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You Won?t Have Ney to Kick Around Anymore

Rep. Robert ?Bob? Ney (R-Ohio) announced he would not seek reelection in November.  Ney, who has been under investigation for corruption related to Jack Abramoff, was pressured by the House Republican leadership to step down at the end of his term.

Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


Dennis Hastert
From www2.noctrl.edu

Hastert Reportedly Under Investigation in Corruption Probe

Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is under investigation by the FBI in connection with a public corruption probe that has already ensnared several lawmakers and their aides. ABC News (which has the scoop) says investigators are looking into Hastert’s connections to Indian casinos.

Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: The No-Reform Lobby Reform Bill

Calling this lobbying reform measure an “ethics bill” requires brass bravura.

Posted on May 1, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Good Riddance to DeLay’s Crucifix-Shaped Hammer

“DeLay’s professions of Christianity make me sick…. He chose to walk with the powerful and do real harm to the very people Jesus mandated we especially care for.”

Posted on Apr 5, 2006 READ MORE


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Robert Scheer: ‘Anti-Christian Conspirators’ Slay DeLay

Truthdig’s editor wonders how it was that so many enemies of virtue operated under the auspices of such a Christ-like leader as DeLay.

Posted on Apr 4, 2006 READ MORE


Ex-DeLay Aide Pleads Guilty in Lobby Case

Rep. Tom DeLay’s former top aide admitted to conspiring with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff to corrupt public officials and defraud his clients.
The stench of corruption spirals ever upward

Posted on Mar 31, 2006 READ MORE


New Lobbying Law Falls Short on Reform

The bill, which passed 90 to 8, requires lobbyists to disclose more information about their interactions with lawmakers, but there’s little increase in the enforcement of ethics laws.

Posted on Mar 29, 2006 READ MORE


Jack Abramoff
From us.altermedia.info

Abramoff Gets Almost Six Years in Prison

The disgraced lobbyist and a business partner get five years and 10 months on fraud charges—the minimum they faced. Abramoff faces more jail time in connection with a corruption probe.

Posted on Mar 29, 2006 READ MORE


Kurdish Museum Burning
Yahya Ahmed / AP

Kurds Riot and Turn Against Their Leaders

Remember Kurdistan, that semiautonomous northern part of Iraq that the U.S. always points to as a model of stable, quasi-democratic governance? Well, corruption up there is so systemic that thousands of people vented their anger by burning down a government museum. The horrible irony: The museum commemorates the thousands of Kurds who died in Saddam Hussein’s 1988 gas attack. It had become an emblem of government greed.
Another front just opened up in the Iraqi civil war that the Pentagon claims doesn’t exist.

Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


Oh, Now They Want Limits on Lobbying…

In the wake of the Jack Abramoff meltdown, House GOP leaders claim that they want at least a temporary ban on privately funded travel for lawmakers, plus some restrictions on lobbyists.
It shouldn’t have taken a scandal the magnitude of the Abramoff case to convince these lawmakers to do the right thing. This latest move seems a cynical ploy destined to “sunset” as soon as public attention is turned elsewhere.

Posted on Mar 15, 2006 READ MORE


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Olbermann on Bush’s Hypocrisy

The MSNBC host lays bare the White House’s attack on press freedoms and whistle-blowers.

Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


UAE Gave $100 Million for Katrina Relief

The country seeking control over six U.S. ports donated nearly four times the total of all other countries combined. The State Department denies there’s a connection between the gift and the pending port deal.

Posted on Feb 25, 2006 READ MORE


Abramoff Got Indicted, and All We Got Was This Lousy $20 Gift Ban?

Reform follows scandal as night the day, except in these sorry times, when it appears we may not get a nickel’s worth of reform out of the entire Jack Abramoff saga.

Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


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From jamesbondguys.com

Surprise, Surprise: Ethics Reform Stalling

Figuring that public indignation over the Jack Abramoff scandal will soon dissipate, Republicans in Congress are dragging their feet on promised reform measures.
Unfortunately, this will probably work—because an indignant populace is sort of like a villain in a James Bond movie: We vow to stamp out a source of aggravation; we put the machinery in place for doing so; we flip the switch; and then we leave the room on the nave assumption that our plan is escape-proof.
It’d be funny if this weren’t, like, our government we’re talking about.

Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Prays Beside Cheney

President Jonah, Meet Oliver Cromwell!

Building on his “President Jonah” theme, Gore Vidal offers another angle on Bush’s presidency, illuminated by the recent spate of wildfires in Southern California.

Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


Actor Mark Ruffalo
From markruffaloans.com

Mark Ruffalo, Daniel Ellsberg Can’t Wait

The “In the Cut” actor and the Pentagon Papers whistle-blower speak out in support of the “World Can’t Wait—Drive Out the Bush Regime” march in Washington on Feb. 4 (podcast available for Ruffalo).

Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq the Disaster, Officially Speaking

I do hope this is responsible criticism that aims for cures, not defeatism that refuses to acknowledge anything but failure.

Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


Did Bush Kick the Abramoff Prosecutor Upstairs?

The president has removed the chief prosecutor investigating the Jack Abramoff case. How? By nominating him to a federal judgeship. | story
Democrats find the move so suspicious that they are calling for a special prosecutor in the corruption case.

 

Posted on Jan 27, 2006 READ MORE


Abramoff Pleads Guilty in Second Federal Case

Conspiracy and wire-fraud charges stem from 2000 purchase of gambling boat fleet.

Posted on Jan 4, 2006 READ MORE


Jack Abramoff’s ‘Cesspool of Corruption’

Robert Scheer says Jack Abramoff’s “massive web of corruption” represents the “death throes of the GOP revolution.”
Also, our in-depth report on the scandal.

Posted on Jan 3, 2006 READ MORE


Abramoff Pleads Guilty, Will Make Deal

Lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud, agreeing to cooperate in a corruption investigation that could rock the Republican congressional leadership. Story.

Posted on Jan 3, 2006 READ MORE


The Big Scandal of 2006

Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff will destroy the GOP with what promises to be the biggest congressional corruption scandal in years.

Posted on Dec 29, 2005 READ MORE


Tonto’s Revenge

The outrageous rip-off of Native American tribes by a top Republican lobbyist is leading inexorably to a reckoning for the allegedly morally superior religious and political right.

Posted on Dec 7, 2005 READ MORE


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