July 20, 2011 In a story some version of which could probably have been written all the way back to the earliest Congresses, the New York Times notes that lawmakers of Congress who rail against federal spending in general tend to like it in their districts in particular.
December 15, 2010 Watching journalists who think they've caught a politician in some hypocrisy can be a lot like watching a cat with a mouse. That was the case Wednesday when two GOP senators had to fend off reporters asking about their earmark requests.
November 17, 2010 Republicans responded to many voters, including Tea Party backers, who view earmarks as corrupt. Some Republicans opposed the ban, however, saying Congress has a right to direct spending. But even some Democrats supported the ban.
November 15, 2010 McConnell's reversal was a victory for Sen. Jim DeMint who made earmark opposition a litmus test. McConnell's move allowed the GOP leaders in both chambers to be on the same page.