Things that make you go "hmmmm"...
Disgruntled employee or an attempt to hide some skeletons?The Justice Department says it foiled a plot by a fired Fannie Mae contract worker in Maryland to destroy all the data on the mortgage giant’s 4,000 computer servers nationwide.The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 35-year-old Rajendrasinh Makwana, of Glen Allen, Va., is scheduled for arrai
 
Obama and "Advisor B"
Could there be some toxic spillover to the Obama Administration from the Blagojevich scandal? Even as Bob Woodward hints that the First Family may have some nanny/tax issues waiting in the tall grass, there may be another more dangerous figure looming in the bushes. His name is  
Why would this be any different than Blago’s intent?
So tell me the difference between Blago’s "pay-to-play" which involves cash, and this form of pay-to-play, if it is true? A third potential candidate claimed that Paterson’s repeated contention - told to the media in private - that there is no front-runner is "baloney.""It’s been a done deal from
 
What a Fine Little Mess
The coming spectacle of seating IL Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s choice for the vacated Senate seat of Barack Obama promises to be quite a show.You have a sitting governor charged with corruption in government, specifically a little pay-to-play scandal concerning the Obama Senate seat refusing to step down as demanded and appointing a replacement anyway.You have the replacement, former IL AG Roland Burris, determined to take the appointment even afte
 
Boiling down Blagogate and how it applies to Obama
OK, so now we know with a modicum of certainty that Rahm Emanuel spoke with Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his administration about acceptable replacements for Barack Obama’s Senate seat. As Bob Secter says:The revelation does not suggest Obama’s new gatekeeper was involved in any talk of dealmaking involving the seat.
 
Contact with Blagojevich?
I’m afraid I don’t share Mr. Obama’s confidence that no one on his staff discussed replacements for his senate seat with Gov. Blagojevich. First, it just doesn’t make any sense, politically. That would indeed have been a normal topic or issue that would have been an expected topic of conversation between his "team" and the governor’s "team" at a minimum.Now it appears there may (let me emphasize the word "may") be  
Selling Senate Seats
He may not govern from Chicago, but this is an example of Chicago politics at its "finest". Federal agents arrested IL governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff at their homes early this morning:In one charge related to the appointment of a senator to replace Barack Obama, prosecutors allege that Blagojevich sought appointment for himself as
 
"Official" story line begins to come apart
The woman who was ordered to run the check on "Joe the Plumber" contradicts the official story line the Director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Helen Jones-Kelley, has given as the offical reason for the check.Jones-Kelly has stated her agency "checks people who are "thrust into the public spotlight," amid suggestions
 
ACORN’s "non-partisan" ad (update)
I thought ACORN was a "non-partisan" group:Embattled community organizing group ACORN is taking the offensive with a new ad targeting Sen. John McCain and the Republican Party, accusing the GOP presidential nominee and his party of attempting to intimidate voters.The new ad, entitled “Not This Time,” is shot in black-and-w
 
ACORN - Registration totals "wild exaggeration"
ACORN claimed to have registered 1.3 million new voters. But in reality, it appears the number is much lower:On Oct. 6, the community organizing group Acorn and an affiliated charity called Project Vote announced with jubilation that they had registered 1.3 million new voters. But it turns out the claim was a wild exaggeration, an
 
Is ACORN involved in getting signatures for this petition?
Kathryn Jean Lopez tells us about a petition making the rounds:There’s a petition making the rounds that has academics purportedly defending Ayers against unrepentant terrorist and other (factual) labels. It also has my name on it. It has Jonah’s name is on it. And it includes others who you know obviously didn’t sign it. One
 
About the "lipstick on a pig" comment
In the comments section of the "Pigs and Bridges" post below, I made the following remarks, and then decided they would be appropriate for the front page:First of all, right before the "lipstick on a pig" comment, he  
Edwards Admits to Affair
Rielle Hunter used to be the former Senator and erstwhile Presidential candidate’s lover, but he claims the kid is not his son:John Edwards repeatedly lied during his Presidential campaign about an extramarital affair with a novice filmmaker, the former Senator admitted to ABC News today.In an interview for broadcast tonight on Nightline, Edwards told ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff
 
Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) indicted
It couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy:Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, has been indicted on seven "charges related to (his) holding of public office," two federal government sources told FOX News on Tuesday.The Department of Justice has announced a 1:20 p.m. ET press
 
How will they blame this on the right?
Anyone else having fun watching the leftosphere keep the Larry Sinclair story alive?
 
The latest on the "Whitey" tape
Per "Hillbuzz":The Michelle Obama Rant Tape was filmed between June 26th - July 1st 2004 in Chicago, IL at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Conference at Trinity United Church: specifically the Women’s Event.Michelle Obama appeared as a panelist alongside Mrs. Khadijah Farrakhan and Mrs. James Meeks.Bill Clinton spoke during the C
 
Patterson: Why admit this?
NY’s new governor has been in office a week and already he and his wife feel the need to blow their guts in an interview and admit to having affairs:The thunderous applause was still ringing in his ears when the state’s new governor, David Paterson, told the Daily News that he and his wife had extramarital affairs.
 
How do they figure they can get away with this?
I’m still stunned at times by the arrogance that has to exist for someone to think they can get away with this sort of a thing:A former aide to James E. McGreevey said today that he had three-way sexual trysts with the former governor and his wife before he took office, challenging Dina Matos McGreevey’s assertion that she was naive about he
 
Spitzer hooker granted immunity
Not that I’m particularly surprised that she was granted immunity, I’m just wondering how extensive that immunity might be. From what I’ve heard she’s been doing her thing since she was 19 and is now 22. That’s a lot of money the IRS might be interested in. I’m not saying I want the IRS sicced on her, I’m bringing it up to try to understand how extensive the immunity she’s been granted might be (or said another way,
 
Client Six front page news in Europe
And Alan Dershowitz is again shown to be a fool. Remember this concerning Spitzer-gate?I have two reactions. One, I feel terrible for Eliot and his family. But I feel that this is a America-only story that we have to put in perspective. You know, big deal, married man goes to prostitute! In Europe, this wouldn’t even make the back pages of the newspaper. It&rsq
 
Silda Spitzer urges governor to stay on (update) Spitzer to resign - NY Post
So much for my feelings of sympathy for Ms. Spitzer:Close aides to the governor suggested on Tuesday that the mood in the Spitzer home was tense, with the governor’s wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, recommending that he not step down, but they cautioned that the situation could chan
 
Spitzer’s Shame
I don’t really have much to say about Gov. Spitzer’s current bimbo explosion, in terms of the politics, or even sheer, well-deserved comeuppance it represents for the holier-than-thou SOB.I will say two things, however. First, Gov. Spitzer ran his gubernatorial campaign under the slogan of "Bringing Passion Back" to Albany. There’s now little doubt that he did just that.Second, I am completely disgusted by the s
 
Elliot Spitzer: Progressive Champion
Progressive activists, I give you your Progressive Champion, Elliot Spitzer...Gov. Eliot Spitzer has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring, an administration official said this morning. This is the " 
John Weaver issues a statement about NYT McCain story
It corroborates the McCain statements this morning saying he was unaware of Weaver’s meeting with Ms. Iseman.The New York Times asked for a formal interview and I said no and asked for written questions. The Times knew of my meeting with Ms. Iseman, from sources they didn’t identify to me, and asked me about that meeting. I did not inform Senator McCain that I asked for a meeting with Ms. Iseman.Her comments, which had gotten back
 
Here comes the sleeze ... unless it’s true
It’s the National Enquirer for heaven sake, but it is the story which is creating the buzz today in the blogopshere. Here’s the link to the story. If you’re so inclined check it out.If you do, however, read Mickey Kaus’s take on it as well. He makes an important
 
The ’Roids of Summer
ESPN has a list of all the players who purportedly used human growth hormones (steriods or "performance enhancing drugs") during their time in the Major Leagues. Some are still active. None of the names came as a particular surprise to me.So what do I think about it all? Well I’m conflicted. On the one hand I say players should be free to do whatever they think they need to do (within reason and
 
CIA destroys evidence, rule of law
Oops, we destroyed the evidence...The Central Intelligence Agency in 2005 destroyed at least two videotapes documenting the interrogation of two Al Qaeda operatives in the agency’s custody, a step it took in the midst of Congressional and legal scrutiny about the C.I.A’s secret dete
 
The China Syndrome
What is with the Clintons and money from Chinese sources?Something remarkable happened at 44 Henry St., a grimy Chinatown tenement with peeling walls. It also happened nearby at a dimly lighted apartment building with trash bins clustered by the front door.And again not too far away, at 88 E. Broadway beneath the Manhattan bridge, where vendors
 
I’m just saying...
You’ve probably heard that the National Enquirer is reporting that John Edwards had an affair with some videographer hired by his political action committee. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t. Don’t care, really. What I do find interesting, however, is  
Edwards: Did he have a Vietnam draft deferment? (updated)
You know, you should be careful when you start throwing stuff like this around:... Elizabeth Edwards, in which she questioned Rush Limbaugh’s Vietnam exemption: My classmates went to Vietnam, he did not. He was 4F. He had a medical disability, the same medical disability that probably should have stopped him from sp
 
CREW attacks John Boehner
The all-but-officially Democratic "watchdog" organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has "filed a complaint with the Department of Justice" asking for "an investigation into whether House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-OH) violated the law by leaking classified information." In a July 31, 2007 interview with Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto, Rep. Boehner disclosed an aspect of a Fe
 
Crude and ineffective
Ye gods, did this guy really think he could get away with this.Ed Morrissey catches a guy red-handed trying use race baiting against Fred Thompson. It is so bad it is almost laughable.Says Ed:It doesn’t take long for provocateurs to crawl out of the woodwork to attack candidates, especially in stealth attacks. With Fred Thompson, they&rsquo
 
There’s corruption and then there is corruption
Ok, what can I say, I have a weird sense of humor, but these two stories running concurrently just struck me as funny:Supplies and medicine in strife-torn Baghdad’s overcrowded hospitals have been siphoned off and sold elsewhere for profit because of “untouchable” corruption in the Iraqi Ministry of Health, according to a draft U.S. government report obtained by NBC News.<
 
And justice for all ...
In case you’ve forgotten, yesterday was a particular anniversary for someone:Shortly after leaving a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy of Massachusetts drives an Oldsmobile off a wooden bridge into a tide-swept pond. Kennedy escaped the submerged car, but his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, did not. The senator did not re
 
Eliot Spitzer surveillance scandal
I have no idea who is telling the truth in this case, but...New York Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer reportedly has targeted his chief political rival for unprecedented surveillance by the state police.The New York Post reports Spitzer insists he authorized detailed record-keeping on Republican State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno’s use of state troopers for trave
 
Sen. Schumer launches investigation, irony
Senator Schumer has been in the ethically, er, interesting position of both Chairing the Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on oversight (i.e., investigating the US Attorney story) and heading up the DSCC. Think about that.Let’s consider the irony: Senator Schumer heads " 
Pravda’s Take on Imus
Well, the Don Imus thing isn’t just news here in the US. Although, judging from this column in Pravda, we’ve all overlooked the true implications of this whole deal.In a clear sign of its intent to reign in dissident American media personalities, and their growing influence in American culture, US War Leaders this past week launched an unprecedented
 
More Jimmy Carter
Anyone getting tired of defending this guy yet?“Also around that time, in the spring of 1987, we deported a series of SS guards from concentration camps, whose names nobody would know. One such character we sent back to Austria was a man named Martin Bartesch.”Bartesch, who had immigrated to the U.S. and lived in Chicago, admitted to Sher’s office and the court th
 
Good government, but first...
Senate Democrats, as a minority Party in March of 2006...Democrats are fighting for the reform Americans deserve The "reform Americans deserve" included a prohibition on "Dead of Night Legislating" because "Leadership [was] Slipping Special Interest Provisions Behind Closed Doors".After taking control of the Senate, Harry Reid  
Final thoughts on the Foley scandal
As the recent Ethics panel report made obvious, nobody covered themselves in glory during the Foley scandal. However, in light of some of the revelations..Democratic campaign operatives pushed newspapers to write about then-Rep. Mark Foley’s e-mails to teenage pages in the hope that a scandal w