Today’s Headlines: The Oberstar/LaHood Edition

  • LaHood revealed his plan to seek a short-term transpo law extension "a half hour before" Oberstar was scheduled to brief reporters on his new transpo bill (AP)
  • Oberstar spokesman: "The chairman is not too pleased …" (NYT)
  • Rep. DeFazio, Oberstar’s partner in crafting a new bill, warns the proposed extension could dilute the benefits of the economic recovery law (Journal of Commerce)
  • And how does all this affect DeFazio’s (rumored) aspirations to run for governor of Oregon? (Oregonian)

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