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7:40 PM ET, January 29, 2010

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Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Obama rumbles with House GOP  —  BALTIMORE — President Barack Obama told House Republicans Friday that Washington can't break through partisan gridlock “if we can't move past the politics of no” — then engaged with them in an extraordinary back-and-forth straight out of the House of Commons.
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama's Question Time: An Amazing Moment  —  The moment President Obama began his address to Republicans in Baltimore today, I began to receive e-mails from Democrats: Here's an except from one of them: “I don't know whether to laugh or cry that it took a f$$@&$* year for Obama to step …
Washington Post:
Pence questions Obama at House GOP conference  —  After addressing the GOP House Issues Conference in Baltimore on Friday, President Obama took a series questions from the lawmakers.  Here is a transcript of one of the questions posed to the president:  —  REP. MIKE PENCE (R-Ind.) …
Washington Post:
In Obama's Words  —  Now, I understand some of you had some philosophical differences, perhaps, on just the concept of government spending, but as I recall, opposition was declared before we had a chance to actually meet and exchange ideas.  And I saw that as a missed opportunity.
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Obama Does Question Time With The House GOP (VIDEO)  —  President Obama spoke this afternoon to the House Republican retreat in Baltimore, turning the occasion into a lively debate, on national television, between a sitting president and the entire House caucus of the opposition party.
The Huffington Post:
Cameras Roll As Obama Schools GOP  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  President Obama traveled to a House Republican retreat in Baltimore on Friday and delivered a performance that was at once defiant, substantive and engaging.  For roughly an hour and a half, Obama lectured GOP leaders and …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: ‘Washington so Washington-like’  —  by Mark Silva and completed at 1:30 pm EST  —  With one hand, President Barack Obama is reaching out to Republicans, inviting them to work with him.  —  With the other hand, the president is slapping the GOP for “just saying no to everything.”
c-spanarchives.org:
PRESIDENTIAL REMARKS AT HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE  —  President Obama spoke to House Republicans at their retreat in Baltimore.  In his remarks he said he welcomed disagreement and debate, but called for genuine bipartisanship and asked for constructive ideas in confronting the nation's problems.
The Caucus:
Obama, House Republicans Debate Their Divisions
Discussion: Mediaite and Taegan Goddard's …
Ryan J. Davis / Pundits Blog:
Obama speaking to House GOP
Discussion: The Politico
Washington Post:
Roskam questions Obama at House GOP conference
Discussion: The Foundry
Greg Hitt / Wall Street Journal:
Obama, Republicans Spar at GOP Event
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Pajamas Media
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Republicans dismayed by Obama's strong performance, say it was a …
Discussion: The Caucus and msnbc.com
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.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
O'Keefe's defense  —  He posts a statement on Big Government:  —  I learned from a number of sources that many of Senator Landrieu's constituents were having trouble getting through to her office to tell her that they didn't want her taking millions of federal dollars in exchange for her vote on the health care bill.
Discussion: Big Journalism, Gothamist and Gawker
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 …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:   If Health Care Dies, Who Will The Murderer Be?
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Reid and Pelosi talk health care
Discussion: The Page
Megan McArdle:
Dude, Where's My Job?  —  The initial estimate is that fourth quarter GDP grew at a blistering 5.7% annual pace.  With the usual caveats—third quarter GDP estimates started high and then were revised down to a much more modest level—that's great news.  —  But man cannot live by GDP alone.
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U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: FOURTH QUARTER 2009 (ADVANCE ESTIMATE)
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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msnbc.com:
Abortion doc's killer found guilty of murder
Discussion: Liberty Street and Newsweek Blogs
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Palin On Whether She Will Still Speak At ‘Scammy’ Tea Party Convention: ‘You Betcha!’  —  Tea Party activists and loyalists have recently criticized the National Tea Party Convention set to take place in Nashville, TN next month, balking at the expensive ticket prices and the fact that the “scammy” event is for-profit.
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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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Bruce Bartlett / Forbes:
More Goo-Goo Than Gipper  —  A number of pollsters have noted that Barack Obama's approval rating is about the same as Ronald Reagan's at a similar stage of his presidency.  Yet it feels that Obama is in far worse shape politically.  I think a key reason for the difference is that Reagan …
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama's Blind Spot
Discussion: Megan McArdle and TalkLeft
Facebook:
Letting You Know About Some “Better Solutions”  —  On Wednesday night, the president asked us to “let him know” if we had any better ideas, and today John Boehner handed him a compilation of the policy alternatives that have been advanced over the past year.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Palin lends boost to House GOP's ‘solutions’ site
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Snowe talking to Dems  —  Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) said Friday that she has been in conversation with Democrats and Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus about a way forward on health care reform.  —  “I have talked with several of my Democratic colleagues, including the chairman …
Discussion: Open Congress
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.
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 …
 
 
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