Friday Random Top 10

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Guided By Voices are coming to First Avenue on Tuesday so this blog will be GBV-heavy over the next few days. To kick off the festivities instead of a random top 10 I thought I would list the top 10 GBV songs on my I-pod based on the number of plays they have got. GBV or Robert Pollard consists of over 400 of the 7,800 songs on my I-pod and the top 89 songs (based on # of plays) are GBV and 106 of the top 110 are as well, so I listen to a lot of Guided By Voices. Below are the top 10 songs and the number of times played on my I-pod.

1. Fly into Ashes - 27
2. Running Off With The Fun City Girls (demo) - 26
3. Choking Tara (demo) - 26
4. My Valuable Hunting Knife - 26
5. Hardcore UFO's - 25
6. It is Divine - 25
7. Motor Away - 25
8. You're Not an Airplane - 24
9. 7 Strokes to Heaven's Edge (outtake) - 24
10. Still Worth Nothing (outtake) - 24

Bonus: Game of Pricks -24

Now these aren't my favorite GBV songs (although a lot of them are) but the one's that just happened to get played the most. However no complaints about any one of these songs. What's your top 10?

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Top Ten fave GBV songs (very hard to pick, impossible to order):
1) Tractor Rape Chain
2) Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory
3) Choking Tara
4) Learning To Hunt
5) Echoes Myron
6) When She Turns 50
7) Captain's Dead
8) A Big Fan of the Pigpen
9) Peep-Hole
10) Paper Girl

1) Daniel & the Sacred Harp - The Band/Stage Frieght
2) Epistrophy - Monk & Coltrane/Monk & Coltrane
3) Want You to Feel Good Too - NRBQ/Uncommon Denominators
4) Hold On - Plastic Ono Band/POB
5) Sin City - Flying Burrito Bros/Gilded Palace of Sin
6) Ms. Jackson - Outkast/Stankonia
7) Let's Do It Again - The Staple Singers/Best of ...
8) Timeless Melody - The La's/BBC in Session
9) 54-40 or Fight - The Mono Men/10 Cool Ones
10) Born Secular - Jenny Lewis/Rabbit Fur Coat

I didn't realize that it's John Lennon's birthday. Scratch all of the above and just insert the first half dozen Beatle albums (heck, all of 'em), POB, and Imagine. And Whatever Gets You Through the Night, and that song he did with Elton John, and... Happy Birthday John, wherever you are.

Amen, Stagger. For some reason I've really been into the song God lately. Lennon's performance is amazing. You have no doubt he's singing from the heart in that song.

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A roundup of news, schedules, and key stories from CBS News Political Director Steve Chaggaris:

GREGG – WHAT HAPPENED?: Sen. Judd Gregg's, R-N.H., withdrawal for consideration as President Obama's Commerce Secretary stunned Washington; only 9 days before, it seemed as if Mr. Obama's announcement of Gregg for the post was perhaps his most serious attempt at reaching across the aisle. But, in the end, the lifelong Republican Gregg felt it was too much of a reach.

"It just became clear to me that it would be very difficult, day in and day out, to serve in this Cabinet, or any Cabinet, for that matter, and be part of the team and not be able to be 100% with the team, 110% with the team," Gregg told reporters on Capitol Hill after his announcement.


"The announcement was a fresh embarrassment for an administration rocked by a number of setbacks," report the Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler, Gregg Hitt and Jonathan Weisman.

"While his recent predecessors each lost one or two early cabinet nominees, Mr. Obama has lost three less than a month into his term. And Mr. Gregg's withdrawal comes two days after a bank rescue plan was widely panned by financial markets and lawmakers from both parties, partly because of its lack of detail.

"Mr. Obama was able to celebrate this week a victory with a congressional agreement over his economic-stimulus plan, but his goal of attracting widespread bipartisan support has faltered, and the Gregg move means his cabinet can no longer claim a trio of Republicans."

"Mr. Gregg said he and the administration 'did not adequately focus' on policy disputes, citing the handling of the census and the stimulus package. But in his news conference, he said he considered the blame for the short-lived nomination to be largely his. 'The bottom line is this was simply a bridge too far for me,' he told reporters."

"Obama, speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on a swing through Illinois, said the developments did not spell the end of his efforts at reaching out to Republicans," report the Los Angeles Times' Peter Wallsten and Janet Hook.

"'I am going to keep on working at this,' he said. Americans are 'desperate' for politicians to find common ground, he said."

"Obama's choice of Gregg for a Cabinet post was an unexpected match from the start," writes the Concord Monitor's Daniel Barrick. "Gregg had endorsed Obama's Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, in last year's election. Gregg prides himself as a staunch fiscal conservative and is respected on financial matters in the Senate, but he is not exactly known for cutting deals with Democrats. Obama said he settled on Gregg because he wanted diverse opinions in his administration. But the prospect of being one voice in a chorus of opinions didn't appeal to Gregg after all, he said."

"Despite Gregg's assurances that he was to blame, leading Republicans said the move amounted to a repudiation of Obama's liberal agenda and a rebuke of his bipartisan outreach," writes the Washington Post's Paul Kane.

"White House aides countered that Gregg had given assurances that his conservative views would not hinder his ability to promote Obama's agenda and that he then changed his mind. 'He was uncomfortable philosophically with the position he would be put in,' said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

McConnell said that he had spoken regularly with Gregg since he decided to accept the nomination and that in recent days Gregg increasingly indicated doubts about taking the job. McConnell said he expects Gregg to receive a 'standing ovation' when he walks into the next gathering of the Senate Republican Conference. ...

"After recusing himself from Senate procedures since his nomination Feb. 3, Gregg will return for the stimulus vote, expected today. He has refused to say how he will vote. His Republican friends expect him to oppose the measure, giving them the symbolic victory of a former Obama insider voting against the legislation."

"It doesn't so much matter that by all appearances Gregg is no gallant, that he seemed to actually be telling the truth when he said the reason he got cold feet at the altar was that he couldn't bring himself to fully support the president's agenda. What matters is that he dumped the president," writes Time Magazine's Michael Scherer.

"He was picked to be the next Commerce Secretary, he accepted the appointment, and then he walked away — breaking the news, as it turned out, at the very moment Obama was appearing at an event in Peoria, Illinois to build support for his $789 billion stimulus plan being hammered out by Congress.

"In this town, the president, especially one with a 63% approval rating just three weeks into office, is not supposed to get dumped. [A]ll most Americans will know about Gregg's withdrawal: The president was denied, yet again, in his attempt to reach across the partisan aisle."

Mr. Obama "had politics in mind when tapping [former nominee Gov. Bill] Richardson [D-N.M] and Gregg, and neither plan worked out," writes the Associated Press' Charles Babington.

"Richardson is a prominent Hispanic, an ethnic group increasingly important to both parties. And Gregg, a lifelong Republican, would have helped Obama fulfill his promise of building a truly bipartisan Cabinet. Richardson's and Gregg's long records in public office, however, also made them more susceptible to the types of problems that ended their nominations. A governor must walk a careful line in awarding state contracts. And a veteran senator must answer to partisan supporters and loyalties that don't affect a corporate CEO.

"Over the long run, Obama's difficulty in filling the Commerce post may prove little more than a time-consuming distraction when he needs to focus on the economic crisis."

STIMULUS UPDATE: The House and Senate are set to vote on final passage of President Obama's $790 billion economic stimulus plan – the House vote is expected between 1 and 2pm ET, the Senate vote could happen as early as this evening.

"The $790 billion plan combines $286 billion in tax cuts with $311 billion in programs funded by the appropriations committees and about $193 billion in spending for benefit programs such as unemployment assistance, $250 payments or millions of people receiving Social Security benefits, and extra money for states to help with the Medicaid health program for the poor and disabled," reports the Associated Press' Andrew Taylor.

"Obama's 'Making Work Pay' tax cut would be scaled back from $500 for most workers to $400, with couples getting $800 instead of $1,000. Republicans, lined up to vote against the bill, piled on the scorn. 'This is not the smart approach,' said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader. 'The taxpayers of today and tomorrow will be left to clean up the mess.'"

Congress worked late into the night last night tinkering with the final bill, as the New York Times' David M. Herszenhorn reports. "Even as clerks were still drafting the measure, a broad array of industries and interest groups scrambled to calculate winners and losers in the final stimulus deal and in some cases engaged in fierce down-to-the-wire lobbying efforts for further adjustments.

4793123"At some points on Thursday, there was confusion among top White House and Congressional officials over whether certain provisions were in the bill — a bit discomfiting for House Democrats, who had promised at least 48 hours of public review before a vote.

"At 10:45 p.m., the final text was posted to a House Web site. Among the last-minute changes on Thursday was a slight expansion of a tax break for businesses favored by the Senate Republicans who provided crucial votes for the bill. The provision lets companies claim refunds by applying current losses to prior profitable years.

"Another late insertion was a $3.2 billion tax break specifically intended for the failing auto giant General Motors that allows it to claim refunds for taxes paid in earlier, profitable years. General Motors and Chrysler received a multibillion dollar federal bailout in December to prevent them from collapsing.

"The stimulus bill also includes limits on pay and bonuses for executives of companies that have received rescue money from the Treasury's financial system bailout program. The caps would apply not only to companies that get help in the future, but also to those that already accepted bailout money.

"And while many initiatives were scaled back as Congress and the White House sought to cut the overall cost, there were some surprise increases, including a quadrupling of money for high-speed rail projects to $8 billion."

The Washington Post's Lori Montgomery points out that the final bill won't boost job creation as originally hoped. "[C]ongressional negotiators have since trimmed billions of dollars from the package to satisfy Senate Republicans, diminishing its potential for job creation along with its overall cost. With the House poised to vote as early as today on the measure, analysts are slashing their estimates of its ability to counteract a deepening recession, with several prominent economists now saying the package will save or create fewer than 2.5 million jobs by the end of next year. At $789 billion, the final package 'is just not going to pack the same jobs punch' as some earlier versions, which cost as much as $100 billion more, said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Economy.com, whose analyses have been cited by White House officials as well as congressional Democrats.

"Zandi estimates the measure will create only about 2.2 million jobs by the end of 2010, leaving unemployment hovering around 10 percent and probably forcing lawmakers to undertake another stimulus plan. The White House has officially pared its own projection to 3.5 million jobs in recognition of the bill's smaller size. But Christina Romer, who leads Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, said the administration remains convinced that the package of tax cuts and spending initiatives has sufficient power to boost the sagging economy toward recovery by year's end."

BUFFALO PLANE CRASH: Statement from President Obama released this morning: "Michelle and I are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic accident outside of Buffalo last night. Our hearts go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones. I want to thank the brave first responders who arrived immediately to try and save lives and who are continuing to ensure the safety of everyone in the area. We pray for all those who have been touched by this terrible tragedy to find peace and comfort in the hard days ahead."

ON TODAY'S SCHEDULE: President Obama will speak to members of The Business Council at 10:30am ET before sitting down for his weekly lunch with Vice President Biden. Later this afternoon, Mr. Obama will make his first trip back to Chicago since the inauguration, where he and his family will spend the holiday weekend.

ECONOMIC STIMULUS

NY Times' Ron Lieber, "What's in the Bill for You?"

Washington Post's Shalaigh Murray and Paul Kane, "Sifting Through Details of the Deal"

Associated Press, "Highlights of House-Senate economic stimulus plan"

Washington Post's Dan Eggen and Ellen Nakashima, "Despite Pledges, Stimulus Has Some Pork": "The compromise stimulus bill adopted by House and Senate negotiators this week is not free of spending that benefits specific communities, industries or groups, despite vows by President Obama that the legislation would be kept clear of pet projects, according to lawmakers, legislative aides and anti-tax groups.

"The deal provides $8 billion for high-speed rail projects, for example, including money that could benefit a controversial proposal for a magnetic-levitation rail line between Disneyland, in California, and Las Vegas, a project favored by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.).

"The 311-mph train could make the trip from Sin City to Tomorrowland in less than two hours, according to backers. A new alliance of battery companies won $2 billion in grants and loans in the stimulus package to jump-start the domestic lithium ion industry.

"Filipino veterans, most of whom do not live in the United States, will get $200 million in long-awaited compensation for service in World War II. The nation's small shipyards also made out well, with $100 million in grant money -- a tenfold increase in funding from last year, when the federal Maritime Administration launched the program to benefit yards in places such as Ketchikan, Alaska, and Bayou La Batre, Ala."

Wall Street Journal's Jonathan Weisman, "Emanuel Says Obama Team Lost Message on Stimulus": "White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel conceded President Barack Obama and his team lost control of the message for selling their massive stimulus bill last week, fixating on bipartisanship while Republicans were savaging the legislation."

NY Times' Carl Hulse and Jeff Zeleny, "Stimulus Offers Glimpse of Obama's Battle Plan": "The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, was not happy, and she did not mind showing it. Obama administration officials and Senate leaders were about to jettison money dedicated to school construction from the economic stimulus bill to placate key Republicans, and House Democrats felt aggrieved.

"So, Democrats said, Ms. Pelosi lit into Phil Schiliro, chief Congressional lobbyist for the Obama administration and a former senior Capitol Hill aide, and had words for Rahm Emanuel, her former lieutenant, who is now President Obama's chief of staff.

"The tension on Wednesday afternoon was smoothed over, partly with the help of a phone call to the speaker from the president. But it was evidence that even with the new White House team's extraordinarily deep Congressional experience, there have been slips as the administration learns how to exert power on Capitol Hill.

"Some of the missteps have been tactical dr dre detox, and fairly easily straightened out. It would have been wiser, administration officials concluded later, to have made sure that a House leader was on hand for the pivotal final negotiations on the $789 billion economic package given that many House Democrats had made clear they disliked the idea of cuts being made by the Senate. Others were more fundamental, leaving the White House to live with the consequences. Some members of Congress said Mr. Obama's team would have also been better off taking a much stronger hand in writing the original House bill, keeping out provisions that Republicans would later use to portray it as stuffed with pork and programs that had little to do with the economy, though top administration officials said they had sound strategic reasons for not doing so."

Wall Street Journal's Stephen Power and Neil King Jr., "Next Challenge on Stimulus: Spending All That Money": "The stimulus bill nearing a final vote in Congress could pump as much as $170 billion into projects such as highways, Internet broadband and public-housing repairs. Of that, about a quarter -- or some $40 billion -- could go to the Energy Department.

"The agency would be under the gun to swiftly hand out money to projects that would modernize the electric grid, build electric cars and make homes and buildings more energy efficient. The new energy secretary, Steven Chu, has barely moved into his office overlooking the Smithsonian Castle.

"He says he'll have to transform how parts of his agency work if the president's stimulus plan is to succeed. 'We've got to do it,' Mr. Chu said in an interview. 'Otherwise it's just going to be a bust.' Other agencies face steep challenges, too. An obscure Commerce Department office with a $19 million budget and fewer than 20 grant officers could end up in charge of $7 billion in grants to expand Internet access in rural areas.

"A Congressional Budget Office report said it could take eight years for those grants to be issued because the amount of money would 'far exceed' the agency's traditional budget and require the deployment of technology that is 'not widely available today.'"

FINANCIAL BAILOUT

NY Times' Steve Lohr, "Ailing Banks May Require More Aid to Keep Solvent": "Some of the nation's large banks, according to economists and other finance experts, are like dead men walking. A sober assessment of the growing mountain of losses from bad bets, measured in today's marketplace, would overwhelm the value of the banks' assets, they say. The banks, in their view, are insolvent.

"None of the experts' research focuses on individual banks, and there are certainly exceptions among the 50 largest banks in the country. Nor do consumers and businesses need to fret about their deposits, which are federally insured. And even banks that might technically be insolvent can continue operating for a long time, and could recover their financial health when the economy improves. But without a cure for the problem of bad assets, the credit crisis that is dragging down the economy will linger, as banks cannot resume the ample lending needed to restart the wheels of commerce. The answer, say the economists and experts, is a larger, more direct government role than in the Treasury Department's plan outlined this week."

LA Times' Ralph Vartabedian, "Investigation looks into political pressure in bailout distribution": "Amid growing public consternation with the federal banking bailout, the Treasury Department's special inspector general has opened an examination of political influence in handing out some of the $350 billion in federal bank bailout funds, The Times has learned. The audit, which has just begun, is broad in scope but will focus on lobbying activities by financial institutions and what the special inspector general, Neil Barofsky, has called 'outside influences.' ...

"The investigation hints at what could be a long, drawn-out legal drama. Barofsky, a former federal prosecutor, has his own multimillion-dollar budget and is aligning his office with other federal law enforcement agencies, pledging 'robust criminal and civil enforcement against those, whether inside or outside of government, who waste, steal or abuse TARP funds.' Concern about potential influence-peddling was heightened after the disclosure that a bank in Massachusetts received $12 million in TARP funds after Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, had inserted language in the TARP legislation that aimed specifically at helping the bank. The story was first reported in January by the Wall Street Journal."

FOREIGN POLICY

Wall Street Journal's Jay Solomon and Ian Johnson, "Clinton's Overseas Trip Asserts Asia as Priority"

Associated Press' Robert Burns, "Obama seen likely to hedge on missile defense"

MINNESOTA SENATE RECOUNT

Minneapolis Star Tribune's Kevin Duchschere and Kevin Diaz, "Senate recount trial turns on what exactly a 'legal' absentee ballot is"

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