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Anne E. Kornblut writes in The Washington Post about how Obama is sticking close to home for now, and "will be delegating a heavier-than-expected share of the travel duties to his most prominent surrogates, including Vice President Biden."

Sheryl Gay Stolberg writes in the New York Times about the "many signs that a more informal culture is growing up in the White House under new management."

Michael D. Shear and Juliet Eilperin write for washingtonpost.com about how Interior Secretary Ken Salazar took to the podium in the White House briefing room yesterday and vowed to "clean house at his department, ridding it of the 'ethical transgressions, the blatant conflicts of interests, wastes, and abuses that we have seen over the last eight years.'"

Edward Cody writes in The Washington Post that "The United States, it turns out, has declared war on Roquefort cheese." Chalk it up to a last-minute move by the Bush administration.

Debbi Wilgoren, Rich Leiby and DeNeen L. Brown write in The Washington Post: "President Obama this morning signed a law that expanded the time frame in which workers can sue for discrimination they have experienced based on gender, race, national origin or religion."

Joe Klein writes in Time that Obama "has reversed the tactical, win-the-news-cycle sensibility of recent presidencies. During his first week in office, at least, he opted for strategy and substance over show biz."

Helen Thomas writes in her Hearst opinion column: " President Obama has promised an administration that is open and transparent. I'll believe it when I see it... All the administrations I have covered -- dating back to Kennedy -- have been secretive and shown little respect for keeping the people informed of what is being done in their name -- unless a president wants to brag about an accomplishment. Then the government's giant information machine whirls into action."

And Rush Limbaugh makes a modest proposal in a Wall Street Journal op-ed: "Fifty-three percent of American voters voted for Barack Obama; 46% voted for John McCain, and 1% voted for wackos. Give that 1% to President Obama. Let's say the vote was 54% to 46%. As a way to bring the country together and at the same time determine the most effective way to deal with recessions, under the Obama-Limbaugh Stimulus Plan of 2009: 54% of the $900 billion -- $486 billion -- will be spent on infrastructure and pork as defined by Mr. Obama and the Democrats; 46% -- $414 billion -- will be directed toward tax cuts, as determined by me."

By Dan Froomkin  |  January 29, 2009; 12:05 PM ET
 
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Concerning Rush's proposal, there is one pretty big problem - Rush didn't run for president and nobody voted for him. Unless of course he wants to take credit for the 1% 'wacko' vote as he put it...

Posted by: mjpeters | January 29, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

The only thing big about Limbaugh is his girth. Anyone who can say that his hope for the new administration is that it fails puts his rancor over losing over the loss and hardship of the people who will be the most hurt if this stimulus fails. Instead of being petty and obstructionist the Republicans should look for ways to work with the new administration for the betterment of the country - and I say this as one who thinks the whole bail-out was a huge mistake.

Posted by: MOtraveler | January 29, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, where was this proposal in 2001 when Bush was voted in with 49% of the vote and Gore got 50%? Where was this proposal after 2004 when Bush won again? It was no where to be found because of who won. Rush and the rest of the republicans think that inspite of driving us into the wall that we shoudl continue to go into the wall even harder because that is what they want to do, regardless of the fact that their way has nto worked.

Posted by: m_mcmahon | January 29, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Well, Rushbo, I dunno. The stimulus bill got zero Republican votes in the House. So I guess that means there should be zero percent tax cuts in it, right? How do you like my proposal?

Posted by: fzdybel | January 29, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Rush already admitted "carrying water" for Dumbya and his crew of Constitution-hating war criminals. He recently said that he hoped President Obama fails. One can only hope that the bile will start backing up, and that this porcine clown will expire from natural causes, sparring his army of ditto-heads the embarassment of having their mouth piece found OD'd on oxycontin on a bathroom floor like an overmedicated Moby Dick...

Posted by: braultrl | January 29, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

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