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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.
Flor Arely Sánchez had been in bed with a fever and pains throughout her body for three days when a July thunderstorm broke over the mountainside. She got nervous when bolts of light flashed in the sky. Lightning strikes the San Julián region of western El Salvador several times a year, and her neighbors fear storms more than they fear the march of diseases — first dengue, then chikungunya, now Zika. Flor worried about a lot of things, since she was pregnant.
Late in the afternoon, when the pains had somewhat eased, Flor thought she might go to a dammed-up bit of the river near her house to bathe. She is thirty-five and has lived in the same place all her life, where wrinkled hills are planted with corn, beans, and fruit trees. She took a towel and soap and walked out into the rain. Halfway to the river, the pains returned and overcame her. The next thing Flor remembers, she was in a room she didn’t recognize, unable to move. As she soon discovered, she was in a hospital, her ankle cuffed to the bed, and she was being investigated for abortion.
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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.'”