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Jobless Rate Surges to 7.2%; Nonfarm Payrolls Drop 524,000 Wall Street Journal | And that's before all the Bushies are unemployed in two weeks.
House Votes to Impeach Blagojevich Chicago Tribune | Senate trial expected to take at least three weeks, so it's not over yet.
A Difficult Road Awaits Panetta at the C.I.A. New York Times | The agency has chewed up plenty of directors over the years, some more experienced than Panetta, some less.
Russia, China and Barack Obama Economist | Some advice on how to deal with two complicated powers.
Obama Uses Poll, Focus Groups to Sell Stimulus Plan to Congress Bloomberg | The campaign never really ended, but the end goal changed.
Senate Allies Fault Obama on Stimulus New York Times | The first cracks appear in Democratic unity on the stimulus, but they were inevitable.
Eric Holder Pushed for Controversial Clemency Los Angeles Times | Just how bumpy will his confirmation hearings be?
Roland Burris Asked Ex-Rod Blagojevich Aide About Senate Seat Chicago Tribune | Not the end of the world for Burris, but he may not be quite as innocent as portrayed this week.
Bush Reflective, Relieved as Presidency Ends Dallas Morning News | Forty-three is still figuring out his post-presidency plans.
The Confidence Surplus New York Times | David Brooks points out that no one really knows how to end a recession. Comforting.

By Ben Pershing  |  January 9, 2009; 7:46 AM ET
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