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2:30 PM ET, January 29, 2010

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James O'Keefe / Big Government:
Statement from James O'Keefe  —  The government has now confirmed what has always been clear: No one tried to wiretap or bug Senator Landrieu's office.  Nor did we try to cut or shut down her phone lines.  Reports to this effect over the past 48 hours are inaccurate and false.
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: FOURTH QUARTER 2009 (ADVANCE ESTIMATE)  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 5.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009, (that is …
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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Grew at Fastest Pace in 6 Years Last Quarter  —  The United States economy grew at its fastest pace in over six years at the end of 2009, but a sluggish job market is still souring economists on the sustainability of the recovery.  —  Gross domestic product expanded at an annual rate …
Megan McArdle:
Dude, Where's My Job?
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
U.S. economy soars in fourth quarter of 2009
Christina Romer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
On the Advance Estimate of GDP for the Fourth Quarter of 2009
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Scott Roeder convicted of murdering abortion doctor George Tiller  —  A jury in Wichita deliberates for just over a half-hour before finding Roeder guilty.  He had admitted that he shot Tiller, who performed late-term abortions, at a church in May.  —  Reporting from Wichita, Kan. …
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Judy L. Thomas / Kansas City Star:
Roeder found guilty of murdering abortion doctor  — After 37 minutes of deliberation, a jury today found Scott Roeder guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller.  —  Jurors also convicted Roeder of two counts of aggravated assault …
msnbc.com:
Abortion doc's killer found guilty of murder
Ezra Klein:
Rahm Emanuel makes me very pessimistic about health-care reform  —  According to the New York Times, the “White House on Thursday signaled the outlines of its strategy for breaking the partisan logjam holding up President Obama's agenda.”  And that outline is the most depressing thing I've read on the chances for health-care reform.
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New York Times:
Health Bill Stalled, Obama Juggles an Altered Agenda  —  WASHINGTON — The White House on Thursday signaled the outlines of its strategy for breaking the partisan logjam holding up President Obama's agenda, saying Democrats would move quickly to underline their commitment to fixing …
Salah Nasrawi / Associated Press:
Bin Laden blasts US for climate change  —  CAIRO — Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has called for the world to boycott American goods and the U.S. dollar, blaming the United States and other industrialized countries for global warming, according to a new audiotape released Friday.
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Aljazeera:
Bin Laden deplores climate change  —  Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, has condemned the US and other industrial economies, holding them responsible for the phenomenon of climate change.  —  In an audio tape obtained by Al Jazeera, bin Laden criticised George Bush, the former US president …
WISH-TV:
Congressman Buyer won't seek reelection  —  24-Hour News 8 has learned Indiana Congressman Steve Buyer (R-4th District) will announce he will not seek reelection during a news conference Friday.  —  Buyer is perhaps best known for his 1998 role as a prosecutor in President Clinton's impeachment hearings.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Steve Buyer to retire in Indiana
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
NY Daily News:
White House orders Justice Department to look for other places to hold 9/11 terror trial  —  White House officials have told the Justice Department to consider other venues for the 9/11 terror trial that was to be held in lower Manhattan, the Daily News has learned.
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New York Times:
Administration Considers Moving Site of 9/11 Trial
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Brown on Romney: 'He's changed'  —  One Washington habit Scott Brown doesn't seem to be adopting is message control.  —  Some highlights from his wide-ranging interview,with the Globe, in which he seems to stake quite a bit on his and others' personal qualities, include a description …
Discussion: GOP 12
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John Tlumacki / Boston Globe:
Scott Brown interview transcript
Discussion: The Page
Fox News:
Palin to Obama: Stop the Fingerpointing  —  This is a rush transcript from “On the Record,” January 28, 2010.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Tonight, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin right here, right now!  She joins us from Wasilla, Alaska.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
March of the Peacocks  —  Last week, the Center for American Progress, a think tank with close ties to the Obama administration, published an acerbic essay about the difference between true deficit hawks and showy “deficit peacocks.”  You can identify deficit peacocks, readers were told …
Z. Byron Wolf / ABCNEWS:
Democrats Declare Rhetorical War on the Supreme Court  —  Senators Claim Court Decisions Blatantly Support the Republican Party  —  President Obama's public undressing of the robed Supreme Court justices seated in front of him at the State of the Union address turned heads and drew rebukes from Republicans.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Democrats cry injustice  —  Senate Democrats are furious with Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito — and Alito's silent State of the Union rebuke of the president is the least of their concerns.  —  Democrats say Alito crossed the line when he mouthed the words …
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Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
The Next Time  —  Three years ago, after Chief Justice John G …
Timothy Jost / The New Republic:
You Call This a Better Idea?  —  Timothy Jost is a professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law.  He posts regularly on the Politico health reform arena and on Georgetown University's Legal Issues in Health Reform blog.  —  Although President Obama's primary health reform message …
Discussion: Progressive Fix
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Uwe E. Reinhardt / Economix:
No Such Thing as ‘Simple’ Health Reform
Jules Crittenden:
... Won't Be Down To Breakfast  —  Two empty places at the table.  J.D. Salinger and Howard Zinn.  Well, we can sit here awkwardly silent, listening to the clink of cutlery, or we can have a cheery chinwag!  I vote for chinwag.  —  Salinger first.  I may be one of the few people …
Karina Grazina / Reuters:
Pork better for sex than Viagra?  —  Buzz up!  —  BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's president recommended pork as an alternative to Viagra Wednesday, saying she spent a satisfying weekend with her husband after eating barbecued pork.  —  “I've just been told something I didn't know …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Romney Raises Just Under $3 Million  —  Mitt Romney had a pretty good year in 2010, when it comes to political money: his political organization, the Free and Strong America PAC, raised just over $2.9 million in 2009, the PAC announced today.  Along with that haul, it doled out a total of over $120,000 to candidates and causes.
Discussion: GOP 12
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Has Obama become bored with being president?  —  This is about the time Barack Obama becomes bored with his job.  —  He's in his second year as president, and he's discovered that even with all the powers of office, he can't do everything he wants to do, like remake America.  Doing stuff is hard.
Discussion: Moe Lane
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Pelosi stopped one CIA operation.  So why not waterboarding?  —  In mid-2004, then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi learned something from a CIA briefing that made her blood boil.  Pelosi reportedly “came unglued” at the revelation and had “strong words” with national security adviser Condoleezza Rice …
 
 
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
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Obama: ‘Washington so Washington-like’
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Joe Biden / Wall Street Journal:
The President's Nuclear Vision
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The Politico:
OBAMA TO SKIP ALFALFA DINNER
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What Killed Obama's Approval Numbers?
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
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Obama Girl Tells Hannity 'At Least I Wasn't The Edwards Girl'
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
Durbin: Democrats would be ‘on trial for treason’ if they adopted GOP's tactics