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10:50 AM ET, January 27, 2009

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Rod Blagojevich / The Huffington Post:
OBAMA AL-ARABIYA INTERVIEW: FULL TEXT  —  Here is the full text of President Obama's interview with Al-Arabiya Arab TV Network:  —  INTERVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT BY HISHAM MELHEM, AL ARABIYA  —  Map Room  —  Q Mr. President, thank you for this opportunity, we really appreciate it.
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Adam Hutton / CBS News:
Obama's Interview On Arab Television  —  President Obama reached out to the Muslim world Monday in an exclusive interview on Arab television channel Al Arabiya.  —  “In all my travels throughout the Muslim world, what I've come to understand is that regardless of your faith …
Paul Schemm / Associated Press:
Obama chooses Arab network for first TV interview  —  CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday chose an Arabic satellite TV network for his first formal television interview as president, delivering a message to the Muslim world that “Americans are not your enemy.”
Discussion: Right Wing News and Gateway Pundit
Jules Crittenden:
Al-Hopiyah, Al Changiyah!
Discussion: Macsmind
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
President Obama Does First Formal TV Interview as President with Al-Arabiya
Scott / Power Line:
ON THE ROAD TO OVERCOMING  —  President Obama granted …
Discussion: Hot Air
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Boehner to GOP: Vote against stimulus  —  President Barack Obama is coming to the Capitol later today in a bid to curry favor with congressional Republicans.  But it appears GOP leaders have already made up their minds to oppose his $825 billion stimulus plan.
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Associated Press:
Officials: Family planning money may be dropped  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - House Democrats are likely to jettison family planning funds for the low-income from an $825 billion economic stimulus bill, officials said late Monday …
Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Subpoena Rove  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats renewed their effort to force former White House aide Karl Rove to testify in a probe into Justice Department controversies, presenting a challenge to President Barack Obama, who will have to decide whether to defend his predecessor's legal arguments.
The Hill:
High noon for stimulus  —  President Obama will meet with skeptical House and Senate Republicans on Tuesday as he seeks to prevent partisanship from boiling over on the economic stimulus bill while GOP lawmakers lobby for major changes to the measure that is moving quickly through Congress.
David Rogers / The Politico:
Obama hunts GOP votes for stimulus
Discussion: CBS News, The Politico and The Note
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Pelosi expects ‘major step’ on health reform in 2009
Discussion: Wonk Room
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Kristol Severs Ties With the N.Y. Times  —  Bill Kristol and the New York Times parted company yesterday, one year after he began writing a weekly opinion column that became a high-profile target for his detractors on the left.  —  But the conservative commentator, who edits the Weekly Standard …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
PATERSON LYIN' KING OF STATE  —  KNOWS KENNEDY LEAKER  —  ALBANY - Gov. Paterson yesterday insisted he had no idea who did the slime job on Caroline Kennedy - although the source of the information is about as close to him during the day as his wife is at night.  —  He's a liar.
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Elizabeth Benjamin / NY Daily News:
Hired PR gun doomed Caroline, insiders say
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Chicago Tribune:
Governor on tour as trial starts  —  Blagojevich's words warrant conviction, state senators told  —  SPRINGFIELD — The lead prosecutor in Illinois' historic impeachment trial urged the state Senate on Monday to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office for crimes against the public …
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Only if Stupid Is a Crime  —  Is Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich …
Discussion: TalkLeft
John F. Harris / The Politico:
Power, politics, gossip on daily call  —  The conversations don't begin with hello.  They don't end with goodbye.  Most often they pick up with a low, drawling voice uttering something between a sentence and a grunt.  —  “Wahzgoanawn?”  —  For those not accustomed to hearing James Carville …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
The Same Old Song  —  What's up with the Republicans?  Have they no sense that their policies have sent the country hurtling down the road to ruin?  Are they so divorced from reality that in their delusionary state they honestly believe we need more of their tax cuts for the rich …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
“VERY DIFFICULT”  —  Some train wrecks are just impossible to watch and impossible not to watch.  Here's ex-Merrill CEO John Thain explaining the whole $1.2 million office renovation story in an interview with CNBC's Maria Bartiromo this afternoon.  The first question is just about the office renovation …
Robert J. Shiller / Wall Street Journal:
Animal Spirits Depend on Trust  —  The proposed stimulus isn't big enough to restore confidence.  —  President Obama is urging Congress to pass an $825 billion stimulus package as soon as possible.  But even that may not be enough to stabilize the economy, since it fails to take into account …
Tim / Sky News:
Geoff Meade, defence correspondent  —  Iran will have enough enriched uranium to make a single nuclear weapon later this year, the prestigious International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) predicts.  —  The think tank's Mark Fitzpatrick made the announcement at today's launch of its annual global review of military powers.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Geography Is Dividing Democrats Over Energy  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is moving quickly to act on the environmental promises that were a centerpiece of his campaign.  But tackling global warming will be far more difficult — and more costly — than the new emissions standards …
Iowahawk / Big Hollywood:
Ten Things You Can Do To Save The Planet  —  A Go-Green Guide for the Hollywood Community  —  More than ten years after the Kyoto accords, our planet continues to careen helplessly toward certain environmental destruction.  The skies are choked with pollutants.  Adorable helpless polar bears plunge through thinning ice caps.
 
 
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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Long Droughts, Rising Seas Predicted Despite Future CO2 Curbs
Discussion: New York Times
United States Senator:
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Discussion: Michelle Malkin and RedState
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama administration scolds Citigroup
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Mitchell's Firm Lobbied for Dubai's Ruler in Camel Jockey Case
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Welch gives back $20K from Rangel
Discussion: MSNBC
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
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Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama's victory? Burris credits Martin Luther King and himself
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Conyers subpoenas Rove