HUFFPOST HILL – Obama Pulls Back On Social Security Cuts

Washington lawmakers scrambled to find a date to the State of the Union lest they have to consult the back pages of Washington City Paper for companions. Virginia isn’t just for lovers, anymore — it’s also for unreconstructed bigots. Hiding…

Washington lawmakers scrambled to find a date to the State of the Union lest they have to consult the back pages of Washington City Paper for companions. Virginia isn’t just for lovers, anymore — it’s also for unreconstructed bigots. Hiding some of your stuff in a hard-to-reach location is a great way to let Red know to find you in Zihuatanejo, but not a great way to establish your residency in Chicago. And while Paul Ryan might have a roadmap to America’s future, Tim Pawlenty has the blueprint to a bus that can’t go under 50 mph. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, January 24th, 2011:

STATE OF THE UNION TOMORROW, OBAMA WON’T CALL FOR SOCIAL SECURITY CUTS – With the party-blind seating gimmick only mildly successful, and no one taking our bipartisanship-fostering suggestion to adorn the speaker’s dais with scented candles and play light jazz throughout the speech, President Obama will address the Congress and the country tomorrow. Hero Intern Daniel Hernandez, enjoying his well-deserved Sully Sullenberger-level fame, will be seated with First Lady Michelle Obama. (Sorry, Chaffetz.) That crunching sound you heard earlier today was Lori Montgomery’s teeth gnashing as she typed out her scoop on the White House deciding against calling for cuts to Social Security in the State of the Union. Count it as a rare victory for progressives, who whooted the news but quickly returned to a defensive a crouch. [HuffPost]

JARED LOUGHNER PLEADS ‘NOT GUILTY’ TO TUCSON SHOOTING CHARGES – Appearing before a U.S. district judge in Tucson, Jared Loughner pleaded “not guilty” to charges that he attempted to assassinate Gabrielle Giffords and two of her aides. Today’s hearings were in held in connection to Giffords and her two aides, only. He also faces state charges relating to the other victims of the January 8th shooting. Asked by Judge Larry Burns whether Loughner had any difficulty understanding the charges laid against him, defense attorney Judy Clarke said he did not. [Read More…
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