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10:55 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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Charles Hurt / New York Post:
PREZ ZINGS GOP FOE IN A $TIMULATING TALK  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.  —  “You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh …
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.
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
Discussion: Open Left, Daily Kos and D-Day
Scott Lilly / Center for American Progress Action Fund:
Taking Responsibility  —  Since the Republican Conference …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
GOP Strategy: Embrace Obama
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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ABCNEWS:
Obama to CIA: Bombs Away!  No Let Up in US Drone Attacks  —  New President Approves Continued Attacks That Have Killed 8 of al Qaeda's Top 20  —  The CIA's bombing campaign against al Qaeda leadership in Pakistan continued with two more attacks today, an indication, senior officials say …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's defense pick (lobbyist) divests
Discussion: The Politico and Taylor Marsh
The Politico:
Gillibrand unpopular among peers  —  Within the high school gossip circle that is New York's congressional delegation, Kirsten Gillibrand's nickname is “Tracy Flick” — a not-so-flattering reference to the over-eager, blonde, bubbly and viciously competitive Reese Witherspoon character from “Election.”
Discussion: Spin Cycle and DownWithTyranny!
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Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
DAVE PICKS GILLIBRAND AS LIBERAL DEMS HOWL
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Matthews questions if Palin can read  —  MSNBC host Chris Matthews suggested Friday that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) may not have the reading or writing ability needed to complete the book she is reportedly shopping.  —  The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that Palin is seeking …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and RedState
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 …
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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
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
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:
Ex-Senate Leader Bruno Is Indicted for Corruption
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”
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.
Discussion: The Mahatma X Files
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 …
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.
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.”
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Dirk Kempthorne In 2012?  —  Here's a name I've not heard linked with presidential aspirations before: former Idaho governor and senator Dirk Kempthorne.  —  Republicans familiar with his activities say that Kempthorne has begun to reach out to allies gauge their opinion about whether he should run for President in 2012.
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
Fox News:
Tom Hanks Apologizes for Calling Mormon Supporters of Proposition 8 ‘Un-American’  —  Tom Hanks says he's sorry he told FOXNews.com that Mormons who supported California's constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage were “un-American.”  —  “Last week, I labeled members of the Mormon church …
Discussion: Don Surber
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.
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Associated Press:
Blagojevich: I'm the victim of plot to raise taxes
Discussion: PoliBlog
 
 
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MySanAntonio.com:
Cornyn scouting path for GOP's return
Discussion: race42008.com and Townhall.com
Terry Pristin / New York Times:
Times Co. Is in Talks to Sell Part of Building
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
The Smoking Gun:
The Audacity Of Dope  —  Cops: New York dealers sold heroin branded with president's name
Discussion: Gawker and Runnin' Scared
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Liberals want mortgage ‘cram down’ in stimulus
Discussion: Firedoglake and Open Left
Frank Luntz / Los Angeles Times:
Infrastructure: It's Job 1 to Americans
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Donklephant
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
JON CHAIT IS RIGHT.
 Earlier Items: 
Radley Balko / Reason:
The Militant Left (Update and Bump)
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Obama press aide gets bashed in debut
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
A Lovely Consolation Prize for Ms. Kennedy?
Discussion: Marc Lynch
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