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12:45 AM ET, January 29, 2009

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Washington Post:
House Passes $819 Billion Economic Stimulus  —  Republicans Wary of Package's Price Tag, Spending Priorities  —  With no Republican support, the House approved an $819 billion stimulus plan that will serve as the cornerstone of President Obama's efforts to resuscitate the economy …
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
House Passes Stimulus Plan Despite G.O.P. Opposition  —  WASHINGTON — Without a single Republican vote, President Obama won House approval on Wednesday for an $819 billion economic recovery plan as Congressional Democrats sought to temper their own differences over the enormous package of tax cuts and spending.
Toby Harnden / Toby Harnden's blog listings:
Hollow victory: Republicans deliver slap in the face to Barack Obama  —  President Barack Obama got the $825 (or $1.2 trillion over a decade) stimulus package through the House of Representatives but the 244 to 188 vote is a hollow victory indeed.  Without a single Republican voting for the bill …
Michelle Malkin:
GOP holds the line: 244-188.  This crap sandwich is all yours, Dems  —  Own it.  Embrace it.  Swallow it.  The House version of the $1.1 trillion Generational Theft Act of 2009 is all the Democrats' doing now.  —  Not one Republican voted for it.  (1 Republican had to leave early).
Discussion: alicublog, Don Surber, GayPatriot and D-Day
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 …
The Huffington Post:
GOP Leader Pushes Back Against Limbaugh Line  —  Over the past few days, talk radio host Rush Limbaugh has been, far and away, the most combative critic of Barack Obama.  As Republicans on the Hill compliment the president for his willingness to talk and compromise on the stimulus …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Mike Pence's Ode to Rush Limbaugh
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
NV-Sen: Hammering Harry
Discussion: CNN, MyDD and MSNBC
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Gingrey Begs Limbaugh For Forgiveness On-Air, Expresses 'Very …
Discussion: Wonkette and Hot Air
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Gingrey apologizes over Limbaugh
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: Emptywheel and Democrats.com
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama lawyers set to defend Yoo
Discussion: theheretik.us and TalkLeft
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
WHAT A GUY  —  Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) revealed more of himself than anyone cared to see, at the expense of Salon's Joan Walsh, this evening on “Hardball.”  In a debate with Walsh over tax policy, Armey let loose with this chauvinistic gem: “I am so damn glad …
Discussion: Shakesville
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Dick Armey insults Salon's Joan Walsh with sexist remark on Hardball  —  During a debate about Rush Limbaugh's influence on the GOP and Phil Gingrey's boot licking apology for crossing the almighty Rushbo, Dick Armey, former GOP leader with Newt proved the point that Limbaugh's piggish views …
Guardian:
Revealed: the letter Barack Obama's team hope will heal Iran rift  —  Officials of Barack Obama's administration have drafted a letter to Iran from the president aimed at unfreezing US-Iranian relations and opening the way for face-to-face talks, the Guardian has learned.
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Zahra Hosseinian / Reuters:
Iran tells U.S. to show change in policy not tactics
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Jules Crittenden
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CIA station chief a serial rapist?
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Debbie Schlussel
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?
Courtney Hazlett / MSNBC:
Alba schools Fox's O'Reilly in WW II history  —  Plus: Simpson won't spin weight loss; Anderson finds trailer-park love  —  Jessica Alba is setting the record straight: Sweden was neutral during World War II.  —  Alba and Fox TV show host Bill O'Reilly traded punches last week after the presidential inauguration.
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Karl Frisch / Media Matters:
O'Reilly don't know much about (WWII) history
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
WTOP.com:
Obama pokes fun at D.C. area's reaction to snow  —  WASHINGTON — After his daughters got a snow day Wednesday, President Barack Obama wants to see a little bit of “flinty, Chicago toughness” applied locally.  —  “When it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don't seem to be able to handle things …
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Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Obama: Snowy Washington Needs ‘Chicago Toughness’
Discussion: MoJoBlog
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.
Byron York / The Corner:
“Overwhelming” GOP Opposition to Stimulus Bill  —  Just talked to a very clued-in Republican on the Hill.  This person wouldn't predict a unanimous Republican vote against the Democratic stimulus package, but said there would be “minimal” GOP support of the bill.
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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 …
Discussion: The Daily Politics and Hullabaloo
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Elana Schor / TPMDC:
Mass Transit Scores Big Win in House Stimulus
Think Progress:
REPORT: GOP Lawmakers Outnumber Democratic Lawmakers 2 To 1 In Stimulus Debate On Cable News  —  As Media Matters has documented, during the Bush administration, the media consistently allowed conservatives to dominate their shows, booking them as guests far more often than progressives.
Discussion: Open Left
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.
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: The Sideshow and Democrats.com
Kimball Perry / Cincinnati.com:
Only one voter fraud case found  —  Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said he had allegations last fall of widespread voter fraud - allegations a special prosecutor reported Tuesday were wrong, noting the only voter fraud found was from a Connecticut man who told on himself.
Discussion: MyDD
Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
House defeats bill to delay digital TV transition  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Bucking the Obama administration, House Republicans on Wednesday defeated a bill to delay the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting to June 12 — leaving an estimated 6.5 million U.S. households unprepared for the switchover.
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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