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DeLay Planning to Write His Memoirs

It may not have been the party of the century, but Fox News Sunday’s celebration of its tenth anniversary on Wednesday was certainly the party of the year for Washington’s political junkies and social climbers.

Where else could you rub shoulders, clink wine glasses and trade political gossip with Vice President Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and Fox cohorts Roger Ailes and Brit Hume, House Speaker Dennny Hastert and his predecessor Newt Gingrich, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard Myers, HUD Secretary Alfonso Jackson, as well as freshly-minted White House press secretary Tony Snow and freshly-deposed House Majority Leader Tom DeLay?

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Schwarz stakes out positions on Farm Bill, Intelligence Authorization, Iran

Last week, I finished the April recess with a three day tour of farms throughout my district. Local farmers and agriculture producers came to talk to me about the 2002 Farm Bill, which is set to expire in 2007. I was joined for part of the tour by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and we discussed what worked with the Farm Bill and what needed to be changed.

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A Tragedy in Northern Uganda

First, let me take the opportunity to thank The Hill for providing this forum for my colleagues and I to help keep the public up to speed on what is going on Capitol Hill. Much of what we do up here flies under the radar, so I would like to take a moment to highlight one such event that perhaps should have garnered more interest than it did. Yesterday, the House International Relations Africa and Global Human Rights Subcommittee held a hearing on the tragedy in Northern Uganda. This is one of the world's worst humanitarian crises, and has been for some time, yet few people know what is quietly going on in east Africa nation of Uganda.

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Ros-Lehtinen Hails Passage of Bill to Address Nuclear Iran

We have seen the consequences of inaction-an emboldened and more dangerous Iran.

We must immediately use all available political and economic means to hold Iran accountable for its nuclear, biological, chemical, and missile weapons programs, as well as for its state-sponsorship of terror.

We must use this bill H.R. 282 as leverage to secure cooperation from the international community beyond mere rhetorical commitments.

It provides us with the critical tool to address the multi-pronged threat Iran poses. The message that my colleagues have sent is clear: the time for action is now.  Inaction has brought us closer to the horrors that a nuclear Iran would bring.
 
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Tony Snow is the Right Choice by Bush

Tony Snow's appointment will work very well for Bush.  In the old days you needed a press secty who was skilled at handling the reporters.  So you chose a reporter.  Now you need one who can do that -- as Snow can -- but who also is a skilled and polished media performer.  Snow is a pro not just at reporting but at broadcasting and that will make all the difference
 

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Americans Are Paying for Republican Corruption Says Pelosi

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) attributed the recent surge in gas prices to "Republican corruption" in a speech delivered this morning.
The cost of Republican corruption when it comes to energy is hitting home very clearly for America’s middle class.  Whether it’s at the pump, or the price of home heating oil, or cooling as summer comes around, the American people are paying the price for the corruption in Washington, D.C. 
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Approach to Iran Reminiscent of March to War in Iraq

Over three years ago, when I spoke out against war in Iraq, I said that we needed to face more pressing issues and those that posed more serious threats, like Iran.

In the three years since, the threat from Iran has only grown more difficult and our capacity to meet that threat has diminished. Iran has elevated an apocalyptic president who exploits Iranian nationalist grievances to consolidate power and has openly expressed his desire to wipe Israel off the map. Our troops are bogged down in Iraq, placing them at the risk should Iran launch a wave of terrorism. We have done nothing to break our global dependency on oil, the control of which gives Iran its greatest ability to blackmail other countries.

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GOP Has "cozy relationship" with Oil Companies

Last year when gas prices hit record highs after Hurricane Katrina, House Republicans called the CEOs of the oil and gas companies to a closed-door meeting for an explanation. Apparently House Republicans thought that would be enough to get oil execs to stop price gouging. One of the CEOs Republicans met with was Exxon-Mobile's chief executive Lee Raymond who just walked away with a $400 million retirement package. House Republicans voiced dismay as to why these CEOs didn't get the message last fall.

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Lantos On Iran Freedom Support Act

Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) called on the House to pass legislation sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) that would implement sanctions in response to Iran's uranium enrichment program.
But Madame Speaker, let me be clear on one point: Congress will no longer tolerate lax enforcement of American sanctions against Iran. For over a decade, both Democratic and Republican Administrations failed to implement the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act measures that we do have in place. Meanwhile, Iran’s nuclear program has marched forward at a frighteningly rapid pace.


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As Gas Prices Boil, Bipartisanship Bubbles To The Surface

Over this past district work period, there's no doubt that Republicans and Democrats heard more than an earful from their constituents about the surging price of gas. In fact, at my town hall meetings I heard about 10 questions, four of which were on immigration, three were on gas prices, and the other were on district-specific issues.

Clearly I wasn't alone. Evidence of the pain folks throughout America are feeling at the pump is the fact that when we all came back to Washington, both sides engaged in the "blame game" and started pointing fingers at each other.

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