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GOP watch: Grand jury time

— "The federal grand jury investigating Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) subpoenaed the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), a sign the Justice Department is ramping up its efforts to determine whether Ensign abused his office in the aftermath of an affair he had with a top aide's wife," The Hill writes. "'The NRSC has responded appropriately to questions concerning matters related to the 2008 election cycle timeframe,' said Sean Cairncross, the NRSC's general counsel, in a statement. The FBI and the Senate Ethics Committee are investigating the two-term Nevada senator for allegedly trying to limit political damage from an affair with the wife of one of his former Senate aides by conspiring to help the former aide secure lobbying work and using his influence to pressure several parties to keep quiet about it."