January 9th, 2009
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday Jan. 9th, 2009

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CNN: Obama calls for 'dramatic action'
President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday said Congress must take "dramatic action" on his economic aid package as soon as possible, warning that a failure to do so would have devastating long-term consequences for the nation.

CNN: Obama to name intelligence appointments Friday, sources say
President-elect Barack Obama will announce Friday that he is naming Leon Panetta as CIA director and Dennis Blair as director of national intelligence, two officials close to the transition told CNN Thursday.

CNN: Palin takes digs at Fey, Couric
Sarah Palin is credited with making Tina Fey a world-wide star and boosting Katie Couric's ratings at CBS.

CNN: Panel recommends impeaching Blagojevich
An Illinois legislative committee Thursday unanimously recommended impeaching embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich amid corruption allegations.

CNN: Burris denies any quid pro quo for Senate appointment
Roland Burris on Thursday denied any quid pro quo with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for his appointment to the U.S. Senate during testimony before a panel weighing whether to impeach Blagojevich.

CNN: House to vote on resolution supporting Israel
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Friday on a resolution "recognizing Israel's right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza," Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday.

CNN: Inauguration may be traffic, security nightmare
Planning to attend the presidential inauguration this month in Washington? Expect a fortress-like city bursting at the seams.

CNN: BCS is a political football in 2009
Since its inception in 1998, the NCAA's Bowl Championship Series has weathered criticism from nearly all directions.

CNN: Amtrak adds trains on Inauguration Day; tickets still available
Automobile traffic will be diverted; bridges closed. But from Amtrak, there's a bit of good news about Inauguration Day travel.

CNN: Obama picks defense lobbyist as deputy defense secretary
President-elect Barack Obama, who campaigned on lessening the influence of lobbyists in government, has chosen a defense expert who is currently a vice president and lobbyist for one of the country's biggest defense contractors to be his deputy secretary of defense.

CNN: Dems give Obama aides 'barrage of criticism' on stimulus plan
Top Obama aides Larry Summers and David Axelrod heard a barrage of criticism late Thursday about the stimulus plan at a closed-door meeting for all Democratic senators, according to several participants who spoke afterwards.

CNN: Obama to meet with Mexican president
President-elect Obama will meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderon in Washington on Monday, the Obama transition team said Thursday.

CNN: Obama formally announces Kaine as DNC chair
Barack Obama formally announced Thursday that Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, one of the president-elect’s closest allies who was once on the short list to become his running mate, will run the Democratic National Committee.

CNN: Bush Delivers Final Policy Speech with Few Watching
Twelve days before he leaves office, President Bush delivered his final policy speech, choosing to focus on his signature education reform law known as "No Child Left Behind."

CNN: Caroline Kennedy's lack of experience noted by Paterson
New York Gov. David Paterson says Caroline Kennedy's lack of elected office experience "does not help her" in her drive to fill the senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton.

Anchorage Daily News: Palin aide discloses campaign travel costs
An aide to Sarah Palin is disclosing as gifts more than $13,000 in airfare and lodging from the John McCain campaign, logged while helping the Alaska governor with state business during her bid as the Republican vice presidential candidate.

Washington Times: D.C. employers told to prepare for Jan. 20
Businesses planning to stay open on Inauguration Day met Thursday with federal and D.C. police officials to discuss how to get employees to work.

WSJ: Wall Street Is Big Donor to Inauguration
President-elect Barack Obama has banned corporations and big donors from funding his Jan. 20 inauguration. But 90% of donations received so far have been raised by well-heeled fund-raisers, including Wall Street executives whose companies have received billions of dollars in federal bailout money.

Denver Post: Rough road ahead, Ritter warns
Gov. Bill Ritter delivered a sobering State of the State address Thursday that proposed significant initiatives for roads and health care while recognizing that steep cuts will be made in other services.

Washington Times: 213 bars OK'd for 4 a.m. last call
D.C. officials said Thursday that 213 establishments have registered to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. and serve food 24 hours a day during inauguration week.

LA Times: Eric Holder pushed for controversial clemency
As deputy attorney general in 1999, Holder - now attorney general nominee - pressed subordinates to drop objections to clemency for 16 members of violent Puerto Rican nationalist organizations.

San Francisco Chronicle: Brown's switch on Prop. 8 reflects times
California Attorney General Jerry Brown has become a hero to gay rights advocates – and a potential leader in the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial field – with his recent controversial decision to mount a legal challenge to overturn Proposition 8, the initiative approved by voters that banned-same sex marriage in California.

Washington Times: Inauguration gown buyers go Goodwill hunting
You've snagged the highly coveted inaugural ball tickets, a hot date and, most importantly, a place to crash afterward. Now the real challenge – finding a gown or tux at a recession-proof price.

Washington Times: Nonprofit raises issue with pick for intelligence
A nonprofit federal government watchdog group is expressing concern with President-elect Barack Obama's pick to become national intelligence director.

NYT: So You Want to Be Senator? First, Fill This Out
You, too, could be the next United States Senator from New York. But first, Gov. David A. Paterson has some questions for you. Ever been fired from a job?


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