Top of the Morning:

  • Jack Abramoff’s emails to GSA official David Safavian were introduced in the trial of the former Bush administration official yesterday. In one email Abramoff expresses outrage over the possibility of losing the Old Post Office Building, which he was trying to get Safavian to sell to him to turn into a five-star hotel, to a women’s group intent on turning the building into a women’s history museum. "’What idiots!’ the lobbyist wrote. ‘This would kill any five star hotel for sure.’"
  • Brian Ross reaffirmed his story about Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) in today’s Washington Post although he adds that it "could wash out and be nothing."
  • Two more aides to Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) have been subpoenaed in relation to the Jack Abramoff bribery investigation, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The aides, Patrick Vinovich and Will Heaton, both accompanied Ney, Abramoff, Safavian, and Ralph Reed on the infamous 2002 "golf golf golf" trip to Scotland. Vinovich will exercise his Fifth Amendment rights to not testify in the Safavian case, however his financial records will be provided as evidence.
  • "When they found the money in the freezer, man … I was kind of shocked. I just never thought he would get caught up — allegedly — in that type of situation." Rep. William Jefferson’s (D-LA) alleged misdeeds are the new talk of the town in hurricane ravaged New Orleans, according to the Los Angeles Times. Residents are in shock over the allegations with some finding it incomprehensible for Jefferson to have done these things while others finding his alleged actions to confirm long-standing doubts about his character. The most meaningful quote in article reads, "I personally liked the man. After Katrina, we need him in the House Ways and Means Committee. It’s a blow, not just for the city but the whole state. We need more positive things down here right now to get on our feet."
  • Hi, I’m a journalist and I’m not going to tell you that I’m being paid by a candidate for office to write this column in support of his candidacy. Ethical schmethical!