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2:00 PM ET, January 29, 2009

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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 …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Dems: GOP will pay political price for stimulus vote
Americans United / americansunitedforchange.org:
NEW ADS TARGET REPUBLICAN SENATORS ON RECOVERY BILL
Discussion: Washington Wire, The Note and MSNBC
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
For House Republicans, Zero is the Loneliest Number
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Erick's blog
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, ACSBlog and Feministe
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Signs Equal-Pay Bill
Discussion: The Swamp
Washington Post:
Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter Act
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: Reason, Hullabaloo and Dot Earth
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Scott / Power Line:   MILBANK MOCKS THE GORACLE OF DOOM
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Blagojevich delivers own closing argument  —  Senate President John Cullerton said the trial will resume at 1 p.m. with House prosecutor David Ellis giving his 30-minute rebuttal.  For the next hour or so, the Senate Democrats and Republicans will meet in separate, private closed-door meetings.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and TIME.com
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Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Quinn: ‘I will be ready’  —  The Bible is ready.  The oath has been prepared.
Discussion: TIME.com and The Capitol Fax Blog
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 …
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
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:
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
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.
Edward Cody / Washington Post:
Bush War on Roquefort Raises a Stink in France  —  ROQUEFORT-SUR-SOULZON This seems an unlikely spot to fight a trade war.  —  A village of 600 souls in a remote part of southern France, Roquefort clings precariously to the side of Combalou Rock, a promontory overlooking a deep valley …
Discussion: FP Passport
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.
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: Gawker and marbury
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
The Moral Hazard of the “Bad Bank”  —  I've been closely following the various (new & improved!) bailout plans for the big banks — from the modified TARP to the recapitalizations to the “bad bank” plan.  —  I've noticed something I find a bit disturbing about our new Treasury Secretary …
 
 
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Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Leaders Say Obama Has Tapped Pastor for Outreach Office
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CTV.ca:
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Timothy Egan / New York Times:
The Great Gay Hope
Discussion: The New Republic and Shakesville
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Mitch McConnell Needs Our Help
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Defining the GOP  —  Former McCain video guy Justin Germany sends …
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Marc Ambinder:
The Long Tail Of Cooperation
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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
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Discussion: JustOneMinute and TalkLeft
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Would I Have Voted No?  —  That's a good question.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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What's Missing in the Stimulus Plan
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‘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