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The blotter

The Sunday Washington Post said that the new legal and ethics issues hovering over GOP Reps. John Doolittle and Rick Renzi could potentially complicate "GOP efforts to retake Congress next year... [They] were only the most recent in a series of developments that have kept the focus on the old ethical and legal clouds that helped chase the Republican Party from power on Capitol Hill."

The Sacramento Bee takes a look at the case developing against Doolittle, noting the similarities between his case and the one that ended up putting Bob Ney behind bars.

Meanwhile, Republicans are fighting back. A couple of Hill veterans -- one of whom gets the internet about as well as any operative -- are starting their own watchdog news site that will exclusively cover the new Democratic majority in what is likely to be in an unflattering light.