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1:20 PM ET, January 31, 2009

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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 …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Playbook: Late-taxes saga  —  Robert Gibbs, in look-ahead profile interview with CBS' Peter Maer: ""I'm not going to lie from that podium.  House Minority Whip Eric I. Cantor of Virginia, reading the Daschle news off his BlackBerry to last night's banquet of a House Republican retreat …
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:   Republicans Need to Remember Hoover
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.
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Daschle Pays 3 Years of Tax on Use of Car  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's pick for health and human services secretary, Tom Daschle, failed to pay more than $128,000 in taxes, partly for free use of a car and driver that had been provided to him by a prominent businessman and Democratic fund-raiser …
Discussion: TIME.com
Michelle Malkin:
What will the Bend Over Republicans do with tax cheat Tom Daschle?
Discussion: Riehl World View
John / Power Line:
CORRUPTION, DEMOCRAT STYLE
Discussion: Riehl World View
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Bumps in the Road: Obama's HHS Secretary Nominee Faces Tax Questions …
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
On Street, New Reality on Pay Sets In  —  Financial Firms Race to Reset Compensation Policies as U.S. Government Aims to Set Some Limits  —  Wall Street's pay system isn't dead yet.  But it is in trouble.  —  President Obama's rhetorical assault on “shameful” bonuses reverberated across trading floors …
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.”
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TBogg:
“Roger Simon is pretty much a back stabbing douche so this was probably inevitable.”  —  diggs  —  digg it  —  Nobody could have anticipated that Pajamas Media would sucker the rubes and then destroy teh intertubes: … The comments are like a Sam Shepard play where the repressed loathing …
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
RED ALERT: A trillion in pork, but Pentagon must cut 11%!  —  BUMPED AND UPDATED 01/31/09 11:01AM: SEE RUNNING UPDATES BELOW.  —  BREAKING 01/30/09 7:41PM ET: Fox News Television reports that Barack Obama has issued a demand that the Pentagon reduce its budget by more than 10%.  The dollar figure is $55 billion.
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Fox News:
Defense Official: Obama Calling for Defense Budget Cuts
BBC:
Iraqi PM hails vote as ‘victory’  —  Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has hailed a largely peaceful vote for new provincial councils across the country as a victory for all Iraqis.  —  Voting was extended by one hour due to a strong turnout, including among Sunni Muslims who boycotted the last polls.
Discussion: Hot Air, Don Surber, RedState and QandO
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Stephen Farrell / New York Times:
Under Tight Security, Voting Seems Calm in Iraq
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and BLACKFIVE
Brian Murphy / Associated Press:
Iraq imposes security lockdown ahead of elections
Discussion: War Is Boring
Agence France Presse:
Iran says Obama's offer to talk shows US failure … US President Barack Obama's offer to talk to Iran shows that America's policy of “domination” has failed, the government spokesman said on Saturday.  —  “This request means Western ideology has become passive, that capitalist thought …
David McKenzie / CNN:
Obama's half brother arrested in Kenya  —  NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) — George Obama, the half brother of U.S. President Barack Obama, has been arrested by Kenyan police on a charge of possession of marijuana, police said Saturday.  —  Inspector Augustine Mutembei, the officer in charge …
Discussion: Don Surber
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Card: Obama has brought a ‘locker room experience’ to the WH with his informal dress code.»  —  On Thursday, the New York Times' Sheryl Gay Stolberg wrote about how President Obama had brought “a more informal culture” to the White House, noting that he had already abandoned …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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Peter Berkowitz / Wall Street Journal:
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Axelrod: Geithner eyeing Wall St. bonuses
Discussion: TIME.com
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans say Gregg won't give Dems 60
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Glenn Beck wants to kick California out of the Union
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