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Political Play of the Week: Senate lifeguard


"Diogenes the Cynic is said to have wandered the streets of Athens, searching in vain for an honest man.

Well, we found one -- 2,400 years later. In Washington, of all places.

That's rare enough to qualify for the political Play of the Week.

The setting? A hearing on lobbying activities -- of a highly questionable nature, one witness argued."

Get the Story:
Bill Schneider's Political Play of the Week: An honest man in Washington? (CNN 6/24)

Committee Exhibits:
Part 1 | Part 2

Witness List/Testimony:
Oversight Hearing Before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on the In Re Tribal Lobbying Matters, Et Al (June 22, 2005)

Relevant Links:
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians - http://www.choctaw.org

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