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11:20 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 …
Fox News:
Filmmaker Who Targeted ACORN Arrested in Alleged Senate Phone Scheme
Discussion: and Melanie Morgan
Tom Schaller / FiveThirtyEight:
This President Ought to Know Better
Discussion: Kausfiles
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Clyburn: House Dems Will Pass Senate Bill If Fix Is Guaranteed …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Can They Get It Done?  With Health Care Reform On The Line, The Senate Waffles
Discussion: The Hill
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Lincoln Will Oppose Reconciliation
Discussion: Hot Air and Emptywheel
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Dodd's solution? “Re-invite” GOP to table
Discussion: Liberal Values
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Lincoln and Bayh Vow to Oppose Budget Reconciliation
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Stephen Koff / Plain Dealer:
'I'm Ellie Light,' California man says: Obama letter writer talks … WASHINGTON — Ellie Light, the ubiquitous letter writer whose name appeared in newspapers nationwide praising President Barack Obama, appears to really be a male health care worker from California.
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.
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  —  Fox is the most trusted television news network in the country, according to a new poll out Tuesday.  —  A Public Policy Polling nationwide survey of 1,151 registered voters Jan. 18-19 found that 49 percent of Americans trusted Fox News, 10 percentage points more than any other network.
Kevin Allocca / TVNewser:
Fox News Finishes Week #1 in All of Primetime Cable
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 …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:   Inside the Edwards Trainwreck
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 …
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:
Mark Murray /
Poll: Public fed up with Washington  —  70% say government isn't working well; Obama approval back at 50%  —  WASHINGTON - As President Barack Obama prepares to deliver his first State of the Union address Wednesday night, he will be speaking to an American public that's fed up with Congress …
Rich Lowry / The Corner on National Review Online:
Teleprompter Shot of the Day — By: Rich Lowry  —  Here's Obama dropping in for a chat with his middle-class task force.  And people made fun of Reagan because of his notecards!
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Wizbang
Quinnipiac University:
Rubio Edges Crist In Florida Gop Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; President Obama Under Water As Voters Disapprove  —  Former State House Speaker Marco Rubio has squeaked past Gov. Charlie Crist in the race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, leading 47 …
Senate Conservatives Fund:   Anniversary  —  On Feb. 10, 2009, Gov. Charlie Crist embraced …
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.
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.
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
CNN hopes King ends evening slide  —  When CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton made his annual appearance before Washington bureau staffers this month, he got an earful over the network's decision to shave an hour off “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer in favor of rising star Rick Sanchez and “Rick's List,” his new two-hour show.
Discussion: Mediaite
Steven E. Levingston / Short Stack:
China is not likely to surpass United States as global economic superpower, new book predicts  —  Joel Kotkin has some reassuring words for Americans worried that their country is in decline.  —  In a book due out next month, the international futurist says China isn't likely to overtake …
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Silla Brush / The Hill:
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Andrew Stern / Reuters:
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Discussion: Minnesota Independent and TPMCafe
Judith Miller / Fox News:
Obama Gets ‘F’ on Stopping Spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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