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9:05 AM ET, January 27, 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 …
Tom Schaller / FiveThirtyEight:
This President Ought to Know Better  —  My post yesterday flowered into a full-blown column for the Baltimore Sun today, in which I concede that America is a center-right nation—but not, however, in the way you might think.  An excerpt first, and then some further observations to follow:
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 …
Fox News:
Filmmaker Who Targeted ACORN Arrested in Alleged Senate Phone Scheme
Discussion: and Melanie Morgan
4 men charged with Senate office infiltration
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
James O'Keefe arrested for trying to tap “interfere with” …
New York Times:
Democrats Put Lower Priority on Health Bill  —  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 they no longer felt pressure to move quickly …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
House to Senate: We're Ready On Health Care If You Are  —  Leading Democrats in the House still insist that “all options are on the table” to move ahead on health care.  But for the first time since last Tuesday's special election in Massachusetts, it's clear that they're coalescing around …
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite, Betsy's Page and D.C. Now
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Inside the Edwards Trainwreck
Discussion: The Caucus
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!
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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Poll: Fox 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.
The Hill:
Lawmakers cold on Obama's freeze  —  President Barack Obama's proposal to freeze government spending is turning out to be a tough sell on Capitol Hill.  —  His liberal base warned Tuesday the three-year cap on most non-defense discretionary spending could hamper an economic recovery.
Michelle Cole / Oregonian:
Measures 66 and 67 passing by wide margin … It looks like Oregon corporations and high-income earners will pay higher state taxes as voters weighed in Tuesday on two hotly debated measures.  —  The latest results indicate both Measure 66 and 67 passed in 11 of Oregon's 36 counties.
Discussion: MyDD and Mother Jones
William Yardley / New York Times:
Oregon Voters Approve Tax Increase
Discussion: Economist's View
Harry Esteve / Oregonian:   Oregon voters pass tax increasing measures by big margin
David Cho / Washington Post:
Treasury Secretary Geithner faces harsh criticism from legislators over bailouts  —  When Timothy F. Geithner emerged as the leading candidate for Treasury secretary in late 2008, he privately urged Barack Obama to think twice about whether to hire him.  Geithner had been a key architect …
Discussion: Beat the Press
Sewell Chan / New York Times:   Vote on Bernanke Confirmation Is Scheduled for Thursday
Dana Priest / Washington Post:
U.S. military teams, intelligence deeply involved in aiding Yemen on strikes  —  U.S. military teams and intelligence agencies are deeply involved in secret joint operations with Yemeni troops who in the past six weeks have killed scores of people, among them six of 15 top leaders …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Bringing Sexy Back  —  He's The One, all right.  —  The handsome, athletic pol with the comely wife and two lovely daughters who precipitously rose from the State Legislature to pull us all together.  —  The fresh face and disarming underdog America's been waiting for …
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 …
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 …
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President to Deliver First State of the Union Tonight
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Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
How Obama can reverse Iran's dangerous course
Discussion: Commentary and TBogg
Marty Peretz / The New Republic:
Maybe I'm Getting Paranoid ... About Obama
Discussion: Israel Matzav and GINA COBB
Roubini Never More Pessimistic on Euro Area, Calls Spain a Risk
Discussion: Felix Salmon
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Adults Only, Please  —  Maybe it's just me, but I've found …
Discussion: Beat the Press
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: The Agitator
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Obama to push Hill on foreign cash
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
CNN hopes King ends evening slide
Discussion: Mediaite and
Steven E. Levingston / Short Stack:
China is not likely to surpass United States as global economic …