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5:30 PM ET, January 29, 2009

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The Politico:
GOP defies Obama overtures  —  House Republicans have proposed an alternative that leaders say would create 6.2 million jobs for only $478 billion.  —  “What Member can't go back his or her District and explain: Rather than voting for a bloated bill, ... I voted for an alternative …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HALPERIN BLAMES OBAMA.... President Obama went to great lengths to reach out to House Republicans, trying to get them to support an economic stimulus in the midst of an economic crisis.  The president not only offered them more tax cuts than seemed necessary, he also acted swiftly …
Marc Ambinder:
More Republican Triangulating On Bipartisanship: Cantor Responds To White House  —  House Republicans are reacting strongly to reports that the White House plans a political onslaught to pressure Republicans into supporting the stimulus package and to punish those who don't.
Discussion: The Huffington Post, D-Day and MyDD
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
The Republican Death Spiral  —  It's not just the goose egg that the House Republicans laid on the Democratic stimulus package yesterday: Boehner's Boys have been equally uncooperative on other matters.  Case in point: a bill yesterday to delay the transition to digital TV.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
For House Republicans, Zero is the Loneliest Number  —  Is this really the Associated Press lede that the Republicans wanted? … Zero is sometimes a big number.  If the stimulus bill had passed the House today with a handful of Republican votes — six or eight or twelve or twenty …
Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
Kerry: Ignore Republicans if they'll vote no anyway
Discussion: Daily Kos
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Strange Time To Take A Stand
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The Age of Obama: Heat for me, but not for thee  —  Last week, Barack Obama caused quite a stir when he allowed himself to be photographed in the Oval Office without wearing a suit jacket, ending the Bush tradition of coat-and-tie for the West Wing.  The New York Times reports …
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama White House May Be a Crowded Mess
Discussion: WTF Is It Now?!? and MyDD
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Michelle Obama, ‘Mom-in-Chief’ reinvents
Discussion: TIME.com
New York Times:
Obama Seeks Accord With Military on Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — As President Obama moves to redefine the nation's mission in Iraq, he faces a difficult choice: Is he willing to abandon a campaign promise or risk a rupture with the military?  Or can he finesse the difference?
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Timothy Williams / New York Times:
Iraq Won't Grant Blackwater a License
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Pelosi dismisses need for bipartisanship  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she didn't come to Washington to be “bipartisan”, one day after shuttling through an $819 economic stimulus bill without a single Republican vote.  —  “I didn't come here to be partisan …
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
“I am the Speaker of the House. I don't get into that.”
Discussion: CBS News and TIME.com
John Yoo / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Made a Rash Decision on Gitmo  —  The president will soon realize that governing involves hard choices.  —  During his first week as commander in chief, President Barack Obama ordered the closure of Guantanamo Bay and terminated the CIA's special authority to interrogate terrorists.
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Torture Lover John Yoo Excoriates Obama For Banning Torture
Discussion: D-Day
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Military Judge Denies Obama Request to Suspend Hearings at Guantanamo  —  A military judge in Guantanamo Bay has denied the Obama administration's request to delay proceedings for 120 days in the case of a detainee accused of planning the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole warship …
Rush Limbaugh / Wall Street Journal:
My Bipartisan Stimulus  —  Let's cut taxes, as I want, and spend more, as Obama would like.  —  Fouad Ajami: Obama Tells Arabia's Despots They're Safe  —  America's diplomacy of freedom is officially over.  —  Postpartisan Era Gets Early Test  —  The economic-stimulus bill will be a test …
Paul Krugman:
Bad  —  As the Obama administration apparently prepares to launch Hankie Pankie II — buying troubled assets from banks at prices higher than they will fetch on the open market — it occurred to me that an updated version of an old Communist-era joke may be appropriate: under Bush …
Discussion: D-Day
Washington Wire:
Sen. McConnell Calls on GOP to Redefine Itself  —  John D. McKinnon reports on politics.  —  In a major political-strategy statement, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky - one of the country's highest-ranking Republicans - will warn his party leadership later this afternoon …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and TIME.com
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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Mitch McConnell Needs Our Help
Discussion: Redhot
Ross Douthat:
Perspective  —  From Brad DeLong, part of The Week's impressive new virtual op-ed page: … All true.  But the kicker matters, too: … That we'll never be satisfied with what we have probably goes without saying.  But the most pressing issue, it seems to me, is whether we've reached …
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Newsdesk / Clout St:
Senate deliberates Blagojevich's political fate  —  3:30 p.m. Back at home, governor still on message  —  Shortly before deliberations began, Blagojevich spoke to reporters before going for a jog.  —  “I told the truth and I said what was right.  There are bigger principles involved here …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Blago: Fire Rahm  —  This blog can't really capture the long-form style of Blagojevich's swan song, but he's going down swinging, with a call to fire Rahm Emanuel for being as guilty as he — according to a theory under which he is being impeached for fighting for citizens right to cheap prescription drugs.
Rasmussen Reports:
Public Support for Economic Recovery Plan Slips to 42%  —  Public support for the economic recovery plan crafted by President Obama and congressional Democrats has slipped a bit over the past week.  At the same time, expectations that the plan will quickly become law have increased.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin, Obama to share stage  —  In what could be a preview of the 2012 presidential race, Sarah Palin and Barack Obama will share a stage together this Saturday night in Washington, D.C., Politico has learned.  —  The Alaska governor and former GOP vice presidential nominee …
Mary Jacoby / Articles by the Investigative Project …:
FBI Cuts Off CAIR Over Hamas Questions  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has cut off contacts with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) amid mounting concern about the Muslim advocacy group's roots in a Hamas-support network, the Investigative Project on Terrorism has learned.
MSNBC:
Obama slams Wall Street on bonuses  —  President calls the $18.4 billion in bonuses paid last year ‘shameful’  —  President Barack Obama issued a withering critique Thursday of Wall Street corporate behavior, calling it “the height of irresponsibility” for Wall Street employees to be paid …
Discussion: New York Post and A Blog For All
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
With Al Due Respect, We're Doomed  —  The lawmakers gazed in awe at the figure before them.  The Goracle had seen the future, and he had come to tell them about it.  —  What the Goracle saw in the future was not good: temperature changes that “would bring a screeching halt to human civilization …
Discussion: Power Line and Reason
Michelle Malkin:
You've got hate mail!  —  There has been an interesting uptick in the usual volume of hate mail.  —  I sense a disturbance in the Obama Force.  The nutroots aren't happy with how the Generational Theft Act debate is playing out.  They're impatient with the pace of Revolutionary Change.
 
 
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