A Leak about those ‘Despicable’ Leaks

At Politico, Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan have a story this afternoon about the frantic maneuverings by the House GOP leadership to whip votes for John Boehner’s debt ceiling bill. (Yes, with the Aug. 2 deadline days away, there’s an all-out effort underway to pass a House bill that’s apparently dead on arrival in the Senate. Welcome to today’s Washington.)

Much of the article recounts what was said at a closed meeting of House Republicans earlier today, as relayed to the reporters by “sources in the room.” Amusingly, those sources decided to share this detail:

House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling of Texas started the meeting on an angry note. He held up a copy of POLITICO and told his colleagues that “leaks” from conference meetings “are despicable.”

Sounds like not everybody got the message.

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Greg Marx is an associate editor at CJR. Follow him on Twitter @gregamarx.