"I think I'm the only mem-ber of the Senate Armed Services Committee who would reinstate the draft….When I look at the problems of some of our kids in America nowadays and then I go visit the troops, I see what a great benefit it is to give people the opportunity to serve their country."
— Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), in the December 21 Time
"The term 'profane'…includes the words 'shit,' 'piss,' 'fuck,' 'cunt,' 'ass-hole,' and the phrases 'cock sucker,' 'mother fucker,' and 'ass hole,' compound use…and other grammatical forms of such words and phrases (including verb, adjective, gerund, participle, and infinitive forms)."
— excerpt from H.R. 3687, a bill introduced by Rep. Doug Ose (R-Calif.) to expand broadcast regulations on profanity. The text of the bill could not be broadcast.
"Follow the money" has long been a useful rule of thumb for observers of politics, but it's never been quite as easy as it is today. Fundrace.org compiles contribution data on the presidential contenders and organizes them in charts and color-coded maps showing where each candidate's major financial support comes from, as well as who elicits repeat donations, who's the favorite among the well-heeled, and who has the most grassroots support. You can even see who's got a penchant for splurging at which hotels. Al Sharpton seems fond of the Four Seasons; Dennis Kucinich settles for the Holiday Inn.