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1:30 PM ET, January 24, 2009


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Charles Hurt / New York Post:
OBAMAS' PICTURE PERFECT 1ST DAYS  —  INTIMATE LOOK AT FIRST FAMILY  —  WASHINGTON - It's good to be the king.  —  These dramatic photos provide an intimate glimpse into the historic first 48 hours of the Obama administration.  —  The President and First Lady Michelle Obama …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Charles Hurt / New York Post:
PREZ ZINGS GOP FOE IN A $TIMULATING TALK  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.  —  “You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh …
Jules Crittenden:
Gaia Re Gaia  —  Original warmalist James Lovelock, proponent of the “Gaia” theory of self-regulating planet spoiled by evil humans, is interviewed by a chick named “Gaia.”  Gaia the resource user wants to know what can be done to save both Gaias, the planet one and the human one.
Gaia Vince / New Scientist:
One last chance to save mankind  — For similar stories, visit the Interviews and Climate Change Topic Guides … Your work on atmospheric chlorofluorocarbons led eventually to a global CFC ban that saved us from ozone-layer depletion.  Do we have time to do a similar thing with carbon emissions …
Eric Gorski / Associated Press:
Disgraced pastor faces more gay sex accusations  —  DENVER - Disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard's former church disclosed Friday that the gay sex scandal that caused his downfall extends to a young male church volunteer who reported having a sexual relationship with Haggard …
New York Post:
GOV SAYS CAROLINE TURNED ‘NASTY’  —  Gov. Paterson rapped Caroline Kennedy at a private event the night before he tapped Kirsten Gillibrand for the Senate, telling guests Kennedy had been “nasty” to him and shown “disrespect” with how she bowed out, attendees told The Post.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ABOUT THAT CBO REPORT.... This week, congressional Republicans seized on a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) showing the limited short-term stimulative effects of the Democrats' proposed rescue package.  It's also led to widespread media coverage undermining the White House's arguments …
Times of London:
Iran in scramble for fresh uranium supplies  —  Western powers believe that Iran is running short of the raw material required to manufacture nuclear weapons, triggering an international race to prevent it from importing more, The Times has learnt.  —  Diplomatic sources believe …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Israel Matzav
The White House:
President Obama delivers Your Weekly Address  —  In his first weekly address since being sworn in as the 44th president of the United States, President Barack Obama discusses how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan will jump-start the economy.  —  “This is not just a short-term program to boost employment,” he said.
Washington Post:
2 U.S. Airstrikes Offer a Concrete Sign of Obama's Pakistan Policy  —  Two remote U.S. missile strikes that killed at least 20 people at suspected terrorist hideouts in northwestern Pakistan yesterday offered the first tangible sign of President Obama's commitment to sustained military pressure …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Conservatives' 40-Minute Tribute To Bush On House Floor: He Was A ‘Knowing Lion’ Who ‘Walked Among Us’  —  George W. Bush is gone from office...but he is not forgotten, at least not by Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Mike Pence (R-IN), and Steve King (R-IA).  On Thursday, the three men spent …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
First Bailout Formula Had It Right  —  “Blink,” the mega-best-seller by Malcolm Gladwell, is about the importance of first impressions, and Mr. Gladwell's belief that “those instant conclusions that we reach are really powerful and really important and, occasionally, really good.”
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Kevin Drum
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Bush's legal foes, Obama's legal team  —  President Barack Obama is staffing his Justice Department with some of his predecessor's fiercest critics, among them lawyers who were fired by President Bush or who quit jobs working for his administration.  —  Now, the opposition is in charge …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
We've already done some nationalizing
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Aram Roston / ProPublica:
Bank Employing GOP House Leader's Wife Got Bailout Bucks
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Holbrooke's role as special envoy
Discussion: The Cable
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Michael G. Franc / The Corner:
Will Obama Revive the Fairness Doctrine?
The Politico:
Gillibrand unpopular among peers
Discussion: Althouse
John Del Signore / Gothamist:
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Discussion: Gawker and Think Progress