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10:10 AM ET, January 27, 2009

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Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Subpoena Rove  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats renewed their effort to force former White House aide Karl Rove to testify in a probe into Justice Department controversies, presenting a challenge to President Barack Obama, who will have to decide whether to defend his predecessor's legal arguments.
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Associated Press:
Officials: Family planning money may be dropped  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - House Democrats are likely to jettison family planning funds for the low-income from an $825 billion economic stimulus bill, officials said late Monday …
The Hill:
High noon for stimulus  —  President Obama will meet with skeptical House and Senate Republicans on Tuesday as he seeks to prevent partisanship from boiling over on the economic stimulus bill while GOP lawmakers lobby for major changes to the measure that is moving quickly through Congress.
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:   Pelosi expects ‘major step’ on health reform in 2009
David Rogers / The Politico:
Obama hunts GOP votes for stimulus
Peter Roff / Fox News:
House Dems to Axe Birth Control Funds From Stimulus Bill
Adam Hutton / CBS News:
Obama's Interview On Arab Television  —  President Obama reached out to the Muslim world Monday in an exclusive interview on Arab television channel Al Arabiya.  —  “In all my travels throughout the Muslim world, what I've come to understand is that regardless of your faith …
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Huma Khan / Political Punch:
President Obama Does First Formal TV Interview as President with Al-Arabiya  —  As special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell heads off to the region to begin work on negotiating a cease fire between Israel and the Palestinians, President Obama has sat for his first formal TV interview …
Paul Schemm / Associated Press:
Obama chooses Arab network for first TV interview
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Rod Blagojevich / The Huffington Post:
OBAMA AL-ARABIYA INTERVIEW: FULL TEXT
Agence France Presse:
Mitchell to ‘engage vigorously’ in Mideast peacemaking: Obama
Discussion: TIME.com and Washington Post
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.
Discussion: TIME.com and New York Times
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Elizabeth Benjamin / NY Daily News:
Hired PR gun doomed Caroline, insiders say
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 …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Tim / Sky News:
Geoff Meade, defence correspondent  —  Iran will have enough enriched uranium to make a single nuclear weapon later this year, the prestigious International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) predicts.  —  The think tank's Mark Fitzpatrick made the announcement at today's launch of its annual global review of military powers.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
“VERY DIFFICULT”  —  Some train wrecks are just impossible to watch and impossible not to watch.  Here's ex-Merrill CEO John Thain explaining the whole $1.2 million office renovation story in an interview with CNBC's Maria Bartiromo this afternoon.  The first question is just about the office renovation …
Robert J. Shiller / Wall Street Journal:
Animal Spirits Depend on Trust  —  The proposed stimulus isn't big enough to restore confidence.  —  President Obama is urging Congress to pass an $825 billion stimulus package as soon as possible.  But even that may not be enough to stabilize the economy, since it fails to take into account …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Geography Is Dividing Democrats Over Energy  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is moving quickly to act on the environmental promises that were a centerpiece of his campaign.  But tackling global warming will be far more difficult — and more costly — than the new emissions standards …
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 …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Welch gives back $20K from Rangel  —  Rep. Peter Welch (Vt.), a new Democratic member of the House ethics committee, gave back nearly $20,000 in donations he received from Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), who is under investigation by the panel for an array of ethics charges.
Discussion: MSNBC
Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
Senate OKs 4-Month Delay to Digital TV Changeover  —  Senate votes to delay digital transition by 4 months to June 12  —  The Senate on Monday voted unanimously to postpone the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting by four months to June 12 …
Discussion: The Agonist
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Reuters:
Senate passes bill to delay digital TV switch
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Nick Bunkley / New York Times:
Detroit Calls Emissions Proposals Too Strict  —  DETROIT — Automakers said Monday that they were working toward President Obama's goal of reducing fuel consumption, but rapid imposition of stricter emissions standards could force them to drastically cut production of larger, more profitable vehicles, adding to their financial duress.
Associated Press:
93-year-old man freezes to death indoors  —  93-year-old man had more than $1,000 in unpaid power bills  —  BAY CITY, Mich. - A 93-year-old man froze to death inside his home just days after the municipal power company restricted his use of electricity because of unpaid bills, officials said.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Gillibrand trapped in exile  —  New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will be sworn in at 12:30 Tuesday, but she won't be handed the keys to Hillary Clinton's swanky Russell Senate Office Building suite for two whole months.  —  She'll be relegated instead to temporary quarters …
Discussion: TIME.com and Scorecard's Blogs
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 …
 
 
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Chicago Tribune:
Governor on tour as trial starts
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama administration scolds Citigroup
Timothy J. Burger / Bloomberg:
Mitchell's Firm Lobbied for Dubai's Ruler in Camel Jockey Case
NY Daily News:
Poll: Gov's lead over Cuomo disappears
RushLimbaugh.com:
The Obama-Limbaugh Bipartisan Stimulus Plan of 2009
Discussion: Don Surber, Hot Air and BLACKFIVE
Javier Blas / Financial Times:
Nations turn to barter deals to secure food
 Earlier Items: 
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama's victory? Burris credits Martin Luther King and himself
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates and marbury
Menzie Chinn / Econbrowser:
Five Reasons Why Fiscal Policy Might Be Completely Ineffective …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Conyers subpoenas Rove