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8:00 AM ET, January 26, 2010

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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.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama Budget to Call for Freeze in Non-Security Discretionary Spending  —  On an exciting phone call with progressive internet writers earlier this evening, a senior administration official outlined the Obama administration's plan to call for a freeze in non-security discretionary spending spending starting …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama's 3 Year Freeze; Democrats Brain Freeze  —  Late Monday afternoon, a small group of reporters crowded into a conference room in the Eisenhower executive office building to hear two “senior administration officials” give an embargoed briefing on what will be the most debated part of the president's budget for 2011.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Opposable Thumbs:
Barack Herbert Hoover Obama?  —  UPDATE An administration source says that he believes that discretionary non-security is not frozen at 2010 ex-stimulus levels for 2011, but is instead bumped up from 2010 to 2011—that the freeze part applies to fiscal 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TPMCafe
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 …
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant and The Agonist
Wall Street Journal:
Budget Freeze Is Proposed  —  White House Plan Applies to Only 17% of Spending; Small Impact on Deficit  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama intends to propose a three-year freeze in spending that accounts for one-sixth of the federal budget—a move meant to quell rising concern …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Obama to propose freeze on government spending
Discussion: Politics Daily
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama Announcing Three-Year Discretionary Spending Freeze
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Sources: Obama to propose discretionary spending freeze
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 …
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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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama: I'd rather be a really awesome one-term president than a mediocre two-termer
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CNN Poll: For First Time, More Say Dem Control Is Bad For Country
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
The Politico:
Gloves off in Gillibrand, Ford fight  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is finally heeding New York Democrats' advice that she get tough with Harold Ford Jr. — slamming the former Memphis congressman as an anti-gay-rights, anti-abortion, anti-immigrant tool of Wall Street money lords.
Discussion: The Page
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Rush Limbaugh / The Onion:
I Don't Even Want To Be Alive Anymore  —  I know there are a lot of people out there who are upset about some of the things I've been saying on my radio program lately.  My comments about the situation in Haiti have hurt and angered many Americans who genuinely care about the plight of the Haitian people …
Discussion: Moonbattery, Mediaite and Truthdig
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.
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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!
Jennifer Golson / New Jersey Online:
Somerset authorities seize grenade launcher, weapons cache from Virginia man at motel … BRANCHBURG — Somerset County investigators seized a cache of weapons including a grenade launcher and hundreds of rounds of ammunition today from the Branchburg motel room of a Virginia man …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Riehl World View
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Tea Party Disputes Take Toll on Convention  —  A Tea Party convention billed as the coming together of the grass-roots groups that began sprouting up around the country a year ago is unraveling as sponsors and participants pull out to protest its expense and express concerns about “profiteering.”
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.
Michael Mishak / Las Vegas Sun:
Oscar Goodman decides not to run for governor  —  Las Vegas Mayor makes announcement at press conference at City Hall  —  Mayor Oscar Goodman laughs as he gives back microphones to television news reporters.  Goodman announced he will not be running for governor of Nevada during …
James Kwak / The Baseline Scenario:
Tim Geithner Says to Leave Your Money at Big Banks  —  But he's not sure why.  During an interview with Mike Allen of Politico, Tim Geithner said that the Move Your Money campaign is a bad idea, but didn't actually give a reason why.  Here's the whole segment of the interview (beginning around the 3:30 mark):
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Bush Pentagon Hired Conspiracy Theorist As Al Qaeda Specialist  —  When the Pentagon's internal think tank decided in 2004 it needed a better understanding of Al Qaeda, it turned to an unlikely source: the terrorism analyst Laurie Mylroie, who was known as the chief purveyor of the discredited idea …
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 …
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Envoy's Cables Show Concerns on Afghan War Plans  —  WASHINGTON — The United States ambassador in Kabul warned his superiors here in November that President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan “is not an adequate strategic partner” and “continues to shun responsibility for any sovereign burden …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Page
Patterico's Pontifications:
Newspaper Editors Begin to Address Pro-Obama Astroturfing  —  One of the principal functions of political blogs is to keep Big Media in check.  If you are concerned by the discovery this past weekend of a spate of pro-Obama Astroturfing, it's because you agree that political persuasion …
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 …
 
 
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
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Megan McArdle:
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