Mr. Freeze: President Obama is set to propose a three-year freeze on discretionary spending by the federal government as part of a plan to trim the country's ever-expanding budget deficit. The initiative would save roughly $250 billion over 10 years. And as The New York Times notes, "the part of the budget they have singled out — $447 billion in domestic programs — amounts to a relatively small share, about one-eighth, of the overall federal budget."
Dem Leaders of the House Unite: The Associated Press reports that democratic leaders in the House of Representatives are settling on a strategy to try and pass health care reform. They plan to pass a version of the Senate bill with small changes, then hope the Senate can use budget reconciliation to pass the new version using 51 votes.
Prop 8 On Trial: Defense lawyers got their turn yesterday to make a case in the trial California's Proposition 8. The Recorder's Dan Levine was there.
Panda, We Hardly Knew Ye: The Washington Post has this bit of dispiriting news: "After four years, six months and four weeks as the National Zoo's reigning prince of bears, Tai Shan, Washington's beloved giant panda, will leave the place of his birth Feb. 4, Smithsonian Institution officials said Monday."