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8:55 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.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
GOP Strategy: Embrace Obama
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.
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New York Times:
Paterson Picks Gillibrand for Senate Seat
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Giving Gillibrand a Chance
Discussion: TPMDC, Booman Tribune and MyDD
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
New York's New Senator
Discussion: Argghhh!
Associated Press:
Obama reverses Bush abortion-funds policy  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Friday struck down the Bush administration's ban on giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information …
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ABCNEWS:
Obama Overturns ‘Mexico City Policy’ Implemented by Reagan  —  U.S. Can Now Give Federal Funding To International Family Planning Groups That Provide Abortion Services  —  President Obama signed an executive order today reversing the ban that prohibits funding to international family planning groups …
Discussion: BBC, Corrente, Political Punch and The Lead
Candace Rondeaux / Washington Post:
Suspected U.S. Missile Strikes Kill at Least 20 in Pakistan  —  Attacks in Northwest Border Province Are First Since Obama's Inauguration  —  At least 20 people were killed in northwest Pakistan near the border of Afghanistan on Friday in two suspected U.S. missile strikes …
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Tim Reid / Times of London:
President Obama ‘orders Pakistan drone attacks’
ABCNEWS:   Obama to CIA: Bombs Away! No Let Up in US Drone Attacks
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.
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
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.”
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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
NRCC: The Economy Is “Robust”
The Huffington Post:
Controversial CBO Report On Stimulus Turns Out Not To Exist  —  Reports of a recent study by the Congressional Budget Office, showing that the vast majority of the money in the stimulus package won't be spent until after 2010, have Democrats on the defensive and the GOP calling for a pullback in wasteful spending.
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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
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Blago: Fed arrest like Pearl Harbor
Discussion: Fox News
Chicago Breaking News:
Blagojevich: Impeachment trial ‘hanging’ him
Discussion: Hot Air and Gawker
John Del Signore / Gothamist:
“Drunken Negro Face” Cookies On Sale at Greenwich Village Bakery  —  [UPDATE BELOW] At at a time when any decent baker should have been selling racially harmonious black and white cookies by the truckload, one Greenwich Village bakery popular with celebrities and shows like Sex and the City …
Discussion: Gawker
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Obama waives lobbying rules for Lynn  —  The Obama administration has waived its ethics rules to allow William Lynn to serve as the deputy secretary of Defense.  —  Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said he supports Lynn's nomination and looks “forward to prompt consideration by the Senate.”
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's defense pick (lobbyist) divests
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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.”
Josh Drobnyk / Pennsylvania Ave.:
Toomey bags Senate run, takes steps in possible guv bid  —  Former Lehigh Valley Congressman Pat Toomey has decided against a repeat run for Senate in 2010, turning instead toward a possible bid for governor as he reaches out to Republicans statewide to assess his potential candidacy next year.
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blogs:
Toomey not taking on Specter
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Tony Borroz / Autopia:
The Car of the Future Promised for October  —  The car of the future is almost here.  —  Aptera Motors has rolled out the first pre-production model of the 2e, an all-electric three-wheeled two-seater that gets the equivalent of 200 mpg and goes 100 miles on a charge.
Media Matters for America:
Media advance falsehood that Pentagon has confirmed that 61 former Guantánamo detainees have returned to battlefield  —  Since President Barack Obama signed an executive order requiring that the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay be closed within a year …
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 and Alas, a blog
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:   Tough Love
Megan McArdle:
Don't just stand there, do something!  —  Tyler Cowen calls this, from Warren Buffet, the best argument for stimulus so far: … At least it's honest.  And it may well be that merely being seen to be doing something is necessary—that aggregate demand will sag worse if the public perceives that there is no sheriff in town.
 
 
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The Smoking Gun:
The Audacity Of Dope  —  Cops: New York dealers sold heroin branded with president's name
Discussion: Gawker
Marc Ambinder:
Dirk Kempthorne In 2012?  —  Here's a name I've not heard linked …
Discussion: The Politico
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Liberals want mortgage ‘cram down’ in stimulus
Discussion: Firedoglake
Fox News:
Tom Hanks Apologizes for Calling Mormon Supporters of Proposition 8 ‘Un-American’
Discussion: Don Surber
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Crisis meeting called on violent protest across Europe
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
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
 Earlier Items: 
Frank Luntz / Los Angeles Times:
Infrastructure: It's Job 1 to Americans
Radley Balko / Reason:
The Militant Left (Update and Bump)
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Obama press aide gets bashed in debut
The Huffington Post:
ACLU Lays Off A Tenth Of Workforce
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
No Snickering: That Road Sign Means Something Else
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's Inaugural Surprise