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Murtha Dead at 77

Just now posting a story to Military.com on the death of one of the most influential defense lawmakers on Capitol Hill ever.

I've had my beefs with Rep. Jack Murtha in the past, but I truly am shocked and saddened by his death. He was a tireless advocate for Pentagon programs he believed in and forced them down a left-leaning Congress in years where defense spending was less than a priority. And despite our sometimes butting heads over the Haditha incident, he and his staff have always treated me with respect and professionalism.

We'll slice and dice his record tomorrow, but today, let's offer his family and staff our condolences and take a moment of silence to honor the decorated Vietnam vet and Marine officer/public servant.

-- Christian

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