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4:55 PM ET, January 23, 2009

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The Politico:
Obama to GOP: ‘I won’  —  President Obama listened to Republican gripes about his stimulus package during a meeting with congressional leaders Friday morning - but he also left no doubt about who's in charge of these negotiations.  “I won,” Obama noted matter-of-factly, according to sources familiar with the conversation.
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Washington Wire:
Obama to GOP: ‘I Won’  —  Jonathan Weisman reports on the White House.  —  The top congressional leaders from both parties gathered at the White House for a working discussion over the shape and size of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan.  The meeting was designed to promote bipartisanship.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CHUCK, YER KILLIN' ME  —  We're sitting here watching Robert Gibbs' White House briefing.  And there is a long string of questions about whether Obama can really working in a bipartisan manner if no Republicans are saying nice things about the stimulus bill or voting for the mark-ups out of committee.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Washington Is Confident It Can Forge Recovery Plan
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
GOP Strategy: Embrace Obama
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
GOP pitches its own econ plan
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Stimulus Plan Meets More GOP Resistance
Discussion: Time, Open Left, Booman Tribune and Hot Air
New York Times:
Paterson Picks Gillibrand for Senate Seat  —  ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson has selected Representative Kirsten Gillibrand, a 42-year-old congresswoman from upstate who is known for bold political moves and centrist policy positions, to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton …
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Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
DAVE PICKS GILLIBRAND AS LIBERAL DEMS HOWL  —  ALBANY - Gov. Paterson, defying the liberal wing of his Democratic Party, has chosen little-known, NRA-backed, upstate Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as New York's junior senator, it was learned last night.
Eve Fairbanks / The New Republic:
Ten Things You Didn't Know About Kirsten Gillibrand  —  New York guv David Paterson is set to name Kirsten Gillibrand, a second-term congresswoman from upstate New York, to replace Hillary in the Senate.  At first blush, Gillibrand seems merely a perfect Caroline Kennedy replacement: A woman with cash, but without all that baggage!
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
New York's New Senator
Discussion: Argghhh!
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Former Bush Speechwriter: Obama Is “Most Dangerous Man Ever To Occupy Oval Office”  —  Former Bush chief speechwriter Marc Thiessen kicked up a big fuss yesterday with a Washington Post Op ed slamming Obama's executive orders by saying that if there's another terror attack, “Americans will hold Obama responsible.”
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Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Freed by U.S., Saudi Becomes a Qaeda Chief  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — The emergence of a former Guantánamo Bay detainee as the deputy leader of Al Qaeda's Yemeni branch has underscored the potential complications in carrying out the executive order President Obama signed Thursday that the detention center be shut down within a year.
Media Matters for America:
Media advance falsehood that Pentagon has confirmed that 61 former …
Discussion: Legalities
NewMajority.Com Scroll:
Palin's “Donated” Clothes Stashed in Trash Bags at RNC  —  Despite the Republican National Committee's promise to donate Sarah Palin's $180,000 campaign wardrobe to charity, word has it the Alaska governor's clothes remain stuffed in trash bags at RNC headquarters, NewMajority has learned.
Forbes:
The 25 Most Influential Liberals In The U.S. Media  —  Edited by Tunku Varadarajan, Elisabeth Eaves and Hana R. Alberts, 01.22.09, 04:02 PM EST  —  Listen for their voices during the Obama era.  —  Barack Obama's inauguration was the formal point at which the reigning ideology in Washington changed from “conservative” to “liberal.”
Discussion: Don Surber and Jules Crittenden
Albany Times Union:
Bruno indicted  —  Grand jury issues 8-count indictment for mail and wire fraud  —  ALBANY — A federal grand jury today indicted former state Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, accusing him of eight counts of public corruption.  —  Bruno is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate at 1:30 p.m. today.
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The Campaign Spot:
John McCain Does the Impossible  —  John McCain has prompted me to say the unthinkable.  —  The right man won in 2008.  —  I say this because the circumstances of Hillary Clinton being Secretary of State, while foreign governments have donated $41 million to her husband's foundation …
Discussion: Washington Times and TPMDC
Frank Luntz / Los Angeles Times:
Infrastructure: It's Job 1 to Americans  —  A poll finds near unanimous support for rebuilding.  —  I'm a pollster and political consultant associated with Republican causes: the Contract with America, the “death tax” and, of course, ending wasteful Washington spending.
Discussion: Donklephant
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   AMERICANS HEART INFRASTRUCTURE.... A couple of weeks ago …
Chris Brummitt / Associated Press:
Suspected US missile strike kills 18 in Pakistan  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Suspected U.S. missiles killed 18 people on the Pakistan side of the Afghan border Friday, security officials said, the first attacks on the al-Qaida stronghold since President Barack Obama took office.
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
JON CHAIT IS RIGHT.  —  I actually agree with one part of Jon Chait's attack on J Street: There is, among liberals, a sort of “narrative of persecution and bravery” attached to criticizing Israel.  And Chait is right: This narrative is wrong.  It's wrong despite his best efforts, but wrong nevertheless.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:   Tough Love
Associated Press:
Obama signs order reversing abortion-funds policy  —  AP - President Barack Obama has signed an executive order ending the ban on federal funds for international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option.
dccc.org:
NRCC: “Economy is Robust and Job Creation is Strong”  —  Looks like our counterparts at the National Republican Congressional Committee still have their heads in the sand.  —  NRCC.org:  —  I'm sure the millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet in this “robust” …
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Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blogs:
NRCC: “Economy is robust and strong”
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Obama press aide gets bashed in debut  —  The White House press operation got off to a fumbling and stumbling start Thursday, with the day's opening briefers insisting on being identified only as “senior administration officials,” followed swiftly by the new president's spokesman accidently outing …
Discussion: The Politico
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's Inaugural Surprise  —  Fascinating speech.  It was so rhetorically flat, so lacking in rhythm and cadence, one almost has to believe he did it on purpose.  Best not to dazzle on Opening Day.  Otherwise, they'll expect magic all the time.  —  The most striking characteristic …
Michael Tarm / Associated Press:
Ill. gov tells AP that strain is like Pearl Harbor  —  CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' embattled but defiant governor turned to the history books to describe the emotional strain on him and his family, comparing his arrest last month to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.
Discussion: Think Progress
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
No Snickering: That Road Sign Means Something Else  —  CRAPSTONE, England — When ordering things by telephone, Stewart Pearce tends to take a proactive approach to the inevitable question “What is your address?”  —  He lays it out straight, so there is no room for unpleasant confusion.
The Huffington Post:
ACLU Lays Off A Tenth Of Workforce  —  The American Civil Liberties Union, impacted by the unfolding economic crisis, laid off ten percent of its national workforce this week.  Thirty-six staffers lost their jobs, including five in the Washington, D.C. legislative office, a source familiar with the firings told the Huffington Post.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
J. Harvie Wilkinson III / Washington Post:
Storming the 4th Circuit  —  So the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit is set for a takeover.  Popular commentary has it that the court, on which I serve, is a fortress or bastion or citadel of conservatism.  Discussion of coming changes suggests more the fruits of a successful military campaign …
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
WSJ Insists Obama Is Leaving Door Open For A ‘Jack Bauer Exception’ To His Torture Ban  —  Yesterday, President Obama signed an executive order banning the use of torture in all military and CIA interrogations of suspected terrorists.  The order specifically revoked the legal memos written …
 
 
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Maya Mahler / Ynetnews:
Catalunya cancels Shoah memorial ceremony over Gaza op
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democrats' 2008 Advantage in Party ID Largest Since '83
Vivianne Rodrigues / Reuters:
Obama's strong dollar policy may be for real
Brian Thompson / NBC New York:
Obama Wants to Reopen Lady Liberty's Crown
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Interest groups face McConnell wrath
Discussion: Think Progress
Radley Balko / Reason:
The Militant Left (Update and Bump)
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Taxpayers kept funding Biden's bid
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
US TOO!  —  Frances Townsend, President Bush's counter-terrorism …
Wall Street Journal:
What I Saw at the Inauguration  —  And what 4-foot-tall Americans learned.
Discussion: The Swamp and Wonkette
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
A Lovely Consolation Prize for Ms. Kennedy?
Discussion: Marc Lynch
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Parking Minimums and Income Distribution
Discussion: The Ithaca Journal and The Bellows
Roland S. Martin / CNN:
Martin: Sasha's smile could be a guide to our future
Andy Barr / The Politico:
McCain floats Kyl for president
Discussion: The New Republic
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Fair-Wage Bill Clears The Senate
Discussion: ACSBlog