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When CNN reporter Abbie Boudreau flew to Maryland to meet with James O'Keefe, she thought she was meeting him in his office to talk about a documentary she was working on about young conservatives. Instead, she found herself at his house, where his organization's executive director was near tears as she warned Boudreau that O'Keefe was trying to lure her onto his boat in order to seduce her in front of hidden cameras in order to "punk" CNN.

Boudreau left, and CNN ran the story today. We already know plenty about the main character: O'Keefe is the Andrew Breitbart protege who secretly filmed meetings between himself, posing as a pimp, and ACORN employees. The videos were a big part of what caused ACORN's demise as a national organization that helped low- and middle-income families find housing and register to vote. He also pleaded guilty earlier this year with three friends to charges of entering government property under false pretenses, after the four posed as telephone repairmen and videotaped themselves fiddling with the phones in Sen. Mary Landrieu's office.

But who were his alleged co-conspirators, who CNN says O'Keefe emailed with about the plan?

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Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell has a blog. It's called "Chris Armstrong Watch" and is uniformly dedicated to keeping an eye on Armstrong, the openly gay University of Michigan student body president, who Shirvell maintains is "a radical homosexual activist" aiming "to promote a very deeply radical agenda at the University of Michigan."

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Officials with the Christine O'Donnell campaign told me today they don't know who or what is behind what O'Donnell claims is a false LinkedIn profile that's become the source of a whole ton of negative publicity for Delaware's Republican Senate nominee. One high-level official, who spoke on background before referring me to the communications staff, was quick to mention past instances where, the official said, false information about O'Donnell has been posted by her enemies in the hopes of tarnishing her image before the primary. The campaign's communications guy, Chris Merola, told me that the campaign is still deciding how to proceed with setting the record straight.

The LinkedIn account appears to be down as of this posting, but no one at the campaign immediately responded to requests for comment on the status of the profile.

O'Donnell disavowed the public profile -- which links her to at least two institutions of higher education that she did not attend -- in a statement released to reporters earlier today. When I asked where the profile could have come from, the campaign official offered no potential source but pointed out past instances when he said O'Donnell's enemies in the state GOP had posted disparaging comments about her on the internet under false names.

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1||James O'Keefe, the young conservative activist who secretly recorded meetings with ACORN and was convicted in May of entering Sen. Mary Landrieu's office under false pretenses, allegedly tried to "punk" CNN reporter Abbie Boudreau by luring her on to a boat and seducing her.||Newscom/UPI&&

2||The origins of O'Keefe's methods go back to his days as a campus activist, as Justin Elliott chronicled in this story.||AP&&

3||O'Keefe first made a name for himself with his infamous ACORN sting, in which he and another conservative activist posed as a pimp and a prostitute -- complete with outlandish costumes -- and asked employees of ACORN for advice on how to conceal the woman's source of income on their tax forms.||YouTube: PushBackNow&&

4||O'Keefe -- who Andrew Breitbart acknowledged paying a salary to -- was arrested in January with three other men for allegedly trying to tamper with the phones in the New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landreiu (D-LA). After the charges were reduced this spring, O'Keefe was sentenced to three years of probation, a fine of $1,500 and 100 hours of community service for the phone tampering incident.|| &&

5||After the incident, a chastened O'Keefe told Sean Hannity he'd be "a little more thoughtful" in the future. ||Fox News&&

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A former housekeeper for Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for governor of California, alleged in a press conference with a high-profile lawyer that she was subject to financial and emotional abuse for the nine years she was employed.

Both sides agree that Whitman fired her housekeeper last June because she was an illegal immigrant, just a few months after Whitman's campaign for governor got underway.

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It's over.

House Democrats will adjourn late this week without holding a last-minute vote on middle-income tax cuts, a top House Democratic aide confirmed to me this afternoon. The decision will dismay dozens of House progressives, and a growing array of observers and aides who believed that Democrats could have gained impressive political advantage by forcing Republicans to choose between giving all Americans a tax cut on their first $250,000, or holding out until the wealthiest Americans were given an additional break as well.

However, a significant number of Democrats, mostly conservative and vulnerable members, believed that upper-income tax cuts should be extended for a year. They were adamant that Republicans would have a stronger political hand going into election season if Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a vote on middle-income cuts in isolation.

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The village of Sidney, NY asked a Muslim group dig up two bodies they buried in a small cemetery on land they own because, the town contends, the burial plots are illegal.

But town supervisor Bob McCarthy doesn't know which law they broke. "I don't know what the exact law is," he said.

In a phone interview with TPMMuckraker on Wednesday, McCarthy said that he was being "harassed" by media calls, and said he's not an expert on the law.

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Sean Duffy, the Republican nominee (and former Real World star) running for the northern Wisconsin seat of retiring long-time Democratic Rep. David Obey, has a new ad that continues the lumberjack motif from his previous spot.

The last ad focused on chopping wood, while the new one is based on rolling logs through the water -- first with a career politician spinning various folks into the water, until Duffy comes along and triumphs.

"Washington's reckless spending and government growth is spinning our country out of control. The economy is suffering. And our working folks have been tossed aside," says Duffy. "Our government is trillions of dollars in debt. And our kids are left to soak up the cost. It's so bad, even our seniors have lost their footing. I'm Sean Duffy, and I approved this message -- because it's time we dunk our career politicians, and we get America back on track."

You have to wonder about this lumberjack gimmick in Duffy's ads. It's possible that he misread the Republican strategists' memos about appealing to Sarah Palin's voters -- and is instead copying Michael Palin.

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MoveOn is now raising money for Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), a longtime progressive champion. And they're really taking the hard sell -- with a dire warning that he's in serious danger.

The TPM Poll Average gives Republican businessman Ron Johnson a lead of 52.2%-43.6%. Polling has suggested that this is in large part due to a severe enthusiasm gap, with Dem voters less likely to turn out in this blue-leaning swing state.

MoveOn has a new fundraising email, out, entitled "Russ Feingold's in trouble." The title and the overall phrasing of the message itself seem tailored to jump-start Dems with the necessary sense of urgency.

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