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In an interview with N.Y. congressional candidate (and former Orleans frontman) John Hall, Stephen Colbert deftly mocks the mud-splashing techniques that have become a hallmark of Karl Rove-style political campaigns. (Colbert and Hall also sing an awful duet.)

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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.

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How convenient: Scooter's day in court gets pushed off until after the midterm congressional elections because one of his lawyers has a "scheduling conflict." | story
UPDATE: New documents shed more light on Libby's perfidies. | report

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Bush now says he welcomes a hearing on domestic spying--while again warning Americans to watch what they say. | story

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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.

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Prediction: It's the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, not Iraq, that will unravel the Bush empire. Abramoff will follow the lead of his partner, Michael Scanlon, in copping a plea bargain with prosecutors, whose likely targets include Tom DeLay, many other congressional Republicans and key players in the administration.

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