Lawmakers were pretty tough in their condemnation of the $165 million in retention bonuses given to executives at American International Group Inc., the recipient of four government bailouts.But some of the harshest words were saved for Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd, who was blamed — with a lot of encouragement from Republicans — for letting the executives receive bonuses in the first place.

"Chris Dodd is a lying weasel," declared an editorial in the New Haven Register.

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