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7:45 PM ET, January 30, 2009

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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.
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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.
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.
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 and Shakesville
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The book on Steele  —  A Democratic source sends over the Maryland Democratic Party's opposition research book from Michael Steele's 2006 race for Senate, which he lost.  —  You can read the full, 86-page document here.  —  The book's thrust: He's very conservative, indeed, a …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Michelle Malkin:
The RNC race: It's Michael Steele  —  For those of you interested, the balloting is taking place on the Republican National Committee chairmanship.  —  Incumbent Mike Duncan just pulled out.  —  Lots of conservatives breathing a sigh of relief.  But who will take over?  —  Hot Air is tracking.
Johanna Neuman / Top of the Ticket:
Michael Steele named new GOP chairman
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   CLARITY  —  So we've just had a third vote in the RNC chairmanship race.
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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CNN:
Angry senator wants pay cap on Wall Street ‘idiots’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — One day after President Obama ripped Wall Street executives for their “shameful” decision to hand out $18 billion in bonuses in 2008, Congress may finally have had enough.  —  An angry U.S. senator introduced legislation Friday …
Discussion: ONTD: Politics
Portfolio:
Cuts Coming Next Week at ‘The Wall Street Journal’
Discussion: MediaMemo, FishBowlNY and Gawker
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’
Discussion: RushLimbaugh.com and CBS News
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
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 …
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Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Sen. Conrad: 'I'd have a very hard time voting' for recovery package as it stands.»  —  Earlier today, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) said he is “undecided” on whether to support President Obama's recovery plan.  Another “undecided” Democratic senator is Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND).
Discussion: Open Left, Obama'08 and D-Day
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, D-Day and Washington Post
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
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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.
Discussion: Commentary
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
What “Belongs” In the Stimulus?  —  I saw Senator Ben Nelson …
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Analysis: Stimulus bill that's not all stimulating
Discussion: Weekly Standard and RedState
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 …
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.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs, FOX Forum and RedState
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.
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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Elder of Ziyon:
Gaza cameraman burned - literally  —  According to Palestine Today, News photographer Abdul Rahman Al-Khatib received medium-degree burns after he caught fire during coverage of the burning of Israeli and American flags in a march organized by Hamas in Gaza City this afternoon.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems: House GOP's Stimulus Plan Would Actually Raise Taxes For Many Americans  —  GOP leaders — led by John Boehner and Eric Cantor — have spent days bashing the economic stimulus package being touted by President Obama and Democrats because it doesn't sufficiently cut taxes.
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 …
 
 
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