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7:50 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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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 …
The Politico:
Obama rumbles with House GOP  —  BALTIMORE — President Barack Obama on Friday accused Republicans of portraying health care reform as a “Bolshevik plot” and telling their constituents that he's “doing all kinds of crazy stuff that's going to destroy America.”
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.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Republicans dismayed by Obama's strong performance, say it was a ‘mistake’ to let cameras roll.  —  House Republicans were fired up and ready to go for their conversation with President Obama at their annual retreat today.  According to the New York Times, members of the conservative Republican …
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.
Discussion: Sadly, No!
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 …
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.) …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Obama Does Question Time With The House GOP (VIDEO)
Ryan J. Davis / Pundits Blog:
Obama speaking to House GOP
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
Greg Hitt / Wall Street Journal:
Obama, Republicans Spar at GOP Event
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Pajamas Media
Washington Post:
Obama on bad relations with Republicans: “Both sides can take some blame”
Discussion: The Foundry
New York Times:
U.S. Drops Plan for a 9/11 Trial in New York City  —  The Obama administration on Friday gave up on its plan to try the Sept. 11 plotters in Lower Manhattan, bowing to almost unanimous pressure from New York officials and business leaders to move the terrorism trial elsewhere.
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Newsweek Blogs:
Holder Under Fire  —  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.
CNN:
Landrieu takes swipe at Obama over health care  —  (CNN) - President Obama is taking heat from a Senate Democrat over how he dealt with the issue of health care in his first State of the Union speech.  —  “I think the president should have been more clear about a way forward on health care last night …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Riehl World View
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
If Health Care Dies, Who Will The Murderer Be?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and TPMDC
Ezra Klein:
Rahm Emanuel makes me very pessimistic about health-care reform
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:
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 …
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
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Obama hails uptick in economic growth, calls for more reform  —  President Barack Obama on Saturday hailed recent growth in the U.S. economy as a “sign of progress,” stressing new data proved a long-standing trend of economic decline had recently “reversed itself.”
Discussion: The Politico
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
The Note:
Republicans Pass Watered-Down ‘Purity Test’  —  ABC News' David Chalian reports:  —  The Republican Party steered clear of passing a so-called “purity test” proposed by a handful of conservative members of the Republican National Committee and instead passed a toothless watered-down resolution that …
Discussion: The Politico and ABCNEWS
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Bruce Bartlett / Forbes:
More Goo-Goo Than Gipper  —  A number of pollsters have noted …
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
The Next Time  —  Three years ago, after Chief Justice John G …
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