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    the national id card cometh..., 2004-12-10 13:06:16 | Main | "extraordinary rendition"..., 2005-01-03 11:55:55

    who would jesus con?:

    this is just shameless:

    The emails released by the committee, with their schoolyard vulgarities and adolescent chest-thumping, titillated Washington for days after excerpts were published in the Post this fall. (Abramoff to Reed: "I'd love us to get our mitts on that moolah!!") And the brazenness of the Abramoff-Scanlon maneuver with the Tigua--pushing the state government to shut down the tribe's casino, then offering to lobby the federal government to reopen it--was a jolt even to the most hardened Washington observers.

    ...what's really fascinating isn't what's exceptional but what's typical. For apart from its price tag, which even lobbyists agree was excessive, the lobbying effort launched by Abramoff and Scanlon for the Tigua was perfectly ordinary. Indeed, it's almost a textbook case of the sly manipulation of federal power on behalf of those who are willing to pay up--with the middlemen as the ultimate beneficiaries.


:: posted by buermann @ 2004-12-20 14:38:58 CST | link





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