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5:05 PM ET, January 31, 2009

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Roger L Simon / Pajamas Media:
Pajamas Media matters  —  I wrote a letter to the Pajamas Media network bloggers yesterday, some of whom took it a bit more personally than intended.  We disbanded the ad network part of our business for a simple reason: it was losing money and we couldn't see how in the reasonable future that would change.
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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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The Pajamas Media blogging enterprise has collapsed.  —  Jeff G.  (at Protein Wisdom) has the letter from Roger L. Simon, which buries the bad news in a statement about how Pajamas is turning its attention to its web TV efforts.  I wonder how many people watch Pajamas TV.  In the comments over there, Showy writes:
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
PAJAMA MEDIA CLOSES ITS DOORS  —  Pajama media is shutting down the blog.  I can't say I am surprised.  What a disappointment and enormous waste of precious and rare blog investment.  —  I was one of the original pajama bloggers.  I thought PJM was going to rival AP, UPI, Reuters.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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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David Cho / Washington Post:
A Multi-Pronged Bank Plan  —  Administration Finalizing Strategy, Probably Won't Toughen Pay Restrictions  —  The Obama administration has finished drafting the central elements of its plan to rescue the financial markets and is gathering feedback from regulators and Wall Street executives …
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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Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
GOP governors press Congress to pass stimulus bill  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Most Republican governors have broken with their GOP colleagues in Congress and are pushing for passage of President Barack Obama's economic aid plan that would send billions to states for education, public works and health care.
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:   Republicans Need to Remember Hoover
Fox News:
RAW DATA: Full Senate Finance Committee Report on Daschle  —  Statement from the Senate Finance Committee on the Nomination of Thomas A. Daschle:  —  Thomas A. Daschle recently filed amended tax returns for 2005, 2006 and 2007 reporting $128,203 in additional tax and $11,964 in interest.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Axelrod: Geithner eyeing Wall St. bonuses
Discussion: Hot Air and TIME.com
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Tax troubles arise for 2nd Obama Cabinet nominee
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Republican Leads as a Cabinet Choice  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire, is the top contender to become President Obama's nominee for commerce secretary, the White House said Saturday.  —  “Senator Gregg is now the leading candidate for commerce and a pick …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Dotcomabc / Political Punch:
More Daschle Tax Issues
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
RED ALERT: A trillion in pork, but Pentagon must cut 11%!  —  BUMPED AND UPDATED 01/31/09 04:38PM: SEE RUNNING UPDATES BELOW.  MEDIA BLACKOUT: still not a peep out of the mainstream media (other than Fox News).  —  BREAKING 01/30/09 7:41PM ET: Fox News Television reports that Barack …
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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: ONTD: Politics and Don Surber
Orange County Register:
Mark Steyn: Stimulated right into being another Europe  —  Plan also could trigger protectionist backlash, just like during the Depression.  —  Recommend  —  Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, is on TV explaining the (at this point the congregation shall fall to its knees and prostrate itself) “stimulus.”
Peter Berkowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Bush Hatred and Obama Euphoria Are Two Sides of the Same Coin  —  Now that George W. Bush has left the harsh glare of the White House and Barack Obama has settled into the highest office in the land, it might be reasonable to suppose that Bush hatred and Obama euphoria will begin to subside.
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.
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Stephen Farrell / New York Times:
Under Tight Security, Voting Seems Calm in Iraq
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
 
 
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
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