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8:55 AM ET, January 27, 2009

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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 …
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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 …
Washington Post:
Obama Voices Hope for Mideast Peace in Talk With Al-Arabiya TV  —  President Obama expressed optimism yesterday about the prospect of peace between Israel and the Palestinians, but he said a peace accord will take time and require new thinking about the problems of the Middle East as a whole.
Paul Schemm / Associated Press:
Obama chooses Arab network for first TV interview  —  CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday chose an Arabic satellite TV network for his first formal television interview as president, delivering a message to the Muslim world that “Americans are not your enemy.”
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Agence France Presse:
Mitchell to ‘engage vigorously’ in Mideast peacemaking: Obama
Discussion: Washington Post and TIME.com
Yitzhak Benhorin / Ynetnews:
Carter: Hamas can be trusted
Discussion: Commentary and Gateway Pundit
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 …
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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.
Discussion: TIME.com and Truthdig
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Backing Away from Pelosi, White House Says Birth Control Funding in Stimulus Bill Was Not Obama's Idea  —  (CNSNews.com) - The Obama White House on Monday backed away from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's support for increased federal funding of contraception in the $825-billion stimulus bill now under consideration by Congress.
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Conyers subpoenas Rove  —  House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) subpoenaed former White House senior adviser Karl Rove, a sign that Democrats are not letting go of investigations the Bush administration stonewalled.  —  The subpoena requires Rove to testify regarding …
Douglas Elmendorf / Director's Blog:
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009  —  CBO has released a cost estimate for H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which was introduced today in the House of Representatives.  A link to the full cost estimate can be found here.
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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Who should replace Bill Kristol?  —  With William Kristol gone from the New York Times op-ed page, that leaves David Brooks — a fan of talking philosophy with Obama — as the lone conservative regularly on the page.  Since September 2003, when Brooks joined the op-ed page …
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Elizabeth Benjamin / NY Daily News:
Hired PR gun doomed Caroline, insiders say  —  Gov. Paterson's decision to go nuclear on Caroline Kennedy was a hatchet job run by a pricey out-of-state consultant who specializes in political scandals, disgruntled administration sources said.  —  Judy Smith, a Washington-based PR guru …
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Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:   PATERSON LYIN' KING OF STATE
Reuters:
Senate passes bill to delay digital TV switch  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate passed a bill on Monday to delay the nationwide switch to digital TV signals, giving consumers nearly four more months to prepare.  —  The transition date would move to June 12 from February 17 under the bill …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
Senate OKs 4-Month Delay to Digital TV Changeover
Discussion: The Agonist
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 …
Discussion: USA Today
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 …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
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.
Discussion: American Street and MoJoBlog
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama's victory?  Burris credits Martin Luther King and himself  —  Gov. Blagojevich compared himself to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Mohandas Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.  But he's not the only Illinois official stretching to elevate himself to high stature.
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates and marbury
Avi Issacharoff / Haaretz:
Egypt to Hamas: Take Gaza truce before Netanyahu is voted PM  —  Officials in Egypt are attempting to persuade Hamas to accept Israel's current offer of a cease-fire in Gaza before a far less accommodating government under Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu is elected, the pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported Monday.
Discussion: Donklephant and Jeffrey Goldberg
Drudge Report:
GORE HEARING ON WARMING MAY BE PUT ON ICE  —  Al Gore is scheduled before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday morning to once again testify on the ‘urgent need’ to combat global warming.  —  But Mother Nature seems ready to freeze the proceedings.
Michelle Malkin:
The B.O. Republicans who voted for Geithner — and video of Inhofe's statement  —  Here is the roll call vote on the Geithner nomination:  —  And here are the 10 B.O. (Barack Obama/Bend Over) Republicans who sided with Obama and the Dems:  —  Corker (R-TN)  —  Cornyn (R-TX)  —  Crapo (R-ID)
Don Surber:
Just ask me  —  Question: Has Barack Obama's popularity already plunged by 15 points?  —  Answer: Citing a Gallup Poll, the London Sun reported President Obama is “down” to 68% approval.  If this keeps up, he'll be in negative numbers by Easter.  But then there is the cool Etch-A-Bama, so all is good in Barackworld.
 
 
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Jerusalem Post:
IDF soldier killed by powerful roadside bomb on Gaza border
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Gillibrand trapped in exile
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Javier Blas / Financial Times:
Nations turn to barter deals to secure food
Menzie Chinn / Econbrowser:
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Newsdesk / Clout St:
House prosecutor: Governor ‘put his office up for sale’
Discussion: TIME.com and Chicago Breaking News
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Analysis: More power for police, more immunity for prosecutors
Discussion: PoliGazette, Hullabaloo and Reason
Irwin M. Stelzer / Weekly Standard:
More to It Than Meets the Eye  —  The hidden coherence of Obama's recovery plan.
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