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10:25 PM ET, January 26, 2010


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David Hammer / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
ACORN ‘gotcha’ man arrested in attempt to tamper with Mary Landrieu's office phones … Alleging a plot to tamper with phones in Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in the Hale Boggs Federal Building in downtown New Orleans, the FBI arrested four people Monday, including James O'Keefe …
Michelle Malkin:
Ugh: ACORN-buster busted at Sen. Landrieu's office in alleged bugging plot; affidavit link added; Update: “Veritas”?  —  Scroll for updates...  The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that James O'Keefe, half of the ACORN-busting duo that conducted undercover stings across the country last summer …
Think Progress:
Fox News Devastated Over Arrest Of ACORN Pimp, Says The Story Probably Needs ‘A Lot Of Context’  —  Fox News has been one of the biggest supporters of James O'Keefe, who is infamous for dressing up as a pimp and videotaping ACORN staffers offering to help the supposed pimp and his prostitutes secure funding for a brothel.
Discussion: Gawker and Wonkette
Publius / Big Government:
James O'Keefe Arrested in New Orleans  —  Statement from Andrew Breitbart: … From the Associated Press:  —  A conservative activist who posed as a pimp to target the community-organizing group ACORN and the son of a federal prosecutor were among four people arrested by the FBI and accused …
Matt Finkelstein / Media Matters Action Network:
FLASHBACK: 31 House Republicans Supported Resolution Honoring Alleged Felon James O'Keefe  —  Today, the FBI arrested James O'Keefe, the conservative activist who posed as a pimp and filmed the undercover videos that led Congress to defund ACORN.  O'Keefe is accused of participating …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
James O'Keefe arrested for trying to tap Mary Landrieu's phones; Update: Breitbart statement added  —  Here's a PDF of the FBI affidavit.  According to paragraph 10, O'Keefe's already admitted to assisting in the the plan to enter the office under false pretenses.  Ohhhh boy:
Fox News:
Filmmaker Who Targeted ACORN Arrested in Alleged Senate Phone Scheme
Discussion: and Melanie Morgan   Four Men Arrested for Entering Government Property Under False …
New York Times:
Democrats Put Stop on Health Overhaul  —  WASHINGTON — With no clear path forward on major health care legislation, Democratic leaders in Congress effectively slammed the brakes on President Obama's top domestic priority on Tuesday, saying that they no longer felt pressure to move quickly …
Rachel Slajda / TPMDC:
Lincoln, Bayh Won't Support Passing Health Care Fixes Via Reconciliation  —  Two Democratic senators, Evan Bayh of Indiana and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, have declared that they won't support a plan to have the House pass the Senate health care bill whole, then pass fixes to the bill through the reconciliation process.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP Strategy: Derail Health Bill Reconciliation Fix With “Free For All” Of Amendments  —  The GOP Senate leadership has privately settled on a strategy to derail health reform if Dems try to pass the Senate bill with a fix through reconciliation, aides say: Unleash an endless stream …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Can They Get It Done?  With Health Care Reform On The Line, The Senate Waffles
Discussion: The Hill
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Clyburn: House Dems Will Pass Senate Bill If Fix Is Guaranteed …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:   Dodd's solution? “Re-invite” GOP to table
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Lincoln and Bayh Vow to Oppose Budget Reconciliation
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Paul Krugman:
Obama Liquidates Himself  —  A spending freeze?  That's the brilliant response of the Obama team to their first serious political setback?  —  It's appalling on every level.  —  It's bad economics, depressing demand when the economy is still suffering from mass unemployment.
Jared Bernstein / White Blog Feed:
Budget Freeze-eology 101: Hatchets vs. Scalpels  —  So I'm on my way to do a TV interview last night on a set of middle-class initiatives we announced yesterday, when I learn that what they really want to talk about is our proposed freeze on non-security discretionary spending.
Ezra Klein:
The Obama administration loses the deficit — and the spending — argument  —  This video is not good for the White House.  It shows Barack Obama repeatedly, and eloquently, rejecting John McCain's proposal for a “non-defense spending discretionary freeze.”  We need a scalpel, Obama says, not a hatchet.
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Opposable Thumbs:
Barack Herbert Hoover Grover Cleveland Obama?
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Fox leads for trust  —  Americans do not trust the major tv news operations in the country- except for Fox News.  —  Our newest survey looking at perceptions of ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NBC News finds Fox as the only one that more people say they trust than distrust.
Andy Barr / The Politico:   Poll: Fox is most trusted name in news
Kevin Allocca / TVNewser:
Fox News Finishes Week #1 in All of Primetime Cable
Stephen Koff / Plain Dealer:
Ellie Light revealed: I'm Barbara Brooks, a nurse, says Pro-Obama letter writer … WASHINGTON — Ellie Light, the ubiquitous letter writer arousing blogosphere suspicions that she is a White House operative spreading the gospel of Barack Obama, is actually a registered nurse.
John Koblin / New York Observer:
After Three Months, Only 35 Subscriptions for Newsday's Web Site  —  In late October, Newsday, the Long Island daily that the Dolans bought for $650 million, put its web site,, behind a pay wall.  The paper was one of the first non-business newspapers to take the plunge by putting up a pay wall …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Senate Conservatives Fund:
Anniversary  —  On Feb. 10, 2009, Gov. Charlie Crist embraced President Barack Obama on a stage in Fort Meyers, FL and campaigned for the $787 billion stimulus bill.  One year later, America has been left with a mountain of new debt and millions of lost of jobs.  Read More  —  Spread the Word
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
BREAKING: Mike Pence Will Not Run for Senate  —  Sources are confirming for me this morning that Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) will not run for the United States Senate.  —  In fact, later today the Congressman will send out a letter to supporters outlining his reasons.  In it he will write:
Douglas Elmendorf / Director's Blog:
CBO Releases the Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2010-2020  —  CBO projects, that if current laws and policies remained unchanged, the federal budget would show a deficit of $1.3 trillion for fiscal year 2010.  At 9.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), that deficit …
Associated Press:
Senate rejects Obama-backed deficit task force
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and Hot Air
Washington Wire:
Book Report: ‘The Politician’ By Andrew Young  —  If Washington Wire readers are interested in reading Andrew Young's forthcoming tell-all on his decade behind the scenes with John Edwards, the story heats up on page 154 when Young begins to recount how the 2008 presidential hopeful …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Bipartisan action on the federal debt — outside the Capitol, of course  —  At 11:30 Tuesday morning, the Senate will choose between responsible governance and ideological warfare.  —  The smart money is on the latter.  —  The federal debt has exploded to an incomprehensible $12.1 trillion …
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Senate rejects deficit reduction commission
Discussion: Power Line and The Hill
The Huffington Post:
Double Standard For Bernanke: Only 50 Votes Needed In Senate  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  When it comes to progressive priorities in the Senate, there's one standard: 60 votes are needed.  But for Ben Bernanke, there's a second standard: 50 will be just fine, thank you.
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Book: John Paul II used belt to whip himself  —  Buzz up!  —  VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II whipped himself with a belt, even on vacation, and slept on the floor as acts of penitence and to bring him closer to Christian perfection, according to a new book by the Polish prelate spearheading his sainthood case.
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Discussion: PoliBlog and Taegan Goddard's …
Andrew Stern / Reuters:
Record number of young Americans jobless
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
CNN hopes King ends evening slide
Discussion: Mediaite and
MJ Rosenberg / The Huffington Post:
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The man who blew the whistle on Jack Abramoff tells the story of how he did it
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Why Obama Shouldn't Panic
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The right has ‘Avatar’ wrong