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Praying for a Scandal

By | 11.03.10 | 1:23 pm

Commenting on the undisclosed cash that was spent in the 2010 elections and the campaign finance reform battles that lie ahead in Congress, Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer makes it clear in a statement that reform advocates are praying for a scandal to revive the urgency of their cause:




Too big to fail rears its head again

By | 10.14.10 | 7:44 am

Yesterday, Wall Street giant J.P. Morgan Chase announced a $4.4 billion profit in the third quarter. Wall Street analysts should have cheered. Instead, they golf-clapped, while the bank’s chief executive officer, Jamie Dimon, went on the defensive on an earnings call.

[Economy1] The reason: foreclosures, again threatening everything from More…

Insider Trading at BP?

By | 08.02.10 | 2:42 pm

Reuters reports today that the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating BP for potential insider trading following the oil spill, though few details on the investigation are available.

For Conservative Donors, Latest RNC Scandal Is the ‘Nail in the Coffin’

By | 04.02.10 | 6:00 am

The “suggested amount” portion of the donation form is crossed out. There isn’t a box to check for no donation, so the would-be donor has simply drawn and filled in a new bubble and scrawled “NO.”

“What the hell happened in NY District 23?” writes More…

Young Eagles’ Plans for 2010: UFC Match, Bull Riding, Texas Bird Hunt

By | 03.30.10 | 12:19 pm

My colleague Rachel Hartman reminds me that the Young Eagles’ plans for 2010 were spelled out in the infamous RNC fundraising memo obtained this month (yes, two RNC finance scandals in one month) by Ben Smith. Here, after the jump, is a rundown of the upcoming Young Eagles events, More…

Emails, Transcripts Describe Involvement of Bush White House in U.S. Attorney Firing

By | 08.11.09 | 2:44 pm

Breaking news from The Washington Post:

The dismissal of New Mexico U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias in December 2006 followed extensive communication among lawyers and political aides in the White House who hashed over complaints about his work on public corruption cases against Democrats, according to newly


American Conservative Union Pushes Back on Politico Pay-for-Play Story

By | 07.17.09 | 11:11 am

Dennis Whitfield of the American Conservative Union has sent out a press release on today’s embarrassing Mike Allen story that alleges a pay-for-play proposal between the conservative group and FedEx.

“An article containing a false headline has been published by Capitol Hill newspaper Politico today regarding an issue with


Conservatives for Sale

By | 07.17.09 | 9:45 am

Mike Allen has a dizzying scoop about the American Conservative Union:

The American Conservative Union asked FedEx for a check for $2 million to $3 million in return for the group’s endorsement in a bitter legislative dispute, then flipped and sided with UPS after FedEx refused to


Line of the Day

By | 07.13.09 | 1:00 pm

As Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) railed away at Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, we were reminded of Coburn’s role in the recent sex scandal involving Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.).

To recap, Coburn, an obstetrician and gynecologist who lives with Ensign in Washington, has said he counseled his colleague to More…

Coburn Denies Urging Payments to Ensign’s Mistress

By | 07.09.09 | 11:58 am

Via The Washington Post, the office of Sen. Tom Coburn yesterday denied that the Oklahoma Republican told housemate Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) to pay millions of dollars to his former mistress to keep the affair quiet — a charge leveled by the husband of the mistress in a More…