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July 9, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

  • Sen. Ensign’s parents paid their son’s mistress (and her husband) $96,000 in “gifts.” (Roll Call).
  • Blue Dog Rep. Murphy takes up the torch for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (D-Day).
  • House Democrats are considering a surtax on the wealthy to pay for their health care bill (Wonk Room).
  • House votes 410-8 to order an engraving of “In God We Trust” (AP).
  • Rep. King tries again to defend his vote against acknowledging the role of slaves in building the U.S. Capitol (Think Progress).
  • Cap and trade in the Senate has been delayed until the fall (Grist).
  • Sen. Burris, Obama’s controversial replacement, will not seek re-election in 2010 (The Hill).
  • Majority of House supports bill to reverse dealer closings (Detroit News).
  • “Criminalizing free speech: H.R. 1966, Sec. 881” (Atlas Shrugs).
  • In Closed Bidding, Defense Contractor Gets $18M to Open Up (techPresident).
  • “Open government is about government as platform.” (John Geraci).

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