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6:05 PM ET, January 30, 2009

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Steele's victory  —  Michael Steele makes history as the first black chairman of the Republican National Committee, and as a rare winner — at least in part — of an outside game in what is usually an insider's contest.  He won with 91 votes, 6 more than he needed, over South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson.
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
BREAKING: Steele picked to lead RNC  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Members of the Republican National Committee elected their first-ever African-American party chief on Friday, choosing former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele to chair the organization after six rounds of tumultuous balloting.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Steele Elected RNC Chair  —  The Republican National Committee elected Michael Steele as its first African American chairman today in Washington, a decision that came after an excruciating series of ballots that displayed a level of drama rarely seen in national politics.
Michelle Malkin:
The RNC race: It's Michael Steele
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   CLARITY  —  So we've just had a third vote in the RNC chairmanship race.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Why Limbaugh is the new Bush  —  I've been hunting around for polling data to explain why Democrats are so eager to make Rush Limbaugh the face of the Republican Party, and lo, Mark Blumenthal finds some.  —  The numbers are pretty clear.  When this poll was taken last fall …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama vs Limbaugh: ‘Adult beverages’
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
New Anti-Limbaugh Radio Attack Ad To Air Beginning Tomorrow
Discussion: Riehl World View and Video
Adriel Bettelheim / Balance of Power:
Will Opposing the Stimulus Makes Voters See Blue?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and DCCC
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Cuomo Said to Eye Return of $4 Billion in Early Merrill Bonuses  —  Jan. 29 (Bloomberg) — New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo may demand the return of $4 billion in bonuses paid by Merrill Lynch & Co. just before it was acquired by Bank of America Corp., a person familiar with the matter said.
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CNN:
Giuliani: Corporate plums help keep NYC afloat
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Nelson ‘Undecided’ On Recovery Plan: 'I Don't Even Know How Many Democrats Will Vote For It As It Stands'  —  On Wednesday, when the House voted 244 - 188 to approve the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, 11 Democrats joined with the entire Republican caucus in voting against the bill.
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Trish Turner / Fox News:
Influential Senate Dem Questions Party Support for Stimulus Bill  —  Sen. Ben Nelson told FOX News he is unsure how many Democrats will support President Obama's $819 billion economic stimulus bill.  —  FOXNews.com  —  An influential Senate Democrat said Friday that it's unclear whether …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Analysis: Stimulus bill that's not all stimulating  —  WASHINGTON - They call it “stimulus” legislation, but the economic measures racing through Congress would devote tens of billions of dollars to causes that have little to do with jolting the country out of recession.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and RedState
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Sen. Conrad: 'I'd have a very hard time voting' for recovery package …
Discussion: D-Day and Obama'08
Charles Hurt / New York Post:
CHANGE FOR THE WORSE  —  WASHINGTON - Buried deep inside the massive spending orgy that Democrats jammed through the House this week lie five words that could drastically undo two decades of welfare reforms.  —  The very heart of the widely applauded Welfare Reform Act of 1996 is a cap …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Townhall.com
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Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Stealth Care  —  With the nation preoccupied by the financial crisis, Democrats have been quietly working to nationalize health care.  —  Tom Daschle is still waiting to be confirmed as secretary of health and human services, not that he's in any rush.
Joe Biden / USA Today:
Time to put middle class front and center  —  For years, we had a White House that failed to put the middle class front and center in its economic policies.  —  President Obama has made it clear that is going to change.  And it's why he has asked me to lead a task force on the middle class.
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The Politico:
GOP fights to keep Gregg in the Senate  —  Republicans in Washington and New Hampshire are mounting a full-court press to keep Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) in the Senate and out of the Obama administration, aides and senators said Friday.  —  But if he does take the commerce secretary job …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Cleaner and Faster  —  Throughout 2008, Larry Summers, the Harvard economist, built the case for a big but surgical stimulus package.  Summers warned that a “poorly provided fiscal stimulus can have worse side effects than the disease that is to be cured.”  So his proposal had three clear guidelines.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
What “Belongs” In the Stimulus?  —  I saw Senator Ben Nelson …
Discussion: Ross Douthat
The New Republic:
India's Empty Holbrooke Power Play  —  It may be an interesting demonstration of India's clout that New Delhi managed to strip Indian issues from Richard Holbrooke's official mandate as a special envoy to deal with Pakistan and Afghanistan.  But it's nonsense to think this reflects …
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Emily Wax / Washington Post:
U.S. Removes Kashmir From Envoy's Mandate; India Exults
CNN:
Monument to Bush shoe-throwing shines at Iraqi orphanage  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — For the war-beaten orphans of the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, this big old shoe fits.  —  A huge sculpture of the footwear hurled at President Bush in December during a trip to Iraq has been unveiled in a ceremony at the Tikrit Orphanage complex.
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:   Iraqis construct shoe sculpture to honor Bush shoe-throwing incident.»
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Unlike Bush's ‘Google Bomb,’ Google Quickly Defuses Obama's  —  It took four years for Google to address the “Google bomb” that was lobbed at former President Bush.  —  But it took the Internet behemoth only a few days to defuse the same attack on President Obama.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama Distorts America's Stance on Muslims  —  Every new president flatters himself that he, kinder and gentler, is beginning the world anew.  Yet, when Barack Obama in his inaugural address reached out to Muslims by saying “to the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward …
Carol Rosenberg / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Former USS Cole commander slams Obama on Guantanamo  —  The former commander of the USS Cole, the American war ship that was struck by a suicide boat in Yemeni waters more than eight years ago, on Thursday slammed President Barack Obama's orders to close the Guantanamo detention center and reassess the prisoners being held there.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 
 
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Joost Hiltermann / Foreign Policy:
Bravo Iraqi elections, but now comes the hard part
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Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
Romney's Remarks To House GOP Retreat
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Alice Rivlin: “Now Is An Excellent Time To Fix Social Security And Medicare”
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Proof that all debate is now over
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