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Eric Lach

Eric Lach is a reporter for TPM. From 2010 to 2011, he was a news writer in charge of the website?s front page. He has previously written for The Daily, NewYorker.com, GlobalPost and other publications. He can be reached at ericl@talkingpointsmemo.com

Articles by Eric

In a talk radio interview this morning, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) had a peculiar kind of praise for President Barack Obama's first State Of The Union address. Inhofe called Obama the best liar he has ever seen, even better than Bill Clinton, "and I don't mean that unkindly" he said.

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Bad news for those planning to attend the Feb. 4 Lincoln Day Dinner of the Salt Lake County Republicans: the keynote speaker, James O'Keefe, won't be making it after all.

O'Keefe, the filmmaker famous for dressing up as a pimp in an ACORN video sting, was arrested with three other men Tuesday for allegedly attempting to tap the phones in Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) New Orleans office.

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On Hardball today, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) joined the chorus of rank-and-file Democrats who have come out against the possibility of the House passing the Senate health care reform bill exactly as it is in order to get legislation out of its current deadlock.

"We're not going to pass the Senate bill -- that's not going to go anywhere in the House," Pascrell said.

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The Senate is expected to vote tomorrow on a proposal to create a bipartisan debt commission charged with reducing soaring budget deficits, which are projected to be around $1 trillion a year for the next decade.

The commission would potentially have the power to force Congress into an up-or-down vote on systematic changes to the tax code and government entitlement programs, including Medicare and Social Security. That's got a lot of progressives worried -- and mad.

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The Chicago Sun-Times reports that President Barack Obama has been called to do his civic duty -- and show up for jury duty in a Bridgeview, IL, on Monday.

But fear not, suburban Illinois suspects. "The president won't be expected to show up," a court source told the Sun-Times.

So there you have it, a surefire way to dodge jury duty: get elected president.

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