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Which Senator Is Blocking Bill to Increase Government Transparency?

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Capitol Conundrum

Senators won't be able to vote on a popular bill to open an easily searchable online database of federal spending to the public any time soon after a certain senator placed a hold on the measure.

The bill passed unanimously out of committee and had the support of Senate leadership on both sides of the aisle.

Government watchdog groups are outraged, claiming the lawmaker who stalled the bill must have something to hide. But the question reverberating on Capitol Hill today is: Who is it?

Twenty-seven senators have denied holding up the bill, but the rest aren't talking. A spokesman for Illinois Democrat Barack Obama, who co-authored the bill, calls the secret hold on a bill meant to increase transparency "more than a little ironic."

Funding Fight

Illinois' Rahm Emanuel, who's leading the Democrats' efforts to take back the House, is in yet another fight with fellow Dems.

First, he got into it with Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean over Dean's decision to spend money in conservative states.

Now, he's lashing out at progressive group MoveOn.org and one of its major donors, billionaire George Soros. Emanuel blasted Soros for spending only a fraction of the $23 million he laid out in 2004 for this year's House races.

And while he praised MoveOn's performance in four congressional districts, Emanuel tells the New York Daily News: "The election is in November, and they moved on in June."

MoveOn director Tom Matzzie called Emanuel's public airing of election business "in poor taste."

'Don't Mess With Nancy'

Nancy Pelosi likes to be seen as a kindly old grandmother, but the House Democratic leader is really an "aggressive, hyperpartisan liberal" whose "hard-knuckle" style rivals that of former Republican Leader Tom DeLay.

That according to a new TIME magazine profile in which Pelosi says: "Anybody who's ever dealt with me knows not to mess with me." Pelosi chewed out Florida's Robert Wexler for releasing a Social Security measure last year after privately telling colleagues the party would never issue its own plan.

And she demands unanimous opposition to all GOP legislation, even barring party members from working on bills or holding press conferences with Republicans the party is working to defeat in November.

UNIFIL Not Neutral?

The U.N. peacekeeping force UNIFIL has been criticized for doing little to stop the fighting in southern Lebanon. But one critic points out they did plenty: by advertising Israeli troop movements on the Internet.

Writing in the conservative Weekly Standard, Zionist Organization of America's Lori Lowenthal Marcus notes that daily postings by the organization listed precise information about IDF deployments and weaponry, even specifying the placement of Israeli safety structures, sometimes just 30 minutes after they were built.

Marcus claims UNIFIL also violated its mandate requiring "impartiality and objectivity," never once describing Hezbollah movements or locations in any significant detail.

—FOX News Channel's Aaron Bruns contributed to this report.