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The Midday Brief: Nov. 17, 2010

Your afternoon reading: Joe Barton shores up support, and the prosecution rests in Tom DeLay's money-laundering case

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Arlington, addresses BP chief executive Tony Hayward at an oil spill hearing in Washington.

Your afternoon reading:

  • "Prosecutors in Tom DeLay's money laundering trial rested their case against the former U.S. House majority leader on Wednesday, as DeLay's team insisted that the state hasn't proven he engaged in criminal activity." — Prosecution rests in DeLay case, The Associated Press
  • "The Daily Caller‘s Steven Nelson reports that U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Clute) will not be joining the new House Tea Party Caucus because he thinks the tea party should remain a grassroots movement." — Report: Ron Paul not joining House Tea Party Caucus, The Texas Independent

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