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9:15 PM ET, January 25, 2010

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Mark Mooney / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Obama Would ‘Rather Be Really Good One-Term President’  —  Obama Tells Diane Sawyer That Health Care Bill Had Political Cost  —  President Obama, buffeted by criticism of his massive health care reform bill and election setbacks, said today he remained determined to tackle health care …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Too Dumb to Thrive  —  Absolutely amazing poll results from CNN today about the $787 stimulus package: nearly three out of four Americans think the money has been wasted.  On second thought, they may be right: it's been wasted on them.  Indeed, the largest single item in the package …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Berry: Obama said “big difference” between '10 and '94 is “me”  —  Rep. Marion Berry's parting shot, published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette [no link, subscription only] offers a warning to moderate Democrats and border state moderates — warning of a midterm bloodbath comparable to the 54-seat D-to-R swing in 1994.
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Bill Clinton—Call Our Office!
Political Punch:
“The Big Difference” Between 2010 and 1994 “Is Me,” President Obama …
The Politico:
Obama to propose spending freeze  —  President Obama plans to announce a three-year freeze on discretionary, “non-security” spending in the lead-up to Wednesday's State of the Union address, Hill Democratic sources familiar with the plan tell POLITICO.  —  The move, intended to blunt …
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Political Punch:
President Obama to Push 3-Year Spending Freeze on Non-Security …
Discussion: Alex Conant, Hot Air and Hullabaloo
Wall Street Journal:
Budget Freeze in the Works
Discussion: Clusterstock and Gawker
CNN:
CNN Poll: Most Americans applaud Democrats' loss of supermajority  —  Washington (CNN) - Americans are divided on whether Democratic control of Congress is good for the country, according to a new national poll.  —  A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday also indicates …
Discussion: Hot Air and Newsweek Blogs
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CNN Poll: For First Time, More Say Dem Control Is Bad For Country  —  The headline on the new CNN poll is this: “Most Americans applaud Democrats' loss of supermajority.”  —  And that's bad for Dems.  But what's worse for Dems is that the poll's internals also show that for the first time since …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
28 House Seats move toward GOP
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hot Air
The Note:
Levin: President Obama Could Address Gays in the Military During State of the Union Speech  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports: Will President Obama announce new policy regarding the sexual orientation of people serving in the military during his State of the Union address Wednesday?
Discussion: Hot Air, The Politico and The Page
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama to Offer Aid for Families in State of the Union Address
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Dems' Bush-bashing goes bust  —  After three consecutive losses in statewide races, some top Democrats are questioning a tactic aimed at boosting the party's candidates in each of those contests: Bush-bashing.  —  Running as much against the Bush White House as he was running against Sen. John McCain …
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Megan McArdle:
Forgotten, But Not Gone  —  Shocker: running against politicians …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Gawker:
Sources: John Edwards Has a Sex Tape  —  Sources have told us that, in the throes of their affair, John Edwards and Rielle Hunter made a sex tape that contains “several sex acts.”  And that his aide, Andrew Young found it on an unmarked DVD.  —  The tape, say both our sources …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dem: Senate thinks it's ‘House of Lords’  —  The third-ranking House Democrat said the Senate thinks of itself as “a House of Lords” that is out of touch with voters.  —  Majority Whip James Clyburn's (D-S.C.) remarks are one of the most significant public shots taken at the Senate …
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Lieberman: 'It's Possible' I Could Be ‘A Good Old-Fashioned New England Moderate Republican’  —  During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) supported Republican John McCain and attacked then-candidate Obama while speaking at the Republican National Committee.
James Rosen / Fox News:
Obama Administration Steers Lucrative No-Bid Contract for Afghan Work to Dem Donor  —  The Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a prominent Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids, Fox News has learned.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Could Democrats Lose The Senate?  —  The decision by Beau Biden not to run for Senate brings to mind an historical parallel.  With no Biden in the race, with no Ted Kaufman serving another term, the Democratic candidate is likely to be New Castle County executive Chris Coons.
Gary Farber / Amygdala:
HEALTH CARE REFORM WON'T SAVE ME.  —  I'm asking for your help.  —  For several years I've, finally, been in the process of applying for Social Security Disability, something I desperately needed to do decades earlier, but wrongheadedly struggled to avoid as my life spiraled into hell.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Seeks Freeze on Many Domestic Programs  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will call for a three-year freeze in spending on many domestic programs, and for increases no greater than inflation after that, an initiative intended to signal his seriousness about cutting the budget deficit, administration officials said Monday.
Discussion: The Page and ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's Approval Most Polarized for First-Year President  —  Shows much greater party differences than approval for any prior first-year president  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The 65 percentage-point gap between Democrats' (88%) and Republicans' (23%) average job approval ratings for Barack Obama …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Gibbs: Ed Schultz Misleads Viewers To “Get People To Watch His Show”  —  As you've probably heard, MSNBC's Ed Schultz revealed the other day that he'd torn into Robert Gibbs in a private conversation, telling him he's “full of sh*t” and that the Obama White House is “losing its base.”
Slate:
Steve Jobs delivers the annual presidential address.  —  Read all of Slate's coverage on the expected announcement of Apple's tablet computer. … —New York Times, Jan. 18, 2010 … Thank you for coming.  And thank you to President Obama for asking me to deliver this year's speech.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Paul Krugman:
Of Fate and Fumbles  —  It has not been a good year for Obama, or for the progressive agenda.  But why?  Ignore all the pontificating about how Obama needed to focus differently, seek bipartisanship with people who have no interest in making a deal, etc.. The primary factor in Obama's troubles is …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Project for a Healthy American Future  —  The way forward on health care reform in 2010  —  About 16 years ago, William Kristol crafted a lengthy strategy memo for congressional Republicans, advising them on how best to deal with then-President Clinton's health care reform initiative.
Discussion: The Plum Line
Newt Gingrich / About Newsmax.com:
How I'd Create a New ‘Contract With America’  —  Dear Fellow Americans:  —  During the past few months, a number of people have asked me about the possibility of a new Contract with America for the 2010 elections.  They remember the clarity, the positive focus, and the election results of the 1994 contract.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
RNC ‘census’ mailer draws fire  —  Officials of both parties are sharply criticizing a fundraising mailing from Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele they say could be confused with official correspondence regarding this year's census.  —  The fundraising letter comes in the form of a …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
South Carolina Republican regrets ‘stray animal’ metaphor  —  (CNN) - South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, under fire for drawing a comparison between needy people and “stray animals,” said Monday that he regrets his choice of words.  —  In a phone interview with CNN, Bauer …
Vincent Moss / Mirror.co.uk:
Terror alert: Two men on ‘no-fly’ list stopped at Heathrow  —  Two men were stopped boarding US-bound planes at Heathrow days before Britain's terror threat was raised to “severe”.  —  News of the incidents came hours after Home Secretary Alan Johnson lifted the threat level amid fears that al-Qaeda is planning an attack.
Discussion: Hot Air, The Jawa Report and Wizbang
Derek Wallbank:
Specter apologizes to Bachmann  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Arlen Specter phoned Rep. Michele Bachmann Sunday night to apologize for telling her to “act like a lady” during a debate the two had on health care last Wednesday on a Philadelphia talk radio station.
Discussion: Philly.com
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Big Babyism  —  Listen to an enraged Independent: … If this is the basis for revolt, what can one say?  —  If Obama and Bush had refused to bail out the banks, does this small business owner believe she'd be in business at all?  Is she demanding - in a conservative outlet …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dem Aides: House Members Can Still Be Persuaded To Pass Senate Bill With Fix  —  Hey all, here's something that could lend a bit of comfort to those still hoping the House will pass the Senate bill.  —  Senior aides on both sides tell me that despite Nancy Pelosi's claim that she doesn't have the votes …
 
 
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James Kwak / The Baseline Scenario:
Tim Geithner Says to Leave Your Money at Big Banks
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Michael Mishak / Las Vegas Sun:
Oscar Goodman decides not to run for governor
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Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Democrats look to new budget rules to tame deficit
Ben Frumin / TPMDC:
Filibuster 2.0: How 41 Senators Control The Country Without Actually Filibustering
Discussion: Change of Subject
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
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Ezra Klein:
How presidents polarize  —  The figure atop this post comes …
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
Updated Bernanke whip count
Mark McKinnon / The Daily Beast:
Bringing Back David Plouffe Will Totally Work
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Rasmussen Reports:
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