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"Fox Guards Henhouse!"

Incoming U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has picked Cleveland-area Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones [Ms. Stephanie to you commoners] to chair the House Ethics Committee, despite Tubbs Jones' frequent travel in an era in which free trips are under fire.

Tubbs Jones notes that her 75 free trips since 2000, the third most of anyone in Congress, were within the bounds of congressional rules.

She said the privately paid travel, whether to
[war-torn areas like] Barbados, Boston, Miami or Panama City - some of her destinations this year - helped her better understand issues and do her job.

Now if only we can get her to understand the issues in Cleveland, being the city is #1 in poverty and the #7 most violent city in America.

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