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3:14 AM ET, January 30, 2009

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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.
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.
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 …
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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New York Times:
Democrats Set Sights on Republican Senators Who Oppose Stimulus Plan
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Judd Gregg for Commerce?
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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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
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Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
Kerry: Ignore Republicans if they'll vote no anyway
Discussion: 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
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.
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 …
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
For GOP, a Case of Misshapen Identity  —  Who am I?  Why am I?  Where am I going?  —  So very, very much for the Republican to ponder in this Winter of the Democrats' Contentment.  So many questions.  Even the reliable color scheme has gone blurry.  Isn't that big-shot GOP strategist …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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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.
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
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
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
U.S. Says Jailed C.I.A. Mole Kept Spying for Russia  —  Jailed spy Harold Nicholson is said to have sought more money from his handlers, using his son as a go-between.
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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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.
Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation:
White House Breaks Transparency Promise  —  In a blog post announcing the President's signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first piece of legislation he has signed, we are informed that the bill has been posted on the White House web site and is now open for comment... after the President signed it.
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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Reuters:
Chavez tells Obama to give Guantanamo back to Cuba
Discussion: Firedoglake
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Soft-spoken line from Washington may terrify Tehran
Elana Schor / TPMDC:
Source: Obama Plans to Get Family Planning Aid Done Soon
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
Homeland secretary wants criminal aliens out of US
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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:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Blago: Fire Rahm