Hastert Not Made of Sterner Stuff After All

HASTERT NOT MADE OF STERNER STUFF AFTER ALL….In an interview on Friday, House Speaker Dennis Hastert said Social Security legislation might not pass this year. I wondered how long it would take for the White House to force him to back down.

Answer: not counting the weekend, one day.

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