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Congress: Send in the clowns

“Former representative Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 2½ years in prison yesterday for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items, the judge scolding the son of the famed civil rights leader for using the money as a ‘piggy bank’ and sentencing his wife to a year as well,” AP reports. “However, Jackson, who emotionally apologized to his father, mother, congressional colleagues and others, was given significantly less prison time than federal guidelines recommend, recognized by the judge as a ‘complex person’ who has done both good and bad.”

And there’s this: “Republican Rep. Steve Stockman has invited the controversial rodeo clown who wore an Obama mask in the Missouri rodeo to perform in his home state of Texas,” Politico reports. “‘Liberals want to bronco bust dissent. But Texans value speech, even if it’s speech they don’t agree with,’ said Stockman. ‘From Molly Ivins to Louie Gohmert and every opinion between, Texans value free and open political speech. I’m sure any rodeo in Texas would be proud to have performers.’”

Sen. Jeff Flake was stung by a scorpion and tweeted a picture of it.