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A Plague Upon the White House

Oct 8, 2008
I am not a conventionally religious man, or even a very superstitious one, but I do wish George Bush would stop asking God to bless America. Every time he does, we seem to be visited with another plague, suggesting divine wrath over our president's evil ways. How else to explain the persistent calamity that has marked this administration?
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The Enron Files (Juicy Bits Too)

Oct 24, 2006
The "Enron Explorer" offers the politically inclined voyeur access to all 200,000 e-mails released during the fraud investigation. The "visualizer" is an excellent tool that creates a visual representation of each executive's social network. Hopefully they'll map the Abramoff scandal next. (Via

Bush Rewrites History on Lay

Jul 7, 2006
President Bush told Larry King that deceased Enron founder Ken Lay was "a good guy" That's just patently false A jury confirmed as much And as for Lay's crimes, Bush said he was "disappointed" Memo to Bush: "Disappointed" is dropping an ice cream cone in the mud Leaving thousands of employees with worthless pension plans and profiting wildly by knocking California off the power grid that's a bit more than "disappointing" .

Truthdiggers of the Week: The Enron Trial Jurors

May 27, 2006
Truthdig salutes the 12 jurors who sacrificed four months of their lives to sift through the lies of former Enron chiefs Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, convicting them on 25 counts of conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud. Interviewed after the case, jurors were incredulous that the two former titans were unaware of the crimes at their company. "Skilling was supposed to be a hands-on individual," one juror told a newspaper. "It's hard to believe a hands-on individual wouldn't know what was going on."

The Enron Story Everyone Is Missing: The Bush-Ken Lay Connection

May 27, 2006
Former Enron Chief Ken Lay may stand convicted, but as Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer has been writing for years, no accounting of the Enron scandal will be complete until we have full disclosure of Lay's entanglements with the White House. Check out this classic Scheer column: "Enron is Whitewater in spades. This isn't just some rinky-dink land investment like the one dredged up by right-wing enemies to haunt the Clinton White House--but rather it has the makings of the greatest presidential scandal since the Teapot Dome."

A Verdict on an Era?

May 25, 2006
That's what the N Times calls the conviction of Enron honchos Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling But Truthdig contributing cartoonist Mr Fish has a different perspective (click here to see the full cartoon) Truthdig editor Robert Scheer has written about the crooks from Texas in his new book, "Playing President" Click here to read some of those classic columns.