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The FEC says it finds no reason to believe that the NRA and its political action committee, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund, violated the Federal Election Campaign Act by allowing the general public to have access to the fund's Web site, as opposed to only allowing NRA members with passwords to have access.

Similarly, the FEC found nothing wrong with a 2006 voter guide that appeared on the GOA Web site, which could be linked by separate e-mails. The FEC says the act was not violated because the guide did not contain words or explicit directives that urged the election of any identified candidates.

'Big mouth' McCain

"John McCain flew the A-4 Skyhawk. That dubs him 'attack pilot,' not fighter pilot," notes retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. G.M. Perna, a daily fan of Inside the Beltway.

"Back in my Navy days, pilots were identified as follows:

"You can tell a multiengine pilot by his big posterior. You can tell an attack pilot by his big mouth. You can't tell a fighter pilot anything."

Worth quoting

"OK, so one winter does not a climate make. It would be premature to claim an Ice Age is looming just because we have had one of our most brutal winters in decades. But if environmentalists and environment reporters can run around shrieking about the manmade destruction of the natural order every time a robin shows up on Georgian Bay two weeks early, then it is at least fair game to use this winter's weather stories to wonder whether the alarmist are being a tad premature."

— Lorne Gunter, senior columnist for the Edmonton Journal in Canada, where obviously the robins have yet to roost this winter

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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