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9:55 AM ET, January 24, 2009

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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 …
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 …
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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Scott Lilly / Center for American Progress Action Fund:
Taking Responsibility  —  Since the Republican Conference …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Reverses Rules on U.S. Abortion Aid  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama repealed rules on Friday that restricted federal money for international organizations that promote or provide abortions overseas, sweeping aside a pillar of the social policy architecture of George W. Bush's presidency.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Truthdig
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Bloomberg:
Obama Reverses Bush Curb on Family Counseling Funds
Discussion: Berman Post and Gateway Pundit
Michael G. Franc / The Corner:
Will Obama Revive the Fairness Doctrine?  —  Those of us who fear a revival, directly or indirectly, of the Fairness Doctrine need to be aware of the following exchanges that occurred during the Senate Judiciary Committee's January 15th confirmation hearing for Attorney General-Designate Eric Holder.
The White House:
President Obama delivers Your Weekly Address  —  In his first weekly address since being sworn in as the 44th president of the United States, President Barack Obama discusses how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan will jump-start the economy.  —  “This is not just a short-term program to boost employment,” he said.
Discussion: New York Times and Political Punch
Tim Reid / Times of London:
President Obama ‘orders Pakistan drone attacks’  —  Missiles fired from suspected US drones killed at least 15 people inside Pakistan today, the first such strikes since Barack Obama became president and a clear sign that the controversial military policy begun by George W Bush has not changed.
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Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
Once a Boon, Euro Is Now a Burden to Some Nations  —  ATHENS — “The Italians, the Spaniards, the Greeks, we all have been living in happy land, spending what we did not have,” said George Economou, a Greek shipping magnate, contemplating his country's economic troubles and others' from his spacious boardroom.
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.”
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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.”
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Gaia Vince / New Scientist:
One last chance to save mankind  — For similar stories, visit the Interviews and Climate Change Topic Guides … Your work on atmospheric chlorofluorocarbons led eventually to a global CFC ban that saved us from ozone-layer depletion.  Do we have time to do a similar thing with carbon emissions …
CNN:
Blagojevich's lead attorney to resign  —  (CNN) — Prominent Chicago defense lawyer Ed Genson said Friday he intends to resign as attorney for embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the criminal case against the governor.  —  “I never require a client to do what I say but I do require them to at least listen to what I say. ...
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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 and Think Progress
Aram Roston / ProPublica:
Bank Employing GOP House Leader's Wife Got Bailout Bucks  —  House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, a rising star in the Republican party, has been a prominent voice demanding accountability in how the government doles out hundreds of billions for bank bailouts.
 
 
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
We've already done some nationalizing
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Holbrooke's role as special envoy
Discussion: Swampland and The Cable
Adam Bosch / Times Herald-Record:
Police bust Sullivan ring dealing ‘Obama’ heroin
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
MySanAntonio.com:
Cornyn scouting path for GOP's return
Discussion: Townhall.com
The Smoking Gun:
The Audacity Of Dope  —  Cops: New York dealers sold heroin branded with president's name
Discussion: Gawker and Runnin' Scared
Marc Ambinder:
Dirk Kempthorne In 2012?  —  Here's a name I've not heard linked …
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Sarkozy offers new help for French print media
New York Times:
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