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12:45 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
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
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama Announcing Three-Year Discretionary Spending Freeze
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Obama to propose freeze on government spending
Discussion: Politics Daily
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Sources: Obama to propose discretionary spending freeze
Political Punch:
President Obama to Push 3-Year Spending Freeze on Non-Security …
Discussion: Alex Conant and Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs and Hot Air
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CNN Poll: For First Time, More Say Dem Control Is Bad For Country
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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!
Discussion: Wizbang
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 …
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: 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.
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 …
Megan McArdle:
Forgotten, But Not Gone  —  Shocker: running against politicians who have left office is not a very effective electoral strategy.  —  There goes the secret Republican platform they were going to unveil in the SOTU response: Jimmy Carter screwed up the Iranian hostage crisis, and he looks funny in a cardigan, too.
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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
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 …
People-Press.org:
Public's Priorities for 2010: Economy, Jobs, Terrorism  —  Energy Concerns Fall, Deficit Concerns Rise  —  As Barack Obama begins his second year in office, the public's priorities for the president and Congress remain much as they were one year ago.  Strengthening the nation's economy …
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):
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog
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 …
Discussion: The Reaction and TheMoneyIllusion
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.
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.
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?
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Ford Targets Gillibrand, But Takes On Schumer (Updated)  —  Harold Ford Jr. today took the fight to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand - and her political mentor, Sen. Chuck Schumer - in the junior senator's own backyard, slamming his two fellow Democrats for failing to be sufficiently independent and put New Yorkers' needs first.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama: I'd rather be a really awesome one-term president than a mediocre two-termer  —  An irresistible soundbite from today's sitdown with Sawyer.  Keep doing what you're doing, champ.  You're right on track.  —  He's right, though, about how stupid the shifting narratives are concerning his Spock-like demeanor.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Moe Lane
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
 
 
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The Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
28 House Seats move toward GOP
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hot Air
Vincent Moss / Mirror.co.uk:
Terror alert: Two men on ‘no-fly’ list stopped at Heathrow
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Big Babyism  —  Listen to an enraged Independent:
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