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Shouldn't the GOP follow the example of their Iraqi puppets, and take a month off?

Do us all a favor.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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I mean, what about this guy, couldn't he give us a break and take a month off from stealing?

FBI raids U.S. senator's home

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Federal agents searched the home of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens on Monday, focusing on records related to his relationship with an oil field services contractor jailed in a public corruption investigation, a law enforcement official said.
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Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, a Republican, had his home searched by the FBI and IRS Monday.

Stevens, 83, has been under a federal investigation for a 2000 renovation project more than doubling the size of his home in Girdwood that was overseen by Bill Allen, a contractor who has pleaded guilty to bribing Alaska state legislators.

Allen is founder of VECO Corp., an Alaska-based oil field services and engineering company that has reaped tens of millions of dollars in federal contracts.

Agents from the FBI and Internal Revenue Service arrived at the senator's home Monday afternoon, said Dave Heller, FBI assistant special agent. He said he could not comment on the nature of the investigation.

A law enforcement official familiar with the case confirmed the raid on Stevens' home was focused on records related to the ongoing VECO investigation. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

An e-mail statement issued by Stevens through his Washington, D.C., spokesman said federal agents had alerted his attorneys that they wanted to search his home.

Stevens, who has been in office since 1968 and is the longest-serving Republican in Senate history, said the interests of justice would be best served if he commented after the investigation.

"I continue to believe this investigation should proceed to its conclusion without any appearance that I have attempted to influence its outcome," Stevens said. "The legal process should be allowed to proceed so that all the facts can be established and the truth determined."

The Justice Department's probe into Allen's relationships has led to charges against state lawmakers and contractors. Last year, FBI raids on the offices of several Alaska lawmakers included Stevens' son, former Alaska Senate President Ben Stevens.

Neither the U.S. senator nor his son has been charged.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
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I mean, what about this guy, couldn't he give us a break and take a month off from stealing?

FBI raids U.S. senator's home

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Federal agents searched the home of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens on Monday, focusing on records related to his relationship with an oil field services contractor jailed in a public corruption investigation, a law enforcement official said.
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Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, a Republican, had his home searched by the FBI and IRS Monday.

Stevens, 83, has been under a federal investigation for a 2000 renovation project more than doubling the size of his home in Girdwood that was overseen by Bill Allen, a contractor who has pleaded guilty to bribing Alaska state legislators.

Allen is founder of VECO Corp., an Alaska-based oil field services and engineering company that has reaped tens of millions of dollars in federal contracts.

Agents from the FBI and Internal Revenue Service arrived at the senator's home Monday afternoon, said Dave Heller, FBI assistant special agent. He said he could not comment on the nature of the investigation.

A law enforcement official familiar with the case confirmed the raid on Stevens' home was focused on records related to the ongoing VECO investigation. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

An e-mail statement issued by Stevens through his Washington, D.C., spokesman said federal agents had alerted his attorneys that they wanted to search his home.

Stevens, who has been in office since 1968 and is the longest-serving Republican in Senate history, said the interests of justice would be best served if he commented after the investigation.

"I continue to believe this investigation should proceed to its conclusion without any appearance that I have attempted to influence its outcome," Stevens said. "The legal process should be allowed to proceed so that all the facts can be established and the truth determined."

The Justice Department's probe into Allen's relationships has led to charges against state lawmakers and contractors. Last year, FBI raids on the offices of several Alaska lawmakers included Stevens' son, former Alaska Senate President Ben Stevens.

Neither the U.S. senator nor his son has been charged.
I am curious, how big is his house now?

Not that I wanna house in Alaska, no matter how big it is..
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It is a ski chalet in Girdwood, which is a place that has become a significant ski resort over the last thirty years. It may not be that big, but apparently when he got his 99 year lease on the land he had to put in a house and thirty or more years ago he didn't put much of home in. The renovation may or may not be a criminal affair - the investigation will determine that. The size of the graft, if it is graft, has little to do with question at hand. Jim
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Do us all a favor.
When has the ruling party scheduled the Congressional recess?

The biggest problems we are facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all and thatís what I intend to reverse.

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Oh here it is! I found the schedule for our hard-working House of Representatives. Unlike Iraq, our House is not taking-off the whole month, see?

August 6 - August 31 Summer District Work Period

And it's not like a vacation, really. I mean, they are probably helping Habitat for Humanity and at local soup kitchens.

For those of us interested in the arduous work schedule of our Representatives, here it is:
January 4 110th Congress, 1st Session convenes
January 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 19 Presidents Day
February 19 - 23 Presidents Day District Work Period
March 11 Daylight Savings Time Begins
March 17 St. Patrick's Day
April 2 - April 13 Spring District Work Period
April 3 Passover
April 8 Easter
May 13 Mother's Day
May 28 Memorial Day
May 28 - June 1 Memorial Day District Work Period
June 14 Flag Day
June 17 Father's Day
July 2 - July 6 Independence Day District Work Period
July 4 Independence Day
August 6 - August 31 Summer District Work Period
September 3 Labor Day
September 13 Rosh Hashanah
September 22 Yom Kippur
October 8 Columbus Day
October 26 Target Adjournment
November 4 Daylight Savings Time Ends
November 6 Election Day
November 11 Veterans Day
November 22 Thanksgiving Day
December 5 Hanukkah
December 25 Christmas Day

House Schedule - United States House of Representatives, 110th Congress, 1st Session

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~ Senator Barack H. Obama
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They took the last 6 years off!!!!!!
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"District Work Period"

HAHAHAHAA - ROFLMAO - sure - ........

Tax payed flights back home is more like it
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Oh here it is! I found the schedule for our hard-working House of Representatives. Unlike Iraq, our House is not taking-off the whole month, see?

August 6 - August 31 Summer District Work Period

And it's not like a vacation, really. I mean, they are probably helping Habitat for Humanity and at local soup kitchens.

For those of us interested in the arduous work schedule of our Representatives, here it is:
January 4 110th Congress, 1st Session convenes
January 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 19 Presidents Day

February 19 - 23 Presidents Day District Work Period

March 11 Daylight Savings Time Begins
March 17 St. Patrick's Day

April 2 - April 13 Spring District Work Period

April 3 Passover
April 8 Easter
May 13 Mother's Day
May 28 Memorial Day

May 28 - June 1 Memorial Day District Work Period

June 14 Flag Day
June 17 Father's Day

July 2 - July 6 Independence Day District Work Period

July 4 Independence Day

August 6 - August 31 Summer District Work Period

September 3 Labor Day
September 13 Rosh Hashanah
September 22 Yom Kippur
October 8 Columbus Day
October 26 Target Adjournment
November 4 Daylight Savings Time Ends
November 6 Election Day
November 11 Veterans Day
November 22 Thanksgiving Day
December 5 Hanukkah
December 25 Christmas Day

House Schedule - United States House of Representatives, 110th Congress, 1st Session
I count 72 days-off.

That's some hard working boys and girls we got up there. Good to know that the Congressional leadership is making sure that they earn their upcoming pay raises.

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~ Senator Barack H. Obama
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I count 72 days-off.

That's some hard working boys and girls we got up there. Good to know that the Congressional leadership is making sure that they earn their upcoming pay raises.

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Did that include their paid summer vacation?
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