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Daily roundup

Dick Polman at the The Kansas City Star has an insightful piece about how the GOP faithful are rallying around their man, Tom DeLay, and what that means:

This Just In

The Associated Press reports that:

Retreating under pressure, Republicans on the House ethics committee said Wednesday they were ready to open an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing against Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

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.

Definition of Courage

Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT) calls on DeLay to step down.

Who will be next?

We released the following statement:

Watchdog group applauds Shays on DeLay statement; Will unveil ads in three more Congressional districts

LA Times reports on DeLay's allies and liabilities; Tri-Cities Herald looks at Hastings

The Tri-Cities Herald in Ethics Committee Chair Doc Hasting's district writes up the Washingto state Republican's place in the center of the DeLay battle. We began running ads in Hastings' district on Thursday:

Ad Campaign Launched

The "virtual" room was packed at this morning's telephone press conference announcing Public Campaign Action Fund's and Campaign for America's Future's ad launch criticizing Tom DeLay. More than 30 reporters were on the call, representing mainstream outlets such as CNN, NBC, Fox News, the Associated Press, Reuters, and the National Journal. Stay tuned for coverage.

Ads targeting three GOP members for defending DeLay unveiled

Public Campaign Action Fund is unveiling three TV ads today in a campaign to take Tom DeLay's scandals directly to members of Congress. Tom DeLay is a walking scandal, and Republicans should answer for why they continue to let him be their leader. He should resign immediately.

AP: New Ethics Committee chair fires lawyers who investigated DeLay

The story.

Pretty clear retribution here.

The Run Around

Up-to-date vote count on DeLay Rule.

I am starting to get more reports in about letters and phone calls. Here are some emails from readers.

M.K., constituent of Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA):