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Democrats: Stimulus Plan No Quick Fix for Economy By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press
WASHINGTON – The White House warned Sunday that the country could
face a long and painful financial recovery, even with major government intervention to stimulate the economy and save financial
"We're off and running, but it's going to get worse before it gets better," said Vice President Joe Biden, taking the lead
on a theme echoed by other Democratic officials on the Sunday talk shows.
At the end of the Obama administration's first week, the party in power at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue sought to lower
expectations for a quick fix despite legislation expected to pass by next month that would pump billions of dollars into the
economy. Democrats also opened the door for even more government aid to struggling banks beyond the $700 billion bailout already
in the pipeline.
Little-Known Congresswoman Picked for Clinton Seat By MICHAEL GORMLEY Associated Press
ALBANY, N.Y. – Instantly opening a rift among New York Democrats,
Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand — a little-known, pro-gun Democrat from a rural Republican district — won appointment
Friday to the Senate seat left vacant by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Gov. David Paterson announced his choice a day after presumed
front-runner Caroline Kennedy — a woman with considerably more star power but less experience — mysteriously dropped
out of contention in an embarrassing turn of events that touched off sniping between the governor and the Kennedy camp.
Gillibrand, at 42, will be the youngest member of the Senate and one of 17 women in the chamber. The second-term congresswoman
will assume the seat once held by Kennedy's uncle Robert F. Kennedy as well as by Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
"For many in New York state, this is the first time you've heard my name and you don't know much about me," said Gillibrand
(pronounced JILL-ih-brand). "Over the next two years, you will get to know me. And, more importantly, I will get to know you."
Before the governor even took the podium to introduce Gillibrand, anti-gun crusader Rep. Carolyn McCarthy said she would
challenge Gillibrand in the Democratic primary next year, or find someone who would. Gillibrand has a 100 percent voting record
with the National Rifle Association.
Hudson River Pilot Gets Hero’s Homecoming 3,000 Welcome ‘Sully’ Home
DANVILLE, Calif. -- The pilot who safely landed a US Airways jetliner
in the Hudson River said he was only doing his job.
Pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger was given a hero's homecoming Saturday in Danville, Calif., the San Francisco suburb
he calls home.
During brief remarks at today's celebration, Sullenberger said circumstance determined he would be flying with an experienced
crew on Jan. 15.
Sullenberger says, "We were simply doing the jobs we were paid to do."
The veteran pilot guided the jetliner to a smooth splashdown after a flock of birds knocked out both engines soon after
takeoff. All 155 people on board survived.
Around 3,000 people gathered under drizzly skies in the town square to welcome Sullenberger home
ISRAEL...What really happened in the
Rush "The Drug Addict" Limbaugh say's He wants Obama to Fail!!!
Fox News and Rush Limbaugh hoping for Obama to Fail
Irony Has At Least Seven More Lives By Madeleine
Obama’s election’s to blame For irony’s death, many claim. Is there nothing to mock? To
satirically knock? Spoof the press and the pundits — I’m game.
And there’s always the cowardly Dems, And obstreperous GOP “gems,” Greedy banks, AIG, CEOs,
bad TV. Start lampooning — no haws and no hems.
Whistleblower: NSA Spied on Everyone in the United States Filed by David Edwards and Stephen
Ex-analyst believes program actually the remnants of 'Total Information Awareness,' shut
down by Congress in 2003
On Wednesday night, when former NSA analyst Russell Tice told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann that the Bush administration's National
Security Agency spied on everyone in the United States, specifically targeting journalists, the Countdown host was so flabbergasted
that Tice was invited back for a second interview.
On Thursday, he returned to the airwaves with expanded allegations against the NSA, claiming the agency collected Americans'
credit card records, and adding that he believes the massive, warrantless data vacuum to be the remnants of the Total Information
Awareness program, shut down by Congress in 2003.
HUMOR IN POLITICS
Sarah Silverman's Farewell to Bush
Hamas-Israel Gaza Truce Expected to Hold-Official By Nidal al-Mughrabi Jan 24, 2009
GAZA, (Reuters) - An unofficial truce between Israel and the Islamist
Hamas group which controls the Gaza Strip will hold as long as Egyptian mediation continues, a Palestinian official close
to Egyptian-sponsored talks said on Saturday.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ordered a "unilateral" end to a devastating 22-day military attack on the coastal territory
last Saturday, and Hamas and other Gaza Palestinian militant called their own halt hours later.
Nothing was signed and there is as yet no official ceasefire between them.
But the Palestinian official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters he did not expect Hamas or any other faction
to call off the truce, since Egyptian leaders were due to meet Hamas officials in Cairo on Sunday to discuss conditions for
a durable ceasefire.
Hamas official Ayman Taha, a member of the Gaza three-man delegation, said officials from the group's exiled leadership
in Syria were also due in Egypt later on Saturday for talks.
Hamas said any new deal with Israel must ensure the opening of all border crossings with the Jewish state, which maintains
a tight bloackade of Gaza.
Hamas also demands the reopening of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, the Palestinians' only window to the outside
world that does not go through Israel, and the lifting of the economic blockade.
"We are here to discuss how a ceasefire can become durable," Taha told Reuters by telephone from Cairo.
Israel on Friday dismissed international calls for a full reopening of border crossings with the Gaza Strip, leaving the
shaky ceasefire in question and casting doubts on the viability of post-war reconstruction for Gaza's 1.5 million people.
Hamas leaders reject opening the Rafah crossing under conditions set by a 2005 U.S.-brokered agreement that would turn
over control of security to their political rival, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, together with European monitors, to
ensure no weapons are smuggled in.
Hamas insists on playing a significant role in the Rafah administration, but the official said it was willing to accept
the presence of members of Abbas's presidential guards, with a special arrangement he did not disclose. Leaders of the group
have in the past said they could also accept European monitors on certain conditions that does not allow the international
observers to have a say over the operation of the crossing.
But Israel believes Abbas's men -- who were driven out of Gaza when Hamas took over the coastal enclave in a brief, bloody
civil war in 2007 -- would again be intimidated by Hamas gunmen who would take effective control of the crossing.
Hamas officials also said that abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit whom militants captured in a cross-border raid in
2006 would only be released in exchange for prisoners being held in Israeli jails, a demand they have made since the abduction.
Although freeing Shalit was not a stated part of its Gaza operation, Israel believes the restrictions at the crossings
could give it leverage in the Egyptian-mediated negotiations with Hamas to free the soldier. (Editing by Douglas Hamilton
and Richard Balmforth)
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Marine Commander: 'Time is Right' for Marines to Leave Iraq Nancy A. Youssef | McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — The top Marine commander said Friday that his forces
already had begun pulling equipment out of Iraq and that nearly all of his troops could be out in as little as six months.
"The time is right for the Marines to leave Iraq," Gen. James Conway, the commandant of the Marine Corps, said at a breakfast
with reporters. Any "sustainment force" in Iraq, he added, will be almost exclusively from the Army.
The Marine withdrawal from Iraq is one of many efforts to shift forces from Iraq to Afghanistan, where President Barack
Obama has pledged to send more U.S. troops. At the Pentagon, which until now has focused principally on Iraq, officials are
reassessing their tactics and reconfiguring their equipment to shift toward Afghanistan.
Conway said that he didn't want to maintain a large Marine presence in Iraq when the military was expected to send as many
as 20,000 more Marines to Afghanistan this spring. Nearly all of them will be stationed in southern Afghanistan, where most
of that nation's opium poppy crop is produced, much of it sold to pay for Taliban operations.
Conway said that he didn't want Marines fighting both wars because of the strain that would impose on his forces. In order
to keep as many as 34,000 Marines in Iraq, the general said, the Marines have foregone some training in areas such as cold
weather, mountainous terrain and amphibious operations. By focusing exclusively on Afghanistan, Marines could get 14 months
off between seven-month deployments, he said.
There are 22,000 Marines in Iraq, and Conway said that some of the equipment that was being pulled out was left behind
by units that already had left.
Throughout much of the war in Iraq, Marines were stationed in largely Sunni Muslim Anbar province, which was the heart
of the Sunni insurgency and one of the most violent parts of the country.
Marines there faced some of the largest explosives detonated in Iraq and insurgent tactics such as snipers, causing devastating
troop deaths. As the violence subsided, however, Conway pushed for the Marines to begin leaving Iraq, arguing that his forces
aren't nation builders but fighters.
Just so you know, the rumblings from the UN and the world court are
that if the US does not charge Bush and company with War crimes, they will...
That would mean that if we don’t go after them, and if any of them including Bush were to leave the United States,
it is possible that they could be arrested in another country and put on trial...
Now, me personally, I think that it’s a bad idea allowing another country to try our criminal politicians for war
crimes, we don’t need them to clean our dirty laundry...So, it would be in the best interest of Bush and company and
the United States if war crimes were handled in our country...
Obama Signs Order to Close Guantanamo
by Ben Feller
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama began overhauling U.S. treatment
of terror suspects Thursday, signing orders to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, review military trials of suspects
and ban the harshest interrogation methods.
With three executive orders and a presidential directive signed in the Oval Office, Obama started reshaping how the United
States prosecutes and questions al-Qaida, Taliban or other foreign fighters who pose a threat to Americans.
The centerpiece order would close the much-maligned U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year, a complicated process
with many unanswered questions that was nonetheless a key campaign promise of Obama's. The administration already has suspended
trials for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo for 120 days pending a review of the military tribunals.
"We intend to win this fight. We're going to win it on our terms," Obama said of the war on terrorism. But he also said
he didn't want to have to make a "false choice" between successfully waging war against terrorist organizations and hewing
to U.S. human rights ideals in the process.
"This is following through not just on a commitment I made during the campaign but an understanding that dates back to
our Founding Fathers, that we are willing to observe core standards of conduct - not just when it's easy but also when it's
hard," the president said.
"We will be setting up a process" to figure out the logistics of closing down Guantanamo, Obama told reporters gathered
in the Oval Office of the White House.
In other actions, Obama:
Created a task force that would have 30 days to recommend policies on handling terror suspects who are detained in the
future. Specifically, the group would look at where those detainees should be housed since Guantanamo is closing.
Required all U.S. personnel to follow the U.S. Army Field Manual while interrogating detainees. The manual explicitly
prohibits threats, coercion, physical abuse and waterboarding, a technique that creates the sensation of drowning and has
been termed a form of torture by critics. However, a Capitol Hill aide says that the administration also is planning a study
of more aggressive interrogation methods that could be added to the Army manual - which would create a significant loophole
to Obama's action Thursday.
Directed the Justice Department to review the case of Qatar native Ali al-Marri, who is the only enemy combatant currently
being held on U.S. soil. The review will look at whether al-Marri has the right to sue the government for his freedom, a right
the Supreme Court already has given to Guantanamo detainees. The directive will ask the high court for a stay in al-Marri's
appeals case while the review is ongoing. The government says al-Marri is an al-Qaida sleeper agent.
An estimated 245 men are being held at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, most of whom have been detained for years without being
charged with a crime. Among the sticky issues the Obama administration has to resolve are where to put those detainees - whether
back in their home countries or at other federal detention centers - and how to prosecute some of them for war crimes.
US Marines Ready to Deploy up to 20,000 Troops to Afghanistan AFP
Up to 20,000 US Marines could be deployed to Afghanistan after an expected
Marine withdrawal from Iraq within six to eight months, Marine Commandant James Conway said Friday.
"The time is right for Marines to leave Iraq," the top Marine officer said, reflecting on the improved security situation
As part of the drawdown in Iraq, Conway said he expected "20,000 or less" Marines to be deployed to Afghanistan, although
he cautioned against sending too many troops from the corps to Afghanistan.
That deployment would help fulfill the up to 30,000 troops military planners have proposed to inject in Afghanistan within
the next 18 months to bolster the approximately 33,000 US troops already there, including 2,200 Marines. Another 142,000 US
troops are in Iraq.
Marines "have been steadily removing equipment from theater in Iraq," he said. "The timeline we think today is down to
six to eight months to get the rest of our equipment out of Iraq."
There are currently more than 20,000 Marines deployed in Iraq.
Saturday Night Live...ANN COULTER
VARIOUS LATE NIGHT QUOTES
Two million people attended the inauguration, compared to less than 500,000 when Bush was inaugurated four years
ago. But that makes sense because four years ago, you know, people had jobs to go to." --Jay Leno
The new season of “Lost” kicked off tonight. If you haven’t seen it, “Lost” is
about a group of desperate people out of touch with the world. It’s based on the true story of the Republican Party.-
Last night, while their parents were at the inaugural balls, Sasha and Malia Obama, the kids, had their own
little party at the White House. They held a scavenger hunt for them and some other kids. And this is the best thing. At the
end of the scavenger hunt, they opened door and in a closet waiting for them were the Jonas Brothers. True. I guess they did
the same thing with the Bush twins back in 2000, only it was Motley Crue with a tray of Jell-O shots in the closet.- Jimmy
"President Barack Obama signed an executive order calling for the closure of Guantanamo Bay within a year. Actually,
you know how he can close it faster? Make it a bank, okay? It'll shut down." --Jay Leno
"He's really getting tough. Yesterday, President Obama issued an executive order banning gifts from lobbyists,
any gifts to anyone serving in his administration. In fact, today they went down and removed the gas pump that Exxon installed
in Dick Cheney's office." --Jay Leno
"Of course, the media frenzy over Barack Obama is just getting bigger and bigger. It is really contagious. In
fact, now that Barack Obama's president, Michael Jackson said he's thinking about being black again." --Jay Leno
"Today, you probably heard this, President Obama signed the order to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Yeah.
That's big. Closing it down. And, in the spirit of ending torture, Obama also ended the New Kids on the Block tour." --Conan
"Turns out, Barack Obama's first act as commander-in-chief was to bungle Chief Justice Roberts' perfectly reasonable
attempt to rewrite the oath of office [on screen: Obama taking the oath of office, and stopping when Roberts mixed up the
words]. Just say it the way he said it! He is the Justice Chief of the Court Supreme! Well, it turns out, that oath problem
was no harmless slip of the tongue [on screen: Fox's Chris Wallace saying he's 'not sure' Obama is really the president after
messing up the oath of office]. Nation, this could have a huge impact on who Fox News thinks is president." --Stephen Colbert
U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Match Highest Since ’82 By Shobhana Chandra
The number of Americans filing first- time claims for unemployment benefits
matched the highest level in 26 years as firings forced more workers to seek government assistance in a deepening recession.
Initial jobless claims increased by 62,000 to 589,000, more than forecast, in the week ended Jan. 17, from a revised 527,000
the prior week, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington.
Employers who cut 2.6 million U.S. jobs last year may continue to shed workers, weighing on spending and prolonging the
slump. President Barack Obama is pushing for quick passage of a stimulus plan that aims to revive the economy and save or
create as many as 4 million jobs.
“Job losses will continue through the first part of the year and could extend all the way through 2009,” Ellen
Zentner, a senior U.S. economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. in New York, said before the report. “Consumer
spending is out, frugality is in.”
The Commerce Department said separately that builders broke ground on the fewest homes since records began in 1959. Housing
starts slumped 16 percent in December to an annual rate of 550,000, lower than economists had forecast. Building permits,
an indicator of future projects, also reached an unprecedented low.
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