Setting Up Easy Targets for Karl Rove

Three congressmen poised to chair powerful House committees could become a campaign issue

George W. Bush's unprecedented nosedive continued last week, as it has almost every week since Hurricane Katrina. The war in Iraq grinds on, unresolved and bloody. The Republican congressional scandals continue to grow; the latest to be investigated, for defense-contracting irregularities, is Representative Jerry Lewis of California, the powerful chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. The Congress did pass another round of tax breaks for wealthy investors last week, but it remained deadlocked or just plain dead on immigration, a new federal budget and...

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