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11:10 AM ET, January 29, 2009

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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.
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Lawrence B. Lindsey / Wall Street Journal:
How About a Payroll Tax Stimulus?  —  For a similar amount of money, we could give workers $1,500.  —  Congress and the Obama administration seem near to deciding the details of an economic stimulus package.  Unlike the efforts of President Ronald Reagan and President George W. Bush …
Martin Feldstein / Washington Post:
An $800 Billion Mistake  —  As a conservative economist, I might be expected to oppose a stimulus plan.  In fact, on this page in October, I declared my support for a stimulus.  But the fiscal package now before Congress needs to be thoroughly revised.  In its current form …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
1993 All Over Again?  —  One of the goals of the unanimous Republican “no” vote on the stimulus package Wednesday was producing news analyses like this one, from The New York Times. … And we all know what happened in 1994.  Still, I don't think the analogy holds up.  —  1. The Obama stimulus package is popular.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Dems: GOP will pay political price for stimulus vote  —  Democrats are blasting House Republican leaders for pressing their conference to vote against the stimulus bill and warn the party that it will face political consequences.  —  In a memo on the “Republican Problem” to “interested parties” …
Americans United / americansunitedforchange.org:   NEW ADS TARGET REPUBLICAN SENATORS ON RECOVERY BILL
Washington Post:
House Passes $819 Billion Economic Stimulus
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 …
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 …
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Scott / Power Line:   MILBANK MOCKS THE GORACLE OF DOOM
Bloomberg:
Obama's Open Records Pledge Tested Over Citigroup Guarantees  —  Jan. 29 (Bloomberg) — U.S. government guarantees on securities totaling $419 billion for bank bailouts provide an early test of President Barack Obama's pledge to be open with taxpayers about what they have at risk in the credit crisis.
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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.
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 …
Marcia Kramer / WCBS-TV:
Mayor Bloomberg Declares War On ... Salt  —  Hizzoner Calls On U.S. Manufacturers To Reduce Salt Content Until It Results In A 50 Percent Cut In 10 Years  —  Citizens Revolt, Claim NYC Is Turning Into Nanny State  —  Singer Jimmy Buffett will never find his “lost shaker of salt” …
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 …
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:
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
WHAT A GUY  —  Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) …
Discussion: Salon and Shakesville
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 …
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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Putting Torture Behind Us  —  President Obama is resisting calls for an investigation into torture and other abuses during the Bush years, so the chance to learn from our mistakes is slipping away.  —  Mr. Obama understandably wants to focus on economic recovery rather than a dissection of the past.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Brian Beutler
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Would I Have Voted No?  —  That's a good question.  It's also a silly one, since the odds of my being a Republican Congressman as a married man are nil (they only want you to have a stable family life if you're straight).  I'm not an economist and so it's very hard for me to judge how big …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Katha Pollitt / The Nation:
Birth Control Belongs in the Stimulus Bill  —  To the outrage of many feminists and family planners, yesterday Democrats heeded President Obama and dropped from the stimulus bill a provision that would have made it easier for states to offer contraception through Medicaid to low-income women not covered by Medicaid now.
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Brian Beutler
 
 
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