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Have Your Cake, Eat it Too

Rep. Jerry Lewis is the latest member of Congress involved in an investigation of corruption in the congressional earmark process.


Elsewhere in Scandal...

Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) has a fight ahead of him in his bid for his 9th term in Congress. Doolittle has been in the spotlight over his relationships with Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay, his refusal to return donations from Abramoff and his clients, and the fundraising setup he has with his wife - she pockets a 15% commission on whatever she raises for his campaign.


Opinions on the Ethics Bill and More on DeLay

The weekend saw a raft of editorials weighing in on the ethics bill passed by the House last week. It's fair to say no one is particularly impressed.

Continuing DeLay aftermath

TPM Muckracker has a nice roundup of the latest flurry of news stories on DeLay, including the US News story on what DeLay's resignation means for the fight against corruption. 

House Passes "527" legislation

The House approved legislation last night that would put limits on individual contributions to tax- exempt 527 committees.  Individual contributions would be capped at $5,000 a year to committees engaged in federal elections and $25,000 to committees engaged in partisan voter registration.  Read the Washington Post story for the full scoop.

Protestors Target Rep. Ney

Protestors gathered at the Knox County Service Center to voice their opposition to Rep. Bob Ney's (OH-18) intent to seek reelection. Ney was inside the building holding a community forum.

Protestor Dave Lore:

New Report: America For Sale

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) just released a new report called America For Sale: The Cost of Republican Corruption (pdf). It's 118 pages of meticulously researched examples of how money in politics corruption costs you every day of the week in higher gas prices, higher prescription drug prices, higher interest rates on student loans, and so on.

How to succeed in Congress

What is Tom DeLay's reward for bringing disgrace and scandal to the House of Representatives? A coveted seat on the House Appropriations Committee, that's what. And, get this--DeLay will sit on a subcommittee overseeing the Justice Department which has jurisdiction over the Justice Department. That's right, the same agency that is now investigating the Jack Abramoff scandals. Read the AP story here.

DeLay fights for his political life

That's the headline from this story from the Star Telegram. Boehner's election has shifted the balance of power in Congress. Some select quotes:

[I]t is a diminished DeLay who is fighting for his political life.

The only perk he's got left of his leadership life is his security detail...

People close to DeLay say that he is frustrated by his evaporating ability to act and distracted by his re-election battle.

Counting all the votes, twice

In the race for Majority Leader, early signs are that the Republicans are taking balloting seriously:

House Republicans are taking a mulligan on the first ballot for Majority Leader. The first count showed more votes cast than Republicans present at the Conference meeting.

(via Roll Call)

That's the ticket -- finally the GOP agrees they should count all the votes. Any paper ballots?