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Bad senator! Bad! No earmark for you!

Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) office is reporting that following major capitulation by Democrats on the bans on exploration and drilling for offshore oil and oil shale, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is attempting to slip a new ban on oil shale unseen into the financial bailout deal bill.  Sounds familiar; if you can’t win in public, sneak it into a completely unrelated bill when nobody’s paying attention.

Americans for Prosperity has a response up.

Here’s an idea, Sen. Reid…along with that stealth ban, why not slip in your own bank account number so we can recoup the extra money we’ll be paying for gas in the absence of the 800 billion to 2 trillion barrels of oil we won’t be able to get anywhere near?

(Via MalkinHot Air has more links.)

UPDATE: As commenter jonolan remarks, at least now we know one reason Sen. Reid was so hasty to wave McCain away from Washington this week.

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Bill Clinton defends McCain; Reid bites himself

John McCain and Barack Obama are digging in their heels.  McCain is still saying holding the debate as planned is a bad idea before a bailout deal is struck; Obama is still saying that postponing it is a bad idea regardless of the status of a deal.

The default position appears to be that the debate is still on, as the Commission on Presidential Debates hasn’t made any move to reschedule anything, and still plans to hold the debate on Friday.

In the meantime, former president Bill Clinton (of all people) is defending McCain’s proposal to postpone the debate, and pooh-poohing Democratic accusations that he’s trying to duck the debate altogether.  On the Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s finger-wagging at McCain over coming back to Washington for the deal negotiations runs counter to the effusive praise Reid lavished on Obama for doing the same thing two months ago.

Details, along with analysis of the evolving implications of the debate schedule, below the break.

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