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12:25 PM 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!
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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 …
Discussion: Media Blog
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.
Blogs and Stories:
The Sacking of Bill Kristol  —  Why The New York Times Sacked Bill Kristol by Scott Horton  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The famous neoconservative published his final New York Times column today.  Scott Horton reports on real reasons the Gray Lady didn't renew his contract.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
JOB SECURITY FOR THE PERPETUALLY WRONG.... We learned this morning …
Discussion: The Politico
ABCNEWS:
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.
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Lynn Sweet:
Winfrey responds to Blagojevich  —  LISTEN TO OPRAH'S RESPONSE THIS MORNING  —  Oprah Winfrey said she was surprised to learn Wednesday from her best friend Gayle King that Governor Blagojevich was considering her for Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.  —  Blagojevich confirmed …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs, Gawker and The Note
Christopher Wills / Associated Press:
Impeachment trial to proceed without Ill. governor
Discussion: ONTD: Politics and Moe_Lane's blog
CNN:
Blagojevich makes TV circuit rounds as trial starts
Discussion: The Reaction
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 …
Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek:
There's More To Fear Than Fear  —  No, we haven't turned the corner on the banking crisis—we can't even see the corner.  What's needed is a bold, massive jolt to the system. … From the magazine issue dated Feb 2, 2009  —  Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first inaugural address is now known …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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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 …
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.
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Three Crises In One  —  We all want President Obama to succeed …
Discussion: Commentary
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.
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
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
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
New, Transparent WhiteHouse.gov 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 …
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 …
Guardian:
Twenty-five people at the heart of the meltdown ...  Alan Greenspan, chairman of US Federal Reserve 1987- 2006  —  Only a couple of years ago the long-serving chairman of the Fed, a committed free marketeer who had steered the US economy through crises ranging from the 1987 stockmarket collapse through …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
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.
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
Jerusalem Post:
‘Crossings, 1,000 prisoners for Schalit’  —  Israel has offered to open the Gaza crossings and free 1,000 prisoners in exchange for captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, Ayman Taha, a member of the Hamas team currently holding talks in Cairo was quoted as saying Monday.
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 …
Newsday:
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) …
Washington Post:
Franken Has the Lead, but Coleman Has His Day in Court  —  The longest-running Senate campaign in the nation heads into the home stretch this week.  We think.  —  Today in St. Paul, Minn., a three-judge panel will kick off a trial featuring Norm Coleman, the incumbent Republican senator who …
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
 
 
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Early to Rise  —  Camaraderie Remains the Key to Top-Rated ‘Today’ Show's Morning Glory
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters:
God bless Ann Althouse
Juliette Jowit / Guardian:
Hospitals will take meat off menus in bid to cut carbon
Jerusalem Post:
Top EU official: Hamas fully responsible for Gaza war
Discussion: Ynetnews, Hot Air and Israel Matzav
Bruce Bartlett / The Politico:
GOP must adapt to welfare state
Discussion: The New Nixon
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Examiner:
Police officer stalks man who caught him breaking the law
Discussion: Reason
Dawson Bell / Detroit Free Press:
Bill Ayers denies '70s plot to blow up Detroit police sites
Discussion: protein wisdom and Don Surber
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Rail in the Stimulus  —  Rep Peter DeFazio has authored …
Discussion: The Hill and Eschaton
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Holder Continues to Claim that He Knew Nothing About Rich