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Lieberman to lead delegation to Mideast over the holidays?

An anonymous tipster e-mailed to say that Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and his wife Hadassah would be leading a congressional delegation on a trip to the Middle East, starting in Jerusalem on Christmas.

Our tipster was concerned that “ a lot of people in support of this visit” (ground support, advance people, embassy security and so forth) “won’t have a Christmas, though comp time or double time may be in order.”

Sen. Joe Lieberman (right) with Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in July in Kabul. (Mohammed Ismail/REUTERS)

Lieberman’s office tells us the planning is still in a very preliminary stage. “At this point, Sen. Lieberman is the only senator on the trip,” we were told. “The tentative plan is to travel by commercial air to the Middle East — although mil air (a military jet) may be used once in the Middle East.”

Well, not to worry. The dates aren’t set and, besides, we are completely confident that Lieberman would never require people to work over Christmas to staff his trip — as critical as that jaunt may be to U.S. interests during his last year in the Senate.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.


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