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9:15 AM ET, January 23, 2009

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Marvin Scott / WPIX-TV:
Confirmed: Kirsten Gillibrand Chosen to Fill Clinton's Senate Seat  —  PIX NEWS is being told that Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand is the reported choice of Governor David Paterson to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton.  Two Congressional sources say members …
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Does a Glass Ceiling Persist in Politics?  —  Kennedy's Withdrawal Illustrates a Double Standard, Some Say  —  With her abrupt exit this week from consideration for the Senate, Caroline Kennedy added her name to a growing list: women who have sought the nation's highest offices only to face insurmountable hurdles.
New York Times:
Paterson Picks Gillibrand for Senate  —  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 …
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
DAVE PICKS GILLIBRAND AS LIBERAL DEMS HOWL
Discussion: The Note and NY Daily News
Danny Hakim / City Room:
With Kennedy Out, N.R.A. Becomes Issue
The Politico:
Obama flashes irritation in press room  —  President Obama made a surprise visit to the White House press corps Thursday night, but got agitated when he was faced with a substantive question.  —  Asked how he could reconcile a strict ban on lobbyists in his administration …
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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Media frustration spills into briefing  —  A growing media frustration with Barack Obama's team spilled into the open at Thursday's briefing, with reporters accusing the White House of stifling access to his oath re-do and giving Obama's first interview as president to a multi-million dollar inauguration sponsor.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
News organizations concerned about access issues at the Obama White House  —  NEW YORK (AP) — News organizations that cover the White House sparred with the Obama administration on Thursday over access issues for photographers and rules for briefings.  —  Representatives from Obama's press office held …
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.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Senate approves landmark equal pay legislation  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate approved landmark worker rights legislation on Thursday that will make it easier for those who think they've endured pay discrimination to seek legal help.  The vote was 61-36.  —  The House of Representatives approved …
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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Fair-Wage Bill Clears The Senate
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Senate easily passes pay equity bill
Discussion: Majikthise
Daniel J. Wakin / New York Times:
The Frigid Fingers Were Live, but the Music Wasn't  —  It was not precisely lip-synching, but pretty close.  —  The somber, elegiac tones before President Obama's oath of office at the inauguration on Tuesday came from the instruments of Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and two colleagues.
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Michele Salcedo / Associated Press:   Live or Memorex? Some music for inauguration taped
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Lift Family-Planning ‘Gag Rule’  —  Move Would Restore Funds to International Groups Involved With Abortion; Timing Shows Sensitivity to Foes of Roe v. Wade  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will issue an order restoring U.S. funding for international family-planning groups involved with abortion.
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Robert P. George / Public Discourse:
Our Struggle for the Soul of our Nation
Discussion: Dr. Sanity
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama bides time on abortion measure
Discussion: Agence France Presse and RedState
Dana Priest / Washington Post:
Bush's ‘War’ On Terror Comes to a Sudden End  —  President Obama yesterday eliminated the most controversial tools employed by his predecessor against terrorism suspects.  With the stroke of his pen, he effectively declared an end to the “war on terror,” as President George W. Bush had defined it …
Newsweek:
The End of Torture  —  Obama banishes Bush's interrogation tactics  —  In the first sign of friction within his new administration, President Obama overruled the pleas of senior U.S. intelligence officials and signed a new executive order that bars the CIA from using harsh interrogation methods beyond …
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Stimulus Plan Meets More GOP Resistance  —  Obama to Reiterate Appeal for Bipartisanship  —  Just days after taking office vowing to end the political era of “petty grievances,” President Obama ran into mounting GOP opposition yesterday to an economic stimulus plan that he had hoped would receive broad bipartisan support.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Financial Times:
The right and wrong way to bail out the banks  —  According to reports in Washington, the Obama administration may be close to devoting as much as $100bn of the second tranche of the troubled asset relief programme funds to creating an “aggregator bank” that would remove toxic securities from the balance sheets of banks.
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Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Banks Die Too Fast for the Regulators
John Markoff / New York Times:
Worm Infects Millions of Computers Worldwide  —  A new digital plague has hit the Internet, infecting millions of personal and business computers in what seems to be the first step of a multistage attack.  The world's leading computer security experts do not yet know who programmed the infection, or what the next stage will be.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
The Independent:
Obama ready to cut Karzai adrift  —  As support for Afghan leader wanes, rivals go to Washington for meeting with new President  —  Barack Obama's arrival in the White House and the wind of change sweeping through Washington could lead to the ousting from power of Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, The Independent has learnt.
City Journal:
Submission in the Netherlands  —  “The Freedom Party (PVV),” read yesterday's press release, “is shocked by the Amsterdam Court of Appeal's decision to prosecute Geert Wilders for his statements and opinions.  Geert Wilders considers this ruling an all-out assault on freedom of speech.”
Discussion: Fox News and Power Line
Peter Baker / New York Times:
On Plane to Texas, Critiques of the Speech  —  WASHINGTON — On the plane, no longer Air Force One but now Special Air Mission 28000, they talked about the speech.  George W. Bush, the former president, was heading home to Texas with his inner circle, having just left the west front of the Capitol …
 
 
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Telegraph:
Pope to cancel excommunication of rebel bishops
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Whistleblower: NSA Targeted Journalists, Snooped on All U.S. Communications
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 Earlier Items: 
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Senate Gets Reacquainted With McCain the Maverick
Claudia Rosett / Forbes:
The New Anti-Semitism  —  Obama's put a dent in racism.  Will he defend Jews?
Discussion: Mondoweiss
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Pa. defense firm raided by FBI
Discussion: The Politico, TPMMuckraker and WJAC-TV