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Friday Borowitz Report Humor

Friday humor from the BorowitzReport.com:

RETURNED ABRAMOFF DONATIONS ERASE NATIONAL DEBT
Lawmakers Scramble To Shed Trillions in Tainted Cash

Politicians in Washington hurried today to dump trillions of dollars worth of campaign donations from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, giving the money to the Treasury Department and all but wiping out the national debt.

Stampede

Early round-up

The New York Times writes up the leadership fight brewing, with members scattered around the globe. The short version: DeLay aint coming back as Maority Leader.

AP reports on DeLay donating Abramoff's donations to charity. I have two questions on this:

Thousands of emails from Abramoff

CNN:

Sources told CNN's Ed Henry that Abramoff may have thousands of e-mails in which he describes influence-peddling and explains what lawmakers were doing in exchange for the money he was putting into their campaign coffers.

Sources said Abramoff has been cooperating with the Justice Department for months without any kind of plea deal. He will not be sentenced until his cooperation is complete, the source added.

Keeping the Characters Straight

Think Progress has a handy guide to all characters implicated in the ever expanding Abramoff scandal here.

Lessons from Abscam?

Josh at Talking Points Memo posts a statement from a reader and asks for thoughts.

Here are mine:

TPM Reader LH basically argues that the Abscam stings on members of Congress suffered from their own success. In other words, the political will to continue them waned after they became effective tools to take out members of Congress, and the political establishment feared the result.

Abramoff singing, but what tune?

Anne Kornblut of the New York Times scoops this story, which may have more serious implications than the earlier AP story for DeLay, on how Jack Abramoff is discussing a deal with prosecutors.

DeLay Throws His Hat Into Ring

DeLay has officially filed for the March 7 GOP primary.

Some GOP Members Turning On DeLay

CQ (no link available) reports today that some Republicans have approached House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) asking for his help to urge Tom DeLay to give up his goal to return to the leadership. Hastert says he won't do it. A "senior Republican" is quoted saying that “The chances of a leadership election are better than 50-50."


Congress in free fall

According to a December 9-12 poll by NBC/WSJ of 1,006 voters nationwide, just 25% approve of the job Congress is doing.

And poxes all around:

But the poll finds that a whopping 79 percent believe both political parties have an equal problem with corruption and illegal activities. Just 12 percent say Republicans have a bigger problem, while 5 percent say Democrats have the bigger problem.