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The Chicago Tribune says that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has called "for an official investigation into whether House Speaker Dennis Hastert broke the law by pushing for federal funding of a highway project near land he owned west of Chicago" -- which helped Hastert and two partners earn a profit of more than $3 million.  "An aide to Hastert declined to comment Monday...  But when the Tribune reported the story this summer, Hastert spokesman Ron Bonjean said the speaker simply made a well-timed real estate investment on the land, located between 3 and 5 miles from the highway route." 

The Houston Chronicle writes that, per exit polls taken by the William C. Velasquez Institute, Hispanic voters deserted the GOP on election day more because of dissatisfaction with the Iraq war and job creation than over immigration issues.  "'It was really the totality of issues that drove people to the polls,' said Michael Bustamante, spokesman for the Velasquez Institute and the Latino Policy Coalition."