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Shooting Victim Speaks: 'This Is Not Happening'

'Good Samaritan' stayed with Pam Simon

(Newser) - Pam Simon's first thought was "this is not happening." The aide to Gabrielle Giffords' next thought was "that's a toy gun." A moment later: "It's happening." Then she was shot, and lay on the ground pretending to be dead, she tells the Wall Street ... More »

Number of House Staffers Making Six Figures Soars

Almost 2,000 raking in the big bucks

(Newser) - Almost 2,000 House staffers pulled in six figure salaries last year, including 43 making the maximum $172,500, according to a report commissioned by Politico. That’s three times the median US household income, and only $2,000 less than elected legislators make. The ranks of these elite earners... More »

For Bush Veterans, DC Jobs Are Scarce

Former administration officials find bad economy, overwhelmed job market

(Newser) - Former Bush administration staffers are feeling the economic pinch as acutely as other victims of the sagging economy, Politico reports. GOP job-seekers in Washington face a triple whammy of economic chaos, minority status on Capitol Hill, and an excess of qualified Republicans. “The Washington side is a bit of... More »

Lawmakers Spent Taxpayer Money on $9.1M in Bonuses

Aides rewarded with surplus cash from lawmakers' expenses

(Newser) - The lawmakers blustering about corporate bonuses haven't shied away from using government funds to reward their own staffers, a Wall Street Journal look at the records reveals. More than 200 House lawmakers from both parties paid $9.1 million in bonuses to 2,000-plus staff members in 2008—one of... More »

House Dems Wrangle Over Top Posts

Waxman aims to bump Dingell out of key chairmanship

(Newser) - Tuesday's votes were still being counted when House Democrats started wrangling over leadership positions, Politico reports. Henry Waxman has launched a challenge for chairmanship of the Energy and Commerce Committee, aiming to take out John Dingell of Michigan, whose support is eroding. Says a lobbyist: "He has done... More »

Site Discloses Salaries, Riles Capitol Aides

Congressional staffers protest personal data being published

(Newser) - A site posting the financial records of highly paid Congressional staffers is coming under fire on Capitol Hill. LegiStorm publishes salaries, travel logs, and personal data on aides with six-figure federal incomes—a matter of public record, the Washington Post reports. But some charge the site crossed the line when... More »

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