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4:35 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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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) …
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 …
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 …
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
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
MCCONNELL: IT'S ALL THE DEMS' FAULT
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Goes to Capitol to Lobby G.O.P. on Stimulus
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Fineman: Honeymoon that ended before it began
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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?
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Al-Arabiya Move  —  It popped up on television last night and I had two reactions.
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: Hot Air
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin starts PAC
Discussion: TIME.com
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 …
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Tom Brune / Newsday:
Records show McCarthy contributed to Gillibrand races
Discussion: The Daily Politics
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
GOP's Tedisco vying for Gillibrand seat
Discussion: The Swamp
Kate Klonick / CJR:
Q & A: Former McCain Blogger Michael Goldfarb  —  “I was a cudgel.  I pissed off the media.” … Kate Klonick: You spent the last six months as the official campaign blogger for the McCain campaign, taking leave from your position as Web editor at The Weekly Standard.  What were you expecting when you made the switch?
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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 and First Draft
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
E-Mail Outage Forces White House to Operate the Oldfangled Way  —  The guy on the computer help line at the White House seemed a bit harried yesterday afternoon.  —  Shortly after the workweek began, the tech-savvy Obama administration was hit with a mysterious “server outage” …
Discussion: D-Day and Wall Street Journal
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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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Capital Commerce:
10 Reasons to Whack Obama's Stimulus Plan  —  Some people are going to oppose President Obama's ginormous stimulus package just because they're on a different political team.  But when you look at the economic evidence, it sure seems like an economic recovery package that's heavy …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog, Reason and Don Surber
Harold Pollack / American Prospect:
ATTACKING OUR WORST DRUG PROBLEM  —  by Harold Pollack And he drank of the wine, and was drunken, and he was uncovered within his tent. … Noah was not the first person to go astray due to his alcohol use.  He certainly wasn't the last.  For millennia, problem drinking had harmed many drinkers …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 …
Thom Shanker / The Caucus:
Gates: Modest Goals, More Strikes  —  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Tuesday set forth modest goals for Afghanistan, saying that success should be defined as an Afghanistan that is not a safe haven for Al Qaeda, whose people reject the rule of Taliban insurgents and support a legitimate government.
Discussion: The New Republic and Brian Beutler
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 …
 
 
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Randyj / TIME.com:
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Register's Daily Blog:
Obama's Oath of Humility
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Ta-Nehisi Coates:
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