In case you were wondering …

House Republicans just put Tom DeLay on the Appropriations subcommittee that handles the Justice Department budget. Their new Majority Leader rents his home from a lobbyist.

… whether corruption is now part of the official Republican operations manual:

1. Tom DeLay, as he awaits word on whether the Justice Department is going to indict him for his shady doings with Jack Abramoff, was just awarded the Republican seat on the all-powerful Appropriations Committee vacated by Duke Cunningham’s guilty plea on bribery charges. He was assigned to the subcommittee that writes the budget of the Justice Department.

2. John Boehner, the new leader of the Republican majority in the House &#8212 elected on a platform of being slightly less corrupt than Roy Blunt &#8212 turns out to have been renting a two-bedroom apartment on Capitol Hill from a lobbyist.

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Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com