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  • Ethics trials are looming for Democrats

    Charlie Rangel speaks to reporters.RangelAfter stunning election losses, and amid potentially disastrous leadership wars, Democrats are preparing to deal with some more bad news: Two senior House members are facing ethics trials.

    Later this month, House judicial proceedings begin for Reps. Charlie Rangel of New York and Maxine Waters of California.

    Rangel's first day of hearings is Monday.

    What's more, Rangel has indicated that he may represent himself, all but ensuring that his trial will garner extensive media attention--pretty much the last thing that Democratic leaders want.

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  • AP070703035512The number of federal workers paid over $150,000 per year has doubled since President Obama took office, and they now constitute about 10 times the proportion of that workforce compared with 2005, according to a USA Today analysis.

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told the paper that he will try to block President Obama's plan to raise federal salaries 1.4 percent across the board during the lame-duck session. He prefers a salary freeze or a 10 percent cut.

    The key finding reported by USA Today's Dennis Cauchon:

    Federal workers earning $150,000 or more make up 3.9% of the workforce, up from 0.4% in 2005. Since 2000, federal pay and benefits have increased 3% annually above inflation compared with 0.8% for private workers, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

    But one government employee union says the report misrepresents pay trends for federal workers.

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  • dobbsoreilly

    Lou Dobbs, who left CNN one year ago this week, is returning to cable news as an anchor for the three-year-old Fox Business Network. Fox Business officials announced they had signed him to a multiyear deal Wednesday afternoon, following a report in the Los Angeles Times.

    Dobbs will get his own show on Fox Business starting in the first quarter of 2011, while he continues to host his nationally syndicated radio show.

    "Fox Business has always been about putting the smartest, most interesting people on television, and the addition of Lou Dobbs will serve to strengthen the best lineup in business news," said Kevin Magee, executive vice president for Fox Business, in a statement. "Teaming Lou with Managing Editor Neil Cavuto will make FBN a tough network to beat."

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