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11:15 AM ET, January 30, 2010

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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 …
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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.
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 …
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
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
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  —  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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SNOWE ACKNOWLEDGES HEALTH CARE TALKS.... There were reports this week that some Senate Democrats had once again decided to reach out to Maine's Republican senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, about health care reform.  Yesterday, Snowe acknowledged some talks had, in fact, already occurred.
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CNN:
Landrieu takes swipe at Obama over health care
Discussion: Firedoglake and Riehl World View
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Snowe talking to Dems
Discussion: The Page and Open Congress
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.
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
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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: Bloomberg and The Moderate Voice
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The Note:
Republicans Pass Watered-Down ‘Purity Test’
Discussion: The Politico and ABCNEWS
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 …
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
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 …
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:
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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