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9:05 PM ET, January 29, 2009

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Marc Ambinder:
More Republican Triangulating On Bipartisanship: Cantor Responds To White House  —  House Republicans are reacting strongly to reports that the White House plans a political onslaught to pressure Republicans into supporting the stimulus package and to punish those who don't.
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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
Kerry: Ignore Republicans if they'll vote no anyway  —  Sen. John Kerry says Democrats should ignore Republicans' demands about the stimulus plan if they're going to vote against it anyway.  —  Reacting to Wednesday night's vote in the House — where not a single GOP member supported the stimulus package …
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.
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blogs:
“I am the Speaker of the House. I don't get into that.”
Discussion: TIME.com
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:   Republican Strategy: Just Have Nancy Pelosi Continue to Explain the Stimulus
Media Matters:   Halperin compares Obama to Bush : “He chose not” …
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Fox News:
Illinois Senate Kicks Blagojevich Out of Office
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Blago: Fire Rahm
CNN:   Illinois senators begin deliberations on Blagojevich
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Blago: I did it for the children
Discussion: The Swamp and Washington Monthly
Washington Post:   Blagojevich Ends Boycott of Impeachment Trial
Zach Christman / NBC Chicago:
Bye Bye, Blago: Senate Removes Gov From Office
Discussion: Associated Press
BBC:   Illinois governor guilty of abuse
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 …
Kleinheider / Post Politics:
Chip Saltsman Withdraws From RNC Chairman's Race  —  Chip Saltsman's letter to the voting membership of the Republican National Committee: … Always a darkhorse, Saltsman's candidacy for RNC chair careened off the tracks when it was publicized that Saltsman gave a CD of political satire composed …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
RNC Chair Race: The Fix's Final Handicapping
Zac Frank / Slate:
What a 1988 college thesis by the former vice president's daughter tells us about the Bush presidency.  —  When I worked at the library at Colorado College, I quickly discovered the job had few perks.  The free book loans on demand were little better than subprime mortgages when you realized anyone could get them.
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
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin, Obama to share stage  —  In what could be a preview of the 2012 presidential race, Sarah Palin and President Barack Obama will share a stage together this Saturday night in Washington, Politico has learned.  —  The Alaska governor and former GOP vice presidential nominee …
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Fox News:
Palin to Come to Washington in Hopes of Talk With Obama
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
The Huffington Post:
Judd Gregg: Commerce Secretary?  —  There is a strong possibility that Barack Obama will ask Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) to serve as his Secretary of Commerce, Democratic Senate aides tell the Huffington Post.  —  The move would fill a vacancy that has lingered since Gov. Bill Richardson withdrew his nomination.
Discussion: D-Day, MyDD and Salon
MSNBC:
Obama slams Wall Street on bonuses  —  President calls the $18.4 billion in bonuses paid last year ‘shameful’  —  President Barack Obama issued a withering critique Thursday of Wall Street corporate behavior, calling it “the height of irresponsibility” for Wall Street employees to be paid …
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.
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
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 …
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Chuck Carlton / Associated Press:
Former President George W. Bush, wife attend Baylor women's basketball game  —  ccarlton@dallasnews.com  —  A big women's basketball game between No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 4 Baylor just gained added prestige.  —  Former President George W. Bush and wife Laura attended Wednesday's game.
Discussion: The Swamp
Mary Jacoby / Articles by the Investigative Project …:
FBI Cuts Off CAIR Over Hamas Questions  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has cut off contacts with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) amid mounting concern about the Muslim advocacy group's roots in a Hamas-support network, the Investigative Project on Terrorism has learned.
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com Pro-Life Headlines:
NBC Rejects Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad Educating Viewers on Obama and Abortion  —  Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — NBC is coming under fire from pro-life advocates for rejecting a television commercial a pro-life group hoped to run during the Super Bowl.  The ad shows a beautiful picture …
Michelle Malkin:
You've got hate mail!  —  There has been an interesting uptick in the usual volume of hate mail.  —  I sense a disturbance in the Obama Force.  The nutroots aren't happy with how the Generational Theft Act debate is playing out.  They're impatient with the pace of Revolutionary Change.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The Age of Obama: Heat for me, but not for thee  —  Last week, Barack Obama caused quite a stir when he allowed himself to be photographed in the Oval Office without wearing a suit jacket, ending the Bush tradition of coat-and-tie for the West Wing.  The New York Times reports …
 
 
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