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The Campaign Trail » The McCain campaign is using "hybrid" television ads that take shots at Congressional Democrats and are funded in part by the GOP ... Gov. Sarah Palin's lawyer claims a conflict of interest by the Alaska investigator leading the probe into potential ethics violations by Palin ... meanwhile, an informal adviser to Palin warned in July about the potential for "Troopergate" to erupt into a scandal. — Washington Post, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal
Sen. Stevens on Docket » Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), who is accused of receiving more than $250,000 in improper gifts from an Alaska oil executive, is set to appear in court within the month after losing a bid to have the charges dismissed. — Reuters
It Was the Spanish » Rep. Charles B. Rangel, the Harlem Democrat under fire for not reporting income from his Dominican Republican vacation property, explained that "cultural and language barriers" complicated his financial dealings. "Every time I thought I was getting somewhere, they'd start speaking Spanish," Rangel said. — New York Times
FDA's 'Dirty Little Secret' » In the wake of two high-profile outbreaks from food contaminants this spring, Congress is under pressure to take up food-safety reforms. The uncomfortable reality they face? Food safety oversight is planted heavily in the private sector. — U.S. News & World Report
Millions Lost on Katrina Contracts » The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general has identified millions wasted by the government on no-bid contracts, including $20 million for an evacuee camp that proved to be unusable. — Associated Press
Corrupt in Congress » The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is out with its annual rankings for corruption in Congress. Several who've been in the news lately include: Alaska lawmakers Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young; Rep. Rep. Rangel; Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.); and Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.).
By Amanda Zamora |
September 11, 2008; 10:04 AM ET
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