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9:30 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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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.
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 …
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
Ezra Klein:
Mr. Freeze  —  On a conference call last night, the administration announced that its upcoming budget would freeze non-security discretionary spending between 2011 and 2013.  That's like freezing non-defense discretionary spending, but it also exempts the Department of Homeland Security and the Veteran's Administration from the cuts.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Daily Caller
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 …
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Obama Administration To Propose Freezing Non-Military Discretionary Spending
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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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.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CNN Poll: For First Time, More Say Dem Control Is Bad For Country
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, Truthdig and Moonbattery
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.”
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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
Agence France Presse:
Indonesia mulls tearing down Obama statue  —  JAKARTA — Indonesian authorities said Monday they are considering a petition to tear down a statue of US President Barack Obama as a boy, only a month after the bronze was unveiled in Jakarta.  —  The statue of “Little Barry” …
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 …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Populist Addiction  —  Politics, some believe, is the organization of hatreds.  The people who try to divide society on the basis of ethnicity we call racists.  The people who try to divide it on the basis of religion we call sectarians.  The people who try to divide it on the basis …
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: The Foundry, Jihad Watch and The Page
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: Glenn Thrush's Blog and The Page
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
Obama in Free Fall — By: Victor Davis Hanson  —  A year ago, a number of “moderate” Republicans and Democratic stalwarts, in the gush of the inauguration, warned us of new Democratic majorities for years to come.  A new race/class/gender dynamic would doom conservatives and their-old-white-guy party …
Discussion: Commentary and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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 …
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 …
 
 
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