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12:15 PM ET, January 29, 2010

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U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: FOURTH QUARTER 2009 (ADVANCE ESTIMATE)  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 5.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009, (that is …
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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Grew at Fastest Pace in 6 Years Last Quarter  —  The United States economy grew at its fastest pace in over six years at the end of 2009, but a sluggish job market is still souring economists on the sustainability of the recovery.  —  Gross domestic product expanded at an annual rate …
Christina Romer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
On the Advance Estimate of GDP for the Fourth Quarter of 2009
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and MarketWatch
Jeff Bater / Wall Street Journal:
GDP Expands at 5.7% Rate
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Washington Post:
After Obama speech, Democrats confused about path ahead  —  A day after President Obama called on them to renew efforts to pass his ambitious agenda, congressional Democrats remained in disarray Thursday about how to move forward, with at least some pointing at the White House as the cause …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HEALTH CARE REFORM LIVES — MAYBE.... It can get a little confusing.
NY Daily News:
White House orders Justice Department to look for other places to hold 9/11 terror trial  —  White House officials have told the Justice Department to consider other venues for the 9/11 terror trial that was to be held in lower Manhattan, the Daily News has learned.
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New York Times:
Administration Considers Moving Site of 9/11 Trial  —  WASHINGTON — Facing mounting pressure from New York politicians concerned about costs and security, the Obama administration on Thursday began considering moving the trial of the chief organizer of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks out of Manhattan, administration officials said.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Newburgh mayor wants terror trials
Aljazeera:
Bin Laden deplores climate change  —  Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, has condemned the US and other industrial economies, holding them responsible for the phenomenon of climate change.  —  In an audio tape obtained by Al Jazeera, bin Laden criticised George Bush, the former US president …
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Salah Nasrawi / Associated Press:
Bin Laden blasts US for climate change  —  Buzz up!  —  CAIRO - Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has called for the world to boycott American goods and the U.S. dollar, blaming the United States and other industrialized countries for global warming, according to a new audiotape released Friday.
WISH-TV:
Congressman Buyer won't seek reelection  —  24-Hour News 8 has learned Indiana Congressman Steve Buyer (R-4th District) will announce he will not seek reelection during a news conference Friday.  —  Buyer is perhaps best known for his 1998 role as a prosecutor in President Clinton's impeachment hearings.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Steve Buyer to retire in Indiana
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
James O'Keefe / Big Government:
Statement from James O'Keefe  —  The government has now confirmed what has always been clear: No one tried to wiretap or bug Senator Landrieu's office.  Nor did we try to cut or shut down her phone lines.  Reports to this effect over the past 48 hours are inaccurate and false.
John Tlumacki / Boston Globe:
Scott Brown interview transcript  —  Massachusetts' new senator talks about his campaign, the issues — and signing a supporter's head  —  Senator-elect Scott Brown sat down with Boston Globe reporters Matt Viser and Eric Moskowitz in his State House office for a half-hour interview.
Discussion: The Page
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Brown on Romney: 'He's changed'
Discussion: GOP 12
Fox News:
Palin to Obama: Stop the Fingerpointing  —  This is a rush transcript from “On the Record,” January 28, 2010.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Tonight, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin right here, right now!  She joins us from Wasilla, Alaska.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
March of the Peacocks  —  Last week, the Center for American Progress, a think tank with close ties to the Obama administration, published an acerbic essay about the difference between true deficit hawks and showy “deficit peacocks.”  You can identify deficit peacocks, readers were told …
Wall Street Journal:
Congress and Terror Trials  —  Use the constitutional power to set court jurisdiction.  —  The controversy over the FBI's Miranda warning and botched interrogation of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab isn't dying down, and now Congress is getting into the act, in this instance possibly for the better.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Commentary
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The handling of the Christmas Day bombing suspect: the scandal grows
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans seem to have one answer for Democrats: No  —  In his State of the Union address Wednesday night, President Obama asked lawmakers to “work through our differences, to overcome the numbing weight of our politics.”  —  On Thursday, Republicans sent their answer.
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Dumbest.  Bill.  Ever.  —  A pair of entrepreneurial Tennessee Republicans figured they would get the national yokels to bite on their “Ben Nelson Act to Ensure Political Integrity” — an attempt to fan the partisan flames on Nelson's deal to exempt Nebraska from state Medicaid spending hikes.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Has Obama become bored with being president?  —  This is about the time Barack Obama becomes bored with his job.  —  He's in his second year as president, and he's discovered that even with all the powers of office, he can't do everything he wants to do, like remake America.  Doing stuff is hard.
Discussion: Moe Lane
Karina Grazina / Reuters:
Pork better for sex than Viagra?  —  Buzz up!  —  BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's president recommended pork as an alternative to Viagra Wednesday, saying she spent a satisfying weekend with her husband after eating barbecued pork.  —  “I've just been told something I didn't know …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Bloomberg:
Paulson Says Russia Urged China to Dump Fannie, Freddie Bonds  —  Jan. 29 (Bloomberg) — Russia urged China to dump its Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bonds in 2008 in a bid to force a bailout of the largest U.S. mortgage-finance companies, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Hit & Run
New York Times:
Citing 9/11, Blair Defends Legacy at Iraq Inquiry  —  LONDON — Almost seven years after he ordered British troops to join the American-led invasion of Iraq, former Prime Minister Tony Blair testified Friday before an official inquiry into the conflict, offering a spirited defense of his legacy …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Democrats cry injustice  —  Senate Democrats are furious with Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito — and Alito's silent State of the Union rebuke of the president is the least of their concerns.  —  Democrats say Alito crossed the line when he mouthed the words …
PewResearch.org:
Public Knowledge: Senate Legislative Process a Mystery to Many  —  Political News IQ Update  —  The public has consistently expressed strong interest in the health care debate, but relatively few Americans can correctly answer two key questions related to the Senate's consideration of health care legislation.
 
 
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