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Get Ready for a More Conservative Supreme Court

Here is an unsettling thought for those who waited eight years to have a Democratic president appointing judges: Barack Obama could well end his first term with a more conservative Supreme Court than the one he inherited.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE



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Justice Dept. Wants Stevens Conviction, Charges Dropped

Former Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska probably lost his seat because he was convicted of corruption charges, but now his guilt may be in doubt. At the direction of Attorney General Eric Holder, the Justice Department has asked a federal judge to set aside the verdict and dismiss the indictment because of prosecutorial shenanigans.

Posted on Apr 1, 2009 READ MORE


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White House / Eric Draper

Howdy, Pardoner

It’s that time again. Felons seeking pardons and commutations had best get in line, as the president already has a backlog of applications, including convicted congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham and junk bonder Michael Milken. So far Ted Stevens and “Scooter” Libby haven’t asked.

Posted on Nov 24, 2008 READ MORE



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It’s All Over for Stevens

Ted Stevens will not be returning to work in the Senate after surviving there longer than any Republican ever. The convicted felon lost his re-election battle with Democrat Mark Begich by a few thousand votes after leading on election night. The news came on Stevens’ 85th birthday.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE


Stevens’ Corruption Was About the Little Things

For a steel sculpture of migrating salmon, amongst other goodies, Ted Stevens—one of the lions of the Senate—was willing to forfeit the kingdom.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE



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Stevens Won’t Back Down

Even as his conviction has politicos rethinking Senate filibuster math, Ted Stevens of Alaska says he’ll fight the verdict and continue campaigning for re-election. It’s not all bad news for the longest serving Senate Republican—and you really can’t make this up—the Senate doesn’t ban convicted felons.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE



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Stevens Goes Down

Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, has been convicted on seven counts of lying about gifts he received while in office. Unless he steps down, the Republican Party will be running a convicted felon for the Senate in the Nov. 4 election.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE


Two Bridges to Nowhere

Even cursory examination shows that Sarah Palin’s posturing is wildly exaggerated and her campaign claims veer toward fraud.

Posted on Sep 10, 2008 READ MORE


For the Post, Cat Is Big, Corruption Ain’t

While most other newspapers around the country treated the indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, as a major cover story, the New York Post ran the story as a small item on Page 17. As Stephen Colbert put it, “Thank God for Rupert Murdoch and the objective journalists at the New York Post,” which featured a 44-pound cat from New Jersey on Wednesday’s cover.

Posted on Jul 31, 2008 READ MORE


The High Cost of Home Repair

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Posted on Jul 30, 2008 READ MORE


The Senate’s Strange Double Standard

For an object lesson in the distorted values of the Senate, contrast how it is handling the Larry Craig case with how it is handling the Ted Stevens case.

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


Another Alaska Lawmaker Investigated for Corruption

McClatchy is reporting that Congressman Don Young, R-Alaska, is under investigation for earmarking millions in funds for a road project in Florida that wasn’t even wanted by the local community but could have been something of a gold mine for one of his campaign contributors. The Justice Department is also investigating potentially unsavory behavior on the part of Republican Sen. Ted Stevens and other Alaska legislators.

Posted on Aug 20, 2007 READ MORE


Ted Stevens song

‘The Internet Must Die’

The guy behind the brilliant techno remix of Sen. Ted Stevens’ “Series of Tubes” speech has released another pro-Net Neutrality song inspired by the Alaska senator’s rantings.

Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


Sen. Stevens Open to ‘Daily Show’ Appearance

The Alaska senator whom Jon Stewart (and much of the world) has mocked mercilessly for his infamous “series of tubes” diatribe on Internet fundamentals, says he’d consider appearing on “The Daily Show” to defend himself. Stewart has yet to extend the offer….

Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


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Stewart Straight-Talks McCain on Iraq

The “Daily Show” host tells the Arizona senator, “President Bush has been very clear that through his leadership, he made the world safer…. My question to you is this: How much safer can we afford to have him make us?” When McCain wouldn’t answer straight, Stewart chided him, saying, “Don’t dodge the question.”

Posted on Jul 25, 2006 READ MORE


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Defenders of Ted ‘Series of Tubes’ Stevens: He’s Really Tech-Savvy

Sen. Ted Stevens’ near-incoherent speech before Congress last week about Internet fundamentals (“It’s a series of tubes”) quickly made him a national laughingstock. But his defenders say Stevens simply used imprecise language, and that he really knows his Net stuff. You decide:

  • Defenders speak out
  • Jon Stewart clip
  • Techno remix of Stevens’ speech

  • Posted on Jul 14, 2006 READ MORE


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    Sen. Stevens’ Internet Ignorance Goes Viral

    Check out a glorious techno mash-up song of Sen. Ted Stevens’ instantly infamous speech last week on Internet technologies, in which the 85-year-old chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee—which is debating Net Neutrality—betrayed his woefully inadequate grasp of Net fundamentals.
    (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

    Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Ted Stevens
    From CNN

    Sen. Stevens’ Internet Ignorance Is Frightening

    As chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) is in charge of bills that control the future of the Internet (like Net Neutrality). So you’ll understand why we at Truthdig start crying when we read about the 85-year-old’s feeble grasp of this world-changing technology. A few Stevens quotes:

  • “An internet was sent by my staff at 10 o?clock…”
  • “What happens to your own personal internet…?”

  • Posted on Jul 4, 2006 READ MORE


    John Paul Stevens
    AP / J. Scott Applewhite

    Truthdigger of the Week: John Paul Stevens

    Truthdig salutes the 86-year-old Supreme Court justice who wrote the majority opinion in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which struck down the military tribunals Bush set up to try Guantanamo detainees. But more important, this decision, in the words of a Yale law professor, “effectively undermines the Administration’s strongest claims about Presidential power,” and may constitute the legal framework necessary to halt the more egregious of Bush’s civil liberties-infringing programs—like warrantless wiretapping and holding terrorism suspects without trial.

    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


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