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Lawmakers Question Lawyers’ Involvement in Ethics Probe

Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) expressed alarm Tuesday that Bush administration lawyers allegedly were given an unusual opportunity to shape a report by Justice Department ethics watchdogs probing their conduct.

Me? I’m a Consumer. What does the government do to protect my interests?

After I finished teaching today I had to make a stop at Martin's Food Store over near Interstate 81 in Hagerstown, MD. This is a brand new facility, which is one of the reasons I've started going there. It's clean, well maintained, has great employees who seem to have been trained very well... and it actually makes grocery shopping fun. Don't get me wrong, this is a very BIG store... I get a lot of exercise just wandering the aisles. It has a nice organic food department, its fresh fruits and veggies are top notch and it has a wonderful meat department, too.

Obama tries to reassure Dems on Capitol Hill

Facing increasing questions and doubts from within his own party, President Barack Obama worked Monday to rally Democratic members of Congress with platitudes, saying "we are all in this together" and warning those with doubts that the public stands behind him and his agenda.

For Obama, the attempt to rally Democrats is important as he heads off on his first trip to Europe to face an international community that is not sold on his economic efforts.

The American Dream is now a nightmare

Home ownership used to define the American dream. Now that dream has turned into a national nightmare as a nation of homeowners become a displaced populace who must rent.

And renting is an option only for those who have the money for even that.

This was not what millions of Americans had in mind when they moved into their new home. With that dream shattered, many wonder what's next.

A good question with few answers.

Ohhigod! A failing company allowed to fail?

In an amazing turnaround, the hot-and-cold administration of Barack Obama is embracing a new concept: Bad corporate giants should be allowed to fail.

But at this point, failure is only an option, not an absolute. While the White House appears to ready to accept the fact that the government cannot save everything, it is giving General Motors yet another chance to save itself and quality for mroe federal tax handouts.

Is Dodd doomed?

Democrats in Sen. Chris Dodd's home state are pissed over his role in the controversial bonuses paid to fat cats at American International Group (AIG). Democrats elsewhere are pretty damned mad too.

And Democratic leaders wonder if it's time to replace Dodd with someone who might have a chance of holding on to his Senate seat.

They believe Dodd is done. Time to dump the veteran Senator.

What cars are in W.H. driveways?

It turns out Obama aides are driving a lot of foreign cars.

Reform advocates plan lobby blitz

April recess offers groups access to politicians, and coalitions hope D.C. takes notice.

Douthat enters new Times zone

The Atlantic's Ross Douthat will become the youngest regular op-ed writer in the history the New York Times.

A failing firm may fail. Imagine that

Simon says the Obama administration decides that the price of failure in America should be failure.