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8:55 AM ET, January 29, 2009

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Washington Post:
House Passes $819 Billion Economic Stimulus  —  Republicans Wary of Package's Price Tag, Spending Priorities  —  With no Republican support, the House approved an $819 billion stimulus plan that will serve as the cornerstone of President Obama's efforts to resuscitate the economy …
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Hollow victory: Republicans deliver slap in the face to Barack Obama  —  President Barack Obama got the $825 (or $1.2 trillion over a decade) stimulus package through the House of Representatives but the 244 to 188 vote is a hollow victory indeed.  Without a single Republican voting for the bill …
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Senate Likely to Pass Bill on Kids' Health Insurance
Discussion: TIME.com
Guardian:
Revealed: the letter Barack Obama's team hope will heal Iran rift  —  Officials of Barack Obama's administration have drafted a letter to Iran from the president aimed at unfreezing US-Iranian relations and opening the way for face-to-face talks, the Guardian has learned.
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Telegraph:
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Barack Obama should apologise for 60 years of ‘crimes’
Discussion: BBC and Hot Air
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
WHAT A GUY  —  Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) revealed more of himself than anyone cared to see, at the expense of Salon's Joan Walsh, this evening on “Hardball.”  In a debate with Walsh over tax policy, Armey let loose with this chauvinistic gem: “I am so damn glad …
Discussion: Shakesville
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Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Joan Walsh: No plans to marry Dick Armey  —  Former Rep. Dick Armey (R-Texas) still needs some lessons in etiquette.  —  Armey, who once referred to fellow Rep. Barney Frank as “Barney Fag,” lost his temper during an appearance with Salon editor in chief Joan Walsh on MSNBC's Hardball Wednesday, and lashed out, saying:
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
White House Unbuttons Formal Dress Code  —  WASHINGTON — The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket.  There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.
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New York Times:
Geithner Says Plan for Banks Is in the Works  —  WASHINGTON — As lawmakers pressed the Obama administration for details of how it would assist financial firms that have been rapidly deteriorating, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said Wednesday the administration is working on a comprehensive plan to …
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Rush Limbaugh / Wall Street Journal:
My Bipartisan Stimulus  —  Let's cut taxes, as I want, and spend more, as Obama would like.  —  There's a serious debate in this country as to how best to end the recession.  The average recession will last five to 11 months; the average recovery will last six years.
CNN:
Dems have early lead in 2010 congressional race  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The 111th Congress is just a few weeks old, but both parties are already planning their fight for the 112th — and a new national poll suggests Democrats may have the upper hand.  —  Forty-six percent of those questioned …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Senate Guru
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Hotline On Call:
Diageo/Hotline: Climbing Up On Solace-bury Hill
Discussion: Alas, a blog
Think Progress:
REPORT: GOP Lawmakers Outnumber Democratic Lawmakers 2 To 1 In Stimulus Debate On Cable News  —  As Media Matters has documented, during the Bush administration, the media consistently allowed conservatives to dominate their shows, booking them as guests far more often than progressives.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
NV-Sen: Hammering Harry
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN, MyDD, MSNBC and Multi Medium
Mosheh Oinounou / Fox News:
GOP Congressman Intros ‘Rangel Rule,’ Eliminating IRS Late Fees  —  The Texas Republican introduced a bill Wednesday to eliminate all IRS penalties and interest for paying taxes past due.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Americans may be able to rest a little easier this April if Congressman John Carter, R-Tex. gets his way.
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Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
The “Rangel Rule”  —  Rep. John Carter, a Texas Republican …
Discussion: Don Surber and RedState
Courtney Hazlett / MSNBC:
Alba schools Fox's O'Reilly in WW II history  —  Plus: Simpson won't spin weight loss; Anderson finds trailer-park love  —  Jessica Alba is setting the record straight: Sweden was neutral during World War II.  —  Alba and Fox TV show host Bill O'Reilly traded punches last week after the presidential inauguration.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Mike Pence's Ode to Rush Limbaugh  —  Here's some video of Mike Pence being an idiot and talking about the joys of Rush Limbaugh:  —  The most egregious thing here, and I guess this will be the new conservative approach, is that in response to a substantive criticism of Rush, Pence turns around and denies that Rush is a racist.
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Chicago Tribune:
The defense doesn't rest  —  Blagojevich pulls surprise, will go today to deliver closing argument at trial  —  SPRINGFIELD — His career tattered but his dramatic flair intact, Gov. Rod Blagojevich reversed course Wednesday and accepted the Illinois Senate's challenge to explain in person …
Associated Press:
OBAMA TO HOST COCKTAIL PARTY FOR LAWMAKERS  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has invited Republican and Democratic lawmakers for drinks at the White House as they consider his economic recovery bill that still faces opposition.  —  White House aides say about two dozen key members …
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Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:   House defeats bill to delay digital TV transition
Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
Bush holdovers populate Defense  —  Robert Gates, the first defense secretary asked to stay on by a newly elected president, is keeping about 150 political appointees — at least temporarily, according to a list of names making the rounds in defense circles.
Discussion: TIME.com
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama lawyers set to defend Yoo  —  In Democratic legal circles, no attorney has been more pilloried than former Bush Justice Department official John Yoo, chief author of the so-called torture memos that Barack Obama last week sought to nullify.  —  But now President Obama's incoming crew …
Discussion: theheretik.us and TalkLeft
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Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
In China, a Grass-Roots Rebellion  —  Rights Manifesto Slowly Gains Ground Despite Government Efforts to Quash It  —  SHANGHAI — When Tang Xiaozhao first saw a copy of the pro-democracy petition in her e-mail inbox, she silently acknowledged she agreed with everything in it but didn't want to get involved.
Discussion: The Peking Duck
 
 
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