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Player of the Week: Don Young

In his 35 years as Alaska's sole House member, Don Young (R) has never been shy about talking back to his critics -- and he's had quite a few.

When he was asked in 2005 about calls to redirect money for Alaska bridge projects to Hurricane Katrina victims, Young said, "They can kiss my ear!" Environmentalists? Young once said they're a "self-centered bunch of waffle-stomping, Harvard-graduating, intellectual idiots" who "are not Americans, never have been Americans, never will be Americans."

In 2003, when Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.) led the opposition to Young's proposal to increase gasoline taxes, the Alaskan allegedly yelled at her on the House floor and threatened to take away Colorado's highway projects. In 2007, Young approvingly cited a (fake) Abraham Lincoln quote that members of Congress who undermine the military "should be arrested, exiled, or hanged." That same year, he warned members who were trying to redirect education funds from Alaska: "Those who bite me will be bitten back."

(Young also once waved around the 18-inch penis bone of a walrus on the House floor, though it doesn't appear he was actually threatening anyone with it.)

You get the picture. Yet despite an unending string of controversies during his House tenure, Young has always sailed to reelection with the support of Alaskans grateful for his Herculean ability to bring federal money home. But events in recent months, especially in the last week, suggest Young's power may finally be slipping from his bearish grasp.

On Thursday, the Senate took the highly unusual step of asking the Justice Department to launch a criminal investigation of a $10 million dollar earmark for a Florida highway interchange, one that Young requested and whose language was changed by his staff after the bill passed. The revised language would benefit developers who made hefty campaign donations to Young, though he has denied that the contributions and the earmark were linked. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) both this week encouraged a separate investigation of the earmark by the House ethics committee.

Young already faces a separate federal probe into his ties to the Alaska oil services company Veco Corp. Reports filed this week with the Federal Election Commission show that he paid more than $250,000 in legal fees in the first quarter of this year, bringing his total lawyers' tab to $1.1 million since the start of 2007.

Back in Alaska, Young faces a serious challenge in the GOP primary from two opponents, most notably Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell. If Young gets through the primary, a strong Democratic contender, ex-state House Minority Leader Ethan Berkowitz, awaits him in November. In a sign of just how far the once invulnerable Young has fallen, Democrats are hoping the incumbent actually wins his primary, because they think he'll be easier to beat than Parnell. And many Republicans privately agree with that assessment of the race and would rather have Parnell as their nominee.

Young has always had enemies among his fellow House Republicans. His brusque, sometimes dismissive style has irked colleagues, while his love of pork long ago alienated conservatives. With one federal probe underway, another potentially on the horizon and electoral challenges from both the right and left, Young could well be out of office -- one way or another -- by next January. Just don't expect him to go quietly.


By Ben Pershing  |  April 18, 2008; 2:40 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Ethics and Rules , Player of the Week  
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TO MR KENNEDY

FROM : ALL AMERICANS


HELP!!!

PEOPLE - - BEGIN TO RESEARCH and PROBE THIS ! ! ! !

SPECIAL "CLOSED SESSION" OF U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Word has begun leaking from last nights special,
Closed-door session of the United States House of Representatives.
Not only did members discuss new surveillance provisions as was the publicly stated
Reason for the closed door session, they also discussed :

1. The Imminent Collapse of the U.S. economy to occur by September 2008
2. The imminent collapse of US federal government finances by February 2009
3. The possibility of Civil War inside the USA as a result of the collapse
4. Advance round-ups of "insurgent U.S. citizens" likely to move against the Government
5. The Detention of those rounded-up at "REX 84" camps constructed throughout the USA,
6. The possibility of retaliation against members of Congress for the collapses
7. The Location of "safe facilities" for members of Congress and their families
To reside during expected massive civil unrest
8. The necessary and unavoidable merger of the United States with Canada
(for its natural resources) and with Mexico (for its cheap labor pool)
9. The issuance of a new currency - THE AMERO -
For all three nations as the proposed solution to the coming economic armageddon.

Members of Congress Have Been FORBIDDEN to reveal what was discussed
Several are so furious and concerned about the future of the country,
they have begun leaking info.
US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson
Has Already Received His PERSONAL BAIL-OUT

Under Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's .. Former leadership at
Goldman Sachs, the company has been instrumental to its penetration of Western
capital and other markets. - - Henry Paulson was vastly effective in Communist
China's .. Interests and enabling their access to Western economic assistance
and high technology

In late January 2006, Goldman Sachs purchased a stake in the Industrial and
Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), China's biggest bank, for $2.58 billion
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson''''s .. Personal stake .. In this transaction
was $25 million

A PERSONAL BAIL OUT for : Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and His
Criminal Friends

(Mar 27, 2008 (ruters.com) BBC) ... White House Resists Pleas for .. Mortgage Bailout
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As clamor rises for federal help for homeowners
who face losing their homes .. U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson .. Seems
to be digging in heels against the effort.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Paulson sounded a tougher note than ever against any
possibility of bailout for individual mortgage holders, singling out the growing number
going "under water" as their loans exceed the diminishing value of their properties.

please this is a simple thing to fix, why are you bending over for all of the wallstreet scum.
you have the right to do what this paulson/ben did for wallstreet,saying they had to to save america. so you can say the same thing, but this time you would be saveing america, and not wallstreet.
you must come out and stop the forcloseing of all these millions of homes, now,
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS MANDATE THAT ALL MORTGAGES THAT HAVE BEEN TAKEN OUT FROM 2000 TO 2007 BY ALL AMERICANS TO BE RE-FI A.S.A.P. NO EXCEPTIONS,


NO MATTER WHAT THE CREDIT IS, THEY WILL RE-FI EVERYONE AT JUST OVER PRIME, AND AT A RATE OF 40% OF WHAT IS OWED ON THE PROPERTY( PERSONAL HOMES ONLY)!!
WHY, BECAUSE MOST HOST ARE SELLING AT FORCLOSER FOR 20 TO 30 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR, SO AS TO WHAT PAULSON SAID TO BEARSTEARN 2 DOLLARS IS BETTER THAN NO DOLLARS SO TAKE THE DEAL..NOW REMEMBER ALL OF YOU, IF THIS COMPANY IN 6 MONTHS LOST 98% OF THEIR VALUE FROM 700 BILLION TO WHAT IS IT NOW. AND FOR SOMEONE TO COME IN AND BUY IT FOR NOTHING, WHAT IS THE REAL VALUE OF ALL THESE HOMES???NOBODY KNOWS, SO WHY NOT JUST START OVER??? AND STOP THE BLEEDING FOR ALL AMERICANS.

FOR-AMERICA@HOTMAIL.COM
DAVID A BELANGER
FOR COMMON SENSE THIS IS SO EASY TO FIX DONT MAKE IT HARDER THAN IT IS PEOPLE.

AND LOOK AT THIS MORNINGS NEWS, THE GREAT POTATOHEAD PAULSON,AND BEN ARE IN TALKS WITH ANOTHER WALLSTREET FIRM GOING DOWN. MERRILL LYNCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHAT MORE BAILOUTS FOR WALLSTREET COMING.

Posted by: DAVID | April 18, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Typical Republican scuzzbucket. vote 'em all out of office!

Posted by: LetthemdrinkCrownRoyal | April 18, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

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