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Flynt says more sex scandals coming

Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt reveled in Sen. David Vitter’s admission of a “very serious sin” involving an escort service and said Wednesday he’s got leads on embarrassing sexual activities involving other members of Congress.

Vitter, R-La., issued the public statement Monday after Flynt’s magazine contacted him and said phone records linked him to a Washington, D.C., service that federal prosecutors say was a prostitution ring.

Flynt said he was indignant over what he called hypocrisy represented by Vitter, 46, a social conservative.

A fresh showdown over an old issue

The US Congress on Thursday was to launch a fresh attempt to wrest control of the Iraq war from President George W. Bush while the White House was to report mixed progress in the conflict.

The House of Representatives was to debate and likely vote on a bill demanding the withdrawal of most combat troops from Iraq by April 1 next year, while the Senate plowed through its own emotional debate over the war.

As it struggled to contain a Republican rebellion over Iraq, President George W. Bush’s administration prepared to deliver a key interim report on its war strategy to Congress.

GOP goes to war…with itself

Republicans used to reserve their vitriol for Democrats who opposed President George W. Bush’s failed war in Iraq.

No more. Now it’s the GOP calling other members of their party names because they have joined the majority of citizens in this country in opposing what many see as an illegal and immoral war.

“Wimps,” said House Republican leader John Boehner, referring to his Republican Senate colleagues who have backed away from Bush’s war.

GOP Senators to Bush: Time’s up!

Several Republican senators told President Bush’s top national security aide privately Wednesday that they did not want Bush to wait until September to change course in Iraq.

The meeting that lawmakers had with national security adviser Stephen Hadley came as GOP Sens. Olympia Snowe and Chuck Hagel announced they would back Democratic legislation ordering combat to end next spring.

Dems move to cut off Cheney’s funding

Senate Democrats moved Tuesday to cut off funding for Vice President Dick Cheney’s office in a continuing battle over whether he must comply with national security disclosure rules.

A Senate appropriations panel chaired by Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., refused to fund $4.8 million in the vice president’s budget until Cheney’s office complies with parts of an executive order governing its handling of classified information.

Vitter has long history with prostitutes

Disgraced Louisiana Republican Conservative Senator David Vitter not only liked high-priced call girls in Washington, DC, but frequented a pricey brothel in his hometown of New Orleans and had a “Tuesdays and Thursdays” fling with another prostitute in the 1990s.

But Republican officials in Louisiana helped cover up Vitter’s dalliances with prostitutes, saying “it’s very sleazy, and it’s illegal. But, OK, it doesn’t apply to senators. They’re an elite group.”

Politicians won’t fix immigration

Here’s the real story about why we’re not going to solve the problem of illegal immigration in this country. The politicians who have the power to fix it don’t want a solution because they make points exploiting the issue.

There’s something for everyone to demagogue. Why would a class of people who make their livelihoods out of offering false claims about controversial problems want to give up an issue that’s so easy to manipulate?

GOP Senator used prostitute service

Republican Senator David Vitter, a Lousiana politician who campaigned on a record of “family values” paid for prostitutes from the service of the infamous “DC Madam,” Deborah Jeane Palfrey.

Vitter admitted Monday night that he has committed “a very serious sin in my past” after his telephone number appeared on Palfrey’s call list.

Vitter’s spokesman, Joel Digrado, confirmed the statement in an e-mail sent to The Associated Press.

Let the battles begin

Congressmen returning from their Independence Day break are ready for battle with the White House, with Democrats decrying President Bush’s commutation of former aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s prison sentence and fighting Bush’s latest claim of executive privilege.

Both events occurred around Congress’ vacation, inflaming an intense battle between Democrats and Bush over his use of executive power. There was relatively high tension on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue as majority Democrats — and increasing numbers of Republicans — challenged Bush’s Iraq war policy.

More Republicans bail on Bush’s war

The tide of Republican defections from President George W. Bush’s camp swelled Saturday when two more US senators joined the chorus of critics of his Iraq policy, demanding change.

But while expressing sharp disagreement with the strategy of “surging” the number of US troops in Iraq, Senators Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Judd Gregg of New Hampshire stopped short of backing legislation that would force the White House to begin a drawdown of US troops in Iraq.

“It should be clear to the president that there needs to be a new strategy,” said Alexander told The Los Angeles Times. “Our policy in Iraq is drifting.”