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10:10 PM ET, January 27, 2009

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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) …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
House GOP member to Rush: Back off  —  Rush Limbaugh may command a large following, but his caustic comments Monday about the GOP's congressional leadership have at least one Republican House member defending his colleagues and offering an unusually candid critique of the talk radio powerhouse and his fellow commentators.
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.
The Politico:
Obama won't compromise on tax cuts  —  President Barack Obama rolled into the Capitol with a clear message for Republicans Tuesday afternoon: He's happy to talk, but he's not compromising on his tax rebates for lower income households.  —  Obama was ready for the House Republicans to pounce …
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.
Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Fineman: Honeymoon that ended before it began  —  For Obama, an early start, and promises things will get worse  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is launching his first diplomatic mission.  —  It's not overseas; it's local, 1.6 miles east of the White House.
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press and The Swamp
Peter Roff / Fox News:
Republicans Object to Stimulus Dollars for ACORN
Discussion: The Hill and Open Left
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
MCCONNELL: IT'S ALL THE DEMS' FAULT
Discussion: Oliver Willis and TPMDC
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: CBS News, Hot Air, PoliGazette and Salon
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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 …
Discussion: Washington and The Caucus
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.
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Guess Who's Not Going Away?  —  Fully intent on pursuing national office in 2012, Sarah Palin has launched SarahPAC, to dole out money to Republican candidates.  Upcoming appearances include the RNC and C-PAC.  She's hired Washington power broker Robert Barnett to work a book deal …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Palin's PAC First Step to 2012  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took a major step toward a 2012 bid today.  Photo by Jim Young of Reuters  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has started a federal political action committee — called Sarahpac — that will allow her to raise money for and donate cash …
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.
Jeffrey Goldberg:
Hisham Melhem On His Big Scoop, and Big Changes Coming  —  My brother Hisham Melhem of al-Arabiya television scored an important interview with Barack Obama yesterday, so I called him to say Mazel Tov and to ask him if he thinks the interview signals a shift in rhetoric or a shift in substance.
Discussion: The Cable
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Rod Blagojevich / The Huffington Post:
OBAMA AL-ARABIYA INTERVIEW: FULL TEXT
The New Republic:
The New Kristol  —  Bill Kristol penned his final New York Times column earlier this week, leaving a slot open for a conservative voice on the paper's pages.  But who should it be?  We've asked several notable conservatives to select their ideal candidates to fill Kristol's shoes.
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Kristol Severs Ties With the N.Y. Times
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Stray:
Social Network of US Counterinsurgency Policy Authors  —  [Update: this work has come to the attention of the COIN community, in particular the folks at Abu Muqawama who were kind enough to mention me in a blog post.  Aside from the fact that the opening graphic contains not one but two typos …
Washington Whispers:
Tales From The Inside: What Obama Told Republicans  —  President Barack Obama went to Capitol Hill today to push Republicans to back his $825 billion stimulus plan.  While they probably won't, he won points for reaching out to the minority, making good on campaign promises.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and The Swamp
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.
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.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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 …
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.
Elana Schor / TPMDC:
Specter: Psych!  I'll Back Holder  —  It may be time to coin the phrase “pulling a Specter,” because Sen. Arlen Specter (PA), the senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee, just did it again.  After making a huge fuss questioning the independence of Eric Holder, Specter just caved …
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” …
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
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 and Reason
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Blagojevich: ‘Anti-Nixon,’ soon jobless  —  Gov. Rod Blagojevich, capping a two-day whirlwind tour of national broadcast and cable television networks while the state legislature back home is impeaching him, suggested that he, unlike the late Richard Nixon, wants all of the incriminating tapes played.
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
 
 
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