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6:40 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:
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: Open Left and Gateway Pundit
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
House GOP member to Rush: Back off
Discussion: Associated Press and Hot Air
Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Fineman: Honeymoon that ended before it began
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Obama hears out GOP on stimulus
Discussion: The Swamp and Hullabaloo
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
MCCONNELL: IT'S ALL THE DEMS' FAULT
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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 and PoliGazette
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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?
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Internal Memo: McCain Campaign Considered Kicking All New York …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
SarahPAC  —  First reported (natch?) by Cindy Adams …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin starts PAC
Discussion: TIME.com
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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Sonny Bunch / Washington Times:
‘Che’ spurs debate, Del Toro walkout  —  UPDATED:  —  A controversial new biopic about Cuban revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara is awakening old passions and provoking vigorous defenses and denunciations of the iconic revolutionary and - in the case of an interview with The Washington Times - a dramatic walkout.
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.
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
The Huffington Post:
Bailout Recipients Hosted Call To Defeat Key Labor Bill  —  Three days after receiving $25 billion in federal bailout funds, Bank of America Corp. hosted a conference call with conservative activists and business officials to organize opposition to the U.S. labor community's top legislative priority.
Pamela Hess / Associated Press:
US official: Intelligence director resigns  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — National Intelligence Director Michael McConnell resigned his post effective Tuesday.  —  Spokesman Ross Feinstein said Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess, Jr. is temporarily serving as acting national intelligence director.
The Huffington Post:
Dear President Obama: in Talking to China, Remember its People  —  Welcome to U.S.-China relations!  You didn't even mention China in your inaugural address, but the Chinese censors still took it personally.  Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's remarks in his confirmation hearing about currency manipulation have got everyone in a tizzy.
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 …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
INSIDE OBAMA'S MEETING WITH HOUSE GOP  —  From NBC's Mike Viqueira  —  This is a sort of a live blog from a member and aide inside the room with President Obama, via e-mail:  —  Obama speaking now.... Talking about how bad the economy is and that it is deteriorating rapidly
Discussion: USA Today
Yochi J. Dreazen / Wall Street Journal:
Afghan Guards Confound U.S. Forces  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — A contingent of Army Rangers was moving toward a target in late October when it came under fire from machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.  Fearful the team would be wiped out, U.S. officers called in air strikes.
Discussion: Commentary
Halimah Abdullah / Bluegrass Politics:
Bunning takes aim at McConnell  —  U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., lashed out at the Bluegrass State's senior senator, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, in a teleconference with reporters Tuesday morning.  —  Bunning expressed frustration that McConnell hasn't publicly backed …
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 …
Discussion: Angry Bear and The Sideshow
Sue Pleming / Reuters:
Clinton says world “exhaling” with Obama at top  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested on Tuesday the world was breathing a sigh of relief that President Barack Obama had replaced George W. Bush and was working to fix the damage he had caused.
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.
Associated Press:
Swedish city cancels Holocaust event  —  A northern Swedish city has decided to cancel a planned Holocaust Memorial Day torchlight procession due to the recent IDF offensive in Gaza, it was reported Tuesday.  —  The official reason given for the decision, made by the municipal board …
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Smoking Ban Hits Home.  Truly.  —  BELMONT, Calif. — During her 50 years of smoking, Edith Frederickson says, she has lit up in restaurants and bars, airplanes and trains, and indoors and out, all as part of a two-pack-a-day habit that she regrets not a bit.
Discussion: OpenMarket.org
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: Don Surber, Fausta's Blog and Reason
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
O'Donnell calls out Rep. McCarthy on his bogus economic talking points.»  —  Today on MSNBC, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) attempted to argue that the House economic recovery package needs more corporate tax cuts instead of infrastructure spending, arguing that it wouldn't help create any jobs.
Discussion: Wonk Room and Gotomario.com
 
 
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Dave McKinney / Chicago Sun Times:
State senate hears Blagojevich wiretap tapes
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and TIME.com
Real Clear Politics:
Trying to Bulldoze Free Speech
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Register's Daily Blog:
Obama's Oath of Humility
Harold Pollack / American Prospect:
ATTACKING OUR WORST DRUG PROBLEM
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Top-Selling Pastor Goes Quarterly
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
E-Mail Outage Forces White House to Operate the Oldfangled Way
 Earlier Items: 
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
The Post Partisan Unity Schtick Meets Reality
Discussion: Associated Press and Corrente
Tom Brune / Newsday:
Records show McCarthy contributed to Gillibrand races
Discussion: The Daily Politics
Marist Poll:
46% of New York Voters Endorse Gillibrand Appointment Paterson …
Discussion: TIME.com