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2:50 PM ET, January 28, 2009

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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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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.
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Democrats Among Stimulus Skeptics
The Caucus:
The Early Word: Stimulating Reading
Bill Theobald / Tennessean.com:   Tenn. Blue Dog Democrats waver on stimulus package
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.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republicans all a-Twitter over the visit  —  Audiences usually treat presidents to a round of polite applause, but when President Obama addressed House Republicans on Tuesday, they started Twittering.  —  Just a week after being inaugurated and becoming the most powerful man in the world …
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Holds Reception for Congressional Leaders
Discussion: TIME.com and The Impolitic
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Sex is out of the stimulus bill
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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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Gingrey apologizes over Limbaugh  —  Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) apologized Wednesday to “my fellow conservatives” for comments critical of talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh - saying he sees “eye-to-eye” with Limbaugh and that his remarks defending House Republican leadership came across more harshly than intended.
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).
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 …
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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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Kevin Hechtkopf / CBS News:
Judiciary Committee Approves Holder
Discussion: D-Day
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Backlash Against Bush Apparent in RNC  —  Many Members Seek New Chairman to Steer Party in a Different Direction  —  As they begin meeting in Washington today, many members of the Republican National Committee are focusing their ire against what they considered George W. Bush's anti-conservative policies …
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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.
Max Boot / Commentary:
20 or 30 Years Ago?  —  “America was not born as a colonial power, and that the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there's no reason why we can't restore that.  And that I think is going to be an important task.”
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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 …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Abdullah II: The 5-State Solution  —  In February 2002, I traveled to Saudi Arabia and interviewed the then crown prince, now king, Abdullah, at his Riyadh horse farm.  I asked him why the next Arab summit wouldn't just propose to Israel full peace and normalization of relations …
Andie Coller / The Politico:
Grassley launches porn inquiry  —  Chuck Grassley knows it when he sees it.  —  The “it,” of course, is pornography.  And Grassley has seen it deep in a demurely titled section of a report from the National Science Foundation — a report that says NSF employees have been spending significant amounts …
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 …
Watts Up With That?:
James Hansen's Former NASA Supervisor Declares Himself a Skeptic - Says Hansen ‘Embarrassed NASA’, ‘Was Never Muzzled’, & Models ‘Useless’  —  UPDATE 1/28: Full text of Dr. Theon's letter has been post on the Senate website and below.  —  This is something I thought I'd never see.
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog News:
Prediction of zero votes from the GOP zeroes in the House  —  I know I sound like a broken record here, but is this a surprise?  The Republicans, under the leadership of George Bush, destroyed the American economy.  We're on the precipice — facing a depression.
Discussion: USA Today, Firedoglake and The Hill
David Stout / New York Times:
Obama Says Not a ‘Moment to Spare’ on Stimulus Plan  —  WASHINGTON — Declaring that “we don't have a moment to spare,” President Obama on Wednesday promised that his economic stimulus plan would be not just enormous in its scope but run with a transparency and accountability not always associated with huge Washington projects.
Discussion: The Agonist
BBC:
Top doctor admits she made up the condition ‘cello scrotum’  —  A top doctor has admitted her part in hoodwinking a leading medical journal after inventing a medical condition called “cello scrotum”.  —  Elaine Murphy - now Baroness Murphy - dreamt up the painful complaint in the 1970s, sending a report to the British Medical Journal.
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Coleman's Supposedly Friendly Witnesses Backfire  —  We have seen the best thing that Norm Coleman's legal team has done so far in this election trial — and it ain't pretty.  —  This afternoon the Coleman team was bringing in rejected absentee voters to show that their ballots were improperly tossed.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michelle Tan / Army Times:
Recruiting stand-down ordered  —  Probe of Houston suicides prompts wide-ranging action  —  Army Secretary Pete Geren has ordered a stand-down of the Army's entire recruiting force and a review of almost every aspect of the job is underway in the wake of a wide-ranging investigation …
 
 
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