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January 31, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



RNC CHAIR

WSJ: Steele Wins RNC Chairman Vote | Bio
NYT: Republicans Choose First Black Party Chairman
WaPo: Election of Moderate Marylander Signals Break From Bush Era
Dallas MN: New RNC chairman welcomed by Cornyn and Sessions
Newsweek: Man of Steele: Gingrich sees change ahead
MSNBC: Steele and the Party of Lincoln
KC Star: Steele a smart pick by GOP
USA Today: Steele: 'Time for something completely different'
Politico: Steele: 'How do you like me now?'
McClatchy: GOP picks its first black chairman
WaPo: Steele Elected RNC Chair
RedState: The Spokesman and The Leader
NYT: OpEd: Wither the Republicans?
AP/Witte: Local leaders congratulate Steele on RNC leadership post
James Pinkerton: Michael Steele: The Republican Party Does the Right Thing
LA Times: What now for Michael Steele's new Republican Party?
Times UK: Michael Steele victorious at Republican National Committee meeting
Telegraph UK: First black Republican leader Michael Steele says he will go after Obama
Weekly Standard: Steele Says He Looks forward to Sparring with Obama

AP/Sidoti: Ohioan abandons GOP chairmanship bid, supports Steele

WaPo/Cillizza: Ten Republicans To Watch

NATIONAL



WaPo: Obama Considers GOP's Gregg to Head Commerce
WSJ: Intrigue Grows Amid Sen. Gregg’s Consideration for Commerce
Boston Globe: N.H. senator emerging as key GOP ally of Obama
IHT: Obama Cabinet move may give Dems Senate control
NewsMax: Sen. Gregg Nomination Is Obama's Grab For Senate Supermajority
Hill: Republicans say Gregg won't give Dems 60
Politico: GOP fights to keep Gregg in the Senate
Union Leader: Republicans to Gregg: Stay put
Weekly Standard: GOP to Sen. Gregg: Please Don't Go
Marc Ambinder: The Judd Gregg Project
Hotline: Judd Jeffords?
Politico: Schumer: We'll get to 60

NYT: Steep Slide in U.S. Economy as Unsold Goods Pile Up

WSJ: Senate Begins Its Horse-Trading Over Stimulus Bill
WSJ: Stimulus Funding for Highways Runs Into Potholes
George Will: Congress Will Have the Buffet
Dick Morris: How to Beat the Stimulus Package
Rush Limbaugh: Obama/Soros Radio Attack Ads Use Rush to Target GOP Senators

WaPo: A Multi-Pronged Bank Plan
WaPo: Federal Regulators Seize, Sell Md. Bank
WaPo: Bailout Oversight Still Lacking, GAO Finds
WaPo: Admiration Turns to Anger as Wall St. Bosses Feather Nests
WSJ: Wall St. Execs: 'Idiots' Indeed



WaPo: Daschle Owed Back Taxes That Exceeded $128,000
WSJ: Daschle Paid Back Taxes After Vetting
NYT: Use of Free Car Lands Tom Daschle in Tax Trouble
Politico: Daschle made $5m; health groups paid $220k
CQ Politics: Daschles Nomination Held Up by Tax Issues
Politico: Back taxes stumbling block for Daschle
Hill: Reports: Ex-Sen. Daschle failed to pay taxes
RedState: Lobbyists and Tax Cheats Abound in New Administration



Politico: Obama approached Snowe?

AP/Superville: 15 lawmakers to join Obama to watch Super Bowl

WaPo: Obama Alters Labor Policies
NYT: OpEd: Social Security on the First Date

Politico: Conyers-Rove showdown postponed

WSJ: Bush Hatred and Obama Euphoria Are Two Sides of the Same Coin

Rush Limbaugh: Obama Owes America an Apology for His Lies About the US Economy
Rush Limbaugh: The Job Casualties Mount in Barack Obama's War on Prosperity



Fox: Palin to Come to Washington in Hopes of Talk With Obama
CNN: Palin lying low during Washington trip
ABC/Tapper: Palin to attend Alfalfa Club Dinner (President Obama Will Be There Too)
Hill: Palin heading to D.C., will meet with McConnell
AP/Sutton: Alaska lawmakers question Sarah Palin's focus

Salt Lake Tribune: GOP hungry for Romney's take on economic crisis
AP: Republican Romney criticizes Obama on abortion
American Thinker: Obama and The Culture of death

Politico: Sunday talk show tip sheet

NEW YORK

NYT: Editorial: Listening to Ms. Gillibrand
Albany TU: Gillibrands disclosure form

NYT: Bloomberg Budget Plan Calls for Benefits Cuts

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Foster's: Can you really say no to the president?
Concord Monitor: Who might take over Gregg's seat?
Nashua Telegraph: Gregg Cabinet nod has state pundits abuzz
Union Leader: Obama and Gregg need Gov. Lynch

MINNESOTA



Star Tribune: Senate recount trial: Valid ballots were rejected, expert says
Star Tribune: Senate trial focuses on absentee processing
Star Tribune: Senate recount trial recap
St. Cloud Times: Election judges vote rejected
Pioneer Press: Trial in Coleman-Franken Senate recount ends first week
AP: Franken lawyer plays up shift in Coleman strategy
Star Tribune/Coleman: Death by a thousand cuts as recount trial opens

ILLINOIS

WSJ: New Illinois Governor Takes On State's Economic Woes
NYT: Successor in Illinois Is the Unassuming, Independent Anti-Blagojevich
Chicago Sun-Times: Pat Quinn's long, surprising rise to governor
Chicago Tribune: New sign of the times: No Blagojevich
Chicago Sun-Times: Was Blago going to resign?

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia Inquirer: Rendell to target insurance, tobacco tax
Centre Daily: Obama invites Casey, Specter to party

CALIFORNIA


WSJ: California to Delay $4 Billion in Payments
Sacramento Bee: Schwarzenegger extends reach of furlough plan
Sacramento Bee: Judge approves Schwarzenegger's worker furlough plan
Mercury News: Schwarzenegger, legislative leaders under fire from both sides

AP: Calif Sen. Boxer has $4M campaign war chest

Sacramento Bee: Brown sits atop Democratic money primary

TEXAS

AP/Shannon: Texas gubernatorial tussle under way
Lubbock A-J: Editorial: Perry's under Hutchison's political microscope

FLORIDA



Miami Herald: Florida House speaker steps aside amid criminal probe
Sun-Sentinel: Sansom resigns as House speaker: Dealings with college
Miami Herald: For Ray Sansom, the cheers turn to silence
Orlando Sentinel: Sansom noise grew too loud
Pensacola N-J: Sansom less distracting now
Tampa Tribune: Sansom Finally Steps Down
AP/Kallestad: Embattled Fla. House speaker steps down for now

News-Press: Rep. Larry Cretul takes over as House Speaker | Bio
Herald Tribune: Cretul faces tough session
Miami Herald: New speaker a quiet conservative

Hill: Former Sen. Bob Smith weighs a run in Florida

GEORGIA

WSAV3: Isakson calling for panel to investigate banking system
Atlanta Business Chronicle: Georgia House OKs 09 tax relief
Macon Telegraph: House backs property tax break
AP/McCaffrey: Ga. lawmakers propose fee for strip-club patrons

OHIO

Youngstown Vindicator: Kasich: Ohio needs a change
Youngstown Vindicator: Ohio lawmakers want stimulus to follow Buy American rules
Cleveland PD: Governor Ted Strickland's campaign fund has $2 million surplus
Columbus Dispatch: Strickland has a $2 million lead for 2010

VIRGINIA

AP: Virginia Senate Says No to Payday Lenders

TENNESSEE

Chattanooga TFP: Gubernatorial candidate Gibbons names campaign chairman
Memphis CA: Memphis lawyer Kustoff to manage Gibbons' gubernatorial campaign
Bristol HC: Regions Lawmakers Ready To Move On After Contentious House Vote?
Memphis CA: Editorial: Turmoil in the state House

ALABAMA



AP/Rawls: Former Ala. Gov. Guy Hunt dies in Birmingham at 75

ARIZONA

Arizona Republic: Disputes slow state budget talks

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January 30, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

WaPo: Economic Signs Turn From Grim To Worse

WSJ: Senate Begins Its Horse-Trading Over Stimulus Bill
WSJ: Obama Will Score Legislative Win, but How Game Plays Out Is Key
USA Today: Some Senate Republicans vow opposition to stimulus plan
WaPo: GOP Stakes Its Claim With Stimulus Vote: Small Government Returns as Maxim
LA Times: Republicans lack a party line on economy
AP/Daly: Republicans question role of Rep. Obey's son in stimulus spending on parks
Fox: Senate Republicans Warn Stimulus Rebates Could Pay Illegal Immigrants
WSJ: Stimulus Funding for Highways Runs Into Potholes
WSJ: 'Cash for Clunkers' Plan Is Considered
NYT/Brooks: Cleaner and Faster Stimulus
WSJ: A Warning to the President: The cost of abdicating to Nancy Pelosi
WSJ: Raiders of the Lost Taxpayer: A tax break for Tinseltown
WSJ: Protectionism as Stimulus: We need to trade more, not less
Peggy Noonan: In Congress and the boardroom, failure to recognize a new era



Rush Limbaugh: House GOP Stood Up and Exposed the Immoral Obama Porkulus Sham
Fox: Limbaugh Cracks the Whip, and Republicans Get in Line
ABC News: Limbaugh: Friend or Foe of GOP?
Politico: Running against Limbaugh
David Frum: What's good for Rush Limbaugh is bad for Republicans
Kathleen Parker: El Presidente Tangos With El Rushbo



Sean Hannity: Ann Coulter Weighs in on Conservative Commentator War
YouTube: Video: Coulter Slams Stimulus Plan
CBS: Obama Vs. Rush: Coulter Weighs In



LA Times: In nifty political play, Obama ponders GOP's Gregg for Commerce
LA Times: Sen. Judd Gregg reportedly considered for Commerce
NYT: Democrats Set Sights on Republican Senators Who Oppose Stimulus Plan
NYT: Obama May Seek Republican for Cabinet
AP/Elliott: Officials: Gregg on list for commerce secretary

NYT: Obama Calls Wall Street Bonuses Shameful
NYT: Bonuses for Bad Performance

WSJ: U.S. Eyes Two-Part Bailout for Banks

WSJ: Fannie Strikes Deal to Modify Loans to Prevent Foreclosures
WSJ/Conyers: Loan Modification Can Stop the Foreclosure Crisis: Change bankruptcy law

WaPo: Senate Passes Health Insurance Bill for Children: Immigrant Clause Opens Rift
NYT: Senators Approve Health Bill for Children
WSJ/Strassel: Democrats have been quietly working to nationalize health care

AP: Senate set to confirm Eric Holder as attorney general on Monday
WSJ: Obama Taps Froman for Joint Security, Economic Post
AP/Flaherty: Republicans demand details on Pentagon nominee

NYT: A Steppingstone for Laws Best and Brightest
NYT: Economy Pinches the Billable Hour at Law Firms
NYT: Chill of Salary Freezes Reaches Top Law Firms

WSJ/Spakovsky: Voter ID Was a Success in November

NY Post: Palin & Obama to Share Stage Saturday Night

RNC CHAIR



Hill: Five file for RNC chairman post
Nashville Post: Chip Saltsman Withdraws From RNC Chairmans Race
Townhall/Carpenter: Smoke Signals to Watch For
NYT: Candidate Linked to Obama Parody Song Leaves Race for G.O.P. Chairman
CNN: Saltsman out of the running for RNC chair
NYT: Candidate for R.N.C. Chairman Drops Out
CQ Politics: Saltsman Off Ballot for RNC Chief

WSJ: Republicans, Facing Raft of Woes, to Pick New Party Chairman
Louisville C-J: GOP's Duncan fights to keep job: Kentuckian among those vying for top post
Detroit FP: GOP's dirty race for a leader winds up today
Cincinnati Enquirer: Blackwell seeks GOP post as outsider
Philadelphia Inquirer: RNC seeks new leader, new path
News-Journal: Benkiser seeking national perch by touting GOP gains in Texas
Tampa Tribune: Greer, Crist Try To Bring Moderate Tone To National Party
American Spectator: Fear and Loathing at the RNC
Independent UK: Republicans may choose their first black leader to claw back support
Marc Ambinder: Young Republicans Want More Open Party, Prefer Steele
Atlanta JC: Georgia GOP leader backs African-American as national chair
CNN: RNC race still wide open as members meet in Washington
CQ Politics: Will Republicans Think They Need a Change?
National Journal: RNC Chairman's Race: What's Next?



Charlotte Observer: S.C. chairman Dawson catches heat as RNC race intensifies
Spartanburg HJ: Dawson contends for RNC chairman; voting starts today
WaPo/Cillizza: RNC Chair Race: The Fix's Final Handicapping

WSJ: Playing Catch-Up, the GOP Is All Atwitter About the Internet
WSJ: Has a Stake Really Been Driven Through Social Wedge Issues?
AP/Sidoti: Senate GOP leader says Republicans must better explain core principles
NYT: Where Did All the Republicans Go?
McClatchy: McConnell: Republicans must become more than a 'regional party'

NEW YORK

Albany TU: Ranger great Richter won't seek Gillibrand seat
Albany TU: Siena poll: Gillibrand wins, Paterson continues to slip
Newsday: Gillibrand already preparing for 2010 elections
NYDN: Kirsten Gillibrand goes from Senate seat to on the stump
AP/Bauman: Special election should fill future U.S. Senate vacancies, poll says

Albany TU: 20 state leaders pay up tax bills
NY Post: Eliot Spitzer's Madam Gets 6 Months
NYDN: Poll: Paterson blamed for soap opera over filling Clinton's vacant Senate seat

NYT: Bloomberg Will Seek Increase in Sales Taxes
NY Post: Mike's Budget: Bad News for Jobs, Taxes
NYT: Albany and City Battle Over Fund Meant for Low-Cost Housing

ILLINOIS



Chicago Tribune: Quinn becomes governor
Chicago Sun-Times: Senate votes 59-0 to impeach Blagojevich
WSJ: Blagojevich Is Removed From Office by Unanimous Vote
NYT: Blagojevich Ousted by Illinois State Senate
WaPo: Illinois Senators Vote 59-0 to Oust 'Devious' and 'Unfit' Governor
NYT: On His Way Out, Blagojevich Makes a Day of It
SJ-R: Ann Coulter: Blagojevich just another liberal playing the victim

MINNESOTA



Star Tribune: Coleman went to court, Franken went to Florida; How do you get to D.C.?
Pioneer Press: State health care cuts could jeopardize millions in federal aid
Pioneer Press: Jury gets RNC Molotov cocktail case

PENNSYLVANIA



CNN: Ads pressure GOP senators to back Obama's stimulus plan

CALIFORNIA




SF Chronicle: Fiorina Eyeing U.S. Senate?

TEXAS

Dallas MN: Perry blasts 'bailout mentality' but would take Texas' share of stimulus
Dallas MN: Hutchison, Cornyn don't see much GOP support for stimulus package
Dallas MN: Gallup says Texas is purple in Republican-Democrat split
Examiner: Kay Bailey Hutchison runs for governor for no apparent reason
McClatchy: Hutchison expected to stay in Senate to stave off 60-vote Democratic majority

FLORIDA



New Times: Katherine Harris, Will You Please Run for U.S. Senate?
Capitol News: In the Race for US Senate, More Out than In

Sun-Sentinel: Florida Supreme Court OKs ballot questions to alter method for redistricting

Jacksonville BJ: Rood named state GOP finance head

GEORGIA

Examiner: Georgia reps react to stimulus vote
Atlanta JC: Georgia GOP opposes Obama stimulus plan

OHIO



Cleveland PD: Bush adviser Karl Rove to help local Republicans

MICHIGAN

Detroit News: Mich. gov hopefuls to speak
Detroit FP: State Senate OKs cut in business surcharge

VIRGINIA

AP: Va. Senate Committee Approves Smoking Ban

TENNESSEE

Tennessean: Saltsman drops bid for national GOP post

CONNECTICUT

WSJ: Dodd of Indignation: Wall Street bonuses and sweetheart mortgages

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January 29, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

WSJ: House Passes Stimulus Package
WSJ: Missing in Package: Bipartisan Support
WaPo: House Passes Obama Stimulus Package: Bill Gets No GOP Votes
Washington Times: Stimulus plan passes in House without GOP
NYT: House Passes Stimulus Plan Despite G.O.P. Opposition
Fox: House Republicans Push Counter-Proposal on Stimulus
NYT: Stimulus Packages Components Vary in Speed and Efficiency
Washington Times: Stimulus includes plum for lawmaker's son
WSJ: Tech Industry CEOs Back Obama's Rescue Package
WSJ: Business to Get Share of Relief
WaPo: 'Buy American' Rider Sparks Trade Debate: Proviso Limits Steel, Iron From Abroad
WSJ: Individuals' Tax Breaks Fulfill Campaign Promise
WSJ: From Yachts to Textiles, Perks for Special Interests
WSJ: The Entitlement Stimulus: More giant steps toward government health care
Wash Times: Economic-stimulus bills allot millions for STD prevention
Rush Limbaugh: Music Maestro Barry White and the Obama STD Stimulus Theme!
AP/Taylor: Obama seeks Senate GOP help for recovery bill
Hill: Senate Republicans want to guarantee mortgages
NYT: Editorial: The Stimulus Advances



WSJ/Rush Limbaugh: My Bipartisan Stimulus
Rush Limbaugh: The monologue that became a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed
Rush Limbaugh: Congressman Eric Cantor & Rush Expose the Obama Porkulus Bill
Rush Limbaugh: America Wins If Liberalism Fails
Seattle PI/Bookman: Republicans in Limbaugh's shadow
Rush Limbaugh: Drive-Bys Declare: Rush Leads GOP
SF Chronicle: Limbaugh is talk host king, not leader of GOP
Neil Cavuto: Rush Limbaugh Doesn't Need Me to Defend Him
Rush Limbaugh: Congressman Phil Gingrey to Rush: "I Regret Those Stupid Comments"

WSJ/Lawrence Lindsey: How About a Payroll Tax Stimulus?
WaPo/Martin Feldstein: An $800 Billion Mistake
George Will: Stimulus Math for the GOP
Dick Morris: GOP, push free enterprise



WSJ: New Bank Bailout Could Cost $2 Trillion
WSJ: Fan and Fred's Lunch Tab: A quarter-trillion dollars, and rising
WaPo: U.S. Aid Goes to Credit Unions: $1 Billion Infusion Sent to Firm That Services Industry

NYT: Leaders Say Obama Has Tapped Pastor for Outreach Office
NYT: Obama Holds Reception for Congressional Leaders
NYT: White House Unbuttons Formal Dress Code
Karl Rove: The Obama White House May Be a Crowded Mess
Larry Elder: Obama: The Endless Honeymoon?

Ann Coulter: Liberal Victimhood: A game you can play at home

NYT: Panel Backs Justice Dept. Nominee
NYT: Judiciary Panel Approves Holders Nomination
Washington Times: Holder assures GOP on prosecution
American Spectator: Holder the Hater

WSJ: The Geithner Exception
WSJ: Geithner's Wrong on the Yuan
Politico: Bush holdovers populate Defense
NYT: Editorial: Hilda! Hilda! Hilda!

NYT: House Defeats Bill to Delay Digital TV Switch
Fox: GOP Congressman Intros 'Rangel Rule,' Eliminating IRS Late Fees
Weekly Standard: The Rangel Rule

WaPo: Postal Service May Cut Deliveries: Mail Could Arrive Only 5 Days a Week

NYT: Union Membership Up Sharply in 2008, Report Says

Washington Times: Gore: Congress must OK emissions bill
WSJ/James Taranto: Not Cool Anymore: Global warmism's winter of discontent
WaPo/Dana Milbank: The Goracle Looks Into the Future

AP/Pickler: Abramoff deputy accused of providing gifts to public officials

American Spectator: Bill Kristol's Departure



Anchorage Daily News: Palin gives reasons for forming PAC
US News: Sarah Palin and the Republican Party Stay Mum on Faith



RNC CHAIR

Human Events: RNC Chairmans Race: 24 Hours To Go And Still No Favorite
Detroit News: Race for GOP leader unsettled as vote nears
Hill: RNC race expected to go beyond one ballot
Real Clear Politics: RNC Chair Race Reaches Finish Line
Washington Times: 'Dirtiest ever' race for RNC chairman: Racism, graft allegations fly
WaPo: For GOP, a Case of Misshapen Identity
IHT: Struggling Republicans to pick new party chief
Cincinnati Enquirer: Blackwell wants to lead Republican Party
MSNBC: 'We Expect Duncan to Be the Winner'
MSNBC: For RNC Chair, A 'Two-Man Race'?
Politico: Steele's count
Politico: Log Cabins at issue in RNC chair race
Arizona Capitol Times: Pullen campaigns for national GOP slot



Eric Cantor: The GOP's path back
CQ Politics: Cantor Scores Perfect on Stimulus Test
Jason Chaffetz: GOP choice: Expediency or principle
Hugh Hewitt: 'I won': GOP words to live by
Lou Zickar: The GOP's rocky road back

NEW YORK

NY Post/Dicker: Gov's Wife New Star of Spamalot: Email War vs. Media
Real Clear Politics: Gov. Paterson Gives the GOP Three Gifts

Hill: N.Y. reps. not sold on Gillibrand, could back McCarthy
Politico: Gillibrand, the fundraising dynamo
Politico: Schumer goes to the mat for Gillibrand

Albany TU: It's Tedisco as GOP pick: Assemblyman wins party support for 20th CD contest

Albany TU: Feds want lawyer off Spargo case

NY Post: Poll Potent Ammo for Mayor 'Class' Warfare

ILLINOIS

Chicago Tribune: Blagojevich pulls surprise, will go today to deliver closing argument at trial
WSJ: Blagojevich Asks to Speak at His Impeachment Trial
NYT: Blagojevich to End Boycott of His Own Trial
Chicago Sun-Times: Blagojevich to make Thursday plea at capitol
David Broder: It's No Joke to Illinois

MINNESOTA



Pioneer Press: Some valid votes in Senate race still uncounted, official says
Star Tribune: Coleman lawyers probe reasons for rejecting ballots
Star Tribune: Senate recount trial recap
AP: Election official questioned in Franken-Coleman recount
Star Tribune: Coleman website technical difficulties resolved
Fox: Norm Coleman on Undecided Minnesota Senate Race
NRO: Abolish Recounts

St. Cloud Times: Bachmann votes no on stimulus legislation

PENNSYLVANIA

Public Radio CN: Conservative Lawmakers Blame Rendell, Not Economy for Budget Gap
Allentown Morning Call: Budget crisis puts charge into rhetoric machine

CALIFORNIA




Sacramento Bee: Governor threatens layoffs if state workers balk at furloughs
SF Chronicle: Governor threatens to dismiss state workers
Sacramento Bee: Today's furlough hearing won't ease the uncertainty
Sacramento Bee: State tax refund delay hurts low wage earners
Sacramento Bee: Schwarzenegger, other state officials want to dump prison health czar
Sacramento Bee: Schwarzenegger: Beyond the budget kabuki
LA Times: Stimulus would bring welcome relief to California
Mercury News: Poll shows voters fed up with Sacramento, want reform
LA Times/Skelton: Californians aren't ready for the one-two budget punch

TEXAS



Houston Chronicle: Texas Republicans assail Obama stimulus plan
Dallas MN: Texas lawmakers lay out concerns about stimulus package
Fox: Last Republican Standing? Cornyn Takes Fight to Democrats

AP/Caldwell: Hutchison wants more federal money for border cops

Dallas MN: Texas House adopts rules to curb speaker's power
Austin AS: Editorial: Texas' modest aims for an uncertain climate

Dallas MN: Former President George W. Bush, wife attend Baylor women's basketball game

FLORIDA



Miami Herald: Attorney General McCollum and Rep. Allen Boyd pass on Senate run
USA Today: Republican McCollum says no to Florida Senate race
Orlando Sentinel: McCollum won't pursue Florida's open senate seat in 2010
AP/Farrington: Boyd, McCollum won't run for Fla. Senate seat
News-Press: McCollum, Boyd won't run for senator in 2010
Tampa Tribune: 2 Big Names Won't Enter Senate Race
Hill: McCollum, Boyd say no to Senate bid
Broward Politics: Senate field narrows as McCollum and Boyd say they're not running

Tallahassee Democrat: Florida could gain billions from stimulus plan

Herald Tribune: Lawmakers and governor look to counter State Farm pullout
News-Press/Cook: State Farm takes its billions and takes off
Orlando Sentinel/Thomas: Sorry, Charlie: State Farm needs to stay
NYT: Big Insurer Says It Will Quit Florida Property Market

GEORGIA



Atlanta JC: Phil Gingrey to Rush Limbaugh: I regret those stupid comments
CNN: Gingrey apologizes for Limbaugh criticism

Atlanta JC: Chambliss, Isakson say stimulus package must help housing sector
Macon Telegraph: If stimulus passes, Ga. to get more than $5.8B

OHIO

Business First: Ohio Republicans say Strickland reforms short on specifics
Business Courier: Strickland address speaks to Ohio cuts, tax credits, education reform
Business First: Full text of Stricklands State of the State address
Cleveland PD: Questions raised by Gov. Ted Strickland's State of the State address
Columbus Dispatch: Strickland wants major education reform
Toledo Blade: Strickland proposes big changes for Ohio schools
Dayton Daily News: Strickland calls for big changes
Columbus Dispatch: Republicans see budget savings in consolidation

MICHIGAN

Detroit News: Conyers aide under fire
Detroit News: Kilpatrick ready to bolt

VIRGINIA

Fairfax Times: State's GOP leaders roll out economic plan for Virginia
News & Advance: House Republicans push for state stimulus projects

TENNESSEE

Knoxville News Sentinel: Tenn. House Ethics Committee rejects complaint
AP/Johnson: Complaint against speaker not taken up by panel
News Channel 5: House Ethics Committee Meeting Gets Heated
Nashville Scene: Even Republicans Vote to Dismiss Ethics Complaint Against Speaker
Chattanoogan: Rep. Lynn Admitted To Hospital For Stress-Related Symptoms

COLORADO

Denver Post: GOP offers alternate transportation plan

NEVADA

LA Times: Republicans roll out early attack ads on Harry Reid
AP/Werner: Republicans buy ad in Reno targeting Harry Reid
Dallas MN: Republicans launch first major ad for 2010 election cycle (with video)

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston Globe: Patrick proposes broad cuts, taxes

KENTUCKY



Politico: Bunning throws Cornyn a curve

CONNECTICUT

NRO: Dodds Guide to Clean Livin: Stall, and hope they forget

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January 28, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

WSJ: Stimulus Bill Near $900 Billion
WSJ: A 40-Year Wish List: You won't believe what's in that stimulus bill
Fox: Republicans Object to Stimulus Dollars for ACORN
NewsMax: Obamas Bill Hands ACORN $5.2 Billion Bailout
American Spectator: ACORN's Stimulus
Marc Ambinder: Interview: Cantor On What Republicans Want
Hill: Dems target Republicans who backed smaller stimulus
WaPo/Milbank: The Republicans Are Smiling, but They're Not Buying
NYT: Obama, Visiting G.O.P. Lawmakers, Is Open to Some Compromise on Stimulus
WSJ: $646,214 Per Government Job: Spending where unemployment is already low
WSJ: A $545 Billion Private Stimulus Plan: Bring home foreign earnings without tax penalty
NYT: Stimulus Plan Would Provide Flood of Aid to Education
NYT: A Stimulus With Merit, and Misses Too



WaPo: Treasury Weighs Hard Choices To Save Banks
WSJ: Geithner Announces Stricter Lobbying Rules for Bailout
NYT: Geithner Sets Limits on Lobbying for Bailout Money
WSJ: Central Bank Takes Step to Alter Mortgage Terms
WaPo: Fed Adopts Program To Stem Foreclosures: Mortgage Renegotiation
WSJ: Senate Provision Would Let Buyout Firms Defer Taxes on Canceled Debt
WSJ: Senate Confirms Tarullo to Fed Post
WSJ: Fed Governor Duke Adds Dissenting Voice

WSJ: Eric Holder Wins Backing of Key Republican
LA Times: Editorial: Cornyn's outrageous confirmation demand
Andrew McCarthy: Politicizing Justice: How would Holder fare under the Democrats Gonzales standards?

WSJ: Bill Clinton Speech Fees Topped $4.7 Million in '08

WSJ: U.S. House Panel Approves Mortgage Measure

WSJ: Offshore Drilling on the Table
WSJ: Detroit Takes One (More) for the Team: Obama offers another costly gesture
WSJ: Kerry Seeks Action on Climate Pact
WSJ: The Pfizer Drug Warning: The Wyeth deal and the decline of innovation

WSJ: States Take Aim At Medicaid

LA Times: Bush rejected clemency for Michael Milken and 'Duke' Cunningham
Chicago Tribune: Bush rejected high-profile pardon requests, Justice Dept. tells Tribune

WaPo: GOP Eyes Seats of Appointed Senators: Some See 3 of 4 Up for Grabs in 2010
Politico: McConnell: GOP free of Bush 'burden'
Hill: Redistricting is a hidden weapon for gloomy GOP
American Thinker: Why Bipartisanship is Unethical

WaPo: Is Rush Limbaugh the New Face of the GOP?
Telegraph UK: Rush Limbaugh profile: The Most Dangerous Man in America?
Rush Limbaugh: Why Republicans Must Hold Out
Rush Limbaugh: Nancy Pelosi's Contraception Plan Aborted from Obama Porkulus Bill
Politico: Limbaugh takes a hit from Gingrey
Politico: House GOP member to Rush: Back off
Fox: Democrats Launch Petition Against Rush Limbaugh
Clarence Page: Obama vs. Limbaugh, audacity vs. ideology
Michelle Malkin: GOP: Time To Get Things Undone



CQ Politics: Palin Establishes PAC
LA Times: The GOP countdown to 2012: Sarah Palin forms a PAC
McClatchy: Palin sets up a PAC in sign she'll be around in 2012
Bloomberg: Palin Forms Political Committee That Could Help a 2012 Campaign
CNN: Palin launches political action committee
Politico: Palin starts PAC

RNC CHAIR

Politico: Republicans eager for Barbour clone
WaPo: Backlash Against Bush Apparent in RNC
Ron Nehring: A Republican 50-state strategy?
Hill: RNC candidates announce new endorsements
Marc Ambinder: RNC Chairman's Race Update: Wadhams Endorses Anuzis
LA Times: Buying the RNC chairmanship?
Politico: Saltsman pins 'Magic Negro' on media
Mlive: Is Saul Anuzis conservative enough to be RNC chair?
Detroit FP: An Anuzis win -- so high school
NY Observer: Why Won't the Republicans Clean House?

NEW YORK



Capital News 9: GOP picks Tedisco to run on Republican ticket
Albany TU: Tedisco tapped by GOP for 20th race
AP/Virtanen: County GOP chairmen tap Tedisco for Congress
Albany TU: Tedisco votes remotely while courting GOP congressional nod
CQ Politics: Republican Tediscos Fast Break Lands Him in N.Y. Special Election
Hill: Tedisco grabs GOP nod for Gillibrand seat

NYDN: Albany Democrats: We'll seek Kirsten Gillibrand foe for 2010
NRO: Challenging Gillibrand: Can Peter King do it?
PolitickerNY: Kirsten Gillibrand, Like Chuck Schumer With Connections
NYT: Drawing Fire on Immigration, Gillibrand Reaches Out
NYT: Gillibrand Takes Oath as Senator
Albany TU: Gillibrand starts life as senator
Roger Stone: Gillibrand's Dirty Tricks: Will AG Cuomo Get The Facts?

NYDN: Top Albany Republican in attack on Paterson's 'credibility'
Newsday: Skelos: Paterson lied about attacks on Kennedy
NY Post: Dave won't look into the smearer: Refuses Caroline probe
Buffalo News: Paterson won't 'hunt down' source of Kennedy leaks

LegisGazette: Skelos: Republicans "deserve to be part of the process"
Fox23: Budget battle begins again at the Capitol

Troy Record: Joe Bruno demands his day in court
Albany TU/LeBrun: Does Joe Bruno understand gravity of where he is?

NY Post: Novello facing felony charges

NY Post: Bloomberg, Weiner remain 'polls' apart

ILLINOIS

Chicago Tribune: FBI plays wiretaps of Rod Blagojevich at state Senate impeachment trial
Chicago Sun-Times: State senate hears Blagojevich wiretap tapes
WSJ: Illinois Senate Hears Blagojevich Tapes
WaPo: Illinois Lawmakers Hear Blagojevich Tapes

MINNESOTA



Star Tribune: Senate recount trial: Rejected voters have their day
Pioneer Press: 6 tell court their votes were unfairly denied in U.S. Senate election
AP/Condon: Voters ask court to add absentees to Minn. recount
CNN: Minnesota recount's comedy of errors

Pioneer Press: Pawlenty makes budget cuts with eye to the future
Star Tribune: Pawlenty would balance budget with cuts, federal stimulus

PENNSYLVANIA

Wilkes Barre Times Leader: Pa. House Dem budget leader outlines $5.6B problem

CALIFORNIA




Sacramento Bee: State leaders say federal stimulus will ease deficit crisis, not solve it
LA Times: California home foreclosures top 236,000 in 2008
Sacramento Bee: Furlough clash heats up
LA Times: Strangling California's budget

TEXAS



Dallas MN: Perry's address aimed at businesses and social conservatives
Austin AS: Perry seeks to hold the line this session
Star Telegram: Texas economy still healthy, Gov. Rick Perry says
Dallas MN: Key points in Perry's State of the State address
Dallas MN: Perry sounds like a man fighting for governor job in State of State
NYT: Texas Governor Blasts E.P.A.

Dallas MN: Texas lawmakers lay out concerns about stimulus package

Austin AS: House rules: Straus first test
NYT: Texas Rebellion Gives a Centrist a Lift

FLORIDA



Miami Herald: S. Florida Republicans resist Obama's stimulus
Miami Herald: Gov. Charlie Crist vetoes $365 million from state budget cuts
Miami Herald: Crist's vetoes irk Republicans
CBS4: Crist Vetoes Millions From Fla. Budget Cuts
Tampa Tribune: Fla's DC Repubs v. Tallahassee Repubs
Orlando Sentinel: Grading Gov. Crist reveals harsh truths, despite his desire to succeed

St. Petersburg Times: Sansom inquiry targets Northwest Florida State College trustees

St. Petersburg Times: Iorio says she might run for U.S. Senate

GEORGIA

Atlanta JC: Georgia congressmen split on stimulus plan

OHIO

Cleveland PD: Republicans to governor: Shrink state government, eliminate jobs
Toledo Blade: GOP floats plan to shrink Ohio's government, cut 11,448 positions
Columbus Dispatch: Voinovich votes no in committee on Senate stimulus bill

MICHIGAN



Detroit News: Ann Arbor businessman poised to lead state Republicans
Detroit News: Hoogendyk out, Weiser in for Michigan GOP chair
AP/Hoffman: Race for Michigan GOP chairman down to Ron Weiser
AP: Biographical information about Ron Weiser

Mlive: Sen. George running for governor

Detroit News: Feds up pressure in bribery probe
Detroit FP: Names emerge in Synagro allegations
Detroit News: Kilpatrick wants to pack up, leave Mich.

VIRGINIA

Virginian-Pilot: McDonnell a Republican savior?
Richmond Times-Dispatch: Chief fundraiser for Va. GOP quits
Richmond Times-Dispatch: Cantor taps longtime aide to lead staff

TENNESSEE

AP: 2 TN congressmen seek $25M for TVA ash cleanup

SOUTH CAROLINA

Politico: Republicans chew on DeMint

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston Globe: DeLeo will lead House; Patrick to unveil cuts

ARIZONA

Arizona Republic: House Republicans tout plan's shallower cuts

KENTUCKY

CNN: Bunning defiantly promises to seek re-election in 2010

HAWAII

AP/Niesse: Hawaii gov: Need to balance budget, spur economy
Star Bulletin: Legislators should work with governor in handling crisis
AP: Lingle delivers State of the State speech
Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii must make difficult choices, governor warns

COLORADO

Hill: On Bennet, Colorado GOP takes wait-and-see tactic

CONNECTICUT

Hartford Courant: Hartford Mayor Arrested On Bribery Charges
AP: Hartford, Conn., mayor arrested on bribery charges

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January 27, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

NYT: 62,000 Jobs Are Cut by U.S. and Foreign Companies
WaPo: Major U.S. Companies to Slash 48,400 Jobs
Wash Times: Premier firms shed 70,000 jobs: January on track for worst losses since '74

Hill: House to begin stimulus debate Tuesday
WSJ: Obama Urges Quick Action on Stimulus
WSJ: The proposed stimulus isn't big enough to restore confidence
WSJ: Corporate Tax Cuts Should Be Part of the Stimulus
WSJ: Economic Policy Will Have to Be Very Agile
WaPo: Stimulus Bill Sends Thrill Through Region
Rush Limbaugh: The Obama-Limbaugh Bipartisan Stimulus Plan of 2009
Rush Limbaugh: We Want the President's Policies to Fail So Everyone Can Succeed
AP/Sidoti: Obama to seek input from Republicans on economy



Huffington Post: Courting Snowe And Collins To Defang Senate Republicans



NY Post: Limbaugh slams Obama: Says new prez is not a 'unifier'
Rush Limbaugh: The Great Unifier Attacks Rush
Boston Herald: Analysts say prez erred in singling out Rush Limbaugh
Politico: Rush: Obama wants me to fail
Rush Limbaugh: Obama's Nixonian Enemies List
NYT: Republican Senate Leader Sings Bipartisan Tune
LA Times: Obama ramps up bipartisan efforts
WaPo: The Effort to Roll Back Bush Policies Continues
Telegraph UK: The Right-wing talk show host Barack Obama has told Republicans to ignore



Rush Limbaugh: Speaker of the House Pelosi: Birth Control Helps the Economy
WSJ: Speaker Nancy Malthus: Pelosi should abstain from social engineering

Hill: Pelosi expects major step on health reform in '09



Politico: Cantor whips votes, counts cash

Hill: Welch gives back Rangel contributions



WSJ: Obama Moves to Let States Set Own Rules on Emissions
NYT: Detroit Calls Emissions Proposals Too Strict
NYT: Obama Directs Regulators to Tighten Auto Rules
WaPo: Obama Announces New Energy, Environmental Policies

NYT: Senate Confirms Geithner for Treasury Post
WaPo: Taking Office at Treasury, Geithner Vows Swift Action
WaPo: Geithner Confirmed By Senate
CQ Politics: Senate Confirms Geithner Despite Tax Problems
AP: Roll vote on treasury secretary
Washington Times: Collins to vote against Geithner

WSJ: Outgoing Spy Chief to Return to Booz Allen
WaPo: Kristol Severs Ties With the N.Y. Times

Washington Times: Political dynasties fade away



WSJ: Democrats Subpoena Rove, Testing Their Clout and Obama
Politico: Rove subpoenaed by Conyers
Hill: Conyers subpoenas Rove
AP/Margasak: House Judiciary Chairman Subpoenas Karl Rove

RNC CHAIR

Marc Ambinder: RNC Chair Race Update: Unentangling Alliances
Townhall: RNC Rumors Flying
Plum Line: Anonymous Attack On GOP Chair Candidate Uses Fake Newspaper Cover
Media General: Fla. GOP Chief to Whip for Steele in RNC Chairmans Race
Hill: RNC candidates play Lets Make a Deal in final week
Politico: Steele denies deal with Duncan
Hotline: An RNC Chairman Race In Flux; Duncan Has Modest Edge

NEW YORK

Newsday: Poll: Cuomo, Giuliani rise in 2010 gov matchup
McClatchy: Cuomo ties Paterson in governor's race poll
Buffalo News: Poll shows Paterson losing big lead over Cuomo in primary matchup
NY Post/Dicker: Paterson lyin' king of state: Knows Kennedy leaker
NY Post: Editorial: The fabulous fabulist
NY Post: Mike rips 'cheap shots' at Kennedy
NYDN: Caroline Kennedy bashing 'cheap dirty politics,' Mayor Bloomberg says
NYT: Paterson Seeks Distance From Senate Damage, but Hedges
NYT: After Criticism, Paterson Cancels Trip to Davos

Newsday: Records show McCarthy contributed to Gillibrand races
Politico: Gillibrand already fundraising for a Senate race
Hill: Poll: Republicans like Gillibrand pick more than Dems
AP/Matthews: Gillibrand vows to back hunters' rights
NYDN: Pro-gun Senator-designate Gillibrand should see heartbreak at Brooklyn HS
Newsday: Gillibrand's debut sees D'Amato on front row

CQ Politics: New York Party Bosses to Choose Ballot Names

NYT: Report Assails Ex-Health Chief in New York
NYDN: Antonia Novello, former surgeon general, rocked by scandal

NY Post: Hot Weiner catching up to Bloomy in poll

Albany TU: Bruno: Time for righteous indignation
Albany TU: Who thinks highly of John Faso? John Faso does
Buffalo News: Schumer, Higgins urge federal probe of gas prices

Buffalo News: O'Donnell named to key state homeland security post
AP/Bauman: NY criminal justice boss to lead homeland security

ILLINOIS



NYT: Illinois Trial Goes on Minus Star Defendant
WSJ: Blagojevich Takes His Case to TV: Illinois Governor Skips Impeachment Trial
Politico: The Rod Blagojevich Show
Politico: Blago impeachment trial underway
WaPo/Milbank: Waxing Poetic About Injustice
Detroit FP: Blagojevich mum on federal recording comments
NYDN: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich: I considered Oprah Winfrey for Senate seat
Chicago Tribune: Young Republicans offer fundraiser to hospital in Blagojevich scandal

MINNESOTA



Star Tribune: Senate recount trial: Copies of ballots don't cut it
Pioneer Press: Markings on absentee ballot envelopes upset Coleman case
Hill: Opening day indicates long Coleman-Franken trial
Hill: Franken gets jump-start on Minnesota Senate hearing
Hometown Source: Republican Norm Coleman attending trial before panel

Star Tribune: A giant battle over Medicaid is brewing in Minnesota
Pioneer Press: Pawlenty puts health, welfare on cutting table

Star Tribune: GOP legislators want photo IDs for voting in Minnesota
Pioneer Press: Requiring voter IDs is back on the agenda

Star Tribune: Accused of intending to bomb GOP convention

PENNSYLVANIA

WaPo: Murtha's 'Big-Game' Link

CALIFORNIA

Sacramento Bee: Feds' stimulus plan could set stage for California budget deal
Bloomberg: Schwarzenegger Says Deal Is Close as Cash Runs Short
SF Chronicle: GOP, Dems gamble on effect of a stimulus bill
Sacramento Bee: Environmentalists sound alarms over budget deal

Sacramento Bee: Tough California air rules to force new era for cars?
SF Chronicle: Emissions rule waiver expected this spring
Mercury News: Obama embraces California vehicle emissions efforts

LA Times: Stanford law graduate who allegedly was a call girl pleads guilty to tax evasion

TEXAS

Dallas MN: Hutchison releases names of Perry donors who are now part of her campaign
News 8 Austin: 1 year out, Perry-Hutchison battle heating up

Dallas MN: Proposed Texas House rules trim committees, moderate speaker's power
Austin AS: Speaker Straus would roll back some Craddick policies

FLORIDA

Orlando Sentinel: Economy dominates town-hall meeting with Crist

Media General: Gelber To Join Fla. Senate Race
Ledger: Gelber Will Enter Senate Race For Martinez's Seat
AP/Farrington: Fla. state Sen. Gelber to run for US Senate

WCTV: Florida Supreme Court Appointment Info

GEORGIA

Atlanta JC: Georgia Legislature: Counties could team on transit
Atlanta JC: Property tax relief deserves to live
Macon Telegraph: Cuts run deep in Perdues budget proposal

OHIO

Marc Ambinder: The Ohio Senate Landscape

MICHIGAN

Detroit FP: Synagro exec exposes bribes; plea details point to Kilpatrick
Detroit News: Kilpatrick, dad linked to FBI bribery probe
Detroit News: Kilpatrick seeks permission to travel

TENNESSEE

Chattanooga TFP: GOP lawmakers ready to work with House leader
Chattanooga TFP: Lawmakers ready to put budget on chopping block

VIRGINIA


Politico: McAuliffe airs first ad of gov. race
Hill: Bill Clinton to keynote Virginia Dems dinner

ALASKA

Politico: Stevens: Agent, witness had romance

COLORADO

Hill: Suthers says no to Colorado Senate bid

KENTUCKY

Louisville C-J: Mongiardo will seek Bunning's Senate seat
Lexington HL: Mongiardo to run for U.S. Senate
Hill: Kentucky Lt. Gov. will challenge Bunning
Business Courier: Mongiardo announces intention to run for Senate
MSNBC: Mongiardo To Enter Senate Race

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston Globe: House seethes in fight for speaker: DeLeo appears to have the votes
Boston Globe: Picking a more conservative speaker: Low-key DeLeo is a man of House
AP/LeBlanc: Mass. House Speaker is third in a row to quit powerful post under ethics clouds

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January 26, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

WSJ: Business Seeks Stimulus Tax Cuts
NYT: Nationalization Gets a New, Serious Look
Times UK: Banks call on Barack Obama for urgent cash injection
NYT: Republicans Are Resistant to Obamas Stimulus Plan
LA Times: Republicans step up criticism of Obama
Politico: Boehner not on board with stimulus
NYT: White House Pushing Stimulus Package
WSJ: The Stimulus Time Machine: That $355 billion in spending isn't about the economy
WSJ: We need to know what's mucking up the financial system
WSJ: How Modern Law Makes Us Powerless
WSJ: States of Distress: Our local politicians want $200 billion without any shaping up
WSJ: Watch Out for Stimulus 'Leaks'
WSJ: Congress Needs to Help the Economy Fast
Reuters: Obama aide won't rule out more money for bailouts
CQ Politics: More Money for Floundering Financial Industry?
AP: Pelosi: GOP ideas judged by ability to create jobs
ABC: 'This Week' Transcript: Nancy Pelosi
Fox: Transcript: Sen. Schumer on 'FOX News Sunday'
AP/Quaid: Stimulus: School money will be hard to cut later
AP: McCain will not vote for stimulus as it stands now
Drudge: Pelosi says birth control will help economy

WSJ: Geithner Is Exactly Wrong on China Trade
AP/Ohlemacher: Congress takes up economic plans, Treasury nominee
Washington Times: Napolitano lists Canadian border a top security priority
AP: McCain grudgingly says defense pick will proceed
USA Today: Ex-ACLU lawyer settles into government role
Chicago Tribune: Rahm Emanuel inside the bubble
American Thinker: Media averts eyes from subpoenas to Obama top staff
Detroit FP: Bill Ayers denies '70s plot to blow up Detroit police sites

ABC/Tapper: POTUS v. Limbaugh
PoliGazette: Limbaugh and Obama Go To War

WSJ: Obama Moves to Let States Set Own Rules on Emissions
NYT: Obamas Order Is Likely to Tighten Auto Standards
WaPo: Obama to Take Steps On Car Fuel Efficiency
AP/Feller: States may gain power over emissions standards

Hill: Top Dem: No comprehensive health reform this year
CQ Politics: Within Stimulus Bill, Democrats Move to Expand Medicaid

Pittsburgh TR: Feingold to introduce amendment ending appointments
CNN: Senator: End Blagojevich-type appointments

NYT: Editorial: The Moment for National Service
NYT: Editorial: From Here to Retirement

WaPo: Fed May Gain More Financial Oversight

William Kristol: Will Obama Save Liberalism?
EJ Dionne: Ready-for-Disaster Republicans



Miami Hurricane: Karl Rove speaks to students about Gitmo, presidential legacy

Hill: Dem whip challenges GOP to invite Obama to retreat

AP: McCain says it hurts to lose the election

WaPo: Once Pardoned, Always Pardoned

RNC CHAIR


Human Events: RNC Race Is Red-Hot
Baltimore Sun: Steele has a shot at the GOP chairmanship in a cozy little contest
Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii GOP leader to vote for national GOP chief
GOPUSA/Muth: RNC Race Heats Up, Turns Negative
Politico: RNC race boosts technology

NEW YORK



Post Star: Saratoga County GOP backs Tedisco
Capital News 9: Saratoga Republican Committee endorses Tedisco for Congress
Star Gazette: Many set sights on Gillibrand's seat
MidHudson News: Two more candidates surface for Gillibrand House seat
Swing State Project: NY-20: Treadwell Is Out

NYDN: Senate-designate Gillibrand: My goal is to try to fill Hillary Clinton's shoes
Troy Record: Gillibrand expected to be upstate watch dog
Village Voice: Is Gillibrand Too Republican to Replace Clinton?



NY Post/Dicker: Caroline's Secret Reason
NYDN/Benjamin: Hired PR gun doomed Caroline, insiders say
NY Post: Kennedys Livid as Gov Asked Caroline to 'Lie'
NY Mag: The Zany Adventures of (Senator) Caroline Kennedy
NYDN/Lupica: Gov. Paterson is the one who is out of his weight class
NYDN: Gov. Paterson's political future is on life support - Dems
Buffalo News: Paterson may feel backlash from angry Democrats

Buffalo News: Thompson to make a bigger splash
Post-Standard: Syracuse agencies worry about state budget cuts

MSNBC: After Indictment, Bruno Says He's Being Targeted
Capital News 9: Local Republican leaders speak out for Bruno
Rochester D&C: Bruno's fight underscores need for tougher ethics laws
Times Herald-Record: Bonacic: Bruno indictment highlights Albanys problems
Gothamist: Indicted, Bruno Says Fed's Investigation "Stinks"
NY Observer: Feds Explain Indictment of Bruno, Albany

NY Post/Dicker: Dave's Swiss Bliss: Will Flee Town After Semate-Pick Debacle

Washington Times: Rangel ethics inquiries vex House leaders

NY Post: Obama plans $3.4B shot in arm for NYC
NYDN: New York in line for $3.4B boost under Obama stimulus package

NY Post: Molinari is Mayor's guy

ILLINOIS



ABC7: State rep.: Governor has 'gone insane'
Chicago Tribune: Senate trial looms, Blagojevich unbowed
Chicago ST: Blagojevich in NBC interview compares himself to Gandhi, King and Mandela
NYDN: Please feel sorry for me, says Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich
AP/Zelinski: Impeachment casts cloud over other state work
AP/Wills: Impeachment trial to proceed without Ill. governor
Daily Herald: Governor's impeachment trial a first for Illinois

Daily Herald: Ryan will take his bid for freedom to Obama

MINNESOTA

Star Tribune: 3 judges take control today of Senate race
WaPo: Franken Has the Lead, but Coleman Has His Day in Court
AP/Condon: Burden in Minn. Senate trial heavier on Coleman

AP: Trial starts for Texas man charged in RNC case

AP: Pawlenty to release budget plan on Tuesday

PENNSYLVANIA

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Rendell's stinky cronyism
Philadelphia Inquirer: Editorial: Raising Pa. Taxes: Not now
Philadelphia Inquirer: What to expect from Fumo's defense

CALIFORNIA


LA Times: Legislators signal $6 billion in budget cuts
LA Times: Governor rails against waste but finds it's hard to pin down
Sac Bee: Tech slump's ripples hit both capital, Capitol
SF Chronicle: Property tax revenue plummets with home values
Ventura County Star: State crisis reflects nation's

LA Times: Obama clearing way for California emissions waiver

AP/Leff: Gay leaders mull taking fight to 2010 vote

TEXAS



Fort Worth Star Telegram: New duties have Granger rethinking Senate race
Houston Chronicle: Hutchison meets campaign supporters in Austin
Dallas MN: Transcript of interview with Texas Gov. Rick Perry
Houston Chronicle: Just a few lawmakers make switch to lobbying

LOUISIANA

Houma Courier: Why didn't President Bush pardon Edwin Edwards?
Times-Picayune: Chance for release passes Edwards by

FLORIDA

Orlando Sentinel: Crist counts on federal relief to rescue Florida
Tallahassee Democrat: State eyes Chiles fund again
Sun-Sentinel: South Florida cities list projects for Barack Obama stimulus plan money
Orlando Sentinel: Florida should hurry if it wants cigarette-tax hike
Sun-Sentinel: Florida Legislature fight looms over Seminole gambling deal
Palm Beach Post: Grand jury to weigh speaker's ethics amid inquiries about ties to college

GEORGIA

McClatchy: Georgia could get $1.9B of stimulus
Atlanta JC: Lawmakers take aim at public defender council
Rome N-T: Lawmakers in budget struggle; more cuts proposed
Times-Herald: Georgians have ample reason to question Perdue's $21 million loan

ALABAMA

Tuscaloosa News: Alabamas 12 most influential people

OHIO

Port Clinton News Herald: Strickland will be squeezed as State of State address looms

TENNESSEE

Tennessean: Bredesen: Family tax break totally illegitimate
Kingsport Times News: Williams: Ethics complaint will be dropped

ALASKA



Anchorage Daily News: Governor rekindles massive dam plan
Juneau Empire: Palin hiring freeze raises questions

NEVADA

NYT: Brothels Ask to Be Taxed, but Official Sees a Catch

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston Globe: DiMasi will resign: Defends record, says ethics issues not forcing him out
NYT: Speaker of Massachusetts House Resigns Over Friendship

COLORADO

WaPo: Senate Seat Is Latest Stop On Bennet's Unlikely Ride

ARIZONA



Arizona Daily Star: Brewer jabs at Napolitano, vows to eliminate deficit

NEBRASKA

AP: New head of Neb. Republicans predicts GOP power

NEW MEXICO

CQ Politics: The Curious Case of New Mexicos Governor Race

OREGON

AP: Gay Portland Mayor Won't Resign Over Lying About Relationship With Teen

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January 25, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

WaPo: Obama Details Recovery Plan
Atlanta JC: Republicans: Obama plan bad medicine
Hill: Boehner rips Dem stimulus as chock-full of spending
Hill: House leaders to discuss stimulus on Sunday shows
AP: Sunday news show lineup
NYT: In Effort to Build Support, Obama Details Stimulus Plan
LA Times: Obama offers some economic stimulus specifics
House: Text of Stimulus Bill (.pdf)
Hill: In first radio address, Obama promotes stimulus
Hill: Rail group seeks track to stimulus funds
AP/Elliott: Obama touts aid plan's impact on average Americans
NYT: Obama Plans Fast Action to Tighten Financial Rules
Bloomberg: Republican Boehner Criticizes Democrats Economic-Recovery Plan
PR Newswire: House Republican Leader Boehner Delivers Weekly Republican Address
CQ Politics: Obama Tactics May Strain McConnell-Boehner Tie
LA Times/McManus: Obama's short-lived honeymoon
SF Examiner: Editorial: Cowering GOP becomes Obamas doormat
Financial Post: Obama's billionaire buddies

WaPo: Bush Doctrine Stalls Holder Confirmation: GOP Wants No More Investigations
Washington Times: Panetta faces qualification questions
Pasadena Star-News: Solis' confirmation as Labor secretary delayed
Las Vegas Sun: Card check issue stalls panels vote on nominee
Hill: Obama waives lobbying rules for Lynn
WaPo: Three New Homeland Security Hires
Politico: Holbrooke: Special Envoy to India
NYT: Partisan, Playful and Profane, Obama Aide Rahm Emanuel Tries to Hold It In
Daily Mail UK: Meet Obama's bodyman: The White House 'Chief of Stuff'

LA Times: Obama moves forward with plans to cut emissions
Washington Times: Obama poised to change Cuba policy?

NRO/York: Limbaugh Responds to Obama
JustOneMinute: Rush To Judgement
Telegraph UK: Barack Obama picks a fight with Rush Limbaugh as bipartisan spirit crumbles

NYT: Editorial: Uphold the Voting Rights Act

Washington Times: Report: Palin's clothes from RNC end up in trash
Fox: Sarah Palin Fan Mistakenly Buys Notorious Effigy Hung by Noose During Campaign



RNC CHAIR



Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: What Republicans must do
Politico: Nicholson to GOP:Rethink immigration

NEW YORK



Politico: King: "Cloud over" Gillibrand pick
Politico: Gillibrand unpopular among peers
AP: Gillibrand starts statewide "listening tour" in Harlem
NY Post: Gillibrand starts statewide tour in Harlem
Newsday: Gillibrand's rise not surprising to those who know her
AP/Gormley: Schumer the unseen hand in NY Senate choice
Newsday: Paterson criticized for how he choose new senator
Times UK: Poison flows as Kennedys daughter drops Senate bid
NYT: In Becoming a Willing Bridesmaid, Cuomo Plays Against Type
NYT: Enough About Gillibrand Who Won?
WROC: Congressman Chris Lee Weighs in on Governor Appointment
Maureen Dowd: Which Governor Is Wackier?
Newsday/Henican: New senator Gillibrand puts new president on hold

NY Post: Rangel probers AWOL: Ethics inquiry stalls as pols leave panel

Rochester D&C: Weight of public pensions growing for taxpayers

ILLINOIS



Chicago Sun-Times: Feds subpoena Blagojevich about contacts with Axelrod, Jarrett
Chicago Tribune: Blagojevich likely to be ousted
Chicago Tribune: Blagojevich hires Drew Peterson's PR firm
Chicago Sun-Times: Gov enlists Drew's PR firm to oversee dealings with media
Chicago Tribune: Governor takes his fight to airwaves
Daily Herald: Blagojevich's talking points
Chicago Tribune/Kass: As the stakes sharpen, Blago bares his fangs
Chicago Sun-Times/Marin: Gov's media blitz: unadulterated poppycock
Chicago Sun-Times: Genson quits Blago's criminal case
AP: Blagojevich Chief Attorney Quits Case
Daily Herald: Senate Republicans mix politics with impeachment trial

MINNESOTA

Star Tribune: Norm Coleman reaches out to Franken on absentee ballots
AP/Condon: Minn. Senate recount trial: What happens now?
Pioneer Press: U.S. Senate Race / Next stage of election could be the last
Power Line: Secretary Ritchie responds

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia Inquirer: Pa. Senate GOP pushes "government reform" bills

CALIFORNIA




Sac Bee: California is almost out of ways to pay bills, fund programs, controller says
SF Examiner: San Francisco seeks $1.1 billion of stimulus funds
Sac Bee: Speaker names full committee membership

Sacramento Bee: Prop. 8 donor disclosure dispute heats up
LA Times: Proposition 8 opponents hold Equality Summit

LA Times/Lopez: Toss one of those plum posts to me, governor
Sac Bee/Walters: How could constitutional convention help California?

TEXAS



Time: Bush Returns to a Divided Texas Republican Party
AP/Shannon: Hutchison meets campaign supporters in Austin
Dallas MN: Team Hutchison targets Gov. Perry
Austin AS: Hutchison: Ill declare for governor this summer
Star Telegram: Hutchison looking to play cards right on two fronts

FLORIDA



Tallahassee Democrat: Grand jury to consider probe into Sansom's college job
Miami Herald: Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom faces complaints, state probe
St. Petersburg Times: Inquiries heat up for Sansom
St. Petersburg Times: For it's one, two, three Sansom scandals

CQ Politics: Florida GOP Gov. Crist Riding High as Re-election Year Nears
Tallahassee Democrat: Editorial: Obama public-records order echoes Crist's

St. Petersburg Times: I-4 corridor yields no U.S. Senate crop for Democrats so far

Orlando Sentinel/Thomas: Economic reality catching up with Crist's insurance pipe dream
Orlando Sentinel/Maxwell: Sin-stained cash OK for GOP but not you

GEORGIA

Macon Telegraph: Economic stimulus package may send $1.9 billion to Ga.

OHIO

Akron Beacon Journal/Willard: Ohio needs to overhaul weak voting system now
Columbus Dispatch: Can Gov. Strickland right the ship?
Columbus Dispatch: State's jobless rate up to 7.8%

MICHIGAN

Detroit News: Mich. delegation presses Obama to help state

VIRGINIA

WaPo: Va. Governor's Divided Workload Raises Questions

TENNESSEE

Jackson Sun: In a Keith vs. Wamp race, Tennessee's children will be winners
Times News: Mumpower releases text of undelivered victory speech
Times News: Commission dismisses ethics complaint filed against Mumpower

ARIZONA

Phoenix Business Journal: Rep. Jeff Flake ponders run for Arizona governor

IOWA

Des Moines Register: Northey considers running for governor
AP/Glover: Northey ponders bid for Iowa governor

LOUISIANA

Bayou Buzz: Louisiana Democratic Party Criticizes Vitter, La. Republicans On Women Issue

KENTUCKY

Cincinnati Enquirer: Bunning running on empty
Louisville Courier-J: Bunning's weak '08 fundraising raises more questions about 2010 run
Bluegrass Politics: McConnell remains mum on Bunning

MISSOURI

News-Leader: Blunt ponders run for Bond's Senate seat

NEW JERSEY

Star-Ledger: GOP selects Karrow to fill seat in state Senate


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January 24, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES





NATIONAL

WaPo: Downturn Accelerates As It Circles The Globe
Washington Times: Obama hears GOP stimulus concerns
WaPo: Obama to Decide Soon Whether to Add to Bailout
Reuters: Republicans agree stimulus to pass in February
Reuters: Top Republican echoes Obama's call to end sniping
NYT: Obama Presses for Quick Jolt to the Economy
WSJ: Partisan Rancor Seeps Into Talks on Stimulus Plan
WaPo: Obama Seeks GOP Backing for Stimulus
AP/Taylor: Senate panel proposes $300 bonus payment to seniors
NYT: Firms That Got Bailout Money Keep Lobbying
WSJ: Politicians Asked Feds to Prop Up Ailing Bank
AP/Smyth: Governors seek concessions from public workers
George Will: Grand, Yes. Bargain, No.

Houston Chronicle: Texas Sen. Cornyn challenges Obama agenda
AP/Gamboa: Eye on 2010, Texas senator ready to challenge Dems
Politico: Jindal gets top GOP speaking slot
Hill: Jindal to keynote NRCC dinner
Hill: McConnell fires shots at Schumer for campaign tactics

WSJ: Delays in Cabinet Nominations Demonstrate GOP Resolve
WSJ: Geithner Delay Slows Assembly of Crisis Team
WSJ: Geithner's China Bash
Politico: Geithner plans regulations blitz
WaPo: For Political Appointees, a Trickle-In Theory
Boston Globe: George Mitchell returning to hot seat: Mideast poses new challenge
LA Times: Middle East envoy George Mitchell no stranger to conflicts
Politico: Bush's legal foes now Obama's legal team

Radio World: Obama Names Copps Interim FCC Chairman
Reason: Copps On Patrol
Information Week: Obama Names Acting FCC Chair
Reuters: Democrat Copps says named acting US FCC chief

NYT: Obama Reverses Rules on U.S. Abortion Aid
AP/Lee: Obama reverses Bush abortion-funds policy

WSJ: Pay-Discrimination Bill Signals Pro-Labor Shift in Washington

WaPo: Senate Nears Deal To Delay Digital TV

Nick Gillespie: Bush Was a Big-Government Disaster
Detroit News: Cheney wanted Bush to pardon Libby of perjury, obstruction

Politico: Kempthorne 2012?

AP: Sunday news show lineup
Politico: Sunday talk show tip sheet



RNC CHAIR

Fox: Rush Limbaugh Breaks Down Republican Party Problems
GOPUSA: Will the next GOP Leader please stand up?
Rush Limbaugh: Liberals Plan to Separate Elected Republicans from Their Voters
NY Post: Obama Zings Limbaugh

NEW YORK





NYT: DAmato Takes (Near) Center Stage at Gillibrand Announcement
NY Post: Dem Red 'Al'ert on Sen Kirsten
NYT: Gillibrand Is a Centrist With a Tenacious Style
NY Post: Gov says Caroline turned 'nasty'
NYT: In Selection Mess, Paterson Dug Hole Deeper
WSJ: Gov. Paterson Ends Senate-Seat Saga
WaPo: N.Y. Governor Angers Kennedy, Cuomo Backers
AP/Eltman: Pro-gun US Senate pick makes some NY pols unhappy
AP/Gormley: Little-known congresswoman picked for Clinton seat
Buffalo News: Patersons pick is known as a powerful political presence
Ithaca Journal: Many candidates interested in Gillibrand's seat
Troy Record: Several already eyeing Gillibrand's post
NY Post: Gov. Paterson Names Gillibrand Senator: Has 'Palin Pizazz'
Washington Times: Gillibrand pick cheers right, angers left
Daily News: Critics pounce on Gov. Paterson's choice
Buffalo News: Gillibrand, Hudson Valley moderate, appointed to Senate
NYDN: Caroline Kennedy was in over her head, but Gov. David Paterson crew stoops low
NYDN: Source: Gov. Paterson was underwhelmed with Caroline Kennedy from the start
Politics on the Hudson: Race For Gillibrands Seat Underway
Politico: Gillibrand conducted oppo research on self
NYT: Editorial: Adventures in New York Politics
NYDN: Editorial: Paterson owed New York a senator of commanding stature
David Broder: Dynasties In Decline
Susan Estrich: Caroline's Exit

NY Post/Dicker: Dave Dooms Self to Lose vs. Andy
Rochester D&C: Paterson may pay price for Senate pick
NYDN/Benjamin: Week's political turmoil reveals the three-ring circus that is Albany

NY Post: $3M Bruno Fraud: Fed Indictment in Phony Fee Scam
NYDN: Bruno indicted on corruption charges spanning 13 years
NYT: Ex-Senate Leader Bruno Is Indicted for Corruption
Buffalo News: Federal indictment cites illicit payments to ex-State Senate leader
Buffalo News: Bruno defiant, denies charges of corruption
AP/Hill: Former NY Senate GOP leader Joseph Bruno indicted on federal corruption charges
Village Voice: Joe Bruno Indicted
AP: Former NY Senate leader Joe Bruno indicted
AP/Hill: Former N.Y. Senate Majority Leader Indicted

NYT: In This G.O.P., the ‘O’ Stands for Optimism

ILLINOIS



Chicago Tribune: Blagojevich: Impeachment trial 'hanging' him
Chicago Sun-Times: Editorial: Govs plea: Save me: We say: Save yourself
WSJ: Gov. Blagojevich Claims Impeachment Trial Won't Be Fair
NYT: Blagojevich Calls Impeachment Process Unfair
WaPo: Gov. Blagojevich Vows to Boycott His Senate Trial
NYDN: Blagojevich: Corruption charges are like 'Pearl Harbor'
AP/Wills: Blagojevich: I might sue to stop trial
Rush Limbaugh: Don't Think Blago Can't Survive

MINNESOTA

Pioneer Press: Coleman's request for ballot inspectors denied by three-judge panel
Star Tribune: Coleman loses bid to check at least 4,500 ballots
AP/Condon: Coleman denied request for Minn. ballot inspection
WSJ: Minnesota Vote Fight Enters New Phase

AP: Ex-House DFL Leader Entenza may run for governor

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia Inquirer: Specter unsure after Holder meeting
Roll Call: Murtha Had Long Relationship With Defense Firm
American Thinker: Murtha-Funded Firms Busted

CALIFORNIA


Mercury News: Obama stimulus, Schwarzenegger budget plans at odds
LA Times: California unemployment rate jumps to 9.3% in December
San Diego UT: State, local jobless numbers jump
LA Times: Orange County public assistance workers decry layoffs

TEXAS

Dallas MN: Texas' Sen. Hutchison opposes $825 billion stimulus package
Dallas MN: Stimulus plan, which includes $27 billion for Texas, vexes GOP leaders
AP/Root: Gov. Rick Perry rips federal government

DMN: Texas education board approves standards that don't include evolution 'weaknesses'
NYT: Split Outcome in Texas Battle on Teaching of Evolution

FLORIDA

Sun-Sentinel: Gov. Charlie Crist wants Florida to get fair share of stimulus money
Miami Herald: New rules raise the bar for condo mortgages in Florida

Miami Herald: Embattled House Speaker Ray Sansom hires prominent attorney
St. Petersburg Times: House Speaker Sansom hires criminal defense attorney

Hill: Poll finds close Florida race with many unknowns
MSNBC: Senate race: Mack, McCollum best known

Miami Herald: Survey: Floridians back cigarette tax, gays' right to adopt

GEORGIA

Atlanta JC: Billions may be headed to Georgia
Dawson Times: Georgia Republican Delegation Calls on Obama to Allow Offshore Drilling

OHIO

Roll Call: Portman Meets With Cornyn
Akron BJ: It's time to set record straight on the results of Ohio vote

MICHIGAN

Detroit News: Farrakhan visits Kilpatrick

VIRGINIA

Washington Times: Va. absentee ballot bill advances
Richmond Times Dispatch: Redistricting bill dies in House panel

TENNESSEE

Austin AS: The GOP's Tennessee Waltz
NWTN: Williams election completes northeast Tenn. power shift
Chattanooga TFP: Wamp says 1 seat not enough insurance
CQ Politics: An Early Entry in Tennessee House Race

OREGON

WSJ: Mayor's Admission Roils Portland
AP/Hudetz: Portland mayor to decide soon whether to resign

MASSACHUSETTS

Boston Globe: Patrick to cut local aid by $128m

WASHINGTON STATE

Olympian: Parties choose leaders today

ARIZONA

Arizona Republic: Gov. Napolitano's legacy an unclear one


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January 23, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES





NATIONAL

WSJ: Expect the World Economy to Suffer Through 2009
WaPo: Stimulus Plan Meets More GOP Resistance
Reuters: Republicans Upset as House Panels Move on Stimulus
AP/Kuhnhenn: Obama, lawmakers to meet on economic stimulus
AP/Espo: House Dems push tax breaks through committee
WSJ: Investors Want Clarity Before They Take Risks
WSJ: The World Won't Buy Unlimited U.S. Debt

WaPo: Delays in Bank Aid Spur Frustration
WaPo: Report Faults Financial Oversight

WSJ: Senate Panel Approves Geithner for Treasury's Top Post
WaPo: Geithner Says China Manipulates Its Currency
NYT: Geithner Hints at Harder Line on China Trade
WSJ: U.S. Stance on the Yuan Gets Tougher
NYT: Geithner Says China Is Manipulating Its Currency
WSJ: Party Line Central Banking: A Geithner loyalist at the New York Fed
Reuters: Key Republican Won't Back Geithner For Treasury

WSJ: Torture Inquisition: Eric Holder isn't Attorney General yet
WaPo: Editorial: An unjustified delay on Mr. Holder

AP/Kellman: Senate OKs Obama nominees LaHood & Donovan, more, waits on others
WSJ: Nominee for Transportation Dept. Urges Role for Private Sector
WSJ: Internet-Law Expert Is Nominated as Antitrust Chief
WSJ: CDC Insider Named Acting Director
WSJ: Obama Appoints Envoys to Address Foreign Conflicts

WSJ: Obama Closes Detention Network
WaPo: Obama Reverses Bush Policies On Detention and Interrogation
CBS: Republicans Express Concerns On Guantanamo Executive Order
NYT: Obama Orders Secret Prisons and Detention Camps Closed
AP/Raum: Obama breaks from Bush and orders Gitmo to close
WaPo: Bush's 'War' On Terror Comes to a Sudden End
WSJ: The Jack Bauer Exception: Obama's executive order wants it both ways on interrogation

WSJ: Congress Will Test Obama's New Tone: 'Truth commission'? Just call it a witch hunt

WSJ: U.S. Raids Contractors Aided by Murtha

NYT: Senate Undertakes Bipartisan Ways
WaPo: Senate Gets Reacquainted With McCain the Maverick

WaPo: Fair-Wage Bill Clears The Senate: High Court Decision Would Be Overturned
AP: How they voted: Senate roll vote on wage discrimination bill

WSJ: First Embryonic Stem-Cell Trial Gets Approval From the FDA
WSJ: Obama Intends to Lift Family-Planning 'Gag Rule'

SF Chronicle: Can the vice president learn to zip his lip?

NYT: Environmental Issues Slide in Poll of Publics Concerns
NYT: Editorial: Collapse of the Clean Coal Myth
American Thinker: Productive stimulus: Fast-track nuclear power

WSJ: Senate Expected To Pass Digital TV Delay To June 12
AP/Tessler: Senate nears deal to delay digital TV transition

Rush Limbaugh: Video Clip: Hannity Asks Rush: Do You Want Obama to Succeed?
Peggy Noonan: What I Saw at the Inauguration: And what 4-foot-tall Americans learned
Charles Krauthammer: Obama's Inaugural Surprise
Dick Morris: Beware Obama's Trojan Horse
Matt Kinnaman: Mother Teresa and the Inauguration
Harvie Wilkinson: Storming the 4th Circuit
Carl Icahn: The Economy Needs Corporate Governance Reform
WSJ: How Government Looks at Pundits

Chicago Tribune: Sarah Palin's book deal: $11 million?

RNC CHAIR

Bloomberg: Republican Battle for Party Chairman Pits Leaders Against Base
Stuart Rothenberg: RNC Race Too Close to Call as Election Approaches
Union Leader: Michigan's Anuzis has NH supporter
CQ Politics: To Guess RNC Winner Think High School, Watch Anuzis

NEW YORK



NYT: Paterson Picks Gillibrand for Senate
AP/Gormley: Aide: Paterson picks Gillibrand as next NY senator
WSJ: Paterson to Pick Gillibrand to Become Next New York Senator
Newsday: Upstate U.S. Senate Dem hopeful shreds 'liberal' label
Wowowow: 6 Things To Know About Kirsten Gillibrand
Gotham Gazette: The Next Senator from New York?
Post Star: Republicans voice early interest in congressional seat
Capital News 9: Treadwell, Little say they'll run for seat
Post Star: Cash on hand for possible GOP candidates

NYT: Housekeeper and Taxes Are Said to Derail Kennedys Bid
WaPo: Kennedy's Withdrawal Illustrates a Double Standard, Some Say

Newsday: Suozzi's future appears to be in Albany

ILLINOIS



Chicago Tribune: Blagojevich: 'Impeachment trial is a sham'
Chicago Tribune: Gov's lawyers expect removal from office
Chicago Sun-Times: Sighting 'The View' A Blago blitz?

MINNESOTA



Star Tribune: Franken's request to dismiss Coleman suit is denied
Pioneer Press: Franken loses bid to toss out Coleman suit
AP/Condon: Franken's motion to dismiss recount suit rejected
Pioneer Press: Reality of recount in Franken/Coleman race seems lost on Washington

Reuters: Coleman finds temporary gig as fight for Senate seat goes on
Minn Post: Coleman joins Republican Jewish Coalition as paid consultant
Star Tribune: Coleman takes 'temporary' job

Politico: Cornyn to Reid: Don't seat Al Franken

CALIFORNIA


LA Times: Economic stimulus package has a potential windfall for California government
Sacramento Bee: Stimulus plan would give California $4.5 billion for infrastructure
Sacramento Bee: Tax overhaul panel facing daunting task
Sacramento Bee: Bond money crunch freezes out environmental nonprofits
SF Chronicle: BART directors eye raising fares, parking fees

TEXAS



Dallas MN: Texas Gov. Rick Perry supports eminent-domain protection for homeowners
Austin AS: Perry moves to restake his ground on eminent domain

FLORIDA

South Florida Bus. Journal: Poll: Crists popularity remains strong
St. Petersburg Times: Governor may veto Florida Forever cut
Orlando Sentinel: Crist veto could blunt some budget cuts

Am Spectator: Only Qualified to Be President? It's not too late for Jeb Bush to reconsider

GEORGIA

AP: Budget hearings wrap up at Georgia Capitol
AP/McCaffrey: Georgia DOT pleads with lawmakers for more money
Dawson Times: Isakson Named to Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Cmte

VIRGINIA

Richmond TD: GOP fundraiser says he is in compliance

TENNESSEE



Tennessean: Speaker Kent Williams splits House power
Chattanoogan: Williams Names Republican McDaniel As Deputy Speaker
WDEF: Tennessee Republicans & Democrats Share Committee Chair Power In House
Nashville Business Journal: Williams makes bipartisan appointments

KANSAS

KC Star: Kansas Republicans set budget cut bull's eye at $300 million

ARIZONA

Arizona Republic: Critical moment for Arizona GOP
Phoenix Business Journal: Gov. Jan Brewer puts hold on issuance of new state regulations
Arizona Guardian: Where does Brewer stand?

CONNECTICUT

Hartford Courant: State GOP Chairman Calls For Gaffey Investigation
Newsday: GOP chair wants Gaffey investigated

NEW HAMPSHIRE



SeaCoast: Former Governor Sununu named chairman of NH GOP
Concord Monitor: Sununu takes reins of NH GOP
Union Leader: New GOP chairman Sununu comes out fighting

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January 22, 2009

TODAY'S TOP STORIES



NATIONAL

WSJ: Obama Freezes Top Salaries, Guant. Curbs, Lobbying Limits, Middle East Diplomacy
NYT: Oath Is Administered Once Again
WSJ: Conservatives Have Answered Obama's Call
Washington Times: Roberts, Obama re-do swearing in
Politico: What we don't know about Obama
Politico: Ten Dems Obama should watch out for

WSJ: Political Interference Seen in Bank Bailout Decisions
WSJ: Bill May Not Stimulate Jobs Right Away
Hill: GOP wins Obama meeting on stimulus
Hill: House passes bill to restrict bailout funds
AP/Kuhnhenn: Three-quarters of stimulus to go in 18 months
Washington Times: Editorial: The grim tax reaper

Hill: Republicans delay Holder for a week
WSJ: Republicans Invoke Marc Rich in Holder Confirmation Holdup
WaPo: Republicans Obstruct Holder's Path to Justice Dept.
NYT: G.O.P. Forces Delay on Attorney General
NYT: Editorial: For Attorney General

WSJ: Clinton Is Confirmed for Secretary of State
NYT: Clinton Is Approved, but Vote on Holder Is Delayed
AP/Schweid: Mitchell eyed for top post in Mideast diplomacy

WSJ: Geithner Apologizes, Calls for 'Dramatic' Action
NYT: Geithner Grilled Over Tax Issue
WaPo: Treasury Secretary Nominee Urges Changes to Current Bailout Plan
NYT: Editorial: For Treasury Secretary
WSJ: Geithner's Tax Code: The nominee explains his payment 'mistake.'

WaPo: LaHood Gets a Warm Welcome on the Hill
NYT: Panel Approves Transportation Nominee

Politico: Fired U.S. Attorney will be terror prosecutor

CQ Politics: Health Care Overhaul Still in Happy Talk Stage



Politico: Republicans hand out prime committee spots
Hill: Enzi, Cornyn get coveted Finance seats
Hill: Gloves off as Sen. Cornyn launches attack on Reid

NYT: Ethics Panel Chief Vows High Standards
Roll Call: Isakson Takes Top GOP Seat on Ethics

Connecticut Post: Dems want apology from Lieberman

WSJ: President Bush: A Quiet Farewell and a Warm Reception in Midland TX

Weekly Standard: Cheney Speaks Out on Libby

Karl Rove: Bush Was Right When It Mattered Most
Ann Coulter: More Boos Than Balls
Dick Morris: The Obama Presidency: Here Comes Socialism
Andrew McCarthy: Unpardonable: Holders Marc Rich Shuffle

American Thinker: Roe Is Only the Beginning
American Spectator: The President and Abortion

RNC CHAIR



Dallas MN: Chair pick will reveal GOP direction
NY Post: GOP's Golden Opportunity

Politico: RNC chair race is all about race
Townhall: Steele Releases GOP Tech Plan
American Spectator: Would All Be Well With Blackwell?

NEW YORK



WSJ: Caroline Kennedy Drops Bid for Open Senate Seat
NYT: Kennedy Withdraws Senate Bid
NY Post: Caroline's Kaput
NY Post/Dicker: Caroline Kennedy ends Senate seat bid
Buffalo News: Kennedy confirms she's ending bid for Senate
NYDN: Caroline Kennedy officially withdraws
NYDN: Let's make Caroline Kennedy our special envoy to Washington
Power Line: She's Back!
AP/Gormley: Source tells AP: Kennedy still wants Senate seat
NYT: In Casting a Senator, Double-Takes by the Governor

NYDN/Benjamin: King In Enemy Territory

NYDN/Benjamin: Senate GOP Still Has Money Edge, Dems Gaining
Auburn Pub: Change in Albany happens slowly

NYT: New York Borrows to Pay Jobless Claims
NYT: In New York, Proposed Budget Shuts Out Zoos, Aquariums and Gardens

ILLINOIS

Chicago Sun-Times: Patti Blagojevich fired from charity job
Chicago Tribune: Patricia Blagojevich fired by homeless agency

MINNESOTA



Star Tribune: Senate recount: Franken, Coleman court resolution
USA Today: Judges in Minn. Senate hear motion to dismiss
Politico: Coleman rallies support for lawsuit

Politico: Coleman making the rounds in D.C.
Washington Times: Coleman chides Reid in fight over Senate seat
Pioneer Press: Franken in D.C. to bone up on issues

Pioneer Press: House Republicans target welfare benefits for new residents
Star Tribune: GOP sees welfare as area to start tightening belt

Marc Ambinder: Interview: Gov. Tim Pawlenty

Fox: Sen. Klobuchar Granted Spot on Influential Judiciary Committee

PENNSYLVANIA

Fox: Murtha Says He'd Take Guantanamo Prisoners in His District

CALIFORNIA


Sacramento Bee: California Republicans put taxes on table for state budget deal
Sacramento Bee: Democrats hold out hope for budget deal
MSNBC: Calif. Leaders Lobby For Federal Help
LA Times: Controller joins unions in lawsuit challenging Schwarzenegger
AP/Young: Schwarzenegger asks Obama for tailpipe rules

TEXAS

AP/Shannon: Perry urges more money to create jobs

Austin AS: Bush comes home to Texas' open arms

NYT: In Texas, a Line in the Curriculum Revives Evolution Debate

FLORIDA

Sun-Sentinel: New poll shows Floridas U.S. Senate race is wide open
CQ Politics: Wide Open 2010 Outlook for Martinezs Florida Senate Seat

St. Petersburg Times: Editorial: A new tack on taxes

OHIO

Fox: Voinovich named to appropriations committee
Cleveland PD: Voinovich lands coveted seat overseeing government spending
CQ Politics: An Important Stop on His Way Home
Columbus Dispatch: Voinovich joins key spending committee

AP/Majors: Northeast Ohio monopolizes power in state legislature

VIRGINIA

WaPo: Judge Denies Request to Speed Recount in Delegate Election

TENNESSEE

Chattanooga TFP: Republican lawmaker files ethics complaint against Speaker Williams
Nashville Business Journal: Tennessee House speaker faces ethics complaint
Times News: Williams says alleged incidents never happened

DELAWARE

Politico: Beau Biden's Senate path clearer?

RHODE ISLAND

NYT: Rhode Island to Test Medicaid Spending Cap

ALASKA



AP/D'Oro: Palin to news organizations: Leave my kids alone
Alternative Energy: Sarah Palin Issues Alaska Challenge: 50% By 2025

Fort Mill Times: Murkowski named to Senate Appropriations Committee

ARIZONA



KVOA: Brewer sworn in as Arizona Governor
Arizona Republic: Growing deficit in budget awaits Brewer's shears
AP/Davenport: New Ariz. gov wants state to live within its means

NORTH CAROLINA

CQ Politics: N.C. Republican Burrs Approval Ratings Lag as Senate Campaign Nears

KENTUCKY



Politico: GOP pressures Bunning to quit

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