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9:55 PM ET, January 31, 2009

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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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Dotcomabc / Political Punch:
Judd Gregg Could Be Picked for Commerce as Soon as Monday  —  An Obama administration official tells ABC News that Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., is now the leading candidate for Commerce Secretary and could be announced as soon as Monday.  —  Gregg would be at least the third Republican to join …
Discussion: Open Left and Taegan Goddard's …
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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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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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Steele to House GOP: Stimulus Bill ‘Goose Egg Was Just Beautiful’  —  The Republican National Committee invited reporters to listen via conference call to new Chairman Michael Steele's pep talk to House Republicans at their weekend retreat.  If there was a revelation, it's that Steele seems …
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
At retreat, upbeat GOP looks to 2010  —  HOT SPRINGS, Va.—For the first time in eight years, Republicans held their annual retreat without a visit from the president.  —  But that didn't dampen the mood at The Homestead Resort, where House lawmakers retired for three days to plot their path out of the wilderness.
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 Stout / New York Times:
Geithner to Unveil Strategy to Revive Credit Flow  —  WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner will soon announce a new strategy for reviving the country's financial system while making sure that banking executives do not misuse federal money meant to assist their companies …
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Tom Odula / Associated Press:
Obama's Kenyan relative arrested on drug charge  —  NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police say the half brother of President Barack Obama has been arrested for possession of marijuana.  —  Area police chief Joshua Omokulongolo said George Obama was picked up Saturday and was being held at the Huruma police post in the capital.
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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
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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.
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.
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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
New Symbol of Elite Access: E-Mail to the Chief  —  WASHINGTON — Anthony Lake served as one of Barack Obama's principal counselors on foreign affairs during the campaign and exchanged e-mail messages with him regularly.  But now that Mr. Obama is president, Mr. Lake no longer has his e-mail address.
BBC:
Iraqi PM hails vote as ‘victory’  —  Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has hailed a largely peaceful vote for new provincial councils across the country as a victory for all Iraqis.  —  Voting was extended by one hour due to a strong turnout, including among Sunni Muslims who boycotted the last polls.
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Brian Murphy / Associated Press:
Iraqi elections avoid violence but complaints loom
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
 
 
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