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9:30 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 …
Agence France Presse:
Mitchell to ‘engage vigorously’ in Mideast peacemaking: Obama
Discussion: Washington Post and TIME.com
Timothy J. Burger / Bloomberg:   Mitchell's Firm Lobbied for Dubai's Ruler in Camel Jockey Case
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.
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
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:   Pelosi expects ‘major step’ on health reform in 2009
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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
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
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 …
Discussion: USA Today
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.
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 …
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: Scorecard's Blogs and TIME.com
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.
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 …
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.
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
Menzie Chinn / Econbrowser:
Five Reasons Why Fiscal Policy Might Be Completely Ineffective: A Textbook Exposition  —  It's been frustrating to me that so much virtual ink has been spilled about why the fiscal package will or will not be effective, with so little clarity.  Lots and lots of words are being thrown around …
 
 
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RushLimbaugh.com:
The Obama-Limbaugh Bipartisan Stimulus Plan of 2009
Discussion: Don Surber, Hot Air and BLACKFIVE
Jerusalem Post:
IDF soldier killed by powerful roadside bomb on Gaza border
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Javier Blas / Financial Times:
Nations turn to barter deals to secure food
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama's victory? Burris credits Martin Luther King and himself
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates and marbury
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Newsdesk / Clout St:
House prosecutor: Governor ‘put his office up for sale’
Discussion: TIME.com and Chicago Breaking News
Christopher Weber / Political Machine:
Bill Bennett Takes Rush Limbaugh To Task For Saying He Hopes Obama Fails
Judy Dempsey / New York Times:
Iceland's Government Collapses
Discussion: Guardian and MyDD