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9:10 PM ET, January 28, 2009

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Washington Post:
House Passes $819 Billion Economic Stimulus  —  Republicans Wary of Package's Price Tag, Spending Priorities  —  With no Republican support, the House approved an $819 billion stimulus plan that will serve as the cornerstone of President Obama's efforts to resuscitate the economy …
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
House Passes Obama's Stimulus Package  —  WASHINGTON — Without a single Republican vote, President Obama won House approval on Wednesday for an $819 billion economic recovery plan as Congressional Democrats sought to hold down their own difference over the enormous package of tax cuts and spending.
Wall Street Journal:
A 40-Year Wish List  —  You won't believe what's in that stimulus bill.  —  “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.  What I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things you couldn't do before.”  —  So said White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in November, and Democrats in Congress are certainly taking his advice to heart.
David Sirota / Open Left:
There's something happening here  —  I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound  —  Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote an article for In These Times predicting that congressional progressives would be emboldened to assert themselves in an unprecedented way under an Obama administration …
Discussion: The Sideshow and Democrats.com
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   House passes econ-stimulus: Party line
David Rogers / The Politico:
Obama stimulus clears House
Discussion: Associated Press
Rasmussen Reports:   Most Say Tax Cuts Always Better Than Increased Spending
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Holder assures GOP on interrogation prosecution  —  President Obama's choice to run the Justice Department has assured senior Republican senators that he won't prosecute CIA officers or political appointees who were involved in the Bush administration's policy of “enhanced interrogations.”
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Elana Schor / TPMDC:
Holder Aide: We Made No Special Promises to Bond  —  My colleague Zack at TPMmuck just heard from an aide to Attorney General nominee Eric Holder.  The aide definitively denied Sen. Kit Bond's (R-MO) claim that Holder had given him “assurances” of avoiding future prosecutions …
Elana Schor / TPMDC:
Leading Senate Dems Dismiss Report That Holder Promised No Torture Prosecutions
Discussion: Emptywheel
The Huffington Post:
GOP Leader Pushes Back Against Limbaugh Line  —  Over the past few days, talk radio host Rush Limbaugh has been, far and away, the most combative critic of Barack Obama.  As Republicans on the Hill compliment the president for his willingness to talk and compromise on the stimulus …
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Think Progress:   REPORT: GOP Lawmakers Outnumber Democratic Lawmakers 2 To 1 …
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Gingrey Begs Limbaugh For Forgiveness On-Air, Expresses 'Very …
Discussion: Hot Air and Wonkette
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: CIA Station Chief in Algeria Accused of Rapes  —  “Ugly American”?  Spy Boss Allegedly Drugged Muslim Women, Made Secret Sex Videos  —  The CIA's station chief at its sensitive post in Algeria is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for allegedly raping at least …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
State of the States: Political Party Affiliation  —  Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Hawaii, and District of Columbia are most Democratic  — USA - Democrats - Government and Politics - Party Affiliation - Republicans - Americas - Northern America … PRINCETON, NJ — An analysis …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Just Five Red States Left?
Discussion: ONTD: Politics and Daily Kos
Liisa O'Neill / NY Daily News:
Hey Bam, that's not the door!  —  It looks like President Obama hasn't gotten acquainted to his White House surroundings.  On the way back to the Oval Office Tuesday, the President approached a paned window, instead of the actual door — located a few feet to his right.
Discussion: Political Machine
Courtney Hazlett / MSNBC:
Alba schools Fox's O'Reilly in WW II history  —  Plus: Simpson won't spin weight loss; Anderson finds trailer-park love  —  Jessica Alba is setting the record straight: Sweden was neutral during World War II.  —  Alba and Fox TV show host Bill O'Reilly traded punches last week after the presidential inauguration.
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Karl Frisch / Media Matters:
O'Reilly don't know much about (WWII) history
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Associated Press:
OBAMA TO HOST COCKTAIL PARTY FOR LAWMAKERS  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has invited Republican and Democratic lawmakers for drinks at the White House as they consider his economic recovery bill that still faces opposition.  —  White House aides say about two dozen key members …
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Holds Reception for Congressional Leaders
Noel Sheppard / Fox News:
House Republicans Push Counter-Proposal on Stimulus
Marc Ambinder:
The Political Case For The Stimulus, If You're A Vulernable Republican  —  Over a 48 hour period when 100,000 job layoffs have been announced, Hill Republicans have decided to take a stand against the stimulus.  —  Now - President Obama's approval rating is about 70%;  —  Congressional approval is still around 20%;
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David Alpert / Greater Greater Washington:
Nadler transit amendment passes on voice vote  —  The House just approved Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY)'s amendment to add $3 billion in transit capital funding to the stimulus.  They approved it on a voice vote instead of a roll call.  —  According to Nadler's floor speech …
Discussion: The Daily Politics and Hullabaloo
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Elana Schor / TPMDC:
Mass Transit Scores Big Win in House Stimulus
WTOP.com:
Obama pokes fun at D.C. area's reaction to snow  —  WASHINGTON — After his daughters got a snow day Wednesday, President Barack Obama wants to see a little bit of “flinty, Chicago toughness” applied locally.  —  “When it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don't seem to be able to handle things …
Discussion: Political Machine
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Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Obama: Snowy Washington Needs ‘Chicago Toughness’
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Michelle Malkin:
GOP holds the line: 244-188.  This crap sandwich is all yours, Dems  —  Own it.  Embrace it.  Swallow it.  The House version of the $1.1 trillion Generational Theft Act of 2009 is all the Democrats' doing now.  —  Not one Republican voted for it.  (1 Republican had to leave early).
Discussion: GayPatriot
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
School can expel lesbian students, court rules  —  An appeals panel finds California Lutheran High School in Riverside County is not a business and therefore doesn't have to comply with a state law barring discrimination based on sexual orientation.  —  Reporting from San Francisco …
Jon Swaine / Telegraph:
Russia ‘drops missile plans due to Obama change to US attitude’  —  Russia has dropped plans to install missiles near Poland after the Obama administration signalled a change in US attitude to the region, a Moscow military official has reportedly said.  —  The official suggested …
David Stringer / Associated Press:
Iceland to appoint gay woman minister to PM post  —  REYKJAVIK, Iceland - Iceland's next leader will be an openly gay former flight attendant who parlayed her experience as a union organizer into a decades-long political career.  —  Both parties forming Iceland's new coalition government support …
The New Republic:
Scott McClellan's Advice for Robert Gibbs  —  Yesterday, we asked President Bush's former press secretary, Scott McClellan, if he had any hard-won suggestions for Robert Gibbs.  —  My view is that the press-briefing model that is used now is kind of outdated.
Marian Burros / New York Times:
Obamas Hire Chef From Chicago  —  WASHINGTON — Sam Kass, a chef who cooked for the Obamas while they were living in Chicago, is now cooking for them in the White House.  —  A spokeswoman for Michelle Obama, Katie McCormick Lelyveld, said Mr. Kass would not be the only cook preparing the family's meals …
Discussion: Gawker and TIME.com
 
 
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
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Max Boot / Commentary:
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