The Debate on DeLay

House Republicans last week gave Tom DeLay a nice reward for helping the G.O.P. win five extra seats from his home state of Texas in the congressional elections: a rule change so he won't automatically have to step aside as majority leader if an Austin grand jury indicts him in a campaign-finance probe. But despite a public show of solidarity, Republican Congressmen tell TIME there was a bitter debate behind closed doors over whether to change the rule for the man known as "the Hammer," and it has left some Republicans angry and concerned that their party looks arrogant. During a...

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