January 14th, 2009
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday Jan. 14th, 2009

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CNN: Analysis: How long does Obama have to fix the economy?
How long will the voters give President Barack Obama to turn the economy around? The president-elect is already laying down markers:

CNN: Obama threatens dissenting Democrats with first veto
President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday tried to persuade Senate Democrats to get behind his plan for the second half of the $700 billion bailout, warning he would veto a threatened disapproval resolution, according to senators who met with him.

CNN: Geithner questioned about former housekeeper, taxes
Members of the Senate Finance Committee met Tuesday with treasury secretary nominee Tim Geithner over concerns involving his personal taxes and the immigration status of a former housekeeper, transition officials said.

CNN: Bush: President's priority is preventing attack
The commander in chief's priority is preventing another terrorist attack in the United States, President Bush told CNN's "Larry King Live" Tuesday.

CNN: Clinton promises to renew U.S. leadership
Sen. Hillary Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday that she aims to "renew America's leadership" in a world that has undergone an "extraordinary transformation" since the end of the Cold War and is now facing "great peril."

CNN: Officials shoring up inaugural traffic, security plans
With all the bridges and road closings on Inaugural Day, the problem isn't just about getting people into Washington but getting them back out after Barack Obama is sworn in January 20.

CNN: Huckabee pans Palin's interview with Couric
Sarah Palin has complained repeatedly that she was given unfair treatment by the media during her rapid political ascent last year.

CNN: Dawson, Duncan nab endorsements in RNC race
South Carolina GOP chairman Katon Dawon picked up a pair of new endorsements Tuesday in his bid to run the Republican National Committee, including the support of Mississippi committee member Henry Barbour, the nephew of popular former RNC chairman Haley Barbour.

CNN: Obama's criticisms 'sort of' angered Laura Bush
President Bush on Tuesday cautioned his successor, Barack Obama, "not to become an economic forecaster" after he takes office later this month.

CNN: Obama team defends Geithner
President-elect Barack Obama's transition office defended Treasury Secretary-designee Tim Geithner Monday amid reports he failed to pay the correct amount of taxes for a period of time and employed a housekeeper whose work authorization had expired.

CNN: A momentary Pentagon post for Michelle Obama
At a Tuesday news conference, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell accidentally gave the future first lady an unexpected administration assignment:

CNN: Clinton pressed on greater disclosure of husband's fundraising
During her confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Hillary Clinton refused to commit to extending an existing memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cover contributors to her husband's Clinton Global Initiative.

CNN: Ex-Bush aide takes blame for 'Mission Accomplished'
It's a moment President Bush has repeatedly called a mistake: Delivering a speech on board the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Spring of 2003 with a "Mission Accomplished" banner featured prominently behind him.

CNN: Palin slams 'bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie'
Sarah Palin fired a new salvo in her war on the media, unloading in a new interview on her home state paper and “bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie.”

CNN: Iraqi VP questions Biden on Obama's Gaza stance
U.S. Vice President-elect Joe Biden continued his visit to war-ravaged Iraq on Tuesday, but got an earful from one of his counterparts about another regional conflict — the war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.

CNN: Bernanke: More bank bailouts needed
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday that President-elect Barack Obama's proposed fiscal stimulus package could help the economy, but he added that additional bailouts of financial institutions may also be needed to bring about a sustained economic recovery.

Financial Times: Brands jostle to jump on US inaugural wagon
It is meant to be the inauguration of a president, but it is turning into an adman’s dream.

San Francisco Chronicle: Obama will end 'don't ask' policy, aide says
President Obama will end the 15-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" policy that has prevented homosexual and bisexual men and women from serving openly within the U.S. military, a spokesman for the president-elect said.

Washington Times: Inauguration festivities benefit causes
Amid the glamour, celebrity sightings and air-kissing this inaugural weekend, there will be random acts of charity and giving aplenty.

Washington Times: Still thinking about a glitzy ball?
Hoping to hobnob with Oprah Winfrey, belly up to the bar with Bono or schmooze with the incoming secretary of something or other next week?

Washington Post: Historic Church Will Host President-Elect on Big Day
President-elect Barack Obama will attend a private prayer service on the morning of his inauguration at the historic St. John's Episcopal Church on Lafayette Square, according to the Presidential Inauguration Committee. Kevin Griffis, spokesman for the inauguration committee, said yesterday that the prayer service will not be open to the public.


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