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6:30 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
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Salon
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Bipartisanship Didn't Make It to the Weekend
Discussion: New York Times and TPMCafe
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Washington Confident It Can Forge Recovery Plan
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.
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
New York's New Senator
Discussion: Argghhh!
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Giving Gillibrand a Chance
Discussion: MoJoBlog, TPMDC and Booman Tribune
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blogs:
Peter King praises Gillibrand
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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.
Associated Press:
Obama signs order reversing abortion-funds policy  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Friday quietly ended the Bush administration's ban on giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option.
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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: Corrente and Political Punch
Suzanne Malveaux / CNN:
Obama reverses abortion-funding policy
Discussion: RedState
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.”
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
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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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.
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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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
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.”
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 …
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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Chicago Breaking News:
Blagojevich: Impeachment trial ‘hanging’ him
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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Fox News:
Tom Hanks Apologizes for Calling Mormon Supporters of Proposition 8 ‘Un-American’
Discussion: Don Surber
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blogs:
Toomey not taking on Specter
ABCNEWS:
Obama to CIA: Bombs Away! No Let Up in US Drone Attacks
BBC:
George Mitchell  —  George Mitchell won admiration from across …
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Crisis meeting called on violent protest across Europe
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
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
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Interest groups face McConnell wrath
Radley Balko / Reason:
The Militant Left (Update and Bump)
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Taxpayers kept funding Biden's bid
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
US TOO!  —  Frances Townsend, President Bush's counter-terrorism …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
McCain floats Kyl for president
Discussion: The New Republic