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4:15 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: PERRspectives Blog
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
The Republican Death Spiral  —  It's not just the goose egg that the House Republicans laid on the Democratic stimulus package yesterday: Boehner's Boys have been equally uncooperative on other matters.  Case in point: a bill yesterday to delay the transition to digital TV.
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 …
Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
Kerry: Ignore Republicans if they'll vote no anyway
Discussion: Daily Kos
Marc Ambinder:   More Republican Triangulating On Bipartisanship: Cantor Responds To White House
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
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The Age of Obama: Heat for me, but not for thee
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Michelle Obama, ‘Mom-in-Chief’ reinvents
Discussion: TIME.com
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
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 …
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 …
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
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Pelosi dismisses need for bipartisanship  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she didn't come to Washington to be “bipartisan”, one day after shuttling through an $819 economic stimulus bill without a single Republican vote.  —  “I didn't come here to be partisan …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
“I am the Speaker of the House. I don't get into that.”
Discussion: CBS News and TIME.com
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
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Senate to restart Blagojevich trial at 2:15 p.m.  —  2:27 p.m. Haine calls Blagojevich ‘unfit for office’  —  State Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton), a former state's attorney, said the House prosecution put on a solid case against Blagojevich.  —  “The evidence is clear that this governor and his associates …
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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
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 …
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 and Reason
MSNBC:
Obama scolds Wall Street on bonuses  —  President calls the $18.4 billion in bonuses paid last year ‘shameless’  —  President Barack Obama said it is irresponsible and shameful for Wall Street bankers to be paid huge bonuses while the American public is dealing with economic hardship.
Discussion: A Blog For All and New York Post
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Talking Softly About Democracy Promotion  —  WASHINGTON — Here is one thing on which democracy experts agree: When Barack Obama took the oath of office last Tuesday, he did more in one instant, as a minority candidate, to promote the American ideal of democracy to the outside world than any of his predecessors ever could.
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
 
 
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