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3:30 PM ET, January 27, 2009

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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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The Politico:
Obama won't compromise on tax cuts  —  Congressional Republicans, who only weeks ago were sheepish about their own electoral failures and cowed by President Obama's polish and popularity, are suddenly punching back — hard — on both sides of the Capitol.  —  In a rare closed-door Capitol …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Is Rush Limbaugh the New Face of the GOP?  —  Conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh.  AP Photo/Ron Edmonds  —  It's one week into President Obama's term and his arch nemesis isn't Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
The Politico:
Republicans find their voice  —  Congressional Republicans, who only weeks ago were sheepish about their own electoral failures and cowed by Obama's polish and popularity, are suddenly punching back — hard — on both sides of the Capitol.  —  The Senate GOP surprised the administration Monday evening …
The Huffington Post:
Stimulus Includes Tax Cuts That Obama Economists Panned As Ineffective  —  At least $23.8 billion in corporate tax breaks have been included in the $825 billion economic recovery package in order to win backing from key business groups and their Congressional allies, even though the team …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and The Plank
Peter Roff / Fox News:
Republicans Object to Stimulus Dollars for ACORN  —  Republicans say voter registration and community groups like ACORN could be eligible for funding under the Democrats' economic stimulus bill.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Republican lawmakers are raising concerns that ACORN …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Goes to Capitol to Lobby G.O.P. on Stimulus
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
The Huffington Post:   Not So Fast: GOP Might Back Stimulus Bill With Changes
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
MCCONNELL: IT'S ALL THE DEMS' FAULT
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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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Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Obama on a Nuclear Iran: Yes They Can?  —  From Obama's interview with Al-Arabiya: … Wouldn't a simple ‘no, a nuclear Iran is unacceptable to the United States and our allies’ have sufficed?  Instead Obama says that Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapon is “unhelpful,” that it's “not conducive to peace.”
Jules Crittenden:
Al-Hopiyah, Al-Changiyah!  —  In the rubble of the United Nations compound, Gaza City, partially blown-up Mortar Pit No. 6:  —  Farouk: Look, Achmed!  Ali, come quick.  The new Emir of Amerikiyah, Sheikh Hussein Obama, is being interviewed by al-Arabiyah!  Even before he speaks to his own people upon the TV, he speaks to us!
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Al-Arabiya Move  —  It popped up on television last night and I had two reactions.
Adam Hutton / CBS News:
Obama's Interview On Arab Television
New York Post:
PALIN'S GOT PAC AND VIP STATUS  —  ASK not what Sarah Palin can do for your country, ask only what you can do for Sarah Palin.  And the answer is, pay attention.  Trust me, Alaska's governor is moving faster than those glaciers.  —  Traveling with one of her ladies-in-waiting and invited by a rich GOPnik …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Hot Air
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Kate Klonick / CJR:
Q & A: Former McCain Blogger Michael Goldfarb
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin starts PAC
Discussion: TIME.com
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:   Internal Memo: McCain Campaign Considered Kicking All New York …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
STATING THE OBVIOUS  —  I hear a lot of talk about whether Obama's governing approach can be ‘bipartisan’ if a good number of Republicans don't vote for his Stimulus Bill.  But that dubious point seems to be obscuring a more obvious and telling reality: the Republican leadership in both houses …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jack Shafer / Slate:
The “unmasking” of White House Counsel Gregory B. Craig.  —  Last Thursday, Jan. 22, the New York Times and the Dallas Morning News capitalized on a flub by White House press secretary Robert Gibbs to “out” the identity of a background briefer.  —  As the Morning News' Todd J. Gillman wrote …
Discussion: David Corn and The Politico
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ABCNEWS:
Transcript Excerpts: Cynthia McFadden Interviews Gov. Rod Blagojevich  —  Illinois Governor Expects to Be Vindicated, Says 'I'm a Very Honest Politician' … MCFADDEN: So, let me just give you an opportunity to answer this question, which I think is on the minds of a lot of people very directly.
Discussion: Commentary, TIME.com and TVNewser
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Only if Stupid Is a Crime  —  Is Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich …
Discussion: PostPartisan
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
High-Flying Citigroup Grounds Plans for $50M Jet  —  Obama Aide Called Citigroup to Complain About Jet  —  The high-flying execs at Citigroup caved under pressure from President Obama and decided today to abandon plans for a luxurious new $50 million corporate jet from France.
Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
Morning Bell: What Is the Spending Multiplier on a Pack of Condoms?  —  This Sunday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) created quite a stir when she attempted to defend Section 5004, of the House's economic stimulus plan which allows the Medicaid bailout portion of the spending plan to be spent on family planning clinics.
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Rory Cooper / The Foundry:
Stimulus 101: The Pelosi-Reid-Obama Debt Plan
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
ABCNEWS:
Another Lobbyist Headed into Obama Administration  —  Leaves Critics Questioning the President's Commitment to Changing Washington  —  Despite President Barack Obama's pledge to limit the influence of lobbyists in his administration, a recent lobbyist for investment banking giant Goldman Sachs …
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Congressional Budget Office compares downturn to Great Depression  —  The nation's current recession is likely to be the longest since World War II, and by some measures could be the worst since the Great Depression, a new Congressional Budget Office forecast said Tuesday.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
GOP-ers Swoon Over Obama Despite Differences  —  President Obama won praise from some of the House's most conservative lawmakers as “engaging” and “respectful” during his meeting with congressional Republicans Tuesday.  —  Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) said that Obama was sincere and “impressive” …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and The Raw Story
Marist Poll:
46% of New York Voters Endorse Gillibrand Appointment Paterson Loses Ground Against Potential 2010 Opponents  —  This Marist Poll reports:  —  · On the Money...Plurality of New York State Voters Approve of Gillibrand's Appointment to U.S. Senate...One In Three Voters Unsure …
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 …
Discussion: The New Republic and USA Today
 
 
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