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3:30 AM ET, January 30, 2009

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New York Times:
Blagojevich Ousted by Illinois State Senate  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Senate on Thursday convicted Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on a sprawling article of impeachment that charged him with abusing his power.  The vote prompted the governor's immediate and permanent ouster …
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Christopher Wills / Associated Press:
Ill. gov unanimously convicted, tossed from office  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Gov. Rod Blagojevich was unanimously convicted at his impeachment trial and thrown out of office Thursday, ending a nearly two-month crisis that erupted with his arrest on charges he tried to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.
Discussion: Chicago Sun Times
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Blago: I did it for the children
Discussion: The Swamp and Washington Monthly
CNN:
Illinois senators begin deliberations on Blagojevich
Discussion: PoliBlog
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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.
New York Times:
Democrats Set Sights on Republican Senators Who Oppose Stimulus Plan
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 …
Discussion: The Reaction and Hot Air
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Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
Kerry: Ignore Republicans if they'll vote no anyway
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Democratic Daily
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
The Huffington Post:
Dems To Leadership: Cut GOP Loose
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
RNC Chair Race: The Fix's Final Handicapping  —  The 168-member Republican National Committee will gather tomorrow morning to choose its next chairman and yet even those closest to this most insider of votes acknowledge they have little idea who will emerge victorious.
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Kevin Sullivan / RealClearPolitics:
RNC Chair Race Reaches Finish Line
Discussion: race42008.com
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
For GOP, a Case of Misshapen Identity
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
‘Dirtiest ever’ race for RNC chairman
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
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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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.
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: D-Day, MyDD, Open Congress and Salon
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Judd Gregg for Commerce?
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Associated Press:
Army suicides at record high, passing civilians  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Stressed by war and long overseas tours, U.S. soldiers killed themselves last year at the highest rate on record, the toll rising for a fourth straight year …
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.
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 …
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Senate passes bill to expand child health coverage  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - The Democratic-controlled Congress moved a step closer to handing President Barack Obama an early health care victory Thursday as the Senate passed …
Discussion: The Treatment, Reuters and D-Day
The Daily Beast:
Sticking It to Rahm  —  We Hate Rahm: Inside the GOP's Obama Revolt by John Batchelor  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Emanuel, working with his old boss and ally, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, made it easy for the Republicans to resist.  Every penny in the more than 600-page bill came …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
U.S. Says Jailed C.I.A. Mole Kept Spying for Russia  —  WASHINGTON — Since 1997, Harold Nicholson has been locked in a federal prison in Oregon, the highest-ranking officer of the Central Intelligence Agency ever convicted of espionage.  —  But even as federal inmate No. 49535-083 …
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.
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Professor who slammed Clinton will be Obama aide  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Samantha Power, the Harvard University professor who earned notoriety for calling Hillary Rodham Clinton a “monster” while working to elect Barack Obama president, will take a senior foreign policy job at the White House, The Associated Press has learned.
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:
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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 …
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Leaders of Turkey and Israel Clash at Davos Panel  —  DAVOS, Switzerland — Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey walked off the stage after an angry exchange with the Israeli president, Shimon Peres, during a panel discussion on Gaza at the World Economic Forum on Thursday, vowing never to return to the annual gathering.
Discussion: DealBook and Daniel W. Drezner
 
 
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Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Saddam-Qaeda Conspiracy Theorist Surfaces Writing Iraq Reports For The Pentagon
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New York Times:
The Stimulus Advances
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Charlie LeDuff / Detroit News:
Life goes on around body found frozen in vacant Detroit warehouse
Discussion: The Raw Story
Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation:
White House Breaks Transparency Promise
Reuters:
Chavez tells Obama to give Guantanamo back to Cuba
Discussion: Firedoglake
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Soft-spoken line from Washington may terrify Tehran
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
Homeland secretary wants criminal aliens out of US
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 Earlier Items: 
Marc Ambinder:
Politics Of Stimulus: Tying The GOP To Bush
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Todd Woody / Green Wombat:
Wind jobs outstrip the coal industry
Michelle Malkin:
You've got hate mail!
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Blago: Fire Rahm