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Issue: "News of the Year," Dec. 29, 2007

Ortega said he would cultivate relations with America, but also reached out to socialist Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro. From his confinement in Cuba after declining health, Castro reached back, sending a letter with his "utmost support" for the new leader.

Some dogs hunt, other dogs heel. In Congress, Blue Dog Democrats did a little bit of both. The party that took control of Congress in January managed the feat with the help of at least 43 self-described Blue Dog Democrats who consider themselves conservative, especially on fiscal issues.

In January the group promised to "put a lid on spending" in Congress. Three months later, the House passed a supplemental spending bill for the Iraq war that included $24 billion in pork-barrel spending for agricultural projects. Some of those projects were planted squarely in Blue Dog districts.

Sanford Bishop, a Blue Dog from Georgia, defended an earmark that lined up $74 million for peanut storage in his home state: "One's man pork is another man's sustenance.

Jamie Dean
Jamie Dean

Jamie lives and works in North Carolina, where she covers the national political beat and other topics as news editor for WORLD. Follow Jamie on Twitter @deanworldmag.

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