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3:30 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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
The Republican Death Spiral
Americans United / americansunitedforchange.org:
NEW ADS TARGET REPUBLICAN SENATORS ON RECOVERY BILL
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 …
Marc Ambinder:   More Republican Triangulating On Bipartisanship: Cantor Responds To White House
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Michelle Obama, ‘Mom-in-Chief’ reinvents
Discussion: TIME.com
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: D-Day and Matthew Yglesias
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: Fausta's Blog and 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
Ross Douthat:
Perspective  —  From Brad DeLong, part of The Week's impressive new virtual op-ed page: … All true.  But the kicker matters, too: … That we'll never be satisfied with what we have probably goes without saying.  But the most pressing issue, it seems to me, is whether we've reached …
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THE WEEK - Online:
Our economic appetite  —  Nearly eighty years ago …
Discussion: The American Scene
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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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
“I am the Speaker of the House.  I don't get into that.”  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is defiantly ignoring Rush Limbaugh and Matt Drudge — who spent much of the week nitpicking her stimulus bill on issues ranging from STD prevention funding to cash for the re-sodding the National Mall.
Discussion: CBS News and TIME.com
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Jared Allen / The Hill:   Pelosi dismisses need for bipartisanship
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 and Daily Pundit
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 …
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Senate to restart Blagojevich trial at 2:15 p.m.  —  2:14 p.m. Posted by Rob Mitchum...Governor going for a jog  —  Gov. Rod Blagojevich has now returned to his North Side home about 2 p.m. Before entering his house, he told reporters that he plans to change and go for a jog.
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New York Times:
Impassioned Blagojevich Finally Pleads Case at Trial
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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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Eric Etheridge / The Opinionator:
Where Did All the Republicans Go?  —  Yesterday Gallup released …
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New York Post:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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