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Burris Sworn in to Senate Chicago Tribune | Burris can now settle into being a backbencher with an uncertain future, along with Kaufman.
'Waterboarding Is Torture,' Says Holder Politico | Having to discuss Rich pardon is also torture, he adds.
Secret Service Director Assesses the Shoe-Throwing Incident in Baghdad CBS News | In highly unusual interview, director defends agents' performance.
Inauguration Day Security: Is a Police State Necessary? Time | Yes, it's a hassle, but the article reminds that Mumbai attacks are still fresh in our memory.
Democrats in House Unveil $825 Billion Stimulus Bill New York Times | Otherwise known as The Mother of All Christmas Trees.
Obama, Stimulus Proposals Enjoy Broad Backing in Poll Wall Street Journal | This is why Obama doesn't really need GOP votes for the stimulus. The bailout is another matter.
Obama's People New York Times Magazine | Artsy portraits of pretty much the entire Obama orbit. Who's mad this morning that they're not included?
Trial Overshadows Swearing-In Chicago Tribune | Illinois senate getting ready to put Blagojevich on trial. Start making the popcorn.
Even Businessmen Deserve a Lawyer Wall Street Journal | Specter teams up with noted civil libertarian Meese to protect defendants' rights, attack Holder.
The Audacity of Hoops Sports Illustrated | How basketball shaped Obama.

By Ben Pershing  |  January 15, 2009; 7:43 AM ET
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