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12:15 PM ET, January 27, 2009

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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.
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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 …
Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
Morning Bell: What Is the Spending Multiplier on a Pack of Condoms?
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Show Me the Votes  —  Unlike some, I'm not per se outraged …
Discussion: Kevin Drum and Brian Beutler
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Backing Away from Pelosi, White House Says Birth Control Funding …
Rory Cooper / The Foundry:   Stimulus 101: The Pelosi-Reid-Obama Debt Plan
Rod Blagojevich / The Huffington Post:
OBAMA AL-ARABIYA INTERVIEW: FULL TEXT  —  Here is the full text of President Obama's interview with Al-Arabiya Arab TV Network:  —  INTERVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT BY HISHAM MELHEM, AL ARABIYA  —  Map Room  —  Q Mr. President, thank you for this opportunity, we really appreciate it.
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Jules Crittenden:
Al-Hopiyah, Al Changiyah!  —  In the rubble of the United Nations compound, Gaza City, partially blown-up Mortar Pit No. 6:  —  Farouk: Look, Achmed!  Ali, come quick.  The new president of Amerikiyah, Hussein Obama, is being interviewed upon al-Arabiyah!  Even before he speaks to his own people upon the TV, he speaks to us!
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 …
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.”
Scott / Power Line:
ON THE ROAD TO OVERCOMING  —  President Obama granted …
Discussion: Hot Air
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: The Swamp, The Caucus, TIME.com and MSNBC
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
STATING THE OBVIOUS  —  I hear a lot of talk about whether Obama's governing approach can be ‘bipartisan’ if a good number of Republicans don't vote for his Stimulus Bill.  But that dubious point seems to be obscuring a more obvious and telling reality: the Republican leadership in both houses …
Discussion: First Draft
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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.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama administration scolds Citigroup  —  The Obama administration knows how to use the bully pulpit.  —  A Treasury Department official on Monday called Citigroup, which has received $45 billion in bailout capital from the government, to protest plans to accept delivery on a luxurious $50 million corporate jet made in France.
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 …
RushLimbaugh.com:
The Great Unifier Attacks Rush  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: This is Liz Sidoti, AP-Obama.  On Friday afternoon, as you know, the president of the United States — actually it was Friday morning, but we didn't learn about it 'til Friday afternoon.  Friday morning in a meeting with House …
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RushLimbaugh.com:
The Obama-Limbaugh Bipartisan Stimulus Plan of 2009
Discussion: Don Surber
Iowahawk / Big Hollywood:
Ten Things You Can Do To Save The Planet  —  A Go-Green Guide for the Hollywood Community  —  More than ten years after the Kyoto accords, our planet continues to careen helplessly toward certain environmental destruction.  The skies are choked with pollutants.  Adorable helpless polar bears plunge through thinning ice caps.
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 …
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.
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 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 …
ABCNEWS:
Another Lobbyist Headed into Obama Administration  —  Leaves Critics Questioning the President's Commitment to Changing Washington  —  Despite President Barack Obama's pledge to limit the influence of lobbyists in his administration, a recent lobbyist for investment banking giant Goldman Sachs …
John / Power Line:
THE GORE EFFECT...  ...strikes again!  Al Gore is scheduled to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations committee on global warming tomorrow.  John Kerry says that Gore “has been sounding the alarm on climate change for over three decades, and he understands the urgent need for American engagement and leadership on this issue.”
Discussion: Washington Times
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Moving Past Torture  —  “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.”  So goes an aphorism that needs to be applied to the current debate over whether those who authorized and used torture should be prosecuted.  In the very different country called Sept. 11, 2001, the answer would be a resounding no.
Discussion: The Opinionator and cab drollery
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: PoliGazette and First Draft
Timothy J. Burger / Bloomberg:
Mitchell's Firm Lobbied for Dubai's Ruler in Camel Jockey Case  —  Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) — George Mitchell, President Barack Obama's special Middle East troubleshooter, was chairman of a law firm that was paid about $8 million representing Dubai's ruler in connection with a child-trafficking lawsuit.
 
 
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