A Death Match Between Friends

Why is Chuck Hagel trying to kill John McCain's campaign-finance bill?

Sitting behind the wheel of his Lincoln, wearing wraparound shades and a deep melanoma scar on his face, John McCain looks like a B-movie hitman. As a matter of fact, he is trying to kill something: Washington's seamy money culture. The Arizona Senator has just finished an event with a 1,500-lb. pig named Rootie, his accomplice in an annual unveiling of the pork hidden in the federal budget. Now he is tearing the wrong way up a one-way drive into the Capitol for a press conference with conservative Blue Dog Democrats supporting his effort to drive the pigs from the trough....

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