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1:50 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 …
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 …
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:
Discussion: Kausfiles and AMERICAblog News
New York Times:
4 Arrested in Phone Tampering at Landrieu Office  —  NEW ORLEANS — Federal officials charged four men on Tuesday with plotting to tamper with the telephone system in the New Orleans office of Senator Mary Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana.  One of the men was a conservative activist who gained fame …
Fox News:
Filmmaker Who Targeted ACORN Arrested in Alleged Senate Phone Scheme
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 …
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 Politico and Liberal Values
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Nelson, Bayh warn against reconciliation
The Hill:
Lawmakers give cold shoulder to Obama call for budget 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.
Discussion: Doug Ross
Paul Krugman:
Obama Liquidates Himself
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: D.C. Now
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:   Inside the Edwards Trainwreck
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 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
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
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 …
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 …
MJ Rosenberg / The Huffington Post:
Unprecedented!  54 House Dems Call On Israel To End Siege Of Gaza  —  This is unprecedented.  —  Fifty-four House members are defying AIPAC and calling on President Obama to lift the deadly blockade of Gaza.  Specifically, the House Members ask:that Obama pressure Israel to: permit:
Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
Ellison, McCollum and Oberstar urge Obama to lift Gaza blockade
Discussion: TPMCafe
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Vote on Bernanke Confirmation Is Scheduled for Thursday  —  WASHINGTON — Ben S. Bernanke's prospects for confirmation to a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve advanced on Tuesday as the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, scheduled a crucial vote in the process for Thursday.
Discussion: Clusterstock
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Paulson to testify that AIG bailout was correct
Discussion: The Politico
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 and
Erick Erickson / RedState:
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:
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