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3:17 AM ET, January 29, 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 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 …
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, alicublog, GayPatriot and D-Day
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 …
Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
House defeats bill to delay digital TV transition
Discussion: New York Times and Kevin Drum
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Stimulus Bill Passes House With 0 Republican Votes
David Rogers / The Politico:
Obama stimulus clears House
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
House passes econ-stimulus: Party line
Discussion: Chicago Breaking News
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  —  During a debate about Rush Limbaugh's influence on the GOP and Phil Gingrey's boot licking apology for crossing the almighty Rushbo, Dick Armey, former GOP leader with Newt proved the point that Limbaugh's piggish views …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Mike Pence's Ode to Rush Limbaugh
Congressman Phil Gingrey, M.D.:
Gingrey comments on Rush misunderstanding
Discussion: Hot Air, Townhall.com and Balloon Juice
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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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama lawyers set to defend Yoo
Discussion: theheretik.us and TalkLeft
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CIA station chief a serial rapist?
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Debbie Schlussel
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
Discussion: Emptywheel and Democrats.com
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.
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
White House Unbuttons Formal Dress Code
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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
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?
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.
Discussion: Open Left
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
NV-Sen: Hammering Harry
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN, MyDD, MSNBC and Multi Medium
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 …
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Elana Schor / TPMDC:
Mass Transit Scores Big Win in House Stimulus
NewMajority.Com Scroll:
THE GOP'S FORGOTTEN MODERATE HISTORY  —  In one of his last interviews as president, George W. Bush called for a “compassionate” Republican Party and warned that the GOP must not become too ideologically inflexible: “It's very important for our party not to narrow its focus …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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