Stories You Should Know (1/29/10)

The Caucus (New York, NY)
A potentially divisive dispute over a Republican National Committee “purity resolution” that would require candidates to commit to a series of conservative positions – or face a cut-off of party funds – has apparently been averted.

Capitol Watch (Hartford, CT)
“With the support of over 12,000 donors contributing a record-breaking total of $2.3 million in just 9 months, Rob Simmons’ fundraising success is unparalleled for a Republican Senate candidate in Connecticut,” trumpets Raj Shah, Simmons’ spokesman.

San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, CA)
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito didn’t like President Obama’s public criticism of the high court’s ruling removing corporate campaign spending limits – and he didn’t try to hide it.

The White House is considering moving the site of the September 11 attack trial from Manhattan if the U.S. Justice Department sees fit, senior administration officials confirmed Friday.

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
The Senate on Thursday confirmed Ben S. Bernanke for a second term as Federal Reserve chairman, but he scraped by with the narrowest margin in the history of the position and his weakened political standing could weigh on the central bank’s ability to maneuver for years to come.

New York Times (New York, NY)
The White House on Thursday signaled the outlines of its strategy for breaking the partisan logjam holding up President Obama’s agenda, saying Democrats would move quickly to underline their commitment to fixing the broken economy and to build an election-year case against Republicans if they do not cooperate.


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