change
Wall Street Journal:
The Jack Bauer Exception
Associated Press:
Officials: Obama to reverse abortion policy  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - In a long-expected move, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order ending the ban on federal funds for international groups that perform abortions …
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Michael Tarm / Associated Press:
Ill. gov tells AP that strain is like Pearl Harbor  —  CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' embattled but defiant governor turned to the history books to describe the emotional strain on him and his family, comparing his arrest last month to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.
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Think Progress:   Blagojevich compares his arrest to attack on Pearl Harbor
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Obama press aide gets bashed in debut  —  The White House press operation got off to a fumbling and stumbling start Thursday, with the day's opening briefers insisting on being identified only as “senior administration officials,” followed swiftly by the new president's spokesman accidently outing …
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NewMajority.Com Scroll:
Palin's “Donated” Clothes Stashed in Trash Bags at RNC  —  Despite the Republican National Committee's promise to donate Sarah Palin's $180,000 campaign wardrobe to charity, word has it the Alaska governor's clothes remain stuffed in trash bags at RNC headquarters, NewMajority has learned.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's Inaugural Surprise  —  Fascinating speech.  It was so rhetorically flat, so lacking in rhythm and cadence, one almost has to believe he did it on purpose.  Best not to dazzle on Opening Day.  Otherwise, they'll expect magic all the time.  —  The most striking characteristic …
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
No Snickering: That Road Sign Means Something Else  —  CRAPSTONE, England — When ordering things by telephone, Stewart Pearce tends to take a proactive approach to the inevitable question “What is your address?”  —  He lays it out straight, so there is no room for unpleasant confusion.
The Huffington Post:
ACLU Lays Off A Tenth Of Workforce  —  The American Civil Liberties Union, impacted by the unfolding economic crisis, laid off ten percent of its national workforce this week.  Thirty-six staffers lost their jobs, including five in the Washington, D.C. legislative office, a source familiar with the firings told the Huffington Post.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Fair-Wage Bill Clears The Senate  —  High Court Decision Would Be Overturned  —  A wage-discrimination bill that narrowly failed less than a year ago moved closer to becoming law last night, when the Senate passed the legislation and sent it back to the House for final consideration.
Discussion: ACSBlog
cnas.org:
TELL ME WHY WE'RE THERE?  ENDURING INTERESTS IN AFGHANISTAN (AND PAKISTAN)  —  Author(s): Nathaniel C. Fick, David Kilcullen, John A. Nagl, Vikram J. Singh  —  In 2009, the Obama administration will attempt to deliver on campaign promises to change the Afghan war's trajectory.
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
A Lovely Consolation Prize for Ms. Kennedy?  —  Caroline Kennedy didn't get that Senate seat from New York, but that doesn't mean there aren't lots of fine government jobs she would be perfect for, jobs right there in Manhattan.  Take, for example, some excellent possibilities at the United Nations.
Discussion: Marc Lynch and The New Republic
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Sarah Palin's book should give Katie Couric something to read
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
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The Independent:
Obama ready to cut Karzai adrift
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