"People associated with Alexander Strategy, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said federal investigators have asked them whether the groups were conduits for a foreign government and a foreign corporation to finance congressional junkets... House rules ban members from taking trips paid for by lobbyists or foreign agents."
* lieberman via digby:
""You've gotta join one caucus or another to protect your seniority so I've said I'd caucus with the Democrats. But I'm gonna be very independent.""* digby:
"I think we may be at a point at which it would be easier to assume that all the most virulent gay marriage opponents and staunch family values conservatives are in the closet. Then we can get past all this ridiculous posturing and deal with their true issues. As it is they are all playing them out in destructive, sublimated fashion in politics and it's hurting a lot of people.* 7 dead american soldiers today. the terrorists are warming up for election day.
Come out. Join the Log Cabin Republicans or dress in drag, we don't care. Really. You'll feel better and a grateful nation will appreciate it."
* via jeralyn:
"The Pentagon has stepped up planning for attacks against North Korea's nuclear program and is bolstering nuclear forces in Asia, said defense officials familiar with the highly secret process."
"U.S. Denies Health Care to Newborns of Undocumented Residents"* stirling:
"Key Democratic Senators called for an investigation into the conduct of the war in Iraq, and Byron Dorgan has followed it up with a list of the top 20 outrages his committee has uncovered. He has said he is prepared to move forward with legislation that would require contractors to provide data in their native electronic format (NEF), and with other actions as appropriate. He points out that all of what his committee has done has been without sub peona power - this is all, in otherwords, low hanging fruit."* froomkin:
"From an editorial in Norfolk's Virginian-Pilot : "The administration is masterful at crafting rhetorical choices that leave any rational listener with only one option. Still, saying that the Democratic Party favors a terrorist victory in Iraq demonstrates how far the White House must now go to make its failures look good by comparison. . . .'