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Beyond Tom DeLay

There is no end of verbiage about Tom DeLay in today’s editorial pages, but while most of these pieces are good at making zingers about the House Majority Leader, none are calling for major reforms that would guard against future Tom DeLays taking power. The Los Angeles Times comes closest, noting that:

Operation Corruption

Tom DeLay and the Republicans, shamed by DeLay’s comments that the federal budget was "pared down pretty good," have come forward with “Operation Offset” to propose a number of cuts to help pay for hurricane relief. The New York Times’ Carl Hulse covers it this morning, listing the following items as ones on the chopping block:

Oppose the "Make Congress More Corrupt" Bill

Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) is at it again. Yesterday, he passed out of the Committee on House Administration, which he chairs, HR-1316 - the "Make Congress More Corrupt" Bill.

Judge finds against DeLay's TRMPAC

From Texans for Public Justice:

Court Ruling Finds TRMPAC Violated Texas Campaign Laws

(Austin, TX) In the first civil lawsuit alleging misuse of corporate money in the Texas 2002 state elections to go to trial, Travis County District Judge Joseph Hart today ruled that Tom DeLay's Texas political committee, Texans for a Republican Majority (TRMPAC) violated Texas campaign law when it failed to disclose more than a half-million dollars in corporate contributions.

Reporting Live from K Street

Andrea Seabrook of NPR captured the sights and sounds of the K Street Carnival o' Corruption.

If you didn't make it yesterday, listen here:

DeLay's Last Supper

Mark Liebovich writes in today's Washington Post that a "heaping helping of devotion" was served up at the American Conservative Union's tribute to Tom DeLay last night. Only about 30 Republican House members were in attendance as guest dined on chocolate hammers and speakers "skewered" Democrats and members of the news media.

Reporting and Pictures from the Carnival

NPR's Peter Overby and Andrea Seabrook do a one-two punch tonight. Overby covers DeLay's money ties to other GOP members, including a great quote from Rep. Ray LaHood. His basic story line: There are precious few GOP members who can be objective in investigating DeLay.

Step Right Up!

Feel like Congress is a circus these days?

You're not alone! Come on out to the Capitol Hilton at 16th and K Streets in Washington, DC Thursday evening at 5:30 where high-powered elected officials and well-heeled lobbyists will be feting Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX).

Ethics is soooo 1995.

David Sirota has this blast from the past:

Reject Hastings' offer

As Nancy reported yesterday and everyone has undoubtedly seen, Ethics Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) and three of the Republicans on the Ethics Committee (Tom Cole of Oklahoma, Judy Biggert of Illinois, and Melissa Hart of Pennsylvania) offered to begin an investigation of Tom DeLay's travel scandals. The Democrats, led by Rep. Alan Mollahan of West Virginia, are holding up the formation of the committee to protest and insist on returning to some semblance of bipartisanship in the way the committee operates.