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8:50 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: Dennis the Peasant and 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.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Obama to propose freeze on government spending  —  Under mounting pressure to rein in mammoth budget deficits, President Obama will propose in his State of the Union address a three-year freeze on federal spending that is not related to national security, a concession to public concern …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The White House's Brain Freeze  —  First reactions aren't always the best ones, but my first reaction to tonight's news is that it's a mistake on par with John McCain's “suspending my campaign” gaffe.  Politico: … I'll let the economists talk about the wisdom of curtailing government spending …
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Obama Administration To Propose Freezing Non-Military Discretionary Spending
The Politico:
Obama to propose spending freeze
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant and The Agonist
Ezra Klein:
Mr. Freeze  —  On a conference call last night, the administration …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Daily Caller
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 …
ABCNews.com:
Transcript: Diane Sawyer Interviews Obama  —  ABC's Diane Sawyer's interview with President Obama at the White House.  —  DIANE SAWYER, ABC'S “WORLD NEWS” ANCHOR: Mr. President, thank you.  —  BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Thank you.  —  SAWYER: So, looking back a year, going before a joint session of Congress.
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: Mediaite, Moonbattery and Truthdig
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.”
Quinnipiac University:
Rubio Edges Crist In Florida Gop Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; President Obama Under Water As Voters Disapprove  —  Former State House Speaker Marco Rubio has squeaked past Gov. Charlie Crist in the race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, leading 47 …
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
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.
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Obama's Credibility Gap  —  Who is Barack Obama?  —  Americans are still looking for the answer, and if they don't get it soon — or if they don't like the answer — the president's current political problems will look like a walk in the park.  —  Mr. Obama may be personally very appealing …
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 …
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 …
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.
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Report says Al-Qaeda still aims to use weapons of mass destruction against U.S.  —  When al-Qaeda's No. 2 leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, called off a planned chemical attack on New York's subway system in 2003, he offered a chilling explanation: The plot to unleash poison gas on New Yorkers was being dropped for …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Page
Front Page Magazine:
An Open Letter to Charles Johnson  —  Posted by Dennis Prager on Jan 26th, 2010 and filed under FrontPage.  You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0.  You can leave a response or trackback to this entry … Dear Charles:  —  As you know, over the years …
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Congress Went to Denmark, You Got the Bill  —  Exclusive: CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson Follows the Money from Copenhagen to the U.S. Taxpayer  —  (CBS) Thanks to a recently filed Congressional expense reports there's new light shed on the Copenhagen Climate Summit in Denmark and how much it cost taxpayers.
 
 
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
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Megan McArdle:
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