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Moose Milligan

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This senator looks like a rodent, but he is very intelligent.

One key from this opening statement... the committee recognizes that the accounts of McNamee and Clemens aren't just different, they are completely contradictory. At least one of them is lying, which means at least one of them is going to jail for perjury

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Here is some good stuff from Jayson Stark :

10:52 a.m. ET

The anger in Clemens' voice during that opening statement was unmistakeable. There was an edge in his voice and a look in his eye that didn't look the slightest bit contrived.

Heck, he even admitted it. He was steaming as he read those words.

"I've chosen to live my life with a positive attitude," he said. "Yet I'm accused of being a criminal. I'm not supposed to be angry about that?"

Revealing words.

10:54 a.m. ET

One more highlight from Clemens' statement:

He took pains to make sure the committee knew he wasn't slamming their buddy, George Mitchell. Good strategy!

"I'm not saying Senator Mithcell's report is entirely wrong," Clemens said. "I'm merely saying Brian McNamee's statements about me were wrong."

Apparently, the Rocket has noticed that this committee is essentially the George Mitchell Fan Club.

10:58 a.m. ET

You body-language watchers should have a field day with this one.

As Rep. Waxman was speaking, Clemens looked him right in the eye, while McNamee looked everywhere but at that podium.

But as McNamee spoke, Clemens looked straight down at the floor, as if he were trying to make himself believe this man wasn't even speaking.

Quite a show.

10:59 a.m. ET

The big moment from McNamee's statement:

"I never injected Mr. Clemens or anyone else with Lidocaine or B-12. I have no reason to lie -- and every reason not to."

A moment later:

"I told the investigators I injected three people -- two of whom I know confirmed my account. The third is sitting at this table."

Whew. Is this really happening?

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