The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Jan 27, 2011 5:01am


ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “Obama Reels In Salmon regulations As Inefficient” Atop President Obama's list of targets for a proposed overhaul of federal bureaucracy is the trio of agencies that has a hand in regulating the country's salmon catch. “The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they're in freshwater, but the Commerce Department handles them when they're in saltwater. And I hear it gets even more complicated once they're smoked," Obama said of his "favorite example" of government inefficiency during Tuesday's State of the Union address. LINK

Bloomberg’s Mark Drajem: “Obama Cabinet Taking to Road to Promote Small-Business Exports” Members of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet plan to travel across the U.S. this year seeking to persuade small businesses to engage in more international trade as part of the administration’s drive to double exports. “For America to win the future, more small and medium- sized businesses must export,” Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said in a statement. More exports means more “good-paying job here at home,” he said.  LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf and Alan Gomez: “Obama launches road show” President Obama launched his "Sputnik moment" of American innovation here Wednesday to mostly good reviews, but across the country, not everyone was ready to reach for the stars. LINK

The Hill’s Daniel Strauss: “Udall Predicts Bipartisan Seating to Continue” One of the biggest advocates for bipartisan seating at the State of the Union address thinks the arrangement will continue in the future. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), who co-authored a letter proposing the seating arrangement, said Wednesday he thought it would become a new tradition. "I think in State of the Unions to come, this will be a part of what happens," Udall said on CNN. More than 50 members of Congress signed the letter pledging to sit with someone of the opposing party and others did so without signing the letter. Udall sat with Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta, Janet Hook and Jonathan Weisman: “Deficit Outlook Darkens” The federal budget deficit will reach a record of nearly $1.5 trillion in 2011 due to the weak economy, higher spending and fresh tax cuts, congressional budget analysts said, in a stark warning that will drive the growing battle over government spending and taxation. LINK

The New York Times’ Elisabeth Bumiller and Thom Shanker: “Republicans Split Over Plans to Cut Defense Budget” To hear the Republican leadership tell it, the once-sacred Pentagon budget, protected by the party for generations, is suddenly on the table. But a closer look shows that even as Speaker John A. Boehner and Representative Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, insist on the need for military cuts, divisions have opened among Republicans about whether, and how much, to chop Pentagon spending that comes to more than a half trillion dollars a year. LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen: “Effect of House GOP’s anti-campaign-financing bill would be felt by Republicans” By voting Wednesday to abolish public financing for presidential campaigns, House Republicans endorsed a policy that could cause serious problems for one particular group: fellow Republicans hoping to run for the White House in 2012. LINK

ABC News’ Pierre Thomas and Jason Ryan: “DHS to Scrap Color Code Terror Alerts By April”  Tomorrow Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano will announce that the much maligned color-code threat level, formally called the Homeland Security Advisory System, will be replaced with a more specific public alert system according to officials briefed on the issue. In July, 2009 DHS Secretary Napolitano ordered a 60-day review of the system used to inform the public of the terror threat environment to see if it needed to be altered. The task force appointed by Napolitano was split on whether to keep the current advisory system in place. A report prepared by the Task Force noted, "Task Force membership believes the color code system has suffered from a lack of credibility and clarity leading to an erosion of public confidence such that it should be abandoned." LINK

Daily News’ Aliyah Shahid: “Todd Palin, husband of Sarah Palin, is not involved in a prostitution ring with Shailey Tripp: cops” The Anchorage Police Department blasted the National Enquirer’s recent report that Todd Palin is embroiled in a sex scandal involving an extramarital affair with a massage therapist who belonged to a prostitution ring. "It was just guilt by innuendo, nothing else," Lt. Dave Parker told the Daily News on Wednesday. "There’s not one scintilla of evidence that Todd Palin had anything to do with this." The Enquirer claimed 36-year-old Shailey Tripp was arrested for maintaining a house of prostitution in March and that cops had confiscated physical evidence that could tie ex-Gov. Sarah Palin's husband to the alleged affair. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Michael Levenson: “Steep cuts in Patrick’s budget plan” Two state prisons would close. Nine hundred jobs would be eliminated across state government. Space to treat 160 mentally ill patients would disappear. Everybody would be hit, at least a little. A bottle of Gatorade would cost a nickel more, and drivers would pay an additional $2.50 on their annual car insurance bills. LINK

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