Nation: Cleaning House

Two more Congressmen are accused of taking payoffs

The action of the House ethics committee was unusually swift, especially for that panel. By a unanimous vote, after a persuasive presentation by its staff, the committee last week charged Pennsylvania Democrat Joshua Eilberg of illegally pocketing $100,000 in legal fees in connection with his efforts to get a $ 14.5 million federal grant for Philadelphia's Hahnemann Hospital.

What Eilberg allegedly did was a direct violation of the law and of House rules: accepting outside money for legislative duties. And the evidence, says a committee source, "was right there on the table." The charges are...