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12:25 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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Blago: Fire Rahm
Discussion: The Politico and Gateway Pundit
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
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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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.
Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation:
White House Breaks Transparency Promise
Discussion: The Politico and Weekly Standard
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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Victoria McGrane / The Politico:   Kerry: Ignore Republicans if they'll vote no anyway
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
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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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
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.
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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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
RNC Chair Race: The Fix's Final Handicapping
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
For GOP, a Case of Misshapen Identity
Discussion: Firedoglake
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Jailed C.I.A. Mole Kept Spying for Russia, U.S. Says  —  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 …
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:
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.
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.
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: Reuters
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 …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Reuters
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Blogs and Stories
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
Charlie LeDuff / Detroit News:
Life goes on around body found frozen in vacant Detroit warehouse  —  DETROIT — This city has not always been a gentle place, but a series of events over the past few, frigid days causes one to wonder how cold the collective heart has grown.  —  It starts with a phone call made by a man …
 
 
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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
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
Discussion: PoliGazette and JammieWearingFool
Elana Schor / TPMDC:
DeMint: I Like Obama, But His Stimulus is A ‘Mugging’
 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
Discussion: WattHead and The Huffington Post
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
Hill Republican: Stimulus aids illegal immigrants
Michelle Malkin:
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