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Bless their progressive little hearts!

The Princeton students filibustering Frist take their filibuster to the nation's capital!

Sen. Frist (R) may be able to cut a check to his alma mater to get them to name a building after him. But does he have the requisite equipment to get all nuclear on these young partisans of checks and balances?

We shall see ...

White House word game bamboozlers go back to the drawing board and TPM Readers T&K brings us the news.

Privatization 4.0 from Dick Cheney yesterday in Denver: "Personal property accounts."

Late Update: Secret White House memo reveals new privatization bamboozle words currently under consideration! Leading contenders include "21st Century Homestead Accounts", "'I Have a Dream' Accounts". "Laissez-Faire Economics Life Raft Accounts" proposed by Dem mole at CEA but later rejected.

Even Later Update: Yes, the last update was parody. But 'tis getting harder and harder to distinguish.

Alas, the real details come out about president's new benefit cut and phase-out plan. Jason Furman has more.

Charlie Cook on the Bug Man in Winter (thematically if not seasonally) ...

On the political front, DeLay's re-election situation is dicier than commonly thought.

Are DeLay's ethical and legal problems much worse than they were on Election Day last November and are voters back home aware of it? Absolutely.

Is the political climate more difficult for DeLay now than back in November? Yes. From Social Security and gasoline prices to Iraq and the absence of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as a whipping boy, things aren't as good for Republicans today as they were six months ago.

Finally, does DeLay face more formidable opposition if he seeks re-election in 2006 than he did last year, when he beat neophyte Democrat Richard Morrison 55-41 percent, with a Libertarian candidate and an independent each garnering 2 percent? Yes.

Former Rep. Nick Lampson, who represented about 20 percent of this district before a DeLay-engineered redistricting, is the strong frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. Lampson might face Houston City Councilman Gordon Quan in a March primary.

Given the substantially greater adversity that DeLay faces today, it might be enough to cost him 5 to 9 percentage points and the seat.

While DeLay spent more than $2.7 million to get re-elected in 2004, not counting considerable outside resources that went into the effort, this time it would likely cost upwards of $5 million.

Keep in mind, the 22nd District is not DeLay's old rock-ribbed Republican seat. DeLay was a team player in redistricting, and gave up heavily Republican areas, picking up Democratic territory, as a gesture to urge Republican members also to give up friendly territory.

In retrospect, he really could use that old turf. One Washington insider privately noted that it would be ironic if DeLay ended up being the first GOP casualty of his own redistricting plan.

Win or lose, this will be an ugly and costly re-election fight for DeLay -- if he chooses to pursue it.


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Very cool. (Okay, maybe not MTV cool; but definitely TPM cool ...)

Ken Colburn's Techpolitics site has prepared a sortable web page showing Social Security recipient data by county for the congressional districts represented by members of TPM's Conscience Caucus.

More details about TPMCafe.com.

As I noted before I went away on vacation, TPMCafe will host a small number of individual, subject-specific blogs -- one of which will focus on foreign affairs and national security.

This will be a group blog with six contributors.

They are Daniel Benjamin of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Ivo Daalder of Brookings, John Ikenberry of Princeton University, James Lindsay of the Council on Foreign Relations, George Packer of The New Yorker and Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

(What I've listed here are just brief mentions of each contributor's institutional affiliation. You can find out more about them by clicking on the individual links.)

It's an exciting group of voices, not only because of the qualities each possesses individually, but because of the eclectic mix of perspectives -- as academics, policy practitioners and journalists -- they bring to the conversation.

More to follow ...

Duce! Duce! or Toadies on Parade!

DC conservatives hold tribute dinner to hail fearless (Majority) Leader DeLay, man of steel.

Where is the Chaplin for this dubious Duce, this tin-pot Tweed?

Amazing. When I left a week ago, the Princeton Frist Filibuster site was still a hastily-thrown-together operation, mainly serving up a slow feed of some student filibustering Bill Frist. Now, it's a whole elaborate set-up, with a media archive, lists of upcoming speakers and events, links to filibusters at other campuses -- amazing.

They're even fundraising for something called "phase 2" of their filibuster, though I couldn't seem to figure out from the site what phase two was. Certainly, something quite worthy.

By now Professors Witten and Nappi should have their TPM T-Shirts they won for being the first two profs to get in on the action. Actually, that means that there's still a third T-Shirt waiting for whoever was the third professor to take a stand and filibuster Frist. But I'll let the organizers on the scene determine who that lucky T-Shirt recipient was.

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