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1:55 PM ET, January 28, 2009

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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republicans all a-Twitter over the visit  —  Audiences usually treat presidents to a round of polite applause, but when President Obama addressed House Republicans on Tuesday, they started Twittering.  —  Just a week after being inaugurated and becoming the most powerful man in the world …
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Holds Reception for Congressional Leaders  —  Invitations are out: A presidential cocktail reception - for Congressional leaders only - is taking place on Wednesday evening at the White House.  —  One day after President Obama visited Capitol Hill, he is returning the favor by being host …
Discussion: TIME.com and The Impolitic
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Democrats Among Stimulus Skeptics
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.
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 …
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Watts Up With That?:
James Hansen's Former NASA Supervisor Declares Himself a Skeptic - Says Hansen ‘Embarrassed NASA’, ‘Was Never Muzzled’, & Models ‘Useless’  —  UPDATE 1/28: Full text of Dr. Theon's letter has been post on the Senate website and below.  —  This is something I thought I'd never see.
Discussion: QandO and BizzyBlog
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Marc Morano / U.S. Senate Committee …:
James Hansen's Former NASA Supervisor Declares Himself a Skeptic
Discussion: Moonbattery and The Foundry
The Politico:
The case for doing nothing  —  Most of Washington has reached quick consensus: Government must do something big to shock the economy, and it should cost between $800 billion and $900 billion.  —  But dissident economists and investment professionals offer a much different take: Most of Washington is dead wrong.
Congressman Phil Gingrey, M.D.:
Gingrey comments on Rush misunderstanding  —  Congressman Phil Gingrey, MD (R-GA) made the following statement in response to an article that ran in Politico Newspaper about comments he made regarding conservative commentator, Rush Limbaugh and the Republican Leadership:
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Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Geithner names ex-lobbyist as Treasury chief of staff  —  WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner picked a former Goldman Sachs lobbyist as a top aide Tuesday, the same day he announced rules aimed at reducing the role of lobbyists in agency decisions.
Andie Coller / The Politico:
Grassley launches porn inquiry  —  Chuck Grassley knows it when he sees it.  —  The “it,” of course, is pornography.  And Grassley has seen it deep in a demurely titled section of a report from the National Science Foundation — a report that says NSF employees have been spending significant amounts …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Abdullah II: The 5-State Solution  —  In February 2002, I traveled to Saudi Arabia and interviewed the then crown prince, now king, Abdullah, at his Riyadh horse farm.  I asked him why the next Arab summit wouldn't just propose to Israel full peace and normalization of relations …
Booman Tribune:
Understanding the Game at a High Level  —  Yesterday, the Democrats stripped provisions of the stimulus package that would have provided family planning funding for Medicaid and money to refurbish the National Mall's lawn.  These were not necessary concessions, but acts of good will intended …
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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.”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Backlash Against Bush Apparent in RNC  —  Many Members Seek New Chairman to Steer Party in a Different Direction  —  As they begin meeting in Washington today, many members of the Republican National Committee are focusing their ire against what they considered George W. Bush's anti-conservative policies …
Michelle Tan / Army Times:
Recruiting stand-down ordered  —  Probe of Houston suicides prompts wide-ranging action  —  Army Secretary Pete Geren has ordered a stand-down of the Army's entire recruiting force and a review of almost every aspect of the job is underway in the wake of a wide-ranging investigation …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Presider  —  One impression from Obama's interactions with the Republicans and Democrats in Congress: Obama clearly sees the presidency as a different institution than his immediate predecessor.  This is a good thing, it seems to me.  Bush had imbibed a monarchical sense of the office from his father and his godfather (Cheney).
New York Times:
Iranian Leader Demands U.S. Apology  —  TEHRAN — A day after President Obama struck a conciliatory tone toward Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged Washington on Wednesday to apologize for its actions toward his country over the past 60 years and said it was unclear whether …
New York Times:
Early Voting in Iraq Goes Smoothly  —  BAGHDAD — Thousands of soldiers, police officers, hospital patients and prisoners cast ballots on Wednesday as part of early voting in Iraq's provincial elections.  —  The day concluded with no major election-related disturbances and only scattered incidents of violence around the country.
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 …
Paul Shukovsky / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
FBI saw mortgage fraud early  —  Agents say they lacked resources to pursue it  —  The FBI was aware for years of “pervasive and growing” fraud in the mortgage industry that eventually contributed to America's financial meltdown, but did not take definitive action to stop it.
Motoko Rich / ArtsBeat:
Washington Post to End Book World as Stand-Alone Section  —  In another sign that literary criticism is losing its profile in newspapers, The Washington Post has decided to shutter the print version of Book World, its Sunday stand-alone book review section, and shift reviews to space inside two other sections of the paper.
Discussion: abu muqawama and New York Magazine
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Coleman's Supposedly Friendly Witnesses Backfire  —  We have seen the best thing that Norm Coleman's legal team has done so far in this election trial — and it ain't pretty.  —  This afternoon the Coleman team was bringing in rejected absentee voters to show that their ballots were improperly tossed.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog News:
Prediction of zero votes from the GOP zeroes in the House  —  I know I sound like a broken record here, but is this a surprise?  The Republicans, under the leadership of George Bush, destroyed the American economy.  We're on the precipice — facing a depression.
Times of London:
President Obama leads US drive to topple Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe  —  Tim Reid in Washington and Jonathan Clayton in Johannesburg  —  President Obama wants a fresh approach to toppling Robert Mugabe and is discussing with aides an unprecedented, US-led diplomatic push to get tough …
Discussion: The Corner
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Tells Arabia's Despots They're Safe  —  America's diplomacy of freedom is officially over.  —  “To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect,” President Barack Obama said in his inaugural.  But in truth, the new way forward is a return …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
It's the Economy, Girlfriend  —  The economic crisis came home to 27-year-old Megan Petrus early last year when her boyfriend of eight months, a derivatives trader for a major bank, proved to be more concerned about helping a laid-off colleague than comforting Ms. Petrus after her father had a heart attack.
Discussion: Gothamist, Salon and Gawker
Jason Horowitz / Politicker NY:
Kirsten Gillibrand, Like Chuck Schumer With Connections  —  Kirsten Gillibrand kind of knows everyone in politics.  Just ask her.  —  “What makes me so successful is that I've developed so many relationships,” she said in a phone interview on Jan. 27, hours after being sworn in as a U.S. senator …
Discussion: Democracy in America
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%;
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Loophole allows terrorist detentions  —  Shows new shades of Bush ‘war on terror’  —  President Obama's executive order closing CIA “black sites” contains a little-noticed exception that allows the spy agency to continue to operate temporary detention facilities abroad.
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
 
 
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Discussion: Truthdig
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Self-Publishers Flourish as Writers Pay the Tab
Discussion: Gawker and Corrente
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Pay-to-Park for members who lobby
David Cho / Washington Post:
Treasury Weighs Hard Choices To Save Banks
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Alan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
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Jeffrey Sachs / Financial Times:
The stimulus is a fiscal straitjacket
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt / New York Times:
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