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During the last sixteen years, the leaders of majority parties in the houses of Congress have been defeated twice: Speaker Foley in Washington in the 1994 election and Senate Majority Leader Daschle in the 2002 election. Senator Reid from Nevada may be the next member of Congress to discover that clout in Washington does not reflexively translate into electoral victory back home.? “Bringing home the bacon,” the ability of senior members of Congress to raid the public fisc for dubious projects back home, has long been considered a key advantage of incumbency (regardless of whether the member of Congress is a Democrat or a Republican.)?

Joe Frank Garza, a former district attorney for the Texas counties of Brooks and Jim Wells, was indicted late Wednesday, August 18, by a special Jim Wells County Grand Jury.�

A vituperative debate rages over the propriety of building a mosque near Ground Zero. President Obama stepped into the ring by obliquely promoting the right of Muslims to worship when, how, and where they please, even in Manhattan, even post-9/11.

Earlier in the week, The New American reported that despite his inaugural promise to shutter the prison at Guantanamo Bay “as soon as practicable, and no later than 1 year from the date of this order, some 19 months later the facility remains open."

An August 16 AP story tells of a former TSA supervisor who has admitted stealing from passengers. At the U.S. Attorney's Seattle office on Monday, 50-year-old Randy Pepper pled guilty to pilfering $20,000 worth of jewelry and other items from checked baggage at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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