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Now that he's not Majority Leader anymore, suddenly Tom DeLay's having a harder time raising money for the defense fund. In fact, he's deep in the red. That and other news of the day in today's Daily Muck.

Speaking of the Muck, check out what Paul has in today's column on Abramoff, Alexander Strategy Group and the Heritage Foundation and their intermingled dealings in Hong Kong (scroll down to 'ASG, Abramoff, The Heritage Foundation and Hong Kong'). Small world. Smaller everyday.

One of our readers found this in a brief New York Daily News update on the status of the Scooter Libby prosecution. The meat of the article is about Libby's effort to get prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to fork over White House documents he got copies of during the investigation.

But down there in the last graf there's this ...

Fitzgerald, who is fighting Libby's request, said in a letter to Libby's lawyers that many e-mails from Cheney's office at the time of the Plame leak in 2003 have been deleted contrary to White House policy.

Does that seem a bit odd?

Fitzgerald's letter says that "we have learned that not all email of the Office of Vice President and the Executive Office of President for certain time periods in 2003 was preserved through the normal archiving process on the White House computer system."

Anyone know anything more about this?

Surprise Result: Rep. John Larson (D-CT) beats Crowley and Schakowsky for Dem Caucus Vice Chair.

Out doing a 2006 election interview for TPM. More posts this afternoon and a TPMmuckraker.com update.

Okay, a small twinge of regret. TPM emailers tell me that the best moment of the speech came when the president said that last year Congress 'failed' to act on his plan to phase out Social Security. Dems cheered; Republicans sat with stony silence. I would like to have seen that.

Maybe Crooks & Liars get that clip online for us.

The president to call for new technology to end addiction to oil? Yeah, I bet. Do we actually have to listen to pundits opine about this into the wee hours as long as the president doesn't commit to doing anything beside saying it would be nice?

(Yes, a rhetorical question ...)

I have a confession: I'm not sure when the last time was when I watched the State of the Union address. I think I may have watched it in 2003. But I'm not even certain of that. Perhaps a glance through the archives would show that I watched a bit of it last year, I don't know.

The truth is, I find it unwatchable.

Now, I read the transcript later. I'll often go back and watch key sections so I can get the flavor of a particular passage in the speech or of a debate it has spawned.

But the thing itself (watching the actual production in real time) and then the imbecile chatter afterwards -- I just can't deal. I just find it unbearable.

Are there others out there like me? I know that a great portion of the country never watches the thing and can't be bothered with politics in any case. But are there others out there who are genuine political junkies -- downright incurables -- and yet can't bear to watch this thing?

They're some of those basic questions young children learn to ask in civics class. Who represents me in Congress? And when do they go on trial?

Yes, it's just a sign of the times. But these are the questions one wants to know the answer to. So today we're rolling out a new feature, the TPM Grand Ole Docket.

The number of individuals reportedly under investigation in the Abramoff and other public corruption scandals is getting pretty large. But this isn't a list of just anyone who's been tagged in a news report. We're being a good deal more strict.

We're including 1) people who have pled guilty to federal corruption or corruption related charges, 2) those who have been indicted for such charges and 3) those who have been identified as unindicted cocospirators in public legal filings. By our count there 21 such people. Certainly more to follow. But 21 so far.

These are, in other words, all the folks in the Capitol Hill corruption mess who prosecutors have publicly identified as participants in criminal activity.

As usual, we'll be updating the Docket as the story unfolds. And we'll be relying on you to send us updates, corrections or additions as you find them.