Mid-Morning News:

  • If you’re looking for a job you might want to become friends with Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA), says Ken Silverstein at the new Harpers.org blog. Or you could become one of his daughters.
  • Another U.S. contractor in Iraq pleads guilty, this time for bribery. According to the Washington Post, "Philip H. Bloom admitted his part in a scheme to give more than $2 million in cash and gifts to U.S. officials in exchange for their help in getting reconstruction contracts for his companies. Bloom’s firms won $8.6 million in reconstruction deals, with an average profit margin of more than 25 percent."
  • Tom DeLay is like Waldo. He’s in every page (scandal) – you just have to look hard enough to find him. From the Houston Chronicle.