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10:50 AM ET, January 29, 2010

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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 …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
U.S. economic growth jumps 5.7 percent in fourth quarter of 2009  —  The U.S. economy grew at 5.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009, stoking hopes for an economic recovery.  —  The growth was higher than expected, and could give a boost to President Barack Obama and Democrats …
Discussion: The Swamp and Ben Smith's Blog
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
U.S. economy soars in fourth quarter of 2009
Discussion: Politics Daily
Jeff Bater / Wall Street Journal:
GDP Expands at 5.7% Rate
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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  —  WASHINGTON — Facing mounting pressure from New York politicians concerned about costs and security, the Obama administration on Thursday began considering moving the trial of the chief organizer of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks out of Manhattan, administration officials said.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Newburgh mayor wants terror trials  —  The Daily News reports that New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly turned the tide against holding the trials in New York with a presentation to local leaders on just how disruptive this will be.  —  But not everybody is so leery of the trials …
New York Post:
Obama eyes 9/11 trial shift
Discussion: Gawker, Cold Fury and JammieWearingFool
CNN:   White House eyes moving site of 9/11 trial
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New York Times:
His 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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HEALTH CARE REFORM LIVES — MAYBE.... It can get a little confusing.
Discussion: The Politico, Prescriptions and TPMDC
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 …
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 …
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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.
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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Gregg scolds MSNBC: ‘Irresponsible’  —  Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) attacked MSNBC hosts Contessa Brewer and Melissa Francis on Thursday, questioning their “integrity” as journalists and calling them “irresponsible.”  —  The scuffle started with Francis asking Gregg to name specific areas …
Discussion: Mediaite, Think Progress and Commentary
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The Politico:
House GOP seeks comeback strategy  —  Republicans couldn't ask for a better political environment.  —  But the momentum from Massachusetts and a meltdown in the Democrats' agenda haven't exactly translated to better poll numbers for the GOP.  —  House Republicans left for their annual retreat …
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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 …
Limit Corp. Ownership / Media Matters for America:
Sally Quinn's Washington  —  You cannot caricature Sally Quinn.  Don't even try.  It simply can't be done.  No matter how hard you try to exaggerate her preening self-regard and utter frivolity, she comes right along and shows herself to be worse than you could possibly imagine.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Firedoglake
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
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.
Andrew Sparrow / Guardian:
Tony Blair gives evidence to Iraq war inquiry - LIVE  —  • Blair denies doing secret deal with Bush at Crawford  —  • Says Saddam in 2010 may have been even greater threat  —  • Admits Fern Britton interview was a mistake  —  • Press the PLAY button below to start live video stream
SusanAnne Hiller / Big Government:
Why Is Senator Kirk Still Voting on Legislation?  —  The Senate has voted on three pieces of legislation today that required 60 votes-to raise the debt ceiling to $14.3 trillion, to reduce the deficit by establishing five-year discretionary spending caps, and Ben Bernanke's confirmation …
Ron Radosh / Originals:
America the Awful—Howard Zinn's History  —  Howard Zinn's death yesterday affords us the opportunity to evaluate the remarkable influence he has had on the American public's understanding of our nation's past.  His book A People's History of the United States, published in 1980 …
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 …
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Plan to scuttle 'don't ask, don't tell' ready  —  Washington (CNN) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates will unveil the Pentagon's plan to prepare for repealing the controversial “don't ask, don't tell” law regarding gay soldiers at a committee hearing Tuesday, a Pentagon spokesman said.
Discussion: Feministing
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Obama Girl Tells Hannity 'At Least I Wasn't The Edwards Girl'  —  Amber Lee Ettinger, the woman who became famous for her viral video “I Got A Crush...on Obama,” made it quite clear Thursday she's lost that loving feeling for the former junior senator from Illinois.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Rhonda Simmons / Culpeper Star-Exponent:
CCPS pulls explicit text  —  A version of an iconic autobiography detailing a young Jewish girl's two-year experience hiding from Nazis in a cramped “Secret Annex” has been pulled from the shelves of Culpeper County Public Schools.  —  “The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition,” …
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY and Raw Story
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
Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Contradiction  —  Washington is sick and broken—and it can solve all our problems.  —  When you watch a president give a State of the Union Address on television, you're always watching three people: the president at the podium, and the vice president and House speaker on the rise behind him.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
 
 
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Steele rips reporters, defends job
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Iowa Senate
Discussion: The Eye
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Durbin: Democrats would be ‘on trial for treason’ if they adopted GOP's tactics
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Raw Story
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
White House demands more info from K Street on registrations
Catherine Rampell / Economix:
The Growing Underclass: Jobs Gone Forever
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
$5,000 tax credit for each new job a big part of Obama's plan
Discussion: Beat the Press and Bloomberg
Nick Anderson / Washington Post:
Bill ending banks' role in student loans stalls in Senate
Discussion: SENATUS
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Political Punch:
“This Isn't the Person I Campaigned With Back Then,” …
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
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New York Post:
Obama's answer for America: more of me
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Andrew Breitbart / Big Journalism:
How David Shuster Lied to Get Me to Appear on MSNBC
 

 
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