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If you're someone with so much evil in your heart that you'd like seeing Ralph Reed just momentarily letting the cat out of the bag in a private email to Jack Abramoff, well ... you'll want to see this.

Just one of those little jokes that says a lot.

Who has more granular detail about Jack Abramoff's role as a member of the Bush transition team in 2000-2001 for the Interior Department? (Remember that Interior, for Indian Affairs and other issues, was a key area of concern for Abramoff's business dealings.)

A presidential transition team is a pretty small number of people for one department, particularly if it's not Treasury, State, DOJ or Defense. There's a reference to his role in a recent Post piece by Schmidt and Grimaldi. And that's enough to confirm the point that he was on the team.

But I haven't been able to find any published accounts, either from the time or more recently, which provide any more detail. If you know of a more detailed account, let me know.

When James Tobin suggested Allen Raymond as the guy to go to to pull off the 2002 New Hampshire phone-jamming scam, was it because Tobin knew Raymond specialized in this sort of work? Maybe so.

Remember, Tom DeLay is still out telling everyone that the only thing that brought him down was a meritless indictment from a partisan Democrat. Today, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied his request to have that supposedly meritless indictment tossed out.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is made up of nine judges. Each one elected. Each one a Republican.

Any plea deal from Jack Abramoff probably would have sunk Tom DeLay -- sunk any chance, that is, that he could reclaim his position as House Majority Leader. But it was the specifics of the Abramoff deal that sealed DeLay's fate.

The documents released last week make clear that prosecutors are readying a case against DeLay's former staffer Tony Rudy. And available evidence suggests they're trying to flip him to get to DeLay himself.

This piece from the Post is actually from yesterday's paper. But in got lost in the shuffle after DeLay announced he was bowing out of the struggle to reclaim the Majority Leader's post. It does a good job laying out what the case against Rudy is and what it may mean for those above him.

TPM photo-archivists of the world unite!

From Time ...

Although DeLay's forfeiture of his leadership post makes things easier for the White House, the Abramoff saga will continue to be a problem. Bracing for the worst, Administration officials obtained from the Secret Service a list of all the times Abramoff entered the White House complex, and they scrambled to determine the reason for each visit. Bush aides are also trying to identify all the photos that may exist of the two men together. Abramoff attended Hanukkah and holiday events at the White House, according to an aide who has seen the list. Press secretary Scott McClellan said Abramoff might have attended large gatherings with Bush but added, "The President does not know him, nor does the President recall ever meeting him." Republican officials say they are so worried about the Abramoff problem that they are now inclined to stoke a fight with Democrats over the confirmation of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court in an effort to turn the page from the lobbying investigation. Outside groups plan to spend heavily, and the White House will engage in some tit for tat with Democrats as the hearings heat up.

Happy huntings. We'll be giving away prized TPM- and TPMmuckraker-wear for prime Jack and George memorabilia.

Also, can we get a copy of that Secret Service list too?

Good stuff! Holding Republicans to account violates their rights.

You have to love this. Three and a half years ago members of the New Hampshire state Republican party, the Republican National Committee and others entered into a criminal conspiracy to disrupt Democratic get-out-the-vote activities on election day.

That's not just me using that language. Two of conspirators pled guilty. Another, a then-employee of the Republican National Committee, was just convicted on two counts stemming from the scheme. For almost two years now, the state Democratic party has been pursuing a suit against the state party seeking redress and, mainly, to find out what really happened since at the beginning the Justice Department wasn't seriously pursuing the case.

Now, in recently filed court papers, the Republican State Committee’s attorney, Ovide Lamontagne, is claiming that the Dems' suit is "in attempt to use the court system to interfere with the (GOP’s) constitutionally protected election activities." There's a certain amount of sense to this, I suppose, since the Republican party, in its current incarnation, does seem to rely heavily on law-breaking as an electoral tool. Still, I've never heard it alleged that such criminality is constitutionally protected.