UPDATE: Nuclear Winter

Can you believe it’s – now?

Senate GOP leaders take heat over millions of dollars in earmarks

Thune and Cornyn faced a barrage of hostile questions about their earmarks by reporters from NPR, ABC News and NBC News.

“Going through this bill, there is earmark after earmark from the both of you, millions of dollars in earmarks from the two of you and from other senators,” ABC’s Jonathan Karl told Cornyn and Thune. “How do you have any credibility on this? Why do you have earmarks?”

And slowing the vote by reading the entire START treaty (heh):

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on Wednesday blasted Republican opposition to the New START nuclear arms treaty, calling it a “new low in putting political stunts ahead of our national security.”

Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) call to read the entire treaty on the Senate floor in an effort to delay the ratification was described by Gibbs as “the height of hypocrisy.”

“While some express concern that the Senate doesn’t have time to debate the treaty, Sen. DeMint wants to waste 12 hours to read the text of a treaty that has been available to every member of the Senate and the public for more than eight months,” Gibbs said.

UPDATE: Sen. Jim DeMint backs down from reading the START Treaty document ….. man up, Jim.

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