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10:15 PM ET, January 29, 2009

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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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
Kerry: Ignore Republicans if they'll vote no anyway  —  Sen. John Kerry says Democrats should ignore Republicans' demands about the stimulus plan if they're going to vote against it anyway.  —  Reacting to Wednesday night's vote in the House — where not a single GOP member supported the stimulus package …
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
The Huffington Post:
Dems To Leadership: Cut GOP Loose
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
“I am the Speaker of the House. I don't get into that.”
Discussion: TIME.com
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Blago: Fire Rahm
Fox News:
Illinois Senate Kicks Blagojevich Out of Office
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Blago: I did it for the children
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich: History
Washington Post:   Blagojevich Ends Boycott of Impeachment Trial
CNN:   Illinois senators begin deliberations on Blagojevich
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 …
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 …
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Chuck Carlton / Associated Press:
Former President George W. Bush, wife attend Baylor women's basketball game  —  ccarlton@dallasnews.com  —  A big women's basketball game between No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 4 Baylor just gained added prestige.  —  Former President George W. Bush and wife Laura attended Wednesday's game.
Discussion: The Swamp, Hot Air and Gateway Pundit
Zac Frank / Slate:
What a 1988 college thesis by the former vice president's daughter tells us about the Bush presidency.  —  When I worked at the library at Colorado College, I quickly discovered the job had few perks.  The free book loans on demand were little better than subprime mortgages when you realized anyone could get them.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Teary-Eyed Thumbs Up for Obama  —  More than a quarter of Americans say they were moved to tears during Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony.  And after his first week in office, there is widespread approval for the job Obama is doing as president.
Discussion: Political Machine
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin, Obama to share stage  —  In what could be a preview of the 2012 presidential race, Sarah Palin and President Barack Obama will share a stage together this Saturday night in Washington, Politico has learned.  —  The Alaska governor and former GOP vice presidential nominee …
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Fox News:
Palin to Come to Washington in Hopes of Talk With Obama
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Kleinheider / Post Politics:
Chip Saltsman Withdraws From RNC Chairman's Race  —  Chip Saltsman's letter to the voting membership of the Republican National Committee: … Always a darkhorse, Saltsman's candidacy for RNC chair careened off the tracks when it was publicized that Saltsman gave a CD of political satire composed …
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Republican Strategy: Just Have Nancy Pelosi Continue to Explain the Stimulus  —  I'm pretty sure with every interview, she's chipping away at public support.  —  Below, her stellar explanation of why STD prevention education is stimulative.  Because it just is:
Kevin Sullivan / RealClearPolitics:
RNC Chair Race Reaches Finish Line  —  By Greg Bobrinskoy  —  With this Friday's RNC Chair election fast approaching, the divide between what committee members are looking for has come down to the two buzzwords of competency versus change.  The race has been seen as a virtual tie among …
Discussion: race42008.com
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The Huffington Post:
Judd Gregg: Commerce Secretary?  —  There is a strong possibility that Barack Obama will ask Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) to serve as his Secretary of Commerce, Democratic Senate aides tell the Huffington Post.  —  The move would fill a vacancy that has lingered since Gov. Bill Richardson withdrew his nomination.
Discussion: Open Congress, D-Day and MyDD
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com Pro-Life Headlines:
NBC Rejects Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad Educating Viewers on Obama and Abortion  —  Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — NBC is coming under fire from pro-life advocates for rejecting a television commercial a pro-life group hoped to run during the Super Bowl.  The ad shows a beautiful picture …
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.
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 …
David Cay Johnston / CJR:
Who's Undercutting Obama?  —  For the moment, at least, it's his press office  —  It's 3 p.m. and the phone in the White House press secretary's office is ringing.  It rings and rings and rings.  Eventually, a recorded voice asks callers to leave a message—followed by a second voice saying the voicemail box is full.
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.
David Sirota / Open Left:
More From the Pony Riders In the Psychedelic Fantasyland  —  The pony riders from the psychedelic fantasyland continue to push the unfathomably stupid theory that Democrats are realistically hoping that by being nice to Republicans on the stimulus bill, Republicans will be more inclined to support the Employee Free Choice Act.
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?
Elana Schor / TPMDC:
DeMint: I Like Obama, But His Stimulus is A ‘Mugging’  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is one of the rising stars in the GOP, constantly prodding Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) from the right while feeling the love from conservative think tanks and bloggers.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Reuters:
Chavez tells Obama to give Guantanamo back to Cuba  —  BELEM, Brazil (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Thursday urged U.S. President Barack Obama to return the military base of Guantanamo to Cuba after applauding his decision to close the prison for terrorism suspects there.
Discussion: Firedoglake
 
 
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Associated Press:
Army suicides at record high, passing civilians
Discussion: protein wisdom and Reuters
Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation:
White House Breaks Transparency Promise
Discussion: The Politico and Weekly Standard
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Soft-spoken line from Washington may terrify Tehran
Elana Schor / TPMDC:
Source: Obama Plans to Get Family Planning Aid Done Soon
Discussion: Time, Talking Points Memo and Swampland
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
Homeland secretary wants criminal aliens out of US
Marc Ambinder:
Politics Of Stimulus: Tying The GOP To Bush
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Todd Woody / Green Wombat:
Wind jobs outstrip the coal industry
Discussion: WattHead and The Huffington Post
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Hill Republican: Stimulus aids illegal immigrants
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Discussion: New York Times and D-Day
Dave Goldiner / NY Daily News:
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