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The Dallas Business Journal planted the seed, and it's taken root in some 200 news outlets across the country today: The paper's piece about Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Alphonso Jackson's April 28 speech in Dallas, in which he claimed to have killed a contract with a President George W. Bush detractor, is only gaining more traction with each passing day, as evidenced by the hundreds of stories available for your perusal here. And that doesn't include the apology-explanation-backtracking done by the former Dallas Housing Authority president and CEO, who posted this to the HUD Web site after senators and left-wing bloggers starting calling for his head this week. It's hardly an apology; when Jackson writes, "I deeply regret the anecdotal remarks I made," all he's saying is he's sorry he said it out loud, because last I looked an anecdote is "a short account of an interesting or humorous incident." Well, there's nothing too funny about it, but it's sure as hell getting very interesting. --Robert Wilonsky