Hines Must Fry A Lot Of Keyboards With His Spittle

When guys on Capitol Hill look like Beavis, Butthead (Cragg Hines, Houston Chronicle)

The ludicrous scene was live coverage of the U.S. House on C-SPAN. And it was not for the faint of heart. I certainly hope no impressionable children were watching.

The House Republicans’ designated point man on lobbying “reform,” Rep. David Dreier of California, was wending his way mendaciously through an opening statement.

Dreier said the bill he was trying to cudgel into consideration by the

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Clay Robison Lets The Secret Out

The Chronicle‘s Austin bureau chief during the week and Sunday partisan editorialist let the secret out in today’s column on the Perry/Sharp tax plan:

Coming soon to a bank account near and dear to you! Extra money!

Well, let us not get as carried away as our Republican leaders in Austin, but with a little luck the special legislative session now under way may actually reduce your school property taxes.

Don’t plan to buy that extra car just

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Meet The Press

There are a bunch of serious, smart people on Meet the Press today (including Daniel Yergin and Jim Cramer), talking about energy prices.

And then there’s Sen. Durbin.

The contrast is really pretty stunning.

Cramer had a nice line about ExxonMobil’s profits. I’ll post it later when a transcript is available.

Jim Cramer is the bomb

UPDATE: Here is Cramer’s comment:

MR. CRAMER: I, I think if they could drill

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Generally, 75% Get What They Want

Guest-Worker Proposal Has Wide Support (Mark Z. Barabak, LA Times)

Californians generally favor a carrot-and-stick approach to illegal immigration, mixing tougher border enforcement with a guest-worker program and a pathway to citizenship for those already in the United States, according to a new Los Angeles Times poll.

By a ratio of more than 3 to 1, those surveyed said they preferred a comprehensive approach to the immigration issue, which President Bush and a bipartisan group of U.S. senators

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