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9:45 AM ET, January 31, 2009

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Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Bumps in the Road: Obama's HHS Secretary Nominee Faces Tax Questions Over Car and Driver  —  ABC News has learned that the nomination of former Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., to be President Obama's secretary of health and human services has hit a traffic snarl on its way through the Senate Finance Committee.
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Washington Post:
Daschle Owed Back Taxes That Exceeded $128,000  —  Former Senator Paid Days Before First Confirmation Hearing  —  Thomas A. Daschle, nominated to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, did not pay more than $128,000 in taxes over three years, a revelation that poses …
Dotcomabc / Political Punch:
More Daschle Tax Issues  —  ABC News has obtained the Senate Finance Committee Report on Tom Daschle's nomination to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, which indicates that Daschle's tax problems were even more substantial than earlier reported.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and RedState
John / Power Line:
CORRUPTION, DEMOCRAT STYLE  —  As a life-long politician, Tom Daschle never earned much money.  But he retired from the Senate, after being defeated for re-election by John Thune, as a multimillionaire.  He retired to Georgetown, of course, not to South Dakota.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:   Daschle Pays $100k in Back Taxes Over Car Travel
Robert Pear / The Caucus:
Daschle Nomination Snagged by Back Tax Problem
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.
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Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
Clintonista Already Dishing Out Oppo Hit Pieces on Steele
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The book on Steele  —  A Democratic source sends over the …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Johanna Neuman / Top of the Ticket:
Michael Steele named new GOP chairman
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Republicans Choose First Black Party Chairman
Discussion: the talking dog
Peter Hamby / CNN:
BREAKING: Steele picked to lead RNC
Discussion: The Politico and Shakesville
Alexander Burns / The Politico:   It's Steele!  —  Former Maryland Lt. Gov Michael Steele triumphed …
Molly Hooper / The Hill:
GOP losing patience with Obama, Dem leaders  —  Republicans wrapped up their retreat Friday by signaling they are losing patience with President Obama and the Democratic leadership in Congress.  —  Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) criticized the new administration on Friday …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Colbert I. King / Washington Post:   Republicans Need to Remember Hoover
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems: House GOP's Stimulus Plan Would Actually Raise Taxes For Many Americans
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Balloon Juice
New York Times:
It's Theirs and They're Not Apologizing  —  Getting between a broker and his bonus is like getting between a schnauzer and his lunch bowl.  He may not bite you, but you are going to smell his breath.  —  “People come here because they want to work hard and get paid a lot for working hard …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
White House Lawyers Look to Limit Commercial Use of President  —  Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) — Barack Obama's popularity makes him a marketer's dream.  Now, the honeymoon may be over for those trying to profit from his appeal.  —  White House lawyers want to control the use of the president's image …
Stephen Farrell / New York Times:
Under Tight Security, Voting Seems Calm in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD — Voters turned out early and calmly on Saturday for Iraq's provincial elections, the first in the country for four years.  By noon, halfway through the voting, no one had been reported injured or killed.  —  Early reporting showed a lighter turnout than expected.
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Brian Murphy / Associated Press:
Iraq imposes security lockdown ahead of elections
Discussion: War Is Boring
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
What getting kicked to the curb in the age of new media looks like … What this means is that as of April 1, I am officially out of work.  So save going to a pay model, this site will likely have to shut down.  —  Small price to pay for helping PJM pick up an audience and credibility during its “formative years.”
Ryan J. Donmoyer / Bloomberg:
Richest Americans' Income Doubled as Tax Rate Slashed  —  Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) — The average tax rate paid by the richest 400 Americans fell by a third to 17.2 percent through the first six years of the Bush administration and their average income doubled to $263.3 million, new IRS data show.
Discussion: BloggingStocks and American Street
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Steps Closer to Repeal of Evidence Ruling  —  WASHINGTON — In 1983, a young lawyer in the Reagan White House was hard at work on what he called in a memorandum “the campaign to amend or abolish the exclusionary rule” — the principle that evidence obtained by police misconduct cannot be used against a defendant.
Discussion: theheretik.us and Corrente
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Face Of The Day  —  An Iraqi Army soldier gestures from the top of a Humvee parked outside a polling station which will be used in tomorrow's election on January 30, 2009 in Basra, Iraq.  Security in Iraq's second city is being increased with a curfew and total vehicle movement ban imposed …
 
 
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