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12:55 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!
Aaron Blake / The Hill:   Gillibrand pick starts political dominoes
Washington Post:
Successor Chosen for Clinton's Senate Seat
Wayne Barrett / Runnin' Scared:
Did Paterson Consider the Bruno Connection to Gillibrand's Dad?
Discussion: The Daily Politics
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Gillibrand  —  David Paterson's choice of Kristin Gillibrand is …
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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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The Jack Bauer Exception  —  Obama's executive order wants it both ways on interrogation.  —  Most politicians would rather do anything than make a difficult choice, and it seems President Obama hasn't abandoned this Senatorial habit.  To wit, yesterday's executive order on interrogation …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Why the Gitmo policies may not change
New York Times:   Obama Reverses Key Bush Security Policies
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.”
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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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.
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.
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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 …
Discussion: The New Republic, Commentary and Salon
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.
Discussion: Think Progress
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.
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.
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
Wall Street Journal:
First Stem-Cell Trial Is Approved  —  In a watershed moment for one of the most contentious areas of science and American politics, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the way for the first-ever human trial of a medical treatment derived from embryonic stem cells.
Discussion: WSJ.com, The Seminal and New West Notes
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.
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.
Discussion: Informed Comment
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, The Corner and protein wisdom
MsUnderestimated:
COULTER VS. COLMES & MCCLELLAN ON DR. PHIL (VIDEO)  —  Today on Dr. Phil, the subject was “President Obama - Hope Vs. Reality.”  Ann Coulter, Alan Colmes, and Scott McClellan were guests.  I was absolutely SHOCKED by the warm reception Ann got from Dr. Phil's audience, especially since they're in California.
 
 
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
Examiner:
Grand New Party: Republican ‘rebuilding’ begins today
Telegraph:
Pope to cancel excommunication of rebel bishops
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