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10:20 AM ET, January 30, 2009

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New York Times:
Obama May Seek Republican for Cabinet  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama and his advisers have approached Senator Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire, about becoming commerce secretary, a step that could open the way to significant shift in the balance of power in Congress.
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New York Times:
Democrats Set Sights on Republican Senators Who Oppose Stimulus Plan  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Judd Gregg awoke to the bad news on Thursday morning that a coalition of Democratic groups had planned to run television advertisements in his state to pressure him to support President Obama's economic recovery plan.
The Daily Beast:
Sticking It to Rahm  —  We Hate Rahm: Inside the GOP's Obama Revolt by John Batchelor  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Emanuel, working with his old boss and ally, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, made it easy for the Republicans to resist.  Every penny in the more than 600-page bill came …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Health Care Now  —  The whole world is in recession.  But the United States is the only wealthy country in which the economic catastrophe will also be a health care catastrophe — in which millions of people will lose their health insurance along with their jobs, and therefore lose access to essential care.
Discussion: The Agonist
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Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Stealth Care
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Eyes Two-Part Bailout for Banks  —  The nation's top economic officials are discussing a new way to stabilize the financial system by buying a portion of banks' bad assets and offering guarantees against future losses on some of the remainder, in an effort to help banks while trying to mitigate the cost to taxpayers.
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
President Decries ‘Shameful’ Bonuses For Wall St. CEOs
Discussion: BloggingStocks and QandO
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Bush lawyer directs Rove not to talk to Congress—once again  —  Just four days before he left office, President Bush instructed former White House aide Karl Rove to refuse to cooperate with future congressional inquiries into alleged misconduct during his administration.
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Hardball politics stays in the Oval  —  Despite his past denunciations of the “perpetual campaign” - and “political hacks like Karl Rove” - President Barack Obama's version of change doesn't include banishing hardball politics from the environs of the Oval Office.
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Professor who slammed Clinton will be Obama aide  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Samantha Power, the Harvard University professor who earned notoriety for calling Hillary Rodham Clinton a “monster” while working to elect Barack Obama president, will take a senior foreign policy job at the White House, The Associated Press has learned.
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Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Redecorating Time in Foggy Bottom
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Steep Slide in U.S. Economy, but Not as Dire as Forecast  —  The United States economy shrank at its fastest pace in a quarter century from October through December, the government reported on Friday, in the broadest accounting yet of the toll of the credit crisis.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Five file for RNC chairman post  —  Five candidates filed to run for chairman of the Republican National Committee at the body's winter meeting Thursday in Washington, while a sixth chose not to after a controversy slowed his campaign.  —  With just hours left before the 168 voting members cast …
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
On His Way Out, Blagojevich Makes a Day of It  —  CHICAGO — As the nine-seat airplane raced through the skies on Thursday somewhere between Springfield and here, an onboard telephone began to ring.  —  Rod R. Blagojevich, the soon-to-be ex-governor of Illinois, instructed his aides not to answer.
Discussion: protein wisdom, Time and marbury
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Christopher Wills / Associated Press:
Ill. gov unanimously convicted, tossed from office
Discussion: NBC Chicago
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and marbury
Ruth Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Option ARMs See Rising Defaults  —  Woes Mount in $750 Billion Home-Loan Market; Analysts' Dim Views  —  Defaults on a popular form of mortgage that gave home buyers a choice of how much to pay each month are rising and could rival those on subprime loans, potentially causing more trouble for investors and banks.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Border War  —  Geithner-Summers psychodrama, Round 1.  —  Larry Summers has a cutting sense of humor.  For example, when he thinks a proposal calls for government heavy-handedness, he will dismiss it as “Putinesque,” a reference to the statist Russian leader.
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Proof that all debate is now over  —  Imagine that.  The most expensive social experiment in American history — one that will cost taxpayers more than both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined — was allotted less than a single day of debate in Congress.
Discussion: Townhall.com and protein wisdom
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
After Jabs at Cheney, Biden Pursues an Activist Role  —  Vice President Follows Initial Gaffes by Diving Into Wide Range of Issues; Drawing Contrasts With Predecessor  —  WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden, in a bid to become an influential second-in-command, is striving to carve out meaty roles for himself quickly.
Discussion: TIME.com
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Senate Passes Health Insurance Bill for Children  —  The Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation yesterday to provide health insurance to 11 million low-income children, a bill that would for the first time spend federal money to cover children and pregnant women who are legal immigrants.
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Leaders of Turkey and Israel Clash at Davos Panel  —  DAVOS, Switzerland — Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey walked off the stage after an angry exchange with the Israeli president, Shimon Peres, during a panel discussion on Gaza at the World Economic Forum on Thursday, vowing never to return to the annual gathering.
BBC:
North Korea tears up agreements  —  Communist North Korea has said it is scrapping all military and political agreements signed with the South, accusing Seoul of hostile intent.  —  South Korea's government had pushed relations “to the brink of a war”, the North's cross-border relations body said on state media.
 
 
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