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TPM Reader PJ has a question: "House Republicans are pushing a resolution to praise the Capital police who arrested Rep. Cynthia McKinney -- I wonder if they will be as quick to praise the cops who busted Doyle?"

AP on McCain:

Sen. John McCain threatened on Tuesday to cut short a speech to union leaders who booed his immigration views and later challenged his statements on organized labor and the Iraq war.

"If you like, I will leave," McCain told the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department, pivoting briefly from the lectern. He returned to the microphone after the crowd quieted.

"OK, then please give me the courtesy I would give you."


From the Post ...

DeLay was determined to hang on to his seat at least through the primary, said Carl Forti, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. That was because he considered his three Republican challengers gadflies and traitors and he was determined to try to block them from succeeding him.


An additional impetus for putting off the resignation until now was suggested by John Feehery, a former aide to DeLay and House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). "He needed to raise money for the defense fund. That was the bottom line," Feehery said. "He wanted to make sure he could take care of himself in the court of law." Under federal campaign rules, any reelection money a lawmaker raises can be used to pay legal fees stemming from official duties.

So the GOP candidate will be selected by party chairs. And a main reason for DeLay to stay in the race this long was to raise legal fees under the guise of raising money to run a political campaign.

New territory for the Grand Old Docket. ...

A deputy press secretary with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was arrested Tuesday night and charged with trying to ``seduce'' a 14-year-old Polk County girl over the Internet, sheriff's officials said.

Brian J. Doyle, 55, didn't know he was communicating with an undercover Polk County sheriff's detective, officials said.

Tampa Trib reports it this way ...

A Department of Homeland Security press secretary was arrested this evening on charges that he was using a computer to seduce a child.

Brian Doyle, 50, was arrested at 7:45 p.m. in his Silver Springs, Maryland home on 23 charges related to the use of a computer to seduce a child and transmitting harmful materials to a minor after a joint investigation by the Polk County Sheriff's office, Florida State Attorney Jerry Hill's office and the Department of Homeland Security.

When we hear more ...

Late Update: What's weird -- well, one of the things that's weird -- about this story is that it only appears to have been reported by two news outlets, both in Florida. And both in the last hour. Had it only been one I would have held off linking. But it's been reported both by the Lakeland Ledger and the Tampa Tribune in separately reported, separately bylined stories. So I don't think there's any chance that this is just a prank or a misidentification. I still find it more than passing strange that there's no more pick-up.

Even Later Update: Yep, it's everywhere now. We just picked it up early.

Hmmm. Just watched Candy Crowley doing her sum-upper on Tom DeLay. And to hear her tell it, the K Streeters just came to Tom after he got all the power. They just sort of importuned him, almost took advantage of him. Maybe she hasn't heard of the K Street Project.