January 15th, 2009
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday Jan. 15th, 2009

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CNN: Senate to vote Thursday on rest of bailout, Reid says
The Senate will vote Thursday on whether the second half of the $700 billion financial rescue package is released, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said late Wednesday.

CNN: SEC nominee to be grilled on Madoff
President-elect Barack Obama's choice to head the Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to face questions at her confirmation hearing Thursday about Bernard Madoff - the alleged mastermind of the largest Ponzi scheme in history.

CNN: Court orders White House to preserve e-mails
A federal judge has ordered the Bush White House to preserve its e-mails, just days before a new administration takes over.

CNN: House passes expansion of children's health program
Congressional Democrats flexed their new political muscle Wednesday as the House of Representatives passed legislation expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program by more than $32 billion over five years.

CNN: Palin's media battle raises eyebrows
Her bid for the vice presidency ended more than two months ago, but Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appears determined not to become a mere afterthought.

CNN: Obama 'confident' treasury pick will be confirmed
President-elect Barack Obama defended his Treasury Secretary-designate Tim Geithner on Wednesday amid reports that Geithner failed to pay the correct amount on his taxes for a time and employed a housekeeper whose work authorization had expired.

CNN: Candidates for RNC chair pick up more endorsements
The endorsements continued Wednesday in the six-way race to take over the Republican National Committee, but the campaign remains wide-open with just two weeks left before the party gathers in Washington to select its next leader.

CNN: Pelosi close to finalizing economic recovery package
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday afternoon that Democrats are getting close to finalizing the details of an economic recovery package and may be ready to release the details later in the day.

CNN: Kennedy's support fading in New York
A majority of New Yorkers hope Gov. David Paterson nominates someone besides Caroline Kennedy to fill the Senate seat soon to be vacated by Hillary Clinton, a new poll suggests.

CNN: Obama makes final stop in Ohio before inauguration
The day before he kicks off a four-day marathon of Inauguration-related events in the nation’s capital, President-elect Barack Obama will head to Ohio to tout his economic recovery plan.

CNN: Official Obama portrait released
President-elect Barack Obama's transition office has released the new official portrait of the incoming president.

Washington Post: Inauguration Libation
Obamamania has gripped the beer business.

Washington Post: The Wind of Change
Popular culture has defined Chicago as the big city that is not New York - urban, energetic, and filled with bold architecture but lacking all those Big Apple neuroses.

Washington Times: Cold welcome for Obama
"I knew it would be a cold day when I was made president," William Howard Taft said jokingly upon taking office in 1909 – described as the year with the worst inaugural weather.

LA Times: In China, Bush remains a popular president
Walk into the exhibit hall at Beijing's Cultural Palace of Nationalities and there is George W. Bush, larger than life on a 15-foot-high video screen, praising China's growth.

Miami Herald: Disabilities become big challenge for inauguration
Bob Coward rolls along the U.S. Capitol grounds, speeding up as he nears a set of port-a-potties set up for the throngs of visitors on Inauguration Day.


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