“But you don’t need a heavy jet,” Larsen insisted. And that’s where Bluestar comes in: the company wants to introduce Members to “a new breed” of smaller, cheaper private jets.
“They’re perfect for point-to-point travel, not too-far trips,” Larsen continued. “Those are about $1,200 per hour.”
Which is still pricier than flying commercial, of course. But for Members looking to keep their (ethical) noses clean, it just might be a bargain.
Star Witnesses. One sure sign Democrats are in power? Democratic darling actor/activist Richard Gere has been called to testify Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Gere, who was last spotted in the Capitol cheering on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) during her swearing-in ceremony in January, will discuss Tibet with the committee. Gere makes time, aside from a full-time gig as an aging sex symbol (which is time-consuming, no doubt), to serve as chairman of the board of directors for the International Campaign for Tibet.
And the committee’s subcommittee on the Western hemisphere also is getting some star-power: singer Wyclef Jean will testify on the same day that Gere does, about Haiti’s development needs.
Briefly Quoted. “There may be an eighth U.S. attorney the president would like to fire” — Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), when asked Tuesday for his reaction to the “guilty” verdict against Scooter Libby, Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff who was convicted of lying to federal investigators. ...
“Ooh, I’d love to be the Minority Leader” — Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio), ranking member of the House Financial Services subcommittee on capital markets, during a Monday field hearing. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) mistakenly introduced her as the panel’s “Minority Leader” instead of its “ranking member.” ...
“You don’t know Shia about anything” — House Intelligence Chairman Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas), recalling the taunts he’s gotten from Hispanic Caucus colleagues after an embarrassing story in CQ in which Reyes incorrectly answered a reporter’s quiz about the Middle East, quoted in local paper El Paso Inc.
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Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.