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The Anchorage Daily News reports that the senior-most Republican in the Senate, Ted Stevens of Alaska, is currently the subject of an FBI corruption investigation which is focusing on a series of cost-free improvements to his Anchorage residence. A contractor apparently jacked-up the Stevens home and built an entire new floor underneath it, all as a gift to Stevens. The same contractor is believed to have paid almost a quarter million dollars in consulting fees to Stevens’s son Ben, formerly the president of the Alaska state senate. In October of last year, the Seattle Times reported that the Justice Department had refused to allow Stevens to participate in the selection process for a new U.S. attorney in Anchorage out of concern that he was the target of a pending FBI probe.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
Length in days of the sentence Russian blogger Alexei Navalny served for leading an opposition rally last year:
Israeli researchers developed software that evaluates the depression of bloggers.
It was revealed that reading material recovered during the U.S. raid of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan included Popular Science, Time, silk-screening instructions, and a suicide-prevention manual called “Is It the Heart You Are Asking?”
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”