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Swimming isn’t a scandal; refusing to raise the debt ceiling is

‘Freshman” is an odd term to describe new members of Congress who typically range in age from their 20s to their 60s. But it never seemed more apt than it did Sunday, when word got around that a group of GOP lawmakers, including numerous first-term House Republicans, had plunged into the Sea of Galilee in various states of undress last summer, prompting a furious scolding from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

The cavorters were among 30 lawmakers — some of whom brought family and staffers — on a junket sponsored by an AIPAC-related group. While the ostensible goal of the trip was to bring these already pro-Israel House members up to speed on the latest developments in the Middle East, the boozy rambunctiousness in the Sea of Galilee is hardly the stuff of a serious fact-finding mission. Politico helpfully provides a list of who dived in fully clothed, partially clothed, and, in one case, totally unclothed.

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