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Howard Fineman On Earmarks As 'Appetizers'

11/16/2010 09:20 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

HuffPost's Howard Fineman appeared on MSNBC's "Hardball" Tuesday evening to discuss the GOP's proposed ban on legislative earmarks, which he attributed to mainstream Republicans "running scared of the tea party."

"If this is all they do, it's laughable," Fineman told guest host Michael Smerconish. "If this is just the prelude and the sort of moral scene-setter, if you will, to something real, then it's valuable."

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