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11:55 AM ET, January 26, 2009


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William Kristol / New York Times:
Will Obama Save Liberalism?  —  All good things must come to an end.  Jan. 20, 2009, marked the end of a conservative era.  —  Since Ronald Reagan's election in 1980, conservatives of various sorts, and conservatisms of various stripes, have generally been in the ascendancy.  And a good thing, too!
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KRISTOL LEAVES THE TIMES.... At the end of an otherwise uninteresting New York Times column from Bill Kristol, there are six heartening words: … There's been some question as to whether Kristol's one-year contract with the paper of record would get an extension, and today, we get our answer: he's done.
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
Cut Kristol: As Era Ends at ‘NYT,’ Some of Bill's Greatest Bloopers  —  As you surely know by now, Bill Kristol wrote his final column today for The New York Times, sparing the paper any further embarrassment.  But, as usual, he did not spare us all a good belly laugh: The news of his demise came …
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
And how'd that work out for you?  —  Hey, can't show him getting pied every time.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Blago Says He Thought of Oprah for Senate  —  Blago Goes on ‘GMA’ and Skips His Impeachement Trial  —  Illinois' beleaguered Gov. Rod Blagojevich said today that when he was deciding who would take President Obama's Senate seat he considered appointing talk show queen Oprah Winfrey.
Christopher Wills / Associated Press:
Impeachment trial to proceed without Ill. governor
Discussion: ONTD: Politics and Moe_Lane's blog
Blagojevich makes TV circuit rounds as trial starts
Discussion: The Reaction and Gawker
Jane Mayer In / New Yorker:
BEHIND THE EXECUTIVE ORDERS  —  On Thursday, President Barack Obama consigned to history the worst excesses of the Bush Administration's “war on terror.”  One of the four executive orders Obama signed effectively cancelled seven years of controversial Justice Department legal opinions authorizing methods …
Mike Allen / The Politico:   Presented by STARBUCKS …
New York Post:
JUST PLANE DESPICABLE  —  ‘RESCUED’ CITI BUYING $50M JET  —  Beleaguered Citigroup is upgrading its mile-high club with a brand-new $50 million corporate jet - only this time, it's the taxpayers who are getting screwed.  —  Even though the bank's stock is as cheap as a gallon of gas …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bad Faith Economics  —  As the debate over President Obama's economic stimulus plan gets under way, one thing is certain: many of the plan's opponents aren't arguing in good faith.  Conservatives really, really don't want to see a second New Deal, and they certainly don't want to see government activism vindicated.
Wall Street Journal:
The Stimulus Time Machine  —  That $355 billion in spending isn't about the economy.  —  The stimulus bill currently steaming through Congress looks like a legislative freight train, but given last week's analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, it is more accurate to think of it as a time machine.
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Three Crises In One  —  We all want President Obama to succeed …
Discussion: Commentary
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Nationalization Gets a New, Serious Look  —  WASHINGTON — Only five days into the Obama presidency, members of the new administration and Democratic leaders in Congress are already dancing around one of the most politically delicate questions about the financial bailout …
Rep. Peter King calls on Paterson to justify Senate pick  —  While U.S. Senate designee Kirsten Gillibrand met Sunday with the state's top political power brokers in Manhattan, forces opposed to her began plotting against upstate congresswoman.  —  Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) …
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
Gillibrand Meets With Clinton
Discussion: CBS News and Foreign Policy
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's Initial Approval Ratings in Historical Context  —  Rank among the best for a newly elected president since World War II  — USA - Government and Politics - Leadership - Presidential Job Approval - The Presidency - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ …
Discussion: MSNBC and USA Today
Adam Green / Open Left:
Krugman shows why we need more progressive voices on TV  —  When I was at MoveOn, media reform was one of my main issues.  I had substantial dialogues with the folks at ABC's This Week about the right-wing skew of some of their Sunday roundtables.  —  To his credit, George Stephanopoulous …
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
New, Transparent Forgoes Press Briefing Transcripts?  —  Barack Obama's administration may be promising the “greatest ethical standard ever administered to an executive branch,” and increased transparency over his predecessor, but it seems to be forgoing at least one transparency practice …
Louise Story / New York Times:
For $10, Fuld Sold Florida Mansion to His Wife  —  Housing prices are falling around the country, but this one sounds hard to believe: A seaside mansion on Jupiter Island in Florida, bought for more than $13 million five years ago, was just sold for $10.  —  That's right, 10 bucks.
Discussion: Reuters
Nate Silver /
Feingold Introduces 28th Amendment  —  I hope you'll excuse the hubristic headline.  Constitutional amendments are introduced all the time in the Congress.  Most of them are used to make a political point of one kind or another and stand little chance of becoming law.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Rail in the Stimulus  —  Rep Peter DeFazio has authored an amendment that would increase the level of rail funding in the stimulus bill.  It's an excellent idea.  Funds for highway repairs are a fine use of stimulus money, but insofar as we're investing in new transportation capabilities …
Jim Snyder / The Hill:   Rail group seeks track to stimulus funds
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
Senate Seat Is Latest Stop On Bennet's Unlikely Ride  —  Learning on the Job Has Become Coloradan's Hallmark  —  Michael Bennet has been sleeping in his mother's Woodley Park house and taking the Metro to a borrowed conference room in the Hart Senate Office Building to meet with staff members, who are also on loan.
Discussion: The Caucus
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Ready-for-Disaster Republicans  —  Beneath the warm pledges of bipartisanship and the earnest calls for cooperation in the midst of a grave crisis lurks an unpleasant fact: From the moment it loses power, the opposition party turns to the task of getting it back.  —  Party politics has not been suspended.
Discussion: Democracy in America
Police officer stalks man who caught him breaking the law  —  Police are supposed to abide by the same rules as the rest of us, right?  They don't get a pass on taxes, they're not supposed to knock over liquor stores, they don't get to slap their kids and spouses around and they're bound …
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Major U.S. Companies to Slash 43,000 Jobs  —  American companies announced job cuts totaling 43,000 this morning, as the global downturn slammed the profits of such exporters as Caterpillar and a domestic recession hit hard at retailer Home Depot.  —  As companies begin announcing …
Dawson Bell / Detroit Free Press:
Bill Ayers denies '70s plot to blow up Detroit police sites  —  Bill Ayers, leader of a 1960s radical anti-war organization who helped launch Barack Obama's political career in Chicago in the 1990s then threatened to derail it when their relationship became an issue in the 2008 campaign, will be in Michigan Monday.
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