MOUNT VERNON, Va. — George Washington’s 1796 farewell address contained a stern warning to the nation about partisan politics, or the “dangers of faction” in the language of the founding fathers.
So, when a bipartisan group of U.S. senators was looking last fall to reach agreement on a plan to address the country’s budget and deficit woes, it seemed only natural that they went outside the Capital Beltway and met at Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, in hopes of finding inspiration in Washington’s shadow.
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Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, apologized for his arrest for drunk driving in a D.C. suburb on Sunday, saying in a statement, “I accept total responsibility and will deal with whatever penalty comes my way in this matter.”Crapo was arrested at 12:45 a.m. on Sunday morning in Alexandria, Va., and charged with driving under the influence.A statement on the Alexandria Police Department website describes the incident:”An officer was on routine patrol when he noticed a vehicle go through a red traffic signal. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at Hume Avenue and Mount Vernon Avenue. Sen. Crapo was identified as the driver and arrested after failing several field sobriety tests. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Alexandria Adult Detention Center where he was released on a $1,000 unsecured bond.”Crapo had a blood alcohol content level of 0.11 at the time of the arrest, according to the statement, and was alone in the vehicle at the time. He has a court date set for January 4, 2013.Continue Reading… … Read More