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6:15 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 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: Wonkette
Michelle Malkin:
Ugh: ACORN-buster busted at Sen. Landrieu's office in alleged bugging plot; affidavit link added  —  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 …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Raw Story
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Anti-ACORN filmmaker arrested
Discussion: Politics Daily
neworleans.fbi.gov:   Four Men Arrested for Entering Government Property Under False …
Liz Robbins / New York Times:
4 Arrested for Trying to Tap Landrieu's Phones
Washington Post:
ACORN foe arrested by FBI in plot to bug Landrieu's office
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
ACORN Investigator James O'Keefe Arrested
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   FBI Arrests James O'Keefe At Landrieu's Office
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.
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.
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 …
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Opposable Thumbs:
Barack Herbert Hoover Obama?
Associated Press:
Senate rejects Obama-backed deficit task force
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and Hot Air
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Seeks Freeze on Many Domestic Programs
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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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 …
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 …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Nelson, Bayh warn against reconciliation
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lincoln rejects using reconciliation to pass health bill
Discussion: TPMDC, TalkLeft and Balkinization
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:
Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
Ellison, McCollum and Oberstar urge Obama to lift Gaza blockade  —  Democratic U.S. Reps. Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum, and James Oberstar sent a letter urging President Obama late last week urging him to use diplomatic pressure to resolve the blockade affecting Gaza.
Discussion: TPMCafe
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MJ Rosenberg / The Huffington Post:
Unprecedented! 54 House Dems Call On Israel To End Siege Of Gaza
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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.
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
 
 
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