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2:50 PM ET, January 29, 2009

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The Politico:
GOP defies Obama overtures  —  House Republicans have proposed an alternative that leaders say would create 6.2 million jobs for only $478 billion.  —  “What Member can't go back his or her District and explain: Rather than voting for a bloated bill, ... I voted for an alternative …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HALPERIN BLAMES OBAMA.... President Obama went to great lengths to reach out to House Republicans, trying to get them to support an economic stimulus in the midst of an economic crisis.  The president not only offered them more tax cuts than seemed necessary, he also acted swiftly …
Discussion: Daily Kos and PERRspectives Blog
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
For House Republicans, Zero is the Loneliest Number  —  Is this really the Associated Press lede that the Republicans wanted? … Zero is sometimes a big number.  If the stimulus bill had passed the House today with a handful of Republican votes — six or eight or twelve or twenty …
Americans United / americansunitedforchange.org:
NEW ADS TARGET REPUBLICAN SENATORS ON RECOVERY BILL
Discussion: Washington Wire, The Note and MSNBC
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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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.
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Michelle Obama, ‘Mom-in-Chief’ reinvents
Discussion: TIME.com
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Drinks Are On the (White) House
New York Times:
Obama Seeks Accord With Military on Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — As President Obama moves to redefine the nation's mission in Iraq, he faces a difficult choice: Is he willing to abandon a campaign promise or risk a rupture with the military?  Or can he finesse the difference?
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Marc Lynch:
Obama vs Odierno  —  The institutional pushback against Obama's attempt to change Iraq policy is unfolding as predicted.  After a steady stream of Washington Post and Wall Street Journal editorials warning against withdrawing troops from Iraq, the New York Times today reports on the jockeying between …
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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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Torture Lover John Yoo Excoriates Obama For Banning Torture
Discussion: D-Day
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: Matthew Yglesias and The Reaction
Washington Post:
Obama Signs First Piece of Legislation Into Law  —  Lilly Ledbetter Act Makes It Easier for Workers to Sue for Pay Discrimination  —  President Obama this morning signed a law that expanded the time frame in which workers can sue for discrimination they have experienced based on gender, race, national origin or religion.
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Washington Post:
Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter Act
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Signs Equal-Pay Legislation
Discussion: The Swamp
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, Reason, Hullabaloo and Dot Earth
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Quinn: ‘I will be ready’  —  The Bible is ready.  The oath has been prepared.  The lieutenant governor and his family are on their way to Springfield.  And the current governor's belongings are boxed up and waiting to be picked up at the Executive Mansion.
Discussion: Fox News, Pat Dollard and TIME.com
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Newsdesk / Clout St:
Blagojevich delivers own closing argument
Washington Wire:
Sen. McConnell Calls on GOP to Redefine Itself  —  John D. McKinnon reports on politics.  —  In a major political-strategy statement, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky - one of the country's highest-ranking Republicans - will warn his party leadership later this afternoon …
Discussion: TIME.com
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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Mitch McConnell Needs Our Help
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Hot Air
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin, Obama to share stage  —  In what could be a preview of the 2012 presidential race, Sarah Palin and Barack Obama will share a stage together this Saturday night in Washington, D.C., Politico has learned.  —  The Alaska governor and former GOP vice presidential nominee …
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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THE WEEK - Online:
Our economic appetite  —  Nearly eighty years ago, John Maynard Keynes did the math on economic growth and concluded that within a few generations—by the time his peers' great-grandchildren came of age in, say, the 2000's—the persistent economic problem of too-scarce resources and too-few goods …
Discussion: The American Scene
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Ross Douthat:   Perspective  —  From Brad DeLong, part of The Week's impressive new virtual op-ed page:
Andie Coller / The Politico:
The power of Obama's hand  —  Joe Lieberman has felt it.  So has Joe the Plumber.  —  It's the Obama Touch — the squeeze on the biceps, the pat on the shoulder or the tap on the back that signals the displeasure of the commander in chief.  Let others turn on the deep freeze or lose their cool when they're annoyed.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared, Gawker and marbury
 
 
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Jared Allen / The Hill:
Pelosi dismisses need for bipartisanship
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THE WEEK - Online:
We need cynics  —  By late September of 2001, George W. Bush …
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New York Post:
REVEALED: PINCH'S NEW FLAME
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Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
The Moral Hazard of the “Bad Bank”
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Defining the GOP  —  Former McCain video guy Justin Germany sends …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Marc Ambinder:
The Long Tail Of Cooperation
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Bush War on Roquefort Raises a Stink in France
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Would I Have Voted No?  —  That's a good question.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Bloomberg:
Obama's Open Records Pledge Tested Over Citigroup Guarantees
Michelle Malkin:
Today was a good day for conservatism
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
‘Buy American’ Rider Sparks Trade Debate
Discussion: Commentary, Megan McArdle and Hot Air
Martin Feldstein / Washington Post:
An $800 Billion Mistake
Discussion: The Agonist and Weekly Standard