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11:35 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
Discussion: Associated Press and The Swamp
Peter Roff / Fox News:
Republicans Object to Stimulus Dollars for ACORN
Discussion: The Jawa Report, The Hill and Open Left
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 …
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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 …
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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Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
CBO on Fiscal Policy Lags  —  From CBO, here is the time path of estimated outlays on government purchases under the proposed stimulus bill:  —  2009: 29.0  —  2010: 115.8  —  2011: 105.5  —  2012: 53.6  —  2013: 26.5  —  2014: 13.0  —  2015: 6.9  —  2016: 3.0  —  2017: 1.6
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Paul Krugman:
How late is too late?  —  One big question in the stimulus discussion …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Capital Commerce:
10 Reasons to Whack Obama's Stimulus Plan
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Reason
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.
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 …
Aziz Poonawalla / City of Brass:
conservatism v2.0: replacing Kristol at the New York Times  —  Bill Kristol's year-long stint as columnist at the New York Times has ended.  His last column, entitled “Will Obama Save Liberalism?”, begins with the line: … In so doing, Kristol ties himself to conservatism's swan song …
Discussion: Democracy in America
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The New Republic:   The New Kristol  —  Bill Kristol penned his final …
Little Green Footballs:
Hope, Change, and the Egg of Power  —  Yes, it's true.  Barack Obama has an ‘Egg of Power’ in the Oval Office.  —  jcm ::  7 seconds ago
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
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
New Bill Asks For Cameraphones To Go Clickety Clack  —  Smile, say cheese and hold that pose till you hear the ‘click’.  A new bill introduced in the Congress by New York Republican Rep. Peter King requires mobile phones with digital cameras “to make a sound” when a photograph is taken.
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: Washington Post and Gateway Pundit
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WON'T GO THERE  —  From WaPo ...  The gist of the rest of the article is that the Obama folks aren't going to go clearly in any of the widely discussed options, but rather mix and match.  But these two points, tucked in at the end of the article, tell us the key points.
Discussion: Washington Post
Jeremy Page / Times of London:
Don't call us dogs, say Slumdog protesters in cinema rampage  —  Armed police guard picturehouses after India's poor claim that hit film title violates their human rights  —  Armed police guarded cinemas in eastern India today after slum dwellers ransacked a picture house showing Slumdog Millionaire …
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
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.
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 …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Congress Relaxes Rules on Suits Over Pay Inequity  —  WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval on Tuesday to a civil rights bill providing women, blacks and Hispanics with powerful new tools to challenge pay discrimination in the workplace.  It is likely to be the first significant legislation signed by President Obama.
Discussion: pandagon.net
David Roberts / Gristmill:
Carbon tax is a poison pill  —  There's a reason Republicans are stumping for a carbon tax, and it ain't to reduce emissions  —  This may piss off some people I respect a great deal.  Nonetheless, after hearing it in several off-the-record conversations in D.C. last week, I believe it's something that needs to be said publicly:
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 …
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
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” …
 
 
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
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Robert Farley / American Prospect:
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STATING THE OBVIOUS  —  I hear a lot of talk about whether …
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