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3:35 AM ET, January 24, 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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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
Scott Lilly / Center for American Progress Action Fund:
Taking Responsibility  —  Since the Republican Conference …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Washington Confident It Can Forge Recovery Plan
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Bipartisanship Didn't Make It to the Weekend
Discussion: Open Left and Daily Kos
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
GOP Strategy: Embrace Obama
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, ATTACKERMAN and Salon
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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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Reverses Rule on U.S. Abortion Aid
Discussion: Truthdig
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Gateway Pundit
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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 …
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.
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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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: New York Times and Weekly Standard
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's defense pick (lobbyist) divests
Discussion: The Politico and Taylor Marsh
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
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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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.
Discussion: OpenMarket.org
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
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.
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”
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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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.
Discussion: Swing State Project
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blogs:
Toomey not taking on Specter
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
 
 
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
We've already done some nationalizing
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Gaia Vince / New Scientist:
One last chance to save mankind
Discussion: Boing Boing and The American Scene
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Holbrooke's role as special envoy
Discussion: 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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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
JON CHAIT IS RIGHT.