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5:40 PM ET, January 26, 2010

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David Hammer / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
ACORN gotcha man among four arrested for attempting 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 …
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Think Progress:   Fox News Devastated Over Arrest Of ACORN Pimp, Says The Story …
Michelle Malkin:
Ugh: ACORN-buster busted at Sen. Landrieu's office in alleged …
Discussion: Raw Story
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Anti-ACORN filmmaker arrested
Discussion: Politics Daily
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.
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Jared Bernstein / White House.gov 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.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Seeks Freeze on Many Domestic Programs  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will call for a three-year freeze in spending on many domestic programs, and for increases no greater than inflation after that, an initiative intended to signal his seriousness about cutting the budget deficit, administration officials said Monday.
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Obama's Credibility Gap  —  Who is Barack Obama?  —  Americans are still looking for the answer, and if they don't get it soon — or if they don't like the answer — the president's current political problems will look like a walk in the park.  —  Mr. Obama may be personally very appealing …
Paul Rosenberg / Open Left:
It's Official: Obama is an idiot  —  As noted in quick hits by BDB and rayj, [UPDATE] and by David in a diary that just caused me to push back this diary's publication time, Obama has now gone off the deep end.  After passing a stimulus that most economists (not just liberal ones) …
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 Obama?  —  UPDATE II: It seems that it is not a freeze in non-security discretionary outlays, but rather an overall cap on non-security discretionary—which is a diffrent animal.  And it seems that it is not an overall cap on non-security discretionary outlays …
Associated Press:
Senate rejects Obama-backed deficit task force
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and Hot Air
Jonathan Zasloff / The Reality-Based Community:
Obama's Self-Inflicted Lobotomy Proceeds Apace
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.
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New York Times:
Decision Looms on Advancing Health Care Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Seeking to avert the collapse of major health care legislation, the White House and Democratic leaders in Congress face a crucial decision about whether to use a procedural maneuver that would allow them to advance the bill despite …
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lincoln rejects using reconciliation to pass health bill
Discussion: TalkLeft and Balkinization
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Nelson, Bayh warn against reconciliation
Discussion: TPMDC and The New Republic
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Lincoln Will Oppose Reconciliation
Discussion: Hot Air
The Note:   Labor Chief: Senators “Acted Like Terrorists” on Health Care
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.
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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:
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Populist Addiction  —  Politics, some believe, is the organization of hatreds.  The people who try to divide society on the basis of ethnicity we call racists.  The people who try to divide it on the basis of religion we call sectarians.  The people who try to divide it on the basis …
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.
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 …
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:   As Obama Seeks Freeze, Deficit Seen Shrinking Slightly
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.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
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, newsday.com, behind a pay wall.  The paper was one of the first non-business newspapers to take the plunge by putting up a pay wall …
Peter Wallsten / Wall Street Journal:
Rahm Emanuel Draws Fire From Left  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama's liberal backers have a long list of grievances.  The Guantanamo Bay prison is still open.  Health care hasn't been transformed.  And Wall Street banks are still paying huge bonuses.
The Note:
Obama Spending Freeze Lands on Hill with Thud  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports:  —  The president's proposed discretionary spending freeze has hit Capitol Hill with a thud.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said, simply, that she looks forward to “examining the details” of the proposed freeze.
Discussion: The Page
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Koop raises specter of rationing  —  The 60 Plus Association, a conservative seniors' group, is airing a new ad featuring former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop telling seniors that Congress is drafting reform legislation behind-closed doors.  In the spot, Koop, who served under former …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Illinois Governor Primary Numbers  —  A primary loss for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is looking more and more possible.  He trails Dan Hynes 41-40 in our poll of the race.  —  Hynes' slight advantage is due largely to a 45-38 lead with African Americans, suggesting that a controversial ad …
Discussion: The Hill
Kevin Allocca / TVNewser:
Fox News Finishes Week #1 in All of Primetime Cable  —  Fox News was the top cable network in primetime last week, averaging the most total viewers between January 18th-24th.  The last time FNC topped USA and came in first was during the week of the 2008 presidential election.
Discussion: TVbytheNumbers and Don Surber
Front Page Magazine:
An Open Letter to Charles Johnson  —  Posted by Dennis Prager on Jan 26th, 2010 and filed under FrontPage.  You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0.  You can leave a response or trackback to this entry … Dear Charles:  —  As you know, over the years …
Stephanie Clifford / Media Decoder:
Harper's Magazine Editor Hodge Fired; Didn't Quit  —  2:51 P.M. Updated with new information. 3:06 P.M. Updated with additional source.  —  Roger D. Hodge, who has been the editor of Harper's Magazine since 2006, will be stepping down effective next Monday.
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
The man who blew the whistle on Jack Abramoff tells the story of how he did it  —  He was instrumental in shining the light on one of Washington's biggest scandals.  He made Jack Abramoff a household name.  But few know who he is.  —  Tom Rodgers preferred to operate strategically behind …
 
 
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