Friday, April 8, is House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's birthday, and this week the Hammer finds himself on a bed of nails. As DeLay biographer Lou Dubose lays out in Salon, the GOP leader's ethical lapses are beginning to catch up with him: At least three international trips secretly financed by foreign agents, almost half a million dollars in campaign funds paid to his wife and daughter, indictments of at least three Texas political cronies. But rather than own up to troubles that are entirely of his own making, DeLay is blaming the "liberal media" for his woes.
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