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Going, Going....Not Gone

Congress is back and so is the Quick Poll! What we really want to know, as everyone does on Capitol Hill, is whether Sen. Larry Craig will follow through on his resignation announcement and actually step down on Sept. 30. Will he, on the other hand, let the date slide further into the future, perhaps indefinitely? What's your take? Scroll down the page and cast your vote.
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Incompetence in the House

Last night, while the Republicans were debating in New Hampshire, House Democrats were demonstrating again that they were the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

Legislation that should be non-controversial, HR 811, a bill to reform how Americans vote, was pulled from the legislative calendar. 
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Craig Story Now Even Weirder

This post includes my apology for writing again about Sen. Larry Craig but I don’t know that I have ever heard of anything like the news that Craig is reconsidering his decision to resign — and has all along since announcing his departure Saturday — because Sen. Arlen Specter told him to keep fighting. No, Craig is not wavering because he feels so strongly about fighting for his innocence that he wanted to remain in the U.S. Senate, but because Specter stuck up for him.
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GOP Double-Standard for Larry Craig

What a week!

I go away on vacation and what happens? Alberto Gonzales resigns. Michael Vick pleads guilty. Leona Helmsley leaves $12 million to her dog. Tony Snow resigns. And Larry Craig gets caught doing the gay two-step in an airport men’s room.
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Political Roadkill

Harry Truman once said that if you need a friend in Washington, D.C., get a dog. Larry Craig must be off to the Humane Society’s shelter in Boise as we speak.
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End of Recess

It's "Show and Tell" time as everyone returns from vacation to House Middle School and Senate Senior High.

"Let's see what you did this summer," said Ms. Pelosi, the House schoolmarm, "and children, you have to settle down!" 
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Another Giant Steps Down

I know, I know — bloggers are supposed to be perpetually angry. Accordingly, we usually devote ourselves to describing for our faithful readers the “Outrage of the Week” and how our government is screwing up again
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The Larry Craig Scandal

In this video, Armstrong Williams discusses how the media loves to pounce on a scandal, especially the one involving Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho).

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Straight and Narrow-minded

Back in the old days, didn’t “Red state” used to mean a communist country? Well, times have changed. Now the term has moved from left to right. Now it means conservative ... gay-fearing conservative.

So in scarlet-red Idaho, you won’t get very far in GOP politics, just about the state’s only politics, if you’re gay. By the way, didn’t “gay” used to mean happy? It sure as hell doesn’t now. You won’t be at all happy in the Republican circles if you’re anything but a straight arrow, so to speak. And don’t give me Log Cabin Republicans. They’re not very happy. They’re gay.
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Surprisingly Decisive Action

I knew Sen. Larry Craig would likely be in denial. But I certainly didn’t give Republicans enough credit — I thought they would be in denial too. I knew they would be shocked, and probably furious, but I expected them to be paralyzed by an incredibly awkward situation. Their reaction was so swift and severe I believe I am as shocked by it as the senior senator from Idaho himself.

As nervous Republicans burned up the phone lines and dodged reporters Tuesday their leaders in the Senate threw old Larry under the bus. No waiting, no negotiating; they knew they had to shake this one. Even before he took to the cameras and microphones, Republicans asked for an ethics investigation and asserted that they would also examine Craig’s situation themselves to see if “additional action” was necessary. They did so less than 24 hours later by asking him to leave his committee posts, which is effectively the beginning of his resignation from the Senate.
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