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During his recent testimony, former Deputy Attorney General James Comey described the former U.S. Attorney in Las Vegas, Daniel G. Bogden, as “straight as a Nevada highway and a fired-up guy.” During his tenure, violent crime fell dramatically in Nevada. And he was fired as part of the December 7 massacre. No coherent reason was ever offered for his termination, and Paul J. McNulty confessed that he had “qualms” about it. When asked why Bogden was fired, Alberto Gonzales said that he “didn’t have a recollection why,” but that, of course, was Gonzales’s answer to most questions. Those close to the situation never had a second’s doubt as to why Bogden was fired. His office had been deeply engaged in a series of investigations targeting GOP Congressman Jim Gibbons, then seeking election as Nevada’s governor. Moreover, Nevada was increasingly emerging as a “battleground state” as the once impressive Republican voter registration edge faded away and the state could no longer be counted as “safe Republican.” The GOP was linked to a large-scale voter fraud operation in the state in which voter registration efforts shredded and discarded the registration forms of those indicating that their party preference was “Democrat.”
Now NBC News reports that the FBI is zeroing in on Gibbons and has already collected testimony that he took bribery payments during a luxury Caribbean cruise he took with his wife and friends at the expense of a defense contractor. Email traffic has shown including “reminders” about the need to bring along the bribery payment, and substantial evidence has been collected showing that Gibbons intervened to help the contractor secure lucrative defense contracts, according to the NBC report.
In an exclusive interview with NBC, Montgomery — who’s now at war with his former partner — makes an explosive charge. He says that near the end of the cruise, he saw Trepp pass money to the congressman.
Dennis Montgomery: There was a lot of alcohol and a lot of drinking. And that’s when I first saw Warren give Jim Gibbons money.
Lisa Myers: How much?
Montgomery: Close to $100,000.
Myers: How can you know?
Montgomery: Because he gave him casino chips and cash.
Myers: Are you sure about what you saw?
Montgomery: I’m absolutely, positively sure.
This investigation follows an earlier one handled by law enforcement officials looking into a waitress’s claims that Gibbons roughed her up in a parking lot. No charged resulted in that case.
The bribery case is now before a Nevada federal grand jury.
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In Havana, the past year has been marked by a parade of bold-faced names from the north — John Kerry reopening the United States Embassy; Andrew Cuomo bringing a delegation of American business leaders; celebrities ranging from Joe Torre, traveling on behalf of Major League Baseball to oversee an exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team, to Jimmy Buffett, said to be considering opening one of his Margaritaville restaurants there. All this culminated with a three-day trip in March by Barack Obama, the first American president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. But to those who know the city well, perhaps nothing said as much about the transformation of political relations between the United States and Cuba that began in December 2014 as a concert in the Tribuna Antiimperialista.
Amount traders on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange can be fined for fighting, per punch:
Philadelphian teenagers who want to lose weight also tend to drink too much soda, whereas Bostonian teenagers who drink too much soda are likelier to carry guns.
Nuremberg’s Neues Museum filed a criminal complaint against a 91-year-old woman who completed a crossword puzzle that was in fact a $116,000 piece of avant-garde Danish art.
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”