- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Quotable

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to Minority Whip Roy Blunt, when the Missouri Republican asked if his “good friend” from Maryland would yield the floor for a question: “I’m glad I’m still his good friend. And we’re going to remain so.”

— Christina Bellantoni, Capitol Hill correspondent, The Washington Times

More time for wind-surfing

Sen. John Kerry says he’s leaving the 2008 presidential race, doesn’t need anything. Except this ashtray. And this chair.

— David Eldridge, managing editor, washingtontimes.com

Helpful freshmen

Sen. Sherrod Brown gets the Most Helpful Freshman award of the day. Brown, Ohio Democrat, seemed worried when Sen. Claire McCaskill jumped on an elevator after rushing off the Senate floor a few hours ago.

“You know we’ve got a second vote,” he told the Missouri Democrat, a freshman herself.

“I know,” McCaskill said. “It’s complicated.” Reporters listening nearby noted the freshmen are looking out for each other. For the record, McCaskill made it back from her complicated task in time to catch the second vote.

— Christina Bellantoni, Capitol Hill correspondent, The Washington Times

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