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6:50 PM ET, January 28, 2009

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Eli Lake / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Holder assures GOP on interrogation prosecution  —  President Obama's choice to run the Justice Department has assured senior Republican senators that he won't prosecute CIA officers or political appointees who were involved in the Bush administration's policy of “enhanced interrogations.”
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Elana Schor / TPMDC:
Holder Aide: We Made No Special Promises to Bond  —  My colleague Zack at TPMmuck just heard from an aide to Attorney General nominee Eric Holder.  The aide definitively denied Sen. Kit Bond's (R-MO) claim that Holder had given him “assurances” of avoiding future prosecutions …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The definition of a “two-tiered justice system”
Discussion: Fact-esque
Elana Schor / TPMDC:
Leading Senate Dems Dismiss Report That Holder Promised No Torture Prosecutions
Discussion: Emptywheel and The Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
A 40-Year Wish List  —  You won't believe what's in that stimulus bill.  —  “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.  What I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things you couldn't do before.”  —  So said White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in November, and Democrats in Congress are certainly taking his advice to heart.
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David Sirota / Open Left:
There's something happening here  —  I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound  —  Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote an article for In These Times predicting that congressional progressives would be emboldened to assert themselves in an unprecedented way under an Obama administration …
Discussion: Democrats.com
Bill Theobald / Tennessean.com:
Tenn. Blue Dog Democrats waver on stimulus package
Associated Press:
OBAMA TO HOST COCKTAIL PARTY FOR LAWMAKERS  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has invited Republican and Democratic lawmakers for drinks at the White House as they consider his economic recovery bill that still faces opposition.  —  White House aides say about two dozen key members …
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Holds Reception for Congressional Leaders
Discussion: CBS News, Wonkette and TIME.com
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republicans all a-Twitter over the visit
Noel Sheppard / Fox News:
House Republicans Push Counter-Proposal on Stimulus
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: CIA Station Chief in Algeria Accused of Rapes  —  “Ugly American”?  Spy Boss Allegedly Drugged Muslim Women, Made Secret Sex Videos  —  The CIA's station chief at its sensitive post in Algeria is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for allegedly raping at least …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
State of the States: Political Party Affiliation  —  Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Hawaii, and District of Columbia are most Democratic  — USA - Democrats - Government and Politics - Party Affiliation - Republicans - Americas - Northern America … PRINCETON, NJ — An analysis …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Just Five Red States Left?
Discussion: ONTD: Politics and Daily Kos
Congressman Phil Gingrey, M.D.:
Gingrey comments on Rush misunderstanding  —  Congressman Phil Gingrey, MD (R-GA) made the following statement in response to an article that ran in Politico Newspaper about comments he made regarding conservative commentator, Rush Limbaugh and the Republican Leadership:
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Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Gingrey Begs Limbaugh For Forgiveness On-Air, Expresses 'Very …
Discussion: Wonkette
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Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Democrats Among Stimulus Skeptics
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
STD flap nothing to clap about  —  The NRCC is banging the good old culture wars drum today, sending out a raft of press releases asking if rookie Dems from conservative districts back the inclusion of anti-sexually transmitted disease programs.  —  The title of the release …
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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to keep its target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent.  The Committee continues to anticipate that economic conditions are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels of the federal funds rate for some time.
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Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Fed Signals It's Ready to Expand Assistance as Needed
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Wall Street Journal:
Banks, Fed Rally Stocks
Discussion: TPMCafe
Liisa O'Neill / NY Daily News:
Hey Bam, that's not the door!  —  It looks like President Obama hasn't gotten acquainted to his White House surroundings.  On the way back to the Oval Office Tuesday, the President approached a paned window, instead of the actual door — located a few feet to his right.
The Politico:
The case for doing nothing  —  Most of Washington has reached quick consensus: Government must do something big to shock the economy, and it should cost between $800 billion and $900 billion.  —  But dissident economists and investment professionals offer a much different take: Most of Washington is dead wrong.
Discussion: Right Wing News
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David Alpert / Greater Greater Washington:
Nadler transit amendment passes on voice vote  —  The House just approved Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY)'s amendment to add $3 billion in transit capital funding to the stimulus.  They approved it on a voice vote instead of a roll call.  —  According to Nadler's floor speech …
Jon Swaine / Telegraph:
Russia ‘drops missile plans due to Obama change to US attitude’  —  Russia has dropped plans to install missiles near Poland after the Obama administration signalled a change in US attitude to the region, a Moscow military official has reportedly said.  —  The official suggested …
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Geithner names ex-lobbyist as Treasury chief of staff  —  WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner picked a former Goldman Sachs lobbyist as a top aide Tuesday, the same day he announced rules aimed at reducing the role of lobbyists in agency decisions.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:   Geithner: Banks won't be nationalized
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
School can expel lesbian students, court rules  —  An appeals panel finds California Lutheran High School in Riverside County is not a business and therefore doesn't have to comply with a state law barring discrimination based on sexual orientation.  —  Reporting from San Francisco …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Presider  —  One impression from Obama's interactions with the Republicans and Democrats in Congress: Obama clearly sees the presidency as a different institution than his immediate predecessor.  This is a good thing, it seems to me.  Bush had imbibed a monarchical sense of the office from his father and his godfather (Cheney).
The New Republic:
Scott McClellan's Advice for Robert Gibbs  —  Yesterday, we asked President Bush's former press secretary, Scott McClellan, if he had any hard-won suggestions for Robert Gibbs.  —  My view is that the press-briefing model that is used now is kind of outdated.
Marc Ambinder:
The Political Case For The Stimulus, If You're A Vulernable Republican  —  Over a 48 hour period when 100,000 job layoffs have been announced, Hill Republicans have decided to take a stand against the stimulus.  —  Now - President Obama's approval rating is about 70%;  —  Congressional approval is still around 20%;
Marian Burros / New York Times:
Obamas Hire Chef From Chicago  —  WASHINGTON — Sam Kass, a chef who cooked for the Obamas while they were living in Chicago, is now cooking for them in the White House.  —  A spokeswoman for Michelle Obama, Katie McCormick Lelyveld, said Mr. Kass would not be the only cook preparing the family's meals …
Discussion: Gawker and TIME.com
 
 
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Center for American Progress:
The Fractured Shia of Iraq
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org and Wonk Room
BBC:
Global job losses ‘could hit 51m’
Ilana Ozernoy / The Atlantic Online:
Ears Wide Shut
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Karl Frisch / Media Matters:
O'Reilly don't know much about (WWII) history
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Rasmussen Reports:
Most Say Tax Cuts Always Better Than Increased Spending
Dan Gerstein / Forbes:
The Stimulus Fight You Should Be Watching
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David Stout / New York Times:
Obama Says Not a ‘Moment to Spare’ on Stimulus Plan
Discussion: Room for Debate and Pajamas Media
Max Boot / Commentary:
20 or 30 Years Ago?  —  “America was not born as a colonial power …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and PoliGazette
BBC:
Top doctor admits she made up the condition ‘cello scrotum’
Motoko Rich / ArtsBeat:
Washington Post to End Book World as Stand-Alone Section
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Coleman's Supposedly Friendly Witnesses Backfire
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
It's the Economy, Girlfriend
Discussion: Gawker, Salon, Gothamist and The XX Factor