First Draft: cooling off

February 3, 2009

Let it snow. Why should London have all the fun? Washington weather calls for a few inches, just enough for a snowball fight for hearty Midwesterners like President Barack Obama.

But guard that snow gear. The New York Times says reports of stolen snowplows are up in cold-weather states as the economy declines.

USA-OBAMA/Speaking of the declining economy, Obama doing separate interviews this afternoon with just about every TV channel in the vicinity of the White House — ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and FOX.

Could he possibly be trying to sell the stimulus package that House Republicans shunned last week?

He will also announce his pick for Commerce Secretary at 11 a.m.

No one is commenting on the record, but plenty of unnamed sources have named the choice as Sen. Judd Gregg.

The New York Times editorial page calls for Tom Daschle to withdraw his name from consideration as Obama’s health secretary.

Question of the day: Are Daschle’s mea culpas over tax indiscretions enough to be forgiven and forgotten, or will there be a cloud hanging over the administration if he is confirmed?

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Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama walks to Oval Office on a snowy day last month)

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