February 18, 2009

NATIONAL JOURNAL: For Ethics Hawks, Congress Could Be Next. “House Democrats have done their best to tamp down smoldering controversies involving Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and John Murtha, D-Pa, chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. But the questions dogging the two are not likely to go away soon. . . . The ethics-sensitive tone set by President Obama may make it harder for lawmakers on Capitol Hill to sweep ethics controversies under the rug. However, observers differ over whether Obama’s new ethics rules have brought, or can bring, real change to Washington. There’s little disagreement that recent steps to strengthen the ethics process on Capitol Hill have been largely symbolic.” Symbolic mostly of a focus on symbolism rather than substance. Geez guys, get the book!

Meanwhile, they’re even noticing at NPR: The ‘Culture Of Corruption,’ Redux. “Democrats are watching this closely, with apprehension.”

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