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Larry Craig
AP Photo / Douglas C. Pizac

Scandals Rattle Republican Ranks

The GOP is undergoing a bit of an ethical crisis following the recent string of scandals involving prominent Republicans—the most recent being, of course, the media hullabaloo surrounding Sen. Larry Craig’s run-in with an undercover policeman in a Minneapolis airport men’s room.  Oh, and then there’s that whole Iraq war issue.

Posted on Aug 29, 2007 READ MORE


Doc Hastings
house.gov

Foley Scandal: Ethics Committee Chastises to No Avail

Having just finished its investigation of the Mark Foley coverup, the House Ethics Committee said lawmakers behaved inappropriately, but that no rules were broken: “In all, a pattern of conduct was exhibited among many individuals to remain willfully ignorant of the potential consequences of former Representative Foley’s conduct with respect to House pages.”

Posted on Dec 8, 2006 READ MORE


Foley
dccc.org

Have You Seen This Man?

Disgraced Congressman Mark Foley has indefinitely extended his stay in rehab.  Though his lawyer refused to specify how long he would remain in hiding, one can only assume Foley plans to wait out the election and minimalize further damage to his party and reputation.

Posted on Nov 3, 2006 READ MORE


Rep. Jim Kolbe
From ABC News

GOP’s Kolbe Named as ‘Problem’ for Pages, Says ABC Source

Apparently—and it’s really only apparently at this point—Mark Foley wasn’t the only GOP rep who got too close to congressional pages. ABC is reporting that a former House clerk has named GOP Rep. Jim Kolbe as one of a small number of “problem members” in Congress.

Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE


Hastert Testifies Before a Committee of His Own Design

Dennis Hastert testified for roughly two hours and 40 minutes today before a closed session of the House Ethics Committee.  The objectivity of the committee’s investigation into the Foley affair has been in doubt, especially in light of the fact that last year Hastert removed its then-chairman, Joel Hefley, for admonishing Tom DeLay.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert’s Guide to Republican Folly

In case you lost track, Stephen Colbert offers this rundown of Republican debacles.  From phantom WMDs to Mark Foley, the “Report” host highlights the greatest hits of GOP mania.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


Politics Make for Very Strange Bedfellows

So, as if the Mark Foley stuff wasn’t weird enough already, it’s about to get even weirder and nastier. According to Max Blumenthal at The Nation, some anti-Republican gay rights activists (inspired apparently by the Foley scandal and a supposed “gay clique” that some claim to be responsible for the coverup) sent a memo with the names of closeted congressional staffers to Christian-right advocacy groups in hopes of inciting a “purge” of gay Republicans from Washington.

Posted on Oct 13, 2006 READ MORE


Andrew Sullivan and Stephen Colbert

Andrew Sullivan on GOP Homosexuality and Hypocrisy

Conservative blogger and gay activist Andrew Sullivan visited “The Colbert Report” to discuss the GOP’s double standard when it comes to homosexuality: “They can’t pretend to be tolerant in private, and intolerant in public.  They’re either going to have to purge all the gays from the Republican Party or they’re going to start having to behave like grown-ups and treat us like human beings.”

Posted on Oct 13, 2006 READ MORE


Wolf Blitzer and Patrick McHenry

Blizter Humiliates GOP Rep. McHenry

Wolf Blitzer made GOP Rep. Patrick McHenry look foolish on CNN by exposing McHenry’s baseless charges that Democrats were orchestrating Foleygate. (It’s actually a “Daily Show” clip, and Stewart nails it, too.)

Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


Foley caption
From AndrewSullivan.com

Yuck Yuck

This is the winner of Andrew Sullivan’s “Mark Page - George Bush” photo caption contest. Larger image

Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


FBI coverup

More Evidence of FBI Coverup on Foley

CNN runs the story about the FBI’s apparently false account of why it never investigated the Foley case. Watch it. (Earlier: first story on the issue)

Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


Elephant backsides
Left: NYT Mag; right: Time (composition: Blair Golson / Truthdig)

Elephant Backsides on Parade

Weird: Both Time magazine and The New York Times Magazine are using images of elephant backsides to illustrate cover stories this week—but for wildly different purposes: Time is writing about the breakdown of Republican society, and The N.Y. Times Mag is writing about the breakdown of actual elephant society. (more…)

Posted on Oct 9, 2006 READ MORE


Bush ‘Furious’ Over Woodward and Foley, Says Paper

“There’s steam coming out of [Bush’s] ears over the Foley thing,” someone close to Bush told the N.Y. Daily News. The president is reportedly likewise furious with administration insiders for being so candid with Bob Woodward for his new book.

Posted on Oct 9, 2006 READ MORE


Rahm Emanuel on

Emanuel Shuts Down GOP Defense on Foley

Rep. Rahm Emanuel, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, took GOP Rep. Adam Putnam to the cleaners over his party’s coverup in the Mark Foley case.

Posted on Oct 9, 2006 READ MORE


Poll: the Fallout From Foleygate

A Newsweek poll has the Democrats favored over Republicans 53% to 35% in the congressional elections while Bush’s approval rating has dropped to 33% in the wake of Foleygate. (h/t: Think Progress)

Posted on Oct 8, 2006 READ MORE


Andy Borowitz—Bush on Foley: We Must Crack Down on Illegal Immigration

Bush remained resolute that America’s immigration crisis, and not the behavior of Mr. Foley, was the true root cause of the scandal.

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


Weekly video roundup

Weekly Video Roundup

In this edition of our Truthdig-flavored videos: A comedy troupe reenacts Mark Foley’s IMs; Jon Stewart skewers Bush’s reduction of Iraq violence to a “comma”; and Bill Maher critiques sexual repression in America.

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


Uncle Sam's middle finger
From superfrenchie.com

America to Bush: Drop Dead!

Bush’s approval rating stands at 36%, according to a new Time poll (scroll down); that’s down from 38% in August.

  • Also: Two-thirds believe the GOP tried to cover up Foleygate—i.e.,  two-thirds believe Hastert is lying.

  • Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Watchdog Group: FBI Lied About Foley Probe

    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has asked the DOJ to launch an investigation into why the FBI “fabricated and disseminated a cover-up story as to why it never investigated the Foley emails sent to it by CREW.”
    This is big. There now appears to be incontrovertible evidence that the FBI is engaged in a coverup.

    Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Sex Scandal Stalls Bush’s Anti-Terror Talk

    The Mark Foley imbroglio is drowning out Bush’s cut-and-run rhetoric and even Bob Woodward’s revelations, say many analysts.
    Again, we think this is a completely unsatisfactory way for the Democrats to win in November, but que sera, sera.

    Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Rpbert Scheer

    Truthdig Podcast: Robert Scheer on Lies, Foley and Fascism

    In the latest installment of the Truthdig Podcast, Robert Scheer offers his take on Condoleezza’s lies, Foley’s fiasco, American fascism and more.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Videocast: Robert Scheer on Rice’s Lies, Foley, Fascism and More

    Robert Scheer, Truthdig’s editor in chief, sits down with interviewer Peter Scheer to discuss Rice’s amnesia, Foleygate, Stan Goff’s dig on American militarism and more.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Report: Republican Was the Source of Foley E-Mails

    Unfounded conservative bluster from Tony Blankley and Rush Limbaugh notwithstanding, the source who provided the media with Mark Foley’s e-mails is a lifelong Republican.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Ex-Aide Says GOP Leaders Were Warned of Foley Long Ago

    The former aide to Mark Foley at the center of this case has spoken out, and says the GOP leadership knew of Foley’s predations before 2005. Also, a former page says fellow pages circulated warnings about Foley in 1995.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Bill Maher

    Bill Maher Almost Defends Foley

    Maher makes the good point that in a less sexually repressed society, Mark Foley could have come out of the closet a long time ago.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Joe Conason: The Gang That Couldn’t Talk Straight

    More disturbing than the GOP’s attempts to shift blame in the Foley scandal is the emerging narrative of dereliction and coverup.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Ellen Goodman: A Lousy Way to Win Back Congress

    I would have preferred the Democrats to end up ascendant in November based on the strength of their ideas, but if it takes Mark Foley to bring down the GOP house, so be it.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco:  Foley’s a Sideshow

    The GOP’s coverup of Mark Foley’s Internet escapades is actually the party’s least shocking shirking of responsibility.

    Posted on Oct 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Foleygate Ad Nauseam

  • Foley says he was abused by a clergyman as a teen
  • Analysts suspect Foley used GOP contributions as hush money
  • Bill O’Reilly repeatedly labels Foley as Democrat
  • Conservatives respond to Foleygate with anti-gay smears
  • Hastert: It’s a liberal conspiracy
  • But ABC’s Brian Ross says GOP’ers tipped him to the story

  • Posted on Oct 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Hastert on CNN

    Hastert on Foley Warnings: ‘I Don’t Remember…’

    House Speaker Dennis Hastert says he doesn’t remember Rep. Tom Reynolds warning him about Mark Foley last spring. (via FireDogLake)
    Incredible. In the literal sense of the word.

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Today in Foleygate

    The latest developments:

  • ABC News is hearing about “other members” of Congress
  • The L.A. Times and AMERICAblog explore the link between Foley and GOP leadership
  • The ultraconservative Washington Times calls for Hastert’s resignation
  • (more after the jump…)

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Mark Foley dramatization

    A Reenactment of Foley’s IMs

    A comedy troupe has put together a dramatization of actual instant message exchanges between Mark Foley and an unidentified teen. Scary part: It’s all true. (Check the record—.pdf file)

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Foley

    Stewart Lampoons GOP’s Harboring of Foley

    Newt Gingrich says House leadership would have been accused of gay-bashing had it aggressively addressed Mark Foley’s misdeeds.  On “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart snapped back: “And by the way, equating a 52-year-old congressman who preys on 16-year-olds with being gay may be one reason the GOP is accused of gay-bashing.”

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Matt Drudge
    From wikipedia.org

    Drudge Blames Kids for Foley’s Actions

    We swear we’re not making this up. Conservative radio host and blogger Matt Drudge on the teenage pages whom Foley corresponded with: “You’re not going to tell me these are innocent babies…. These kids were playing Foley for everything he was worth.”
    This is not satire. This is the voice of today’s GOP.

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Foley Hypocrisy Alert

    As co-chairman of the Missing and Exploited Children’s Caucus, former GOP Rep. Foley called for an investigation into a children-permitted nudist camp.

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Foley and Walsh

    Foley on Predator ‘Sickos’

    “If I were one of these sickos, I’d be nervous….” That’s what former Rep. Mark Foley said about sexual predators during a 2005 taping of “America’s Most Wanted.”
    The hypocrisy is so thick, it could be churned like butter.

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Snow and O'Brien

    Snow on Foley: ‘Simply Naughty E-Mails’

    Watch as the White House flack does his best to shield the GOP leadership from the fallout of the Foley page scandal.

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Foleygate"
    AP / Lawrence Jackson

    Foley Scandal Could Cost GOP Control of Congress

    George Stephanopolous says that if Republican leaders knew of and kept quiet about X-rated text messages (as opposed to the simply “overfriendly” ones) former Rep. Mark Foley sent to a page, “It’s game over. The leadership will have to resign.”
    (More after the jump...)

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Foley fallout

    You’ll Never Believe What Caucus Foley Ran…

    Mark Foley, the GOP rep who resigned over sexually explicit e-mails to a 16-year-old page, was the founder of the Missing and Exploited Children’s Caucus. Check out this video clip for the irony.

     

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    ‘Over-Friendly’ Foley

    Apparently House Speaker Dennis Hastert and a crew of GOP leaders and aides knew of Foley’s inappropriate conduct as early as last fall, when aides referred the matter to authorities. According to the aides, they were only aware that the messages were “over-friendly”.... Hmmmm, when was the last time you reported a colleague to the authorities for being “over-friendly”?

    Posted on Oct 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Foley’s Resignation Is Good Electoral News for Dems

    Conservative GOP Rep. Mark Foley’s resignation, over explicit e-mails he sent to a 16-year-old former page, means Democrats have a shot at a congressional seat that was all but a shoo-in for Republicans until Foley’s resignation.

  • Read the e-mails

  • Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


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