Trial of Abramoff Associate Begins

David Safavian's trial on charges of lying and obstruction has begun. This is the first trial to open related to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's influence-peddling scheme that could ensnare several members of Congress and has already seen indictments of former top aides to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) and Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH).

In local news, it appears some people in Alexandria, Virginia want Tom DeLay as a write-in candidate for their city council. DeLay plans to make the city, just outside DC, his permanent residence following his formal resignation from Congress.