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News Flash: CNN reports latest DeLay stories on front page!

Oh, no, wait ... They report DeLay's calling the reports "seedy" on the front page.

My bad ...

Let me mention a few more details about the new site we're getting ready to launch.

It has a few different components. But the main one is a new group blog with a few more than a dozen individual contributors. The group blog will be a forum both for posts on topics and questions of interest to the individual contributors and also, we hope, for debate and discussion amongst them.

As you might expect, the focus of conversation will be politics and current affairs, but neither narrowly nor exclusively. We're also hoping for lively exchanges about the arts, literature, religion and the sciences.

We're still putting together the list of contributors. And we'll be bringing you more on that in the coming days. But the list of those who've already signed on includes Todd Gitlin, Ed Kilgore, Mike Lind and Judith Shulevitz, among others.

More on this soon.

The Moose sees it too. Marshall Wittman says that the sourcing of those DeLay hit articles makes it look a lot like Rove may be pulling the trap door lever on the bug man.

Meanwhile, the Mallet got his House caucus to line up in support and got Rep. Roy Blunt (R) of Missouri, their #3 man, to sign up as chief spear-catcher: "I don't see any wavering of the support for the leader. I think a lot of members think he's taking arrows for all of us."

(Can someone out there translate that line into Italian for us?)

Finally, a conservative pal sent me a form letter from the ACU's David Keene calling on all conservatives to line up behind Tom DeLay and defend him with every measure of their strength.

So it would seem that to small government, strong national defense and traditional values has been added a fourth pillar of the conservative movement: defending Tom DeLay no matter what new ethics infractions, crimes or generalized corruption might show up in tomorrow's papers.

Okay, at just after 2 PM, CNN rolled out their DeLay story. It's prominently linked ... Actually I can't find it linked anywhere. But a bunch of TPM Readers sent me the link so it must be linked somewhere on their page.

Late Update: TPM Reader MF sends in a handy guide to finding the DeLay story on the CNN site ...


main page:
click on 'politics':
go down to "Other News" and click on the tiny 'more stories' button which leads to
and it's the fourth story down.

Sheesh, how could I have missed it?

As we told you earlier, an article in the Boston Globe this morning suggests that Sen. Chafee (R) or Rhode Island was sending signals he might vote against the nomination of John Bolton as UN ambassador.

(Steve Clemons has some good commentary on this latest development.)

But I hear from a senate source that Chafee aides are busily trying to walk back the Globe story, telling reporters and fellow Republicans that he's actually leaning toward casting a vote in Bolton's favor.

So hard to strike the right balance when you're a senator from a blue state trying to carry the water of tomato-red administration.

White supremacist Matthew Hale sentenced to 40 years for attempting to pay an undercover FBI informant to kill U.S. District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow. No word on whether judicial activism was one of his beefs.

Can someone drop me a line when something, anything on the new DeLay revelations shows up on the CNN website? Thanks ...

Stuff you just can't make up ...

Rep. Tom Cole (R) of Oklahoma on being a Social Security phase-out supporter: "This is like being for the Civil Rights Bill in 1960. You may not win but it makes you feel good and you're on the right side."

Sen. Chafee (R) of Rhode Island considering voting against John Bolton? See Clemons for more details.