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Yes, TPM Muckraking Fund fundraiser goes down into its final hours.

Now, with James Tobin's conviction in the New Hampshire phone-jamming case late this afternoon, DOJ lawyers plan to lean on him to flip on folks higher up the ladder in the GOP. So there's even more muck coming down the pike.

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New Hampshire phone-jammer Tobin guilty on two counts, say our sources.

Late Update: We've got this triple sourced. So I think this one's a done deal.

News coming from the Tobin jury in New Hampshire?

Yesterday I got an email from a reader from New Orleans who said, in so many words, Don't forget about us.

In recent weeks I've gotten several notes like this from Louisiana readers telling me that for all the big talk back in September the Bush administration has all but forgotten about any commitment to rebuild New Orleans and the rest of the affected area.

In truth, though, in our own little way, we have too -- we being this website. Some of that is a simple shortage of hours in the day. We're gearing up to hire two blogger-reporters, as we've told you. But not having more than one person doing the writing doesn't entirely excuse it. It's just too easy for everyone to let stories like ths fall to the background once the big headlines are gone. So we'll try to do better.

Having criticized the president, let me note prominently that just today the White House has announced its support for a $3.1 billion plan to rebuild the city's levee system. $1.5 billion is new and that is on top of $1.6 billion already committed.

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Another piece of the Abramoff puzzle. This from the Austin American-Statesman ...

Capital Athletic Foundation, a charity run by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff now at the center of an influence-peddling investigation on Capitol Hill, told the IRS it gave away more than $330,000 in grants in 2002 to four other charities that say they never received the money.

The largest grant the foundation listed in its 2002 tax filing was for $300,000 to P'TACH of New York, a nonprofit that helps Jewish children with learning disabilities.

"We've never received a $300,000 gift, not in our 28 years," a surprised Rabbi Burton Jaffa, P'TACH's national director, told the Austin American-States- man. "It would have been gone by now. I guess I would have been able to pay some teachers on time."

So where'd that money go exactly? Hint: Don't assume this money was going into Jack Abramoff's pocket.