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9:30 AM ET, January 29, 2009

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Toby Harnden / Toby Harnden's blog listings:
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 …
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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 …
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
Missing in Stimulus: Bipartisanship  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has talked often about working toward a new bipartisanship in fractious Washington, and has met frequently with Republicans, hoping to win support.  —  The net result of all that outreach?
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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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama White House May Be a Crowded Mess  —  There will be four people in my old office.  —  On the campaign trail, Barack Obama criticized Washington for being “obsessed with the perpetual campaign.”  As president he is the first occupant of the Oval Office to give his director of political affairs …
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.
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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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
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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Diageo/Hotline: Climbing Up On Solace-bury Hill
Discussion: Alas, a blog
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Nuclear checkout  —  I think California may be past the point of no return:  —  Berkeley's public library will face a showdown with the city's Peace and Justice Commission tonight over whether a service contract for the book check-out system violates the city's nuclear-free ordinance.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Betsy's Page
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
NV-Sen: Hammering Harry
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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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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 …
Washington Post:
Iraq to Deny New License To Blackwater Security Firm  —  U.S. Embassy's Preferred Contractor Accused of Killings  —  The Iraqi government has informed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that it will not issue a new operating license to Blackwater Worldwide, the embassy's primary security company …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
With Al Due Respect, We're Doomed  —  The lawmakers gazed in awe at the figure before them.  The Goracle had seen the future, and he had come to tell them about it.  —  What the Goracle saw in the future was not good: temperature changes that “would bring a screeching halt to human civilization …
Discussion: Power Line
David Kuo / The Confabulum:
The Fate of Culture11  —  Sometimes there are simple stories.  Culture11's is one of them.  We raised a certain amount of money last year predicated on the assumption we would raise more money last year.  Then the Fall's fall occurred and we stretched money as long and far as we could without incurring any debts.
Bill Carter / New York Times:
ABC Said to Consider ‘Kimmel’ in ‘Nightline’ Slot  —  ABC's television entertainment division has held discussions about moving its late-night comedy star Jimmy Kimmel to the 11:35 time period now occupied by the ABC News program “Nightline” to compete directly with Conan O'Brien …
Joelle Tessler / Associated Press:
House defeats bill to delay digital TV transition  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Bucking the Obama administration, House Republicans on Wednesday defeated a bill to delay the upcoming transition from analog to digital television broadcasting to June 12 — leaving an estimated 6.5 million U.S. households unprepared for the switchover.
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