News New House Leader Says Iraq Carries Risk for Republicans
Majority Leader Boehner said Republicans risk losing seats in the election if violence and instability in Iraq continue. Lawmakers are concerned about polls showing the public is pessimistic about the situation in Iraq. President Bush's Iraq stra
News Congressional Travel Ban Meets Resistance
The 17 members of Congress who went to Dublin, Ireland, on an Aspen Institute-paid trip last summer got a walking tour of the city. They also spent 6 hours each of the 4 days in discussions with scholars and policymakers about US relations with Europ
News Abramoff and gaming Indians: Just the tip of the iceberg
The much bigger scandal involving everyone from Jack Abramoff to Gale Norton to Richard Pombo to Grover Norquist, and generally every major Republican in between. It too has to do with Indians, but not only those with gaming operations. In fact, th
News Rep. Boehner Elected to Replace DeLay as Majority Leader
Boehner refused to return some $30,000 in donations from Indian tribes represented by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and for donations received from Sallie Mae. The student loan provider has interests before the committee he chairs.
News DeLay still owes hundreds of thousands to lawyers
Embattled U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay raised more money for his legal defense in 2005 than ever before but still owes hundreds of thousands of dollars to lawyers, according to documents released Tuesday.
News Bush scaling down his agenda
Christian Science Monitor
Of all the audiences George W. Bush faces Tuesday night in his fifth annual State of the Union message - Congress, the American people, the world - perhaps the most important will be independent voters. They who left the president's side l
News Indian bribes no good
Campaign-finance law has helped Indian tribes increase their political clout is under scrutiny. Last year, tribal casinos raked in nearly $20 billion in revenue, becoming political donors in the same league with drug companies and defense contractors
News It helps to know the powerful in Congress
Los Angeles Times
The lobbying firm of Grimes and Young Inc. is not on K Street, famous address of some of the nation's most influential lobbyists. In fact, Grimes and Young is about a 2 1/2-hour drive from the halls of Congress, in politically remote Media, Pa.,
News Frist pays for his grand standing in Terry Schiavo case
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who took a leading role in the
Terry Schiavo case, said it taught him that Americans do not want the government involved in such end-of-life decisions.
News Papers Link GOP Lawmaker, Abramoff Clients
A California congressman who accepted campaign cash from disgraced ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and used his sports box for a fundraiser interceded on behalf of 2 American Indian tribes that were represented by Abramoff's firm
News Urban planning and New Orleans
New Orleans is about to be struck by another disaster not a natural one like Katrina, but by the human disaster of modern urban planning. The problem with urban planners is two fold. First, they work for the wrong people, the government, rather than
News Republicans, lacking issues, dig up Gay Marriage Amendment
Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO), a co-sponsor of the 2005 joint resolution, has confirmed that Senate Majority leader Bill Frist (R- TN) will attempt to bring the controversial legislation to the floor this year for a full vote.
News 70% of public worried about deficit
The public thinks the federal deficit will grow larger by the end of
President Bush's second term and many people think the health care system will be weaker by then, according to a CBS-New York Times poll.
News Senators debate details of bribing rules
At the first congressional hearing on revamping the rules, lobbyists argued against proposals to ban privately financed trips for House and Senate members and their aides, saying travel helps them make good policy decisions in an era of globalization
News We've heard this before: McCain threatens to expose pork
[Election year alert] Republicans John McCain and Tom Coburn say they're putting their colleagues on notice: They will challenge special projects that senators insert into spending bills until the practice stops.
News GOP Freezes Jobs List, a Vestige of the K Street Project
Republican lawmakers yesterday ended their long practice of routinely summoning lobbyists to the Capitol to try to persuade them to hire their aides and colleagues, in the wake of the Jack Abramoff political corruption scandal.
News Rep. Blunt got biggest money from phone sex
Roll Call (via Raw Story)
[The tidbits start to come out.] Acting Majority Leader Roy Blunt's political action committee received its biggest contributions from the coffers of a "world class phone sex operator,"
News McCain took Abramoff loot
Media Matters for America
In covering the federal corruption scandal surrounding former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, many in the media have focused attention on Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs -- which is investigating the Abra
News Abramoff Hong Kong link probed
The Weekly Standard
The investigators reportedly are chasing convoluted money trails leading to Abramoff and government officials he sought to influence.
Among the likely subjects of interest here is a previously unknown company called Rose Garden Holdings. In May 20
News Rove Offers Republicans A Battle Plan For Elections
By Dan Balz - Washington Post Staff Writer
Rove's RNC address was a rare public appearance at a time when he remains under investigation in the CIA leak case that resulted in the indictment and resignation of Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
News Senator Burns switches vote after bribe, er' donation
Missoulian State Bureau
US Sen. Conrad Burns (R_MT), met with a Marianas official who had close ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff in the weeks before Burns received an Abramoff-related $5,000 contribution from the Marianas and reversed his earlier position on a bill
News Rove Promises TERROR!!!!
Embattled White House adviser Karl Rove vowed to make the war on terrorism a central campaign issue. "Republicans have a post-9/11 view of the world. And Democrats have a pre-9/11 view of the world," he said.
News How do Congressmen get so rich so fast?
House Democrats are pushing the ethics committee to investigate allegations of congressional offices providing privleged information to "day traders" in the offices of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and former House Majority Leade
News The Congressman & the hedge fund
One day after a New York investment group raised $110,000 for Republican Rep. Jerry Lewis, the House passed a defense spending bill that preserved $160 million for a Navy project critical to the firm. The man who protected the Navy money? Lewis.
News GOP National Chairman throws Republicans to the wolves
"As Republican chairman, I am proud of my party and loyal to our members. But if Republicans are guilty of illegal or inappropriate behavior, they should pay the price and suffer the consequences,'' Ken Mehlman said.
News Democrats' unofficial wiretap hearings to be carried today on CSPAN, Internet
House Democrats will hold unofficial hearings on the legality of President Bush's warantless wiretap domestic spying programs today at 9 a.m. MST, and CSPAN and Pacifica radio will carry the hearings live.
News What you mean 'We,' white man?
The Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council has rejected a $111,000 donation from the campaign of Montana Sen. Conrad Burns, with some saying the money is tainted because it originally came from lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his clients.
Headlines: What you mean 'We,' white man? -- Democrats' unofficial wiretap hearings to be carried today on CSPAN, Internet -- GOP National Chairman throws Republicans to the wolves -- The Congressman & the hedge fund -- How do Congressmen get so rich so fast? -- Rove Promises TERROR!!!! -- Senator Burns switches vote after bribe, er' donation -- Rove Offers Republicans A Battle Plan For Elections -- Abramoff Hong Kong link probed -- This weekend's Zogby poll -- McCain took Abramoff loot -- Rep. Blunt got biggest money from phone sex -- GOP Freezes Jobs List, a Vestige of the K Street Project -- We've heard this before: McCain threatens to expose pork -- Senators debate details of bribing rules -- 70% of public worried about deficit -- Republicans, lacking issues, dig up Gay Marriage Amendment -- Urban planning and New Orleans -- Papers Link GOP Lawmaker, Abramoff Clients -- Frist pays for his grand standing in Terry Schiavo case -- Majority Support for ???? in Arizona Race for Governor -- It helps to know the powerful in Congress -- Indian bribes no good -- Bush scaling down his agenda -- DeLay still owes hundreds of thousands to lawyers -- Matt Salmon - The Naked Truth in the Noonday Sun - by Becky Fenger -- Rep. Boehner Elected to Replace DeLay as Majority Leader -- Abramoff and gaming Indians: Just the tip of the iceberg -- Congressional Travel Ban Meets Resistance -- New House Leader Says Iraq Carries Risk for Republicans --