While producing Expos√?¬©'s "Mr. Heath Goes to Washington," journalist Marc Shaffer interviewed Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK).

In this video, Senator Coburn makes the case against earmarks, arguing that what is in the "best short-term political interest" for members of Congress looking to get reelected may not be in the "best long-term interest" of the country. (6 minutes)

> Watch the full episode of "Mr. Heath Goes to Washington," where Seattle Times reporters follow the money from defense bills back to the campaign trails.

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