"Hunter (R-CA), chairman of the House armed services committee and a member of the defense appropriations subcommittee, co-owns a Virginia property with a top Rumsfeld aide (now undersecretary of the Army) until recently charged with Congressional liaison activities, including, as a source tells Pogo, "keeping Congress off Rumsfeld's back." And Hunter's top corporate campaign donor is a firm implicated in the Abu Ghraib abuses -- abuses Hunter vehemently urged not be investigated by Congress"* brad has some more about the mysterious 8000 extra votes in CA50. I scooped brad by 17 hours - on an election issue! yay me! look ma, no hands! (question for those not in australia - does the blogger timestamp reflect your local time?)
* glenn is angry at specter (and every other congresscritter except feingold):
"The idea that the President's allies in Congress would enact legislation which expressly shields government officials, including the President, from criminal liability for past lawbreaking is so reprehensible that it is difficult to describe. To my knowledge, none of the other proposed bills -- including those from the most loyal Bush followers in the Senate -- contained this protective provision. And without knowing anywhere near as much as I would need to know in order to form a definitive opinion, the legality of this provision seems questionable at best. It's really the equivalent of a pardon, a power which the Constitutional preserves for the President."
* via tpmm:
"Kidan said that after Moscatiello confided in him (about Boulis' murder), Ferrari came to his home and demanded they talk out on the patio."He (Ferrari) said, `This happened. We have no choice it happened and now you're involved in it. If it ever comes down to it, I'm going to say you paid us...Don't screw with me or I'll kill you. I'll kill you. I'll kill your family,'" Kidan said."* americablog:
"If the Democrats win the House back, John Murtha is preparing to run for Majority Leader. This marks a significant challenge to the status quo leadership of Steny Hoyer"
update from the comments