Down in Flames

Senators defeat Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-OK) quixotic effort to banish $8.8 million in earmarks destined for clients of PMA Group, now under federal investigation and soon to be defunct.

Coburn: "The Senate decided to defend business as usual at the earmark favor factory." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV): Those earmarks belong to lawmakers, not lobbyists.

Update: For those keeping score at home, 37 Republicans and six Democrats voted to strip the earmarks; 48 Dems, two independents and two GOPers voted to keep them in.

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