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Politics Digest: South Carolina Attorney General Seeks Ethics Probe of Sanford

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford fields reporters' questions about his use of state and commercial planes.
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford fields reporters' questions about his use of state and commercial planes. (By Mary Ann Chastain -- Associated Press)

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E-Mail About Reform Overloads House Site

Amid a boisterous debate on health-care reform, people flooded members of Congress on Thursday with so many e-mails that they overloaded the House's primary Web site.

Technical support issued a warning to congressional staff that the site,, may be slow or unresponsive because of the large volume of e-mail being sent to members.

Jeff Ventura, a spokesman for the House's chief administrative officer, who maintains the Web site, said traffic data were not available and could not be released without the lawmakers' consent.

"It is clearly health-care reform," he said. "There's no doubt about it."

Lawmakers are in their home districts for the August recess, and a backlash has emerged in some quarters against efforts to overhaul the nation's health-care system.

A spokesman for Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), said e-mail traffic related to health care has exploded in recent weeks. Sean Brown said the office has received 2,761 e-mails on the subject since the debate heated up five weeks ago. In the five weeks before that, the office received 368 health-care-related e-mails. He estimated that 90 to 95 percent of the messages were in opposition to President Obama's plan.

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Man Is Questioned For Anti-Obama Sign

Law enforcement officials in Maryland on Thursday said the Secret Service questioned a 51-year-old man who had held up a sign that read "Death to Obama" at a forum on health-care reform in Hagerstown.

The man was part of a crowd of nearly 1,000 who turned out Wednesday for Democratic Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin's raucous town hall meeting. Washington County sheriff's deputies spotted him amid dozens of self-described reform opponents waving to motorists as they traveled along a thoroughfare leading to the city's community college, where the town hall meeting was held.

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