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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Unhappy Homemakers

(Fox News) - The passage of a House ethics bill that would bar a political campaign from employing a lawmaker's spouse is drawing plenty of complaints on Capitol Hill. The Politico reports some members will lose significant family income if they have to fire their spouses.

Texas Republican Joe Barton's wife reportedly was paid $57,000 by his campaign in the last election cycle.

He says — "I'm not apologetic. She does real work and puts out a good product. I'm tired of us acting like there's something we should be ashamed of — I'm not."

That bill still needs to go through the Senate — and Politico reports it has yet to gain traction there.


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