Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Dark Dark Dark — Barack Obama's grandmother told him to smile more. Bill Clinton tells the new president to strut more. — As the country takes a bullet train to bankruptcy, the last Democratic president urged the current one to “embody” that old American spunk.
Discussion: Commentary, No More Mister Nice Blog and Don Surber
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary: The Grinch Who Stole Hope
Steve M. / No More Mister Nice Blog: DOWD: WHY WON'T OBAMA PIT THE STRUGGLING AGAINST THE REALLY STRUGGLING …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama's Budget — Clearly the big story of the day is the deliberate leakage of Obama budget plans. The highlights: — Obama wants the 2013 deficit to be half the size of the 2009 deficit he inhereted. — The 2010 deficit is going to be large. — Specifically …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft: Cutting The Deficit In Half
Krooney / TIME.com: Big Spender, Budget Slasher
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama: Deficit is big, my plan is bigger — Last week, America ran up the credit card. This week, the statement arrives. — President Barack Obama is set to deliver the worst fiscal news since the Great Depression. — On Monday, he'll outline a deficit of $1.3 trillion …
Discussion: Associated Press and marbury
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama vows to cut huge deficit in half
Obama vows to cut huge deficit in half
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Commentary
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly: OBAMA EYES DEFICIT REDUCTION.... Just yesterday, in his weekly address …
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary: Hocus Pocus Time — Not even the Washington Post editors …
New York Times:
A Reconciliation on Gay Marriage — IN politics, as in marriage, moments come along when sensitive compromise can avert a major conflict down the road. The two of us believe that the issue of same-sex marriage has reached such a point now. — We take very different positions on gay marriage.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend, American Power, The Volokh Conspiracy and PrawfsBlawg
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend: NYT op-ed on same-sex marriage presents a compromise
Donald Douglas / American Power: Motivations of Contemporary Atheists
Dale Carpenter / The Volokh Conspiracy: A compromise on federal civil unions? From Sunday's New York Times …
Rob Vischer / PrawfsBlawg: A workable compromise on SSM/civil unions?
Ian Talley / Wall Street Journal:
EPA to Issue Emissions Rules — WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's climate czar said Sunday the Environmental Protection Agency would soon issue a rule on regulation of carbon dioxide, finding that it represents a danger to the public. — The White House is pressing Congress to draft …
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
Rahm Emanuel on the job. — Rahm Emanuel's office, which is no more than a three-second walk from the Oval Office, is as neat as a Marine barracks. On his desk, the files and documents, including leatherbound folders from the National Security Council, are precisely arranged, each one parallel with the desk's edge.
The White House:
The quickest and broadest tax cut ever — Two important takeaways from the President's Weekly Address this morning. — #1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will start having an impact as soon as a few weeks from now, in the form of the quickest and broadest tax cut in history:
Discussion: CBS News and Political Machine
Christopher Weber / Political Machine: Obama's Weekly Address Trumpets Tax Cuts
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Sen. Feingold's Constitution — A simple apology would have sufficed. Instead, Sen. Russ Feingold has decided to follow his McCain-Feingold evisceration of the First Amendment with Feingold-McCain, more vandalism against the Constitution. — The Wisconsin Democrat …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Washington Monthly
Publius / Obsidian Wings: Repeal the 17th Amendment?
Patrick McCreless / CullmanTimes.com, Cullman, Alabama:
Shelby discusses stimulus bill, other issues — To Sen. Richard Shelby, borrowing $787 billion is not good fiscal responsibility. — “You can't borrow your way to prosperity,” Shelby said. “We're the largest debtor in the world. We're stealing from our grandchildren.”
Discussion: The Politico, Washington Monthly and Taegan Goddard's …
Swiss party wants to punish U.S. for UBS probe — The right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP) called on Saturday for retaliation against the United States over a U.S. tax probe into the country's biggest bank UBS that threatens prized banking secrecy. — The populist SVP, the country's biggest party …
Discussion: Don Surber and WHITE NOISE INSANITY
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Ex-Paterson Aide to Return for Re-election Bid — Charles J. O'Byrne, the former top aide to Gov. David A. Paterson whose resignation amid a tax scandal last year destabilized the administration, will return to help oversee the governor's 2010 re-election campaign, the governor's office said on Saturday.
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Politics
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post: DAVE SCANDAL AIDE NIXES COMEBACK
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics: No (Paid) Return For O'Byrne (Updated)
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Should Minnesota lower the drinking age to 18? — The argument over the legal drinking age will once again arise in Minnesota, and along with it, issues of states' rights, citizenship, and public safety. Four members of the state legislature will introduce a bill to lower the age to 18 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and PoliGazette
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute: Alcohol And Eighteen — Old enough to fight, old enough to vote, old enough to drink.
Michael Merritt / PoliGazette: Minnesota Considers Lowering Drinking Age