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Americans for Job Security is a Republican-leaning, anti-tax group that says its money comes from 500 individuals, corporations, business groups and other sources...  In spite of its political activity, the IRS has classified the group as  a 501-c-6 organization, a nonprofit business association, comparable to a Chamber of Commerce. Under IRS rules, it is not required to disclose publicly how it raises money.

Investigators are looking at half a dozen members of Congress, current and former senior Hill aides, a former deputy secretary of the interior, and Abramoff's former lobbying colleagues, according to sources familiar with the probe who spoke on the condition of anonymity...  He admitted that he or Abramoff offered bribes on behalf of clients over a period of four years.    Nov 22, 2005

DeLay, Santorum and other GOP activists have been involved in a longtime effort known as the "K Street Project" to ensure that Republicans are considered for openings with lobbying firms and trade associations.  Nov 15, 2005

Santorum "is a leader of the "K Street Project," a GOP effort to pressure lobbying firms to hire Republicans and keep money flowing to the party...

Former House Majority leader Tom DeLay and lobbyist Jack Abramoff also have ties to the project, which is named after the street where many lobbyists work. Both have been indicted on charges unrelated to the project and have denied any wrongdoing.  Nov 14, 2005

First major ad buy praises Santorum's tax plan  Nov 21, 2005

James Thurber, director of American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, said he's heard a joke around Washington that sums up Frist's current situation:  "He came in like Jimmy Stewart, and he's going out like Martha Stewart," Thurber said... "I think he's got a great record of success. There's a lot of stuff he got done," said Sen. Rick Santorum.
If anyone needs further proof that we are racing for the exits in Iraq, just follow the bouncing ball that is Rick Santorum. A Republican leader in the Senate and a true-blue (or red) Iraq hawk, he has long slobbered over President Bush, much as Ed McMahon did over Johnny Carson. But when Mr. Bush went to Mr. Santorum's home state of Pennsylvania to give his Veterans Day speech smearing the war's critics as unpatriotic, the senator was M.I.A.
Mr. Santorum preferred to honor a previous engagement more than 100 miles away. There he told reporters for the first time that ''maybe some blame'' for the war's ''less than optimal'' progress belonged to the White House. This change of heart had nothing to do with looming revelations of how the new Iraqi ''democracy'' had instituted Saddam-style torture chambers. Or with the spiraling investigations into the whereabouts of nearly $9 billion in unaccounted-for taxpayers' money from the American occupation authority. Or with the latest spike in casualties. Mr. Santorum was instead contemplating his own incipient political obituary written the day before: a poll showing him 16 points down in his re-election race. No sooner did he stiff Mr. Bush in Pennsylvania than he did so again in Washington, voting with a 79-to-19 majority on a Senate resolution begging for an Iraq exit strategy. He was joined by all but one (Jon Kyl) of the 13 other Republican senators running for re-election next year. They desperately want to be able to tell their constituents that they were against the war after they were for it...
One hideous consequence of the White House's Big Lie -- fusing the war of choice in Iraq with the war of necessity that began on 9/11 -- is that the public, having rejected one, automatically rejects the other. That's already happening. The percentage of Americans who now regard fighting terrorism as a top national priority is either in the single or low double digits in every poll. Thus the tragic bottom line of the Bush catastrophe: the administration has at once increased the ranks of jihadists by turning Iraq into a new training ground and recruitment magnet while at the same time exhausting America's will and resources to confront that expanded threat.
The office of Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) released a statement saying he "continues to support the brave men and women who are not only protecting our homeland, but are spreading democracy to the Middle East region. To withdraw our troops now as they are in the middle of this important endeavor would do nothing but embolden our enemies."
Forcing a vote on a Republican version of a proposal by Rep. John P. Murtha to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq disintegrated into a raucous House floor debate last night over the Pennsylvania congressman's honor and the treatment of Iraq war critics...  Mr. Murtha's resolution had called for a withdrawal of U.S. troops "at the earliest practicable date," which he said could be done safely within six months. But the version sponsored by House Armed Services Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., stated only that "the deployment of U.S. forces in Iraq should be terminated immediately"... 

Nearly an hour into the debate, tensions had hit the breaking point when Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, took the floor. "A few minutes ago, I received a call from [Marine Corps Reserve] Col. Danny Bupb, Ohio representative from the 88th District in the [state] House of Representatives," she said. "He asked me to send Congress a message: Stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message -- that cowards cut and run, Marines never do."  Chaos erupted in the House chamber as nearly two dozen Democrats left their seats, outraged by the insult to Mr. Murtha, who served in the Marine Corps and Reserves for 37 years and earned a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. Some stormed the other side of the aisle , shouting, "Take the words down"-- a demand that Ms. Schmidt's remarks be stricken from the official record, which the House ultimately did by unanimous consent.

House GOP seeks quick vote on Iraq pullout, pressuring Democrats to vote without discussion or hearings  Nov 18, 2005
Murtha's statement  Nov 18, 2005
"I call this bill the 'Tax Increase Prevention Act,'" said Sen. Rick Santorum.
"Yet after a decade of Republican control in Washington, we have not reduced the size of government, there is no balanced budget amendment, and pork-barrel and self-interest politics have grown. Special interest groups haven’t been defeated or tamed, they are thriving. Now is the time for midcourse corrections to ensure the success of the conservative movement."  Santorum,  Nov 17, 2005
Murtha is considered influential on military matters in Congress... Mr. Murtha said the Iraq war has caused huge shortfalls on domestic bases and the military is stretched too thin. He also expressed concerns about a federal budget deficit that is "growing out of control."  

Santorum saw it "as sort of a nothing vote" that amounted to, "Congress just sort of puffing its chest a little bit." ... Other Republicans said their leaders were responding to growing discomfort among Americans about the war.
In a separate action yesterday, 84 senators also approved new rules governing the legal rights of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba... Under current Bush administration procedure, a panel or tribunal of three military officers determines whether a prisoner should be defined as an "enemy combatant." The classification is reviewed annually.  Mr. Graham's new rules would give detainees a one-time chance to challenge that classification before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. If the challenge fails, the detainees would be bound by the decision of the annual review board.
Mr. Specter was the only Republican senator to vote against Mr. Graham's proposal, which passed 84 to 14.  The Pennsylvania Republican described Mr. Graham's language directing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to review the detainee cases as "blatant court-stripping in the most confusing way possible," because he said the language of the legislation gives exclusive jurisdiction over the detainee cases to the Circuit Court -- taking away jurisdiction from the Supreme Court.

Israel Ruiz, a Metropolitan police officer who took photos of Ore ..., told the Times Leader he believed Sherwood should have been arrested.
Santorum had praised the board:  "I commend the Dover Area School District for taking a stand and refusing to ignore the controversy."  Inquirer column, 12/25/04
Luke Bernstein, a native of Conyngham, will serve as the political director for the northeast, northwest and central regions for U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum’s campaign for re-election. Bernstein had previously served as Santorum’s press assistant in Washington, D.C., and was a special advisor in domestic finance at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. A graduate of Dickinson College, Bernstein has also worked on numerous senatorial, gubernatorial and congressional races, and served as the coalitions director for the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign in Pennsylvania.
This morning, Rick Santorum appeared on Imus in the Morning and defended the Bush Administration’s motivation for going to war in Iraq.  When pressed by Imus to comment on whether “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Cheney and “the rest of that crowd” lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Santorum launched an all out defense of the Bush Administration. These misguided comments come just days after Libby was indicted for his role in the CIA leak case and after the total number of U.S. casualties topped the 2,000 mark.

“We used the best intelligence available at the time and made the decision based on the best intelligence,” said Santorum.  “We found out subsequently after we got into Iraq and were able to investigate what in fact Saddam had, that a lot of that intelligence was wrong.” Santorum compared efforts to second-guess the Bush Administration’s motivation on Iraq as “the old Monday morning quarterback.”  [Rick Santorum on Imus in the Morning, 11/2/05]   Phil Singer, DSCC

His nomination places Casey in a unique political spot because one of Alito's highest-profile appeals-court rulings - the abortion-rights case Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey - involved his father, then-Gov. Robert P. Casey Sr.  Alito was part of a three-judge panel that in 1991 upheld three abortion restrictions the legislature approved and Gov. Casey signed into law. Alito was the lone dissent on the decision to strike down the provision requiring wives to notify their husbands before an abortion.

Top national Democrats and liberal advocacy groups, many of which are backing Casey, cited the case as an example of Alito's being too extreme.  In a release yesterday, Republican Sen. Rick Santorum's campaign baited Casey: "Are they implying that Judge Alito's opinion was outside the mainstream? I think many Pennsylvanians would disagree."

Reid demanded the Senate go into closed session. With a second by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the public was ordered out of the chamber, the lights were dimmed, senators filed to their seats on the floor and the doors were closed ... there was nothing in Senate rules enabling Republicans to thwart Reid's effort... 
Majority Leader Bill Frist met in the back of the chamber with a half-dozen senior GOP senators, including Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, who bore the brunt of Reid's criticism. Reid said Roberts reneged on a promise to fully investigate whether the administration exaggerated and manipulated intelligence leading up to the war. Nov 1, 2005

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