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Lying

I posted earlier what Dan Balz of The Washington Post thought of former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's recent string of interviews. Now, not only do they appear to have been ill-advised, but also untrue.

DeLay Indictment News Round-up - Where to Begin?

So much to read this morning!

Hurricane Rita

With all the news of evacuations from Galveston and the greater Houston area, I want to wish all Daily DeLay readers from that region safe passage and our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the region as they prepare for what is potentially a devastating hurricane.

DeLay More Concerned with Partisan Divides than the Truth

Democrats in Congress have asked for an independent panel, similar to that which investigated the events of September 11, to look into what went wrong in the federal government's bungled response to Hurricane Katrina.

Embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, however, has "shrugged off" those proposals, according to the Houston Chronicle. Speaking to reporters, DeLay "mocked" Democrats who have said they will boycott the panel unless its composition is altered.

Wow.

The Houston Chronicle launched a blog from the Houston Astrodome, where thousands of New Orleans residents, displaced by Hurricane Katrina, are being sheltered.

In the latest blog posting, the writer recounts an unbelievable conversation between Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay and three boys currently living in the Astrodome.

"DeLay stopped to chat with three young boys resting on cots.

On to Fort Bend County?

Read this excerpt from R.G. Ratcliffe's Houston Chronicle article this morning about directions the TRMPAC case could take:

But Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle hinted that he might have indicted DeLay if the congressional leader had fallen under his jurisdiction. Because DeLay lives in Sugar Land, jurisdiction under Texas election law would fall to Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey Jr.

Setting her sights, er, lower...

The Houston Chronicle reports that Cindy Sheehan, mother of Casey Sheehan who was slain in Iraq, plans to shift her focus from President Bush's Crawford ranch to Congress. The mother, who has held a vigil outside the ranch for the past several weeks, will lead a bus tour from Crawford to the White House on Thursday.

And her first stop along the way might be embattled Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay's district office.

Ain't Nothin' But A Hound Dog

Oh, where to begin? The Houston Chronicle has this gem today. It accompanies Samantha Levine's story that leads with the staff of embattled Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay calling the Sugar Land Parks & Recreation Department to say he wanted to attend their "senior citizens' sock hop."

Check Your Mailbox

Have you received your invitation yet for the fundraiser that Vice President Dick Cheney is attending to raise money for embattled Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay?

No?

Well, apparently, according to the Houston Chronicle, the whole thing is very "hush-hush." Cheney's spokeswoman says it's being kept under wraps because of "security concerns."

Ever Wonder How DeLay's Doing...in Pennsylvania?

Bennett Roth of the Houston Chronicle has your answer.

"It just seems like you think they are going to do something and then they don't do it," Gordal, 79, said as she finished an early dinner at the High Street Diner in Pottstown, an hour outside of Philadelphia.