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DeLay Sends Defensive Missive to Constituents

The big news this morning was Tom DeLay's six-page, single-spaced letter to his Houston constituents imporing them to listen to the "real story" about, well, there's a long list: the luxurious overseas trips he took paid for by lobbyists including Jack Abramoff, under investigation for bilking Indian tribes out of millions of dollars; changing the rules governing the House Ethics Committee and ousting Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO) as chairman; etc. etc.

Dole Calls On DeLay To Come Clean

Count former Sen. Bob Dole in the list of GOP eminent grises calling on Tom DeLay to come clean. "My advice would be the sooner you can get out and tell your story the better. Lay it all out," Dole told CNN's "Late Edition." "I think maybe the long knives are out for Tom DeLay," reports the New York Daily News.

News Round-up, Sunday, Part III, TIME Magazine travel section

Oh, how the details are indeed sleazy. This next TIME magazine piece, out on newstands and in mailboxes soon, unveils how Jack Abramoff was DeLay's travel agent and lined up his clients to pay for it. There has to be stronger word for this kind of sleaze. Whatever you call it, it's damning.

(TIME also adds the letter to Hastert from former GOP reps!)

Here's a snippet:

News Round-up, Sunday, Part II, New York Times edition

The New York Times has three stories of note today, an editorial, a news piece of unrest in DeLay's district, and a Frank Rich column chock full of insight and great writing.

The editorial's key paragraph:

Jack in the House, from CREW

Visit Jackinthehouse.org, a new site by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW. They profile all of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's friends.

Also, while we're on the topic, the Austin American-Statesmen rounds up Abramoff today, too.


WSJ picks apart Abramoff/DeLay nexus

David Rogers of the Wall Street Journal digs into the Jack Abramoff, Tom DeLay, and the National Center for Public Policy Research connections...

DeLay Clips Roundup

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Lynn Sweet notes that the "drip, drip, drip of negative stories" about Tom DeLay "dashes" any hope he had of succeeding Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) as Speaker of the House. The Boston Globe reports that Tom DeLay is becoming a liability for GOP members facing tight races.

Newsweek: Abramoff says DeLay knew everything and is lying


From Newsweek:

ABC News does DeLay, too

Last night, reporter Brian Ross of ABC News got into the act with an investigative story on a trip Tom DeLay took to the Northern Marianas Islands with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. DeLay returned the favor by killing legislation to improve worker conditions and pay on the island, a US commonwealth which has an exemption from many labor laws, including the minimum wage.

Open Letter to Congress

Today, Public Campaign Action Fund sent this letter to every Member of Congress:

April 6, 2005

Dear Member of Congress:

Today two major newspapers report two more scandals swirling around House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. His scandals distract Congress from the important work before you. We urge you to ask Tom DeLay to step down from Congress so that you can concentrate on the job you came to Washington to do.