* House, by narrow 216 to 214 vote, approves steep cuts in entitlement programs; viewed as victory for Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). [WP, NYT, W$J, USAT]

* White House has scaled back their agenda; "Bush has come around to the notion that a presidency can handle only one truly big thing at a time, and for now that thing is Iraq." [WP, LAT]

* Rep. Blunt expected to win race for House majority leader today. [LAT]

* Many House Republicans believe their leadership is going too far with proposed reforms for lobbying. [WP, NYT]

* Administration is rejecting Senate requests for legal opinions on NSA eavesdropping. [NYT]

* "Disorganization of Senate Democrats" created smooth path for Samuel Alito's confirmation. [WP]

* U.S. Capitol Police chief apologizes for hassling Cindy Sheehan. [WP, NYT]

* Bush's rhetorical push for energy independence is greeted with skepticism and "a lack of enthusiasm" on the Hill. [NYT, W$J]

* Alito breaks with conservatives in first vote as Supreme Court justice. [USAT]

* Bush brings State of the Union themes to Nashville: "Let me put it to you in Texan. If al Qaeda is calling into the United States, we want to know." [WP, NYT, USAT]

* Michael Chertoff is chided by the GAO for incompetent response to Katrina. [NYT, W$J, USAT]

* Many Katrina victims disappointed with content of the State of the Union. [USAT]

* White House defends Texas redistricting. [WP]

* Special lobbying exemption for tribes has not been addressed. [WP]

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Poor People Are Mad As Hell, And They're Not Going to Take It Anymore.

The Poor People's Campaign marched on Washington, and we were there!

Culture Wars
by Dominic Gwinn

Yesterday the new Poor People's Campaign, led by Rev. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, concluded 40 days of protest and civil disobedience with a rally on the National Mall. Building off of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr's original Poor People's Campaign 50 years ago, the new campaign is aimed at uniting labor leaders with activists to build a coalition of all marginalized people

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The police have clearly failed to stop the scourge of black kids selling water to thirsty people, so your average law-abiding, permit-respecting white lady has no choice but to take matters into her own (did we mention they were white?) hands. You might call her a busybody gone power mad or a simple tool of racist micoaggression, but we just call her "Permit Patty."

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