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7:15 PM ET, January 31, 2009

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Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
Pajamas Media matters  —  I wrote a letter to the Pajamas Media network bloggers yesterday, some of whom took it a bit more personally than intended.  We disbanded the ad network part of our business for a simple reason: it was losing money and we couldn't see how in the reasonable future that would change.
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TBogg:
“Roger Simon is pretty much a back stabbing douche so this was probably inevitable.”  —  diggs  —  digg it  —  Nobody could have anticipated that Pajamas Media would sucker the rubes and then destroy teh intertubes: … The comments are like a Sam Shepard play where the repressed loathing …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The Pajamas Media blogging enterprise has collapsed.  —  Jeff G.  (at Protein Wisdom) has the letter from Roger L. Simon, which buries the bad news in a statement about how Pajamas is turning its attention to its web TV efforts.  I wonder how many people watch Pajamas TV.  In the comments over there, Showy writes:
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
PAJAMA MEDIA CLOSES ITS DOORS
Discussion: Donklephant and Riehl World View
Molly Hooper / The Hill:
GOP losing patience with Obama, Dem leaders  —  Republicans wrapped up their retreat Friday by signaling they are losing patience with President Obama and the Democratic leadership in Congress.  —  Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) criticized the new administration on Friday …
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Republican Leads as a Cabinet Choice  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire, is the top contender to become President Obama's nominee for commerce secretary, the White House said Saturday.  —  “Senator Gregg is now the leading candidate for commerce and a pick …
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David Cho / Washington Post:
A Multi-Pronged Bank Plan  —  Administration Finalizing Strategy, Probably Won't Toughen Pay Restrictions  —  The Obama administration has finished drafting the central elements of its plan to rescue the financial markets and is gathering feedback from regulators and Wall Street executives …
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David Stout / New York Times:   Obama Pledges to Revive Credit Flow
Fox News:
RAW DATA: Full Senate Finance Committee Report on Daschle  —  Statement from the Senate Finance Committee on the Nomination of Thomas A. Daschle:  —  Thomas A. Daschle recently filed amended tax returns for 2005, 2006 and 2007 reporting $128,203 in additional tax and $11,964 in interest.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Axelrod: Geithner eyeing Wall St. bonuses
Discussion: TIME.com
New York Times:
It's Theirs and They're Not Apologizing  —  Getting between a broker and his bonus is like getting between a schnauzer and his lunch bowl.  He may not bite you, but you are going to smell his breath.  —  “People come here because they want to work hard and get paid a lot for working hard …
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Orange County Register:
Mark Steyn: Stimulated right into being another Europe  —  Plan also could trigger protectionist backlash, just like during the Depression.  —  Recommend  —  Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, is on TV explaining the (at this point the congregation shall fall to its knees and prostrate itself) “stimulus.”
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Republican Votes Are What Mr. Obama Truly Needs
Discussion: Daily Kos and Wall Street Journal
David McKenzie / CNN:
Obama's half brother arrested in Kenya  —  NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) — George Obama, the half brother of U.S. President Barack Obama, has been arrested by Kenyan police on a charge of possession of marijuana, police said Saturday.  —  Inspector Augustine Mutembei, the officer in charge …
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Tom Odula / Associated Press:
Obama's Kenyan relative arrested on drug charge
Discussion: TIME.com and Suitably Flip
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
GOP governors press Congress to pass stimulus bill  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Most Republican governors have broken with their GOP colleagues in Congress and are pushing for passage of President Barack Obama's economic aid plan that would send billions to states for education, public works and health care.
Peter Berkowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Bush Hatred and Obama Euphoria Are Two Sides of the Same Coin  —  Now that George W. Bush has left the harsh glare of the White House and Barack Obama has settled into the highest office in the land, it might be reasonable to suppose that Bush hatred and Obama euphoria will begin to subside.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Flags Whole Internet As Malware  —  We're not quite sure what's going on, but a couple of minutes ago any search result from Google started being flagged as malware with a message stating “This site may harm your computer”.  Including Google's own websites as you can see above.
 
 
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Christopher Caldwell / Financial Times:
Is the stimulus Obama's Iraq?
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Ben Mack / Autopia:
Hummer Drivers Get More Tickets. A Lot More.
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Floyd Norris / New York Times:
A Rise in Pessimism in the Corner Office
Discussion: Greg's Opinion and The Big Picture
Colum Lynch / Washington Post:
In Book, Insider Recounts Hunt for Hussein's Weapons
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