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7:05 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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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 and D-Day
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 …
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.
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: Daily Kos
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
For House Republicans, Zero is the Loneliest Number
Media Matters:   Halperin compares Obama to Bush : “He chose not” …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Dems: GOP will pay political price for stimulus vote
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft, DownWithTyranny! and Reuters
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Fox News:
Illinois Senate Kicks Blagojevich Out of Office  —  Illinois senators were unswayed by Rod Blagojevich's closing statement delivered earlier in the day in which the former governor insisted that he should not be thrown out of office on what he called incomplete evidence.  —  FOXNews.com
Washington Post:
Blagojevich Ends Boycott of Impeachment Trial  —  The Illinois Senate voted unanimously Thursday to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) from office for abuse of power, ending a weeks-long impeachment ordeal that ranged between drama and farce.  —  One by one, Republicans and Democrats stood …
BBC:   Illinois governor guilty of abuse
CNN:   Illinois senators begin deliberations on Blagojevich
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
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:   Republican Strategy: Just Have Nancy Pelosi Continue to Explain the Stimulus
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 …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
RNC Chair Race: The Fix's Final Handicapping
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 …
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: MyDD
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Michelle Obama, ‘Mom-in-Chief’ reinvents
Discussion: TIME.com
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 …
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Fox News:
Palin to Come to Washington in Hopes of Talk With Obama
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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?
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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard 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.
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 …
Dave Goldiner / NY Daily News:
Saddam's hometown unveils shoe thrower statue  —  Many Iraqis considered it poetic justice when a journalist tossed his shoes at President George W. Bush last month.  —  Now the bizarre attack has spawned a real life work of art.  —  A sofa-sized statue of the shoe was unveiled Thursday in Tikrit …
Paul Wagenseil / Fox News:
Scientists Not So Sure ‘Doomsday Machine’ Won't Destroy World  —  Still worried that the Large Hadron Collider will create a black hole that will destroy the Earth when it's finally switched on this summer?  —  Um, well, you may have a point.  —  Three physicists have reexamined …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and protein wisdom
 
 
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Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
Homeland secretary wants criminal aliens out of US
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Elana Schor / TPMDC:
DeMint: I Like Obama, But His Stimulus is A ‘Mugging’
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com Pro-Life Headlines:
NBC Rejects Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad Educating Viewers on Obama and Abortion
Marc Ambinder:
Politics Of Stimulus: Tying The GOP To Bush
Todd Woody / Green Wombat:
Wind jobs outstrip the coal industry
Discussion: The Huffington Post and WattHead
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
Hill Republican: Stimulus aids illegal immigrants
Michelle Malkin:
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 Earlier Items: 
Ross Douthat:
Good News For Narnia
Eric Etheridge / The Opinionator:
Where Did All the Republicans Go?  —  Yesterday Gallup released …
Discussion: The Fix, Full Comment and Marc Ambinder
New York Post:
REVEALED: PINCH'S NEW FLAME
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gawker
Timothy Egan:
The Great Gay Hope
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
With Al Due Respect, We're Doomed
Discussion: Power Line and Reason