PASSING THE HAT FOR NEWT

This is the time of year when we all feel a bit strapped for cash. So you can understand my lack of enthusiasm when a reporter I'll call Jeffrey showed up at my office to suggest that if Newt Gingrich can't think of any other way to pay his $300,000 penalty to the House Ethics Committee, maybe members of the press ought to take up a collection.

"You kind of caught me at a bad time, Jeffrey," I said. "I just sent the IRS a check as my contribution toward one of those fancy new F-22 jet fighters that's going to...

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