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Dana Milbank: Hello, dear reader. I am coming to you live from the cafeteria of the U.S. courthouse at the foot of Capitol Hill. We're on lunch break in the trial of the DC Madam, and it's such a tawdry affair that I think the judge should order in portable showers for the jurors and spectators. While I was watching the prosecutors expose the identities of (and quite possibly ruin the lives of) more women who worked long ago as prostitutes, President Bush was busy planting an improvised explosive device underneath the next president: His plan to limit deployments cleverly takes effect when he's back in Crawford next year, clearing brush and playing golf.

Questions?


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Ocala, Fla.: OK, you were careful to draw a distinction between the general and the madam, but I notice that you didn't draw any distinction between the GOP lawmakers and the escorts. Are they indistinguishable?

washingtonpost.com: From the GOP, the General Gets Unfriendly Fire (Post, April 9)

Dana Milbank:

The main distinction is the members of Congress are paid more for their, er, services. Turns out the escorts only got to keep $130 after their 90 minute "appointments." Figuring in travel time, I'm guessing that's about $40 an hour -- and there's no sign that they were getting medical and dental benefits, much less a 401k plan.

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Freedom of speech: This is First Amendment Day -- which guarantees journalists the freedom to do their jobs (no matter how difficult the Bush administration makes it). How do you celebrate this auspicious holiday -- both personally and at The Washington Post?

Dana Milbank: No kidding?

I'm celebrating my first amendment rights by listening to prosecutors asking sobbing witnesses about oral sex.

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New York: Dana, I appreciate your bipartisan sanctimony opinion ... as a follow-up, there must be one senator or congressperson who comes across as a dedicated seeker after truth, not just a preening how-great-am-I bloviator ... anyone?

Dana Milbank:

Glad to be a purveyor of bipartisan sanctimony.

I'm hard pressed to come up with a top pick in the Senate, other than the likes of John Chafee (dead), David Boren (retired) and Chuck Hagel (retiring). But there is one person who stands above all others in her pursuit of justice, her willingness to speak truth to power, and her unfailing notion of what is right. I refer, of course, to the D.C. madam, Jeanne Palfrey. And this reminds me that our lunch break is over and I must get back to the trial so I don't miss one bit of dirty laundry -- even if it's something small like a thong.

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-- Dana Milbank

By Dana Milbank  | April 10, 2008; 2:50 PM ET
 
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Ah--two soap operas today. The DC Madam case AND Dubya's speech--which like a soap opera returns to the same themes over and over and over--

Posted by: kttn | April 10, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

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