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Whipping Support

By on 1.9.06 | 3:30PM

As we reported this morning, Rep. Mike Rogers (MI) this afternoon circulated a "Dear Colleague" letter announcing that he is challenging Rep. Eric Cantor for the Republican Whip position.

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Does Boehner Get It?

By on 1.9.06 | 3:05PM

Flipping through his campaign booklet, "A Majority That Matters," I have my doubts. He tosses about keywords such as trust and vision. He has a road map for compiling a vision.

More substantially, he correctly diagnoses the power of the budgetary process as part of the Abramoff problem. His solution is vague and not compelling:

We need to get our arms around the power that our budget represents. We need to distinguish, for example, between legitimate earmarks with a clear local need and those for which the merits are less well demonstrated.

Congressman, I'll help you get your arms around it: It's too much. The government's too big. Any significant reform of the House, the Republican Party, or the "process" must involve a firm commitment to smaller government.

So I searched the document for the word "spending." The results were not encouraging. It's mentioned seven times:

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News from Mordor: Trotsky Dead Again

By on 1.9.06 | 2:36PM

News from Mordor: Rising star Kazemi, warlord of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Council, died along with his intelligence chief in the crash of a small aircraft in bad weather near Tehran Airport.

Significance? Kazemi and his staff were intimates of the firebrand President Ahmadinejad, who is a veteran op for the IRGC. Think of the two as Stalin and Trotsky to the demi-Lenin in Ayatollah Khamenei. Now Trotsky is dead, by accident, by design -- no matter, the result will be a vacuum in power that Ahmadinejad will fill with Semtex.

At the same time, the IRGC is the epicenter and funding authority of asymmetrical warfare on the planet, sometimes call state-sponsored terrorism. Al Q and HizbAllah both had good relations with Kazemi and his now charred staff. The bad-bad boys will take it hard that their off-budget emergency requests now go to new taloned-hands.

Watch for more concentration of toadies in the days ahead, all power to the mouth of Mordor, Ahmadinejad, who shows talent to climb to the role of the 21st century's first great Sauron malevolence.

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Indicted War Criminal Volleyball

By on 1.9.06 | 2:10PM

Are you a war criminal concerned about your prospects for decent housing when awaiting trial? Have you been kept up at nights in a cold sweat, not thinking about the blood on your hands but whether your roommate will snore, your beds bunked, or internet access abridged?

Well, keep going to that gym and working out, because you're going to have to have the spirit to win! I don't mean win the trial (ha!), but win in indicted war criminal volleyball! Slate details how accomodating the UN is with its mixed nuts:

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Alito MEGO

By on 1.9.06 | 2:04PM

Poor judge Alito. Can you imagine having to sit through a day of Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer without responding? I think he's learned the same skill I did in the second year of law school. If you sleep with your eyes open, you can endure almost anything.

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Mark Larson - KOGO, San Diego

By on 1.9.06 | 2:03PM

I'll be subbing for Mark again today on AM 600 KOGO, San Diego. Hope you can catch it. I'm going to take on Ralph Neas on Alito.

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Cantor Endorsing?

By on 1.9.06 | 1:20PM

We're hearing that Republican Whip candidate Rep. Eric Cantor is endorsing Rep. Roy Blunt for House Republican Leader.

Word is the Pence decision to step aside isn't so much about support or lack there of. Rather, it's a matter of the Congressman doing what's best for the caucus. Reading between the lines: there is more afoot here than meets the eye.

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Vanguard and Alito

By on 1.9.06 | 1:17PM

Sen. Russ Feingold's biggest gripe with Judge Alito's integrity is the old yarn about his investment in Vanguard mutual funds. This accusation is already warmed over from the months of scrutiny of Alito's record: judges are encouraged to invest in mutual funds precisely because doing so avoids conflict of interests. Alito (rightly) didn't recuse himself from a case involving Vanguard because he's their customer, not an investor. Their success or failure in a case has no bearing on the worth of his investment in their funds.

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Abramoff Angina

By on 1.9.06 | 1:13PM

Howard Dean spoke way too soon about the Democrats being lily white and pure on accepting money from the Jack Abramoff. We're hearing that that the Democratic campaign committees in both the House and the Senate are running full audits to find out just have much they have accepted.

Senator Harry Reid apparently reached out to Dean and told him to keep his mouth shut. Dean, according to DNC sources, believes the Abramoff story has traction, based on what the party is seeing out in the states. We shall see.

The upshot, though, is that Democrats can only attack Jack Abramoff for so long before a number of prominent Democratic activists/lobbyists/fundraisers come under close scrutiny.

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Biden Bite

By on 1.9.06 | 12:39PM

Just another reason to subscribe to The American Spectator, Joe Biden, our fave all around bad guy Democrat Senator, just said told soon-to-be Justice Alito that he should be "proud" to be a subscriber to The American Spectator and National Review.

I guess our political contributions to him are paying off. (Just kidding!)

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