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Lobbyists Thrive On Congress’s Laziness

Today on Slate, John Dickerson theorizes that one of the reasons lobbyists thrive in Washington is because of the laziness of members of Congress and their staffers. It’s a point not as obvious as greed for campaign contributions and free golfing, which makes it a bit more interesting to discuss.…

Democrat Senator Keeps Abramoff Money Because It’s a “Republican Scandal”

While most lawmakers are frantically trying to distance themselves from the Jack Abramoff scandal by returning money linked to the disgraced lobbyist, some refuse to give it up with one well-known senator offering a most interesting reason. “Abramoff was a Republican operative and this is a Republican scandal.” A top…

Julie Myers Gets Recess Appointment From Bush

In an astoundingly disappointing action, President Bush yesterday appointed the inexperienced Julie L. Myers to be the head of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This recess appointment means she will only work for the next 11 months before the Senate gets to decide whether or not to confirm…

Media Covers For Democrats In Abramoff Coverage

While the Jack Abramoff scandal is huge and clearly involves both political parties, media coverage would lead anyone to (erroneously) think that only Republicans had ties to the disgraced lobbyist who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud. From an Associated Press story published nationwide, to a…

California City Under Fire For Enforcing Immigration Laws

Violence between Mexican activists and anti-illegal immigration advocates broke out in the small Southern California city of Costa Mesa over a new law that makes it the nation’s first city to authorize its police department to enforce federal immigration laws. Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor said he proposed the law,…

Abramoff Guilty Plea Means Trouble For Congress

The anxiety level in Washington must be at an all-time high in the wake of lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s guilty pleas to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud. The plea was part of an agreement that the renowned Republican lobbyist made to cooperate with the government in its…

Don’t Drink The Water

The City of Los Angeles constantly brags about how great and safe its drinking water is, but apparently it’s not good enough for city officials who spend thousands of dollars in public money to purchase bottled water from private firms. The city has even spent $1 million to mail out…

Fraud In Government Loan Program For Terror Victims

The Small Business Administration’s inspector general has released a damaging report that says most of the businesses receiving money from a loan program created to help victims of the September 11 attacks were not financially hurt by the event. They include a South Dakota radio station, a Virgin Islands perfume…

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