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12:50 PM ET, January 28, 2009

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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.
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
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Sex is out of the stimulus bill
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House Cheat Sheet: Between Barack and a Hard Vote
Discussion: Washington Post and Deseret News
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Democrats Among Stimulus Skeptics  —  Republican criticism of the stimulus package that the House will vote on tonight has focused on its soaring price tag, but some Democrats on Capitol Hill and other administration supporters are voicing a separate critique: that the plan may fall short …
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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, BizzyBlog and TigerHawk
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Marc Morano / U.S. Senate Committee …:
James Hansen's Former NASA Supervisor Declares Himself a Skeptic
Discussion: Moonbattery and Firedoglake
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 …
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: READY, SET, VOTE
Discussion: The New Republic
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.
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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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.
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 …
Discussion: Texas on the Potomac and Wonkette
Fox News:
Bomber's Martyrdom Tape Renews Fears Over Consequences of Closing Gitmo  —  As President Obama pushes for the closure of Guantanamo Bay prison, the debate over where to house the terror detainees being held there is heating up.  —  An exclusive video of a former Gitmo detainee's martyrdom tape …
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Bloomberg:
Senate Panel Adds $70 Billion Tax Relief to Stimulus  —  Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Senate's tax-writing committee added $70 billion in relief from the alternative- minimum tax to an $825 billion economic stimulus proposal.  —  The provision benefiting more than 30 million households …
Discussion: OurFuture.org and Hullabaloo
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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:
Aides Say Obama's Afghan Aims Elevate War  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama intends to adopt a tougher line toward Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, as part of a new American approach to Afghanistan that will put more emphasis on waging war than on development, senior administration officials said Tuesday.
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 …
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt / New York Times:
John Updike, a Lyrical Writer of the Middle-Class Man, Dies at 76  —  John Updike, the kaleidoscopically gifted writer whose quartet of Rabbit novels highlighted a body of fiction, verse, essays and criticism so vast, protean and lyrical as to place him in the first rank of American authors …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Liberty Street
Cnaan Liphshiz / Haaretz:
South Africa Jews slam deputy FM's anti-Semitic comments  —  South Africa's Jewish community on Wednesday lodged a complaint of hate speech against the country's deputy foreign minister, who earlier this month said that “Jewish money controls America and most Western countries.”
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.
Lee Speigel / Political Punch:
House Dems Strip Stimulus of $200 Million Provision to Refurbish National Mall  —  On Tuesday evening the House Rules Committee stripped two provisions from the stimulus package: the family planning money that President Obama personally lobbied Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., to remove yesterday …
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 …
Steve Cuozzo / New York Post:
JAMES BRADY - DEATH OF A POST LEGEND  —  WAR HERO AND AUTHOR  —  James Brady, a New York Post legend and a gentle giant of American military and media history, died yesterday at his Manhattan home.  He was 80.  —  Brady was a prince of New York's fast lane, beloved by stars, politicians and boldface types of every stripe.
Gateway Pundit:
Tammy Bruce Knocks Bush-Hating Diehards Who Just CAN'T MOVE ON (Video)  —  “It takes a liberal to suggest or to say directly that liberating 53,000,000 people is a war crime.  It takes a liberals to say that keeping this nation safe from another horrific attack by terrorists amounts to a war crime.”
 
 
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