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Heard on the Hill: A Scout’s Honor for the Scouts

Introduced by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), the measure is getting a huge push from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine — including its director of public affairs, Elizabeth Kucinich, the wife of Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio). The group has held several briefings on Capitol Hill about the bill, with celebs such as actress Marilu Henner and former NBA star John Salley.

An Abstinence-Only Chat

Outgoing Rep. Mark Souder’s “sex tape” with his reported mistress/staffer (OK, so it was a PG-rated discussion of abstinence-only education) wasn’t just about titillation.

The issue of sex, at least when it comes to sex ed, is a serious topic on Capitol Hill. And so a video in which the Indiana Republican and the staffer with whom he reportedly had an affair discussed the merits of abstaining was more than just a funny diversion. For some, it was about hypocrisy.

In the Web video, which Souder’s office apparently took down after HOH and others reported on it, Souder extols the virtues of abstaining while staffer/reported mistress Tracy Jackson nods and agrees with him. Souder tells Jackson, “I wish I’d abstained” from a 2008 hearing critical of abstinence-only programs.

HOH asked Sen. Frank Lautenberg, one of the leading opponents of abstinence-only education, to weigh in.

“Abstinence-only education is not working in our classrooms — nor apparently in some Congressional offices,” the New Jersey Democrat’s spokesman, Caley Gray, tells us.

Lautenberg is a co-sponsor of legislation that would allow federal funding for “comprehensive and medically accurate sexual education” (i.e., they’ll tell you about contraception).

Alas, HOH’s calls to other anti-abstinence-only reps weren’t returned. We wonder what Bristol Palin would say ...

Overheard on the Hill

“I don’t even know how to use one.”

— Sen. Ben Nelson, confessing his inexperience with debit cards to reporters Tuesday. Asked about ATM fees, the Nebraska Democrat says he only pays with cash or credit cards and confessed to being “frugal.”

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