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10:55 AM ET, January 30, 2010

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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 …
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New York Times:
Off Script, Obama and the G.O.P. Vent Politely  —  BALTIMORE — President Obama denied he was a Bolshevik, the Republicans denied they were obstructionists and both sides denied they were to blame for the toxic atmosphere clouding the nation's political leadership.
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 …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Fox Cuts Away From Obama-GOP Conversation In Order To Get A Head Start On Attacks: He Was ‘Lecturing’  —  President Obama held a candid, face-to-face conversation with House Republicans today at their annual retreat in Baltimore.  After Obama gave his remarks, he had to answer tough questions …
The Politico:
Obama rumbles with House GOP
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Obama Does Question Time With The House GOP (VIDEO)
Ryan J. Davis / Pundits Blog:
Obama speaking to House GOP
Discussion: The Swamp and The Politico
Greg Hitt / Wall Street Journal:
Obama, Republicans Spar at GOP Event
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Pajamas Media
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Newsweek Blogs:
Holder Under Fire  —  By Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman  —  Excerpt from the Aug. 1, 2002, ‘Torture Memo’:  —  For weeks, the right has heckled Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. for his plans to try the alleged 9/11 conspirators in New York City and his handling of the Christmas bombing plot suspect.
Tony Romm / The Hill:
RNC rejects ideological ‘purity test’ resolution to screen candidates  —  Top Republicans have tossed a plan that would have conditioned their funding for new candidates on a so-called ideological “purity test.”  —  Party leaders gathered in Honolulu for the Republican National Committee's winter meeting …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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The Note:
Republicans Pass Watered-Down ‘Purity Test’
Discussion: The Politico and ABCNEWS
Political Punch:
Duncan: Katrina Was The “Best Thing” for New Orleans School System  —  ABC News' Mary Bruce Reports: Education Secretary Arne Duncan said today that Hurricane Katrina was “the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans” because it gave the city a chance to rebuild and improve its failing public schools.
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Nick Anderson / Washington Post:   Education Secretary Duncan calls Hurricane Katrina good for New Orleans schools
Rasmussen Reports:
Deficit of Trust: Most Voters Don't Believe President's Assertions About Economy  —  During his State-of-the-Union address Wednesday night, President Obama spoke about a deficit of trust between the American people and political leaders.  New Rasmussen Reports polling on the president's speech shows …
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
Matt Canham / Salt Lake Tribune:
Hatch warns of possible partisan ‘war’ over health reform  —  Politics » Utah Republican senator says Democrats are all bluster on potential compromise.  —  Washington » Sen. Orrin Hatch threatened an all-out political “war” and promised a new high in partisan tensions …
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Scott Brown: 'People Aren't Stupid'  —  'And leaders should figure out they're better informed now than ever.'  —  When I arrived at his cramped state senate offices, Scott Brown had just opened one of the many packages he's received since his stunning U.S. Senate victory 11 days ago.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon Pulls Macmillan Books Over E-Book Price Disagreement  —  As Venture Beat and other blogs have noticed Friday evening, books from Macmillan, one of the largest publishers in the United States, have vanished from Amazon.com.  —  The question is why.  —  I've talked to a person …
Ben Webster / Times of London:
Climate chief was told of false glacier claims before Copenhagen  —  The chairman of the leading climate change watchdog was informed that claims about melting Himalayan glaciers were false before the Copenhagen summit, The Times has learnt.  —  Rajendra Pachauri was told that the Intergovernmental Panel …
Daniel Foster / The Corner on National Review Online:
Fact-Checking the President in Baltimore — By: Daniel Foster  —  In this video, a bemused President Obama responds to a claim by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R., Texas) that monthly deficits under the Democrat-controlled Congress exceed the annual deficits accrued by Republican Congresses from 1996 to 2007:
Jesse Walker / Wall Street Journal:
The Audacity of Populism  —  Obama dons a venerable mantle, but Bryan's real descendants may be media stars  —  January 2010 was the month President Barack Obama tried to get in touch with his inner populist.  Shaken by a Republican victory in Massachusetts and the likely defeat of his health-care bill …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama v. the Supremes  —  Alito wins the oral, and factual, argument.  —  In the case of Barack Obama v. Supreme Court of the United States, that was some oral argument on Wednesday night.  With the Justices arrayed a few feet in front of him in the House chamber, President Obama blistered …
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Challenge to Obama - Request Special Counsel As To Foreign Contributions
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
 
 
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
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CNN:
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