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6:30 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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Judd Legum / Legum's New Line:
5 Facts About The New RNC Chairman  —  Former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele was just elected chairman of the RNC.  Here are five facts about the new leader of the Republican party:  —  1. Steele compared stem cell research to Nazi experiments during the Holocaust.
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.
Discussion: Wonkette, Legum's New Line and Gawker
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   CLARITY  —  So we've just had a third vote in the RNC chairmanship race.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER
Discussion: MyDD and Taegan Goddard's …
CNN:
Giuliani: Corporate plums help keep NYC afloat  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — Bonuses for Wall Street fat cats are easy political fodder in uncertain economic times, but former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Friday cutting corporate bonuses means slashing jobs in the Big Apple.
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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.
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
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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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 …
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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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
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Iraqis construct shoe sculpture to honor Bush shoe-throwing incident.»  —  A large sculpture of one of the shoes thrown at President Bush last December by an Iraqi journalist was unveiled this week just outside an orphanage in Tikrit, Iraq — Saddam Hussein's hometown.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
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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
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.
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
New Jungles Prompt a Debate on Rain Forests  —  CHILIBRE, Panama — The land where Marta Ortega de Wing raised hundreds of pigs until 10 years ago is being overtaken by galloping jungle — palms, lizards and ants.  —  Instead of farming, she now shops at the supermarket and her grown children …
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 …
 
 
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Alan K. Ota / CQ Politics:
House GOP Hopes to Continue United Front
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Reid makes fundraising push
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Joost Hiltermann / Foreign Policy:
Bravo Iraqi elections, but now comes the hard part
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Conyers-Rove showdown postponed
Discussion: Emptywheel
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
AIDS Coordinator Is Dismissed
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Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
Romney's Remarks To House GOP Retreat
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Jared Polis / CNN:
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Carol Rosenberg / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Former USS Cole commander slams Obama on Guantanamo
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Damon Linker / The New Republic:
How to End the Culture War
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
Discussion: QandO