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Opening Arguments

The rookie

Well, give him time, for Pete's sake. He just got there:

WASHINGTON -- Indiana's newest member of Congress is also one of the delegation's poorest, according to House members' financial disclosure statements released Monday.

Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indianapolis, who won a special election in March to succeed his grandmother, reported assets worth from $19,005 to $110,000 and student loan debts worth from $50,001 to $100,000.

It takes at least a few months to learn how to work the system. And he needs to get re-elected a few times if he wants the kind of wealth a lot of politicians in Washington manage to accumulate.