PAY FOR PLAY….Eduwonk calls it “sleazy.” ABC’s Note is having trouble picking its jaw up from the floor. Why? Because USA Today has confirmed via a Freedom of Information request that the Department of Education has been paying commentator Armstrong Williams to shill for the No Child Left Behind Act and to interview Education Secretary Rod Paige for TV and radio spots.

So what’s the fuss, anyway? As I recall, that’s sort of like how the Godfather worked too. “We got newspaper guys on our payroll. They might like a story like that.” It’s amazing how often the Bush administration reminds me of that movie.