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Yesterday the FBI and IRS investigators raided the home of Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, the dean of the Senate Republicans. And at this point it’s widely rumored that all three members of the Alaska Congressional delegation are in very deep trouble with corruption probes.
Stevens got prominent coverage about two years back when his famous “bridge to nowhere” porkbarrel project came under sharp attack in the Senate. Stevens responded in a near-hysterical meltdown on the Senate floor that was widely disseminated in the media and made for comic footage on Comedy Central’s Daily Show. At the same time a GOP PR agent who is a good friend of mine told me that “Stevens is under a hell of a lot of pressure right now.” There was a probe going on that involved him, his son (then the head of the Alaska Senate) and some strange dealings with contractors. This has been kept pretty much under wraps, but the public disclosure of the FBI raid will put it on the front pages now, as it is in this morning’s Anchorage Daily News.
There’s one source on the internet for coverage of the developing story out of Alaska: Joshua Micah Marshall’s talkingpointsmemo.com. Here’s today’s fix.
More from Scott Horton:
Conversation — August 5, 2016, 12:08 pm
Sidney Blumenthal on the origins of the Republican Party, the fallout from Clinton’s emails, and his new biography of Abraham Lincoln
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
Number of mine-detecting monkeys erroneously reported to have been given to the United States by Morocco in March:
The Pacific trade winds are weakening as a result of global warming.
In the United States, legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act was advanced by the House Ways and Means Committee after 18 hours of deliberation, during which time the Republican members of Congress passed around candy.
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"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."