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In the Loop: Hatch, Lugar Differ on Who Is the GOP's Senior Senator

So who is the GOP's senior senator? Sens. Orrin Hatch, top, and Richard Lugar were sworn in on the same day, but each claims seniority. The answer is, well, complicated.
So who is the GOP's senior senator? Sens. Orrin Hatch, top, and Richard Lugar were sworn in on the same day, but each claims seniority. The answer is, well, complicated. (Michael Conroy - AP)
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Bratton, a former New York police commissioner, is leaving the LAPD to lead Altegrity Security Consulting, a new unit of the company formerly known as USIS. Bratton is looking for State Department contracts to train police in Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries, our colleague Spencer Hsu reports.

He would be competing for -- or taking over -- work started by the likes of Xe Services, the company formerly known as Blackwater, and by Bernard B. Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner sent by the U.S. government in 2003 to lead the Iraqi police training mission. Kerik is facing federal and New York state public corruption trials.

Terrorist Nats?

The long Washington Nationals season is finally crawling to a close. The chronic basement dwellers have outdone their prior haplessness and are on pace to lose 106 games, which would make them the second-worst Washington team in a century. (Thank goodness the Mets lost 120 games in 1962.)

Now it seems that being a Nats fan -- and wearing one of those green Nationals hats -- not only can be embarrassing but can even get you in a heap of trouble.

Take what happened when Tyler Allard, legislative assistant to Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), wore the cap as he returned from a trip last month to Jordan and Israel. An Israeli airport security guard pointed to the hat with the curly W team logo and demanded with a tone of disgust, "Why do you wear that?"

"Good question," his father, former longtime Senate aide Nick Allard, replied. "They are hopeless. They desperately need relief. You never know when they will hit, and because their defense is so bad, they suffer more than they can dish out. It's not rational and I can't explain why, but we are loyal and we love them." The more he talked, the more upset the security folks became, Nick Allard reports. Their luggage was checked and rechecked, and they were quizzed by security.

When they were finally cleared to board, Allard wrote in an e-mail, the head of the security detail said: "We do not appreciate your Hamas headgear." Green apparently is a Palestinian "color," Allard speculated, and the vaguely Arabic Nats logo might have been mistaken for an extremist emblem.

"What the Nats have done this season is almost unforgivable," Allard notes, "but they are a long way from being mistaken for an organization capable of terrorizing the eastern division much less the Middle East. It's tough being a Nats fan. Home or away."


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