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3:15 PM ET, January 31, 2009

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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 …
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Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
What getting kicked to the curb in the age of new media looks like … What this means is that as of April 1, I am officially out of work.  So save going to a pay model, this site will likely have to shut down.  —  Small price to pay for helping PJM pick up an audience and credibility during its “formative years.”
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
PAJAMA MEDIA CLOSES ITS DOORS  —  Pajama media is shutting down the blog.  I can't say I am surprised.  What a disappointment and enormous waste of precious and rare blog investment.  —  I was one of the original pajama bloggers.  I thought PJM was going to rival AP, UPI, Reuters.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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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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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Playbook: Late-taxes saga  —  Robert Gibbs, in look-ahead profile interview with CBS' Peter Maer: ""I'm not going to lie from that podium.  House Minority Whip Eric I. Cantor of Virginia, reading the Daschle news off his BlackBerry to last night's banquet of a House Republican retreat …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Axelrod: Geithner eyeing Wall St. bonuses
Discussion: Hot Air and TIME.com
Dotcomabc / Political Punch:
More Daschle Tax Issues
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Tax troubles arise for 2nd Obama Cabinet nominee
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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Colbert I. King / Washington Post:   Republicans Need to Remember Hoover
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama May Add Another Republican to Cabinet  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire, is the leading candidate to be 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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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans say Gregg won't give Dems 60
Agence France Presse:
Iran says Obama's offer to talk shows US failure … US President Barack Obama's offer to talk to Iran shows that America's policy of “domination” has failed, the government spokesman said on Saturday.  —  “This request means Western ideology has become passive, that capitalist thought …
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
RED ALERT: A trillion in pork, but Pentagon must cut 11%!  —  BUMPED AND UPDATED 01/31/09 11:01AM: SEE RUNNING UPDATES BELOW.  —  BREAKING 01/30/09 7:41PM ET: Fox News Television reports that Barack Obama has issued a demand that the Pentagon reduce its budget by more than 10%.  The dollar figure is $55 billion.
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Fox News:
Defense Official: Obama Calling for Defense Budget Cuts
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState, Don Surber and QandO
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Stephen Farrell / New York Times:
Under Tight Security, Voting Seems Calm in Iraq
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and BLACKFIVE
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 …
Discussion: Don Surber
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Card: Obama has brought a ‘locker room experience’ to the WH with his informal dress code.»  —  On Thursday, the New York Times' Sheryl Gay Stolberg wrote about how President Obama had brought “a more informal culture” to the White House, noting that he had already abandoned …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
Nearly 1M without power 5 days after ice storm  —  MURRAY, Ky. - Utility crews worked in subfreezing temperatures Saturday to try to put the power back on for nearly a million customers left without electricity by an ice storm that crippled parts of several states this week.
 
 
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