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3:40 PM ET, January 26, 2010

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Paul Krugman:
Obama Liquidates Himself  —  A spending freeze?  That's the brilliant response of the Obama team to their first serious political setback?  —  It's appalling on every level.  —  It's bad economics, depressing demand when the economy is still suffering from mass unemployment.
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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.
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Opposable Thumbs:
Barack Herbert Hoover Obama?  —  UPDATE II: It seems that it is not a freeze in non-security discretionary outlays, but rather an overall cap on non-security discretionary—which is a diffrent animal.  And it seems that it is not an overall cap on non-security discretionary outlays …
Paul Rosenberg / Open Left:
It's Official: Obama is an idiot  —  As noted in quick hits by BDB and rayj, [UPDATE] and by David in a diary that just caused me to push back this diary's publication time, Obama has now gone off the deep end.  After passing a stimulus that most economists (not just liberal ones) …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Donklephant
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 …
Ezra Klein:
The Obama administration loses the deficit — and the spending — argument  —  This video is not good for the White House.  It shows Barack Obama repeatedly, and eloquently, rejecting John McCain's proposal for a “non-defense spending discretionary freeze.”  We need a scalpel, Obama says, not a hatchet.
Associated Press:
Senate rejects Obama-backed deficit task force
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and Hot Air
Jonathan Zasloff / The Reality-Based Community:
Obama's Self-Inflicted Lobotomy Proceeds Apace
Jared Bernstein / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Budget Freeze-eology 101: Hatchets vs. Scalpels
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:   Obama's Empty Cost-Containment Rhetoric: Should We Call Him Out on It?
Mark Mooney / ABCNEWS:
Sen. John McCain Backs President Obama's Proposed Budget Freeze
New York Times:
Decision Looms on Advancing Health Care Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Seeking to avert the collapse of major health care legislation, the White House and Democratic leaders in Congress face a crucial decision about whether to use a procedural maneuver that would allow them to advance the bill despite …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lincoln rejects using reconciliation to pass health bill  —  Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) rejected using the budget reconciliation process to pass health reform legislation on Tuesday.  —  Lincoln joined Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) to reject using the parliamentary maneuver bypassing …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Lincoln Will Oppose Reconciliation
Discussion: Hot Air and Emptywheel
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Bayh unlikely to support reconciliation to pass healthcare
The Note:
Labor Chief: Senators “Acted Like Terrorists” on Health Care
Discussion: Raw Story
TPMDC:
Waiting Game: The Dems Play For Time
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Ben Nelson Reminisces About When People Cares What He Thinks
Erick Erickson / RedState:
BREAKING: Mike Pence Will Not Run for Senate  —  Sources are confirming for me this morning that Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) will not run for the United States Senate.  —  In fact, later today the Congressman will send out a letter to supporters outlining his reasons.  In it he will write:
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Sen. Bayh in danger; a look at the numbers
Discussion: Power Line and Melanie Morgan
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 …
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Steve Bousquet / The Buzz:
Crist may be with Obama in Tampa Thursday
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and Scorecard's Blog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Ellie Light speaks  —  A letter defending Obama, over the signature of one “Ellie Light,” drew some attention after it became clear that the same letter had been published in some 60 outlets, listing different, local hometowns in different newspapers.  —  The episode provoked various theories around …
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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 …
The Huffington Post:
Double Standard For Bernanke: Only 50 Votes Needed In Senate  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  When it comes to progressive priorities in the Senate, there's one standard: 60 votes are needed.  But for Ben Bernanke, there's a second standard: 50 will be just fine, thank you.
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.”
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Illinois Governor Primary Numbers  —  A primary loss for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is looking more and more possible.  He trails Dan Hynes 41-40 in our poll of the race.  —  Hynes' slight advantage is due largely to a 45-38 lead with African Americans, suggesting that a controversial ad …
Discussion: The Hill and The Capitol Fax Blog
Peter Wallsten / Wall Street Journal:
Rahm Emanuel Draws Fire From Left  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama's liberal backers have a long list of grievances.  The Guantanamo Bay prison is still open.  Health care hasn't been transformed.  And Wall Street banks are still paying huge bonuses.
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.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A Weak White House Confronts An Angry Union  —  Depositing a solid nuts and bolts tactician like David Plouffe at the Democratic National Committee — and declaring 2010 saved — would be like spraying a fine mist on your tuxedo and consider it clean.  That's one reason the White House …
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 …
 
 
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