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2:00 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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The Huffington Post:   Not So Fast: GOP Might Back Stimulus Bill With Changes
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Is Rush Limbaugh the New Face of the GOP?
Peter Roff / Fox News:
Republicans Object to Stimulus Dollars for ACORN
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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 Emir of Amerikiyah, Sheikh Hussein Obama, is being interviewed by al-Arabiyah!  Even before he speaks to his own people upon the TV, he speaks to us!
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Al-Arabiya Move  —  It popped up on television last night and I had two reactions.  The first was a sense of met expectation.  Part of the rationale for Obama's presidency from a foreign policy perspective was always his unique capacity to rebrand America in the eyes of the Muslim world.
Adam Hutton / CBS News:
Obama's Interview On Arab Television
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
Obama on a Nuclear Iran: Yes They Can?
Scott / Power Line:
ON THE ROAD TO OVERCOMING  —  President Obama granted …
Discussion: Hot Air
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Rove Ordered to Testify To Congress on Firings  —  House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) issued a new subpoena yesterday to former Bush White House aide Karl Rove, months after Rove deflected an earlier effort to compel his testimony about the firing of nine U.S. attorneys …
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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
Marist Poll:
46% of New York Voters Endorse Gillibrand Appointment Paterson Loses Ground Against Potential 2010 Opponents  —  This Marist Poll reports:  —  · On the Money...Plurality of New York State Voters Approve of Gillibrand's Appointment to U.S. Senate...One In Three Voters Unsure …
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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
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: Balloon Juice and First Draft
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 …
Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
Morning Bell: What Is the Spending Multiplier on a Pack of Condoms?  —  This Sunday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) created quite a stir when she attempted to defend Section 5004, of the House's economic stimulus plan which allows the Medicaid bailout portion of the spending plan to be spent on family planning clinics.
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Rory Cooper / The Foundry:
Stimulus 101: The Pelosi-Reid-Obama Debt Plan
Discussion: RedState
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.
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 …
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 …
www.dcexaminer.com:
The Washington Examiner adds K Street columnist, society writer  —  The Washington Examiner announced today that Timothy P. Carney, who has been writing a weekly op-ed column for the paper, was joining the staff full time to oversee a new K Street page.  —  Carney will write a lobbying column …
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.
Paul Krugman:
A Dark Age of macroeconomics (wonkish)  —  Brad DeLong is upset about the stuff coming out of Chicago these days — and understandably so.  First Eugene Fama, now John Cochrane, have made the claim that debt-financed government spending necessarily crowds out an equal amount of private spending …
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 …
 
 
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Kate Klonick / CJR:
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
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Ta-Nehisi Coates:
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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Layoffs Spread to More Sectors of the Economy
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
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John / Power Line:
THE GORE EFFECT...  ...strikes again!  Al Gore is scheduled …
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Only if Stupid Is a Crime  —  Is Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich …
Discussion: PostPartisan