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8:20 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.
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Bipartisanship Didn't Make It to the Weekend  —  The new era of bipartisanship isn't going so well, the Washington Post tells us: … The problem is not just the Democrats' high-handed process that shuts out Republicans.  The issue is that the bill itself is objectively awful.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
GOP Strategy: Embrace Obama
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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
Washington Post:
Obama Lifts Global Abortion ‘Gag Rule’
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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  —  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 …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Giving Gillibrand a Chance
Discussion: TPMDC, Booman Tribune and MyDD
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.
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 …
Discussion: Townhall.com and The Seminal
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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
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” …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
NRCC: The Economy Is “Robust”
Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blogs:
NRCC: “Economy is robust and strong”
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.”
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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New York Times:
Corruption Indictment for Ex-Senate Leader Bruno
Discussion: Associated Press
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's defense pick (lobbyist) divests  —  William Lynn, President Barack Obama's pick for deputy Defense secretary and a former Raytheon lobbyist, says he will sell his stock in the military contractor to free him from conflicts in the new administration.  —  The Obama White House …
Discussion: The Politico
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Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Obama waives lobbying rules for Lynn
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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
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 and D-Day
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   AMERICANS HEART INFRASTRUCTURE.... A couple of weeks ago …
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.”
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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.
 
 
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Dirk Kempthorne In 2012?  —  Here's a name I've not heard linked …
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Liberals want mortgage ‘cram down’ in stimulus
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Fox News:
Tom Hanks Apologizes for Calling Mormon Supporters of Proposition 8 ‘Un-American’
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Crisis meeting called on violent protest across Europe
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Michael Tarm / Associated Press:
Ill. gov tells AP that strain is like Pearl Harbor
Discussion: Think Progress