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1:15 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
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog News:
Prediction of zero votes from the GOP zeroes in the House
Discussion: Firedoglake and USA Today
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.
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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Alan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:   $646,214 Per Government Job
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
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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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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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:
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.”
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 …
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
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama's Angels  —  Hillary Clinton graduated from an elite law school, was a staffer on the Hill, a partner in her husband's successful political career, a United States Senator, and a formidable presidential candidate before becoming Secretary of State.  Susan Rice is a Stanford graduate …
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.”
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 …
David Cho / Washington Post:
Treasury Weighs Hard Choices To Save Banks  —  President Obama's top advisers are in the final stages of debating several perilous options to right the financial system, all of which are likely to prove unpopular and in some cases carry a significant risk of failure, according to sources in contact with the officials.
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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Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Self-Publishers Flourish as Writers Pay the Tab
Discussion: Gawker, Corrente and Runnin' Scared
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Second Thoughts on Trade
Discussion: The Seminal
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Pay-to-Park for members who lobby
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Coleman's Supposedly Friendly Witnesses Backfire
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bloomberg:
FDIC May Run ‘Bad Bank’ in Plan to Purge Toxic Assets
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Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
Peanut Processor Ignored Salmonella Tests, Knowingly Sold Tainted Products
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Dee Dee Myers / Vanity Fair:
Is Obama the Most Famous Living Person Ever?
Discussion: PoliBlog and Political Machine
Times of London:
President Obama leads US drive to topple Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe
Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
Troubled Times Bring Mini-Madoffs to Light
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Redistricting is a hidden weapon for gloomy GOP
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