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11:25 PM ET, January 28, 2009

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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
House Passes Stimulus Plan Despite G.O.P. Opposition  —  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 temper their own differences over the enormous package of tax cuts and spending.
Toby Harnden / Toby Harnden's blog listings:
Hollow victory: Republicans deliver slap in the face to Barack Obama  —  President Barack Obama got the $825 (or $1.2 trillion over a decade) stimulus package through the House of Representatives but the 244 to 188 vote is a hollow victory indeed.  Without a single Republican voting for the bill …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Fox News
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 …
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   House passes econ-stimulus: Party line
David Rogers / The Politico:
Obama stimulus clears House
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
Discussion: Emptywheel
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Panel Backs Justice Dept. Nominee
Discussion: TalkLeft
Guardian:
Revealed: the letter Barack Obama's team hope will heal Iran rift  —  Officials of Barack Obama's administration have drafted a letter to Iran from the president aimed at unfreezing US-Iranian relations and opening the way for face-to-face talks, the Guardian has learned.
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Zahra Hosseinian / Reuters:
Iran tells U.S. to show change in policy not tactics
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Jules Crittenden
Telegraph:
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Barack Obama should apologise for 60 years of ‘crimes’
Discussion: BBC and Hot Air
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CIA station chief a serial rapist?
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Debbie Schlussel
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
WHAT A GUY  —  Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) revealed more of himself than anyone cared to see, at the expense of Salon's Joan Walsh, this evening on “Hardball.”  In a debate with Walsh over tax policy, Armey let loose with this chauvinistic gem: “I am so damn glad …
Discussion: Shakesville
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Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Joan Walsh: No plans to marry Dick Armey  —  Former Rep. Dick Armey (R-Texas) still needs some lessons in etiquette.  —  Armey, who once referred to fellow Rep. Barney Frank as “Barney Fag,” lost his temper during an appearance with Salon editor in chief Joan Walsh on MSNBC's Hardball Wednesday, and lashed out, saying:
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Dick Armey insults Salon's Joan Walsh with sexist remark on Hardball
Discussion: Blue Gal
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Mike Pence's Ode to Rush Limbaugh  —  Here's some video of Mike Pence being an idiot and talking about the joys of Rush Limbaugh:  —  The most egregious thing here, and I guess this will be the new conservative approach, is that in response to a substantive criticism of Rush, Pence turns around and denies that Rush is a racist.
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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
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
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.
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: Don Surber, GayPatriot and D-Day
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
Byron York / The Corner:
“Overwhelming” GOP Opposition to Stimulus Bill  —  Just talked to a very clued-in Republican on the Hill.  This person wouldn't predict a unanimous Republican vote against the Democratic stimulus package, but said there would be “minimal” GOP support of the bill.
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Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Stimulus Bill Passes House With 0 Republican Votes
Think Progress:
REPORT: GOP Lawmakers Outnumber Democratic Lawmakers 2 To 1 In Stimulus Debate On Cable News  —  As Media Matters has documented, during the Bush administration, the media consistently allowed conservatives to dominate their shows, booking them as guests far more often than progressives.
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
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama lawyers set to defend Yoo  —  In Democratic legal circles, no attorney has been more pilloried than former Bush Justice Department official John Yoo, chief author of the so-called torture memos that Barack Obama last week sought to nullify.  —  But now President Obama's incoming crew …
Discussion: theheretik.us and TalkLeft
Kimball Perry / Cincinnati.com:
Only one voter fraud case found  —  Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said he had allegations last fall of widespread voter fraud - allegations a special prosecutor reported Tuesday were wrong, noting the only voter fraud found was from a Connecticut man who told on himself.
Discussion: MyDD, pandagon.net and Balloon Juice
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to keep its target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent.  The Committee continues to anticipate that economic conditions are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels of the federal funds rate for some time.
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.
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 …
 
 
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