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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 — 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.
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.
Chances that a Republican man believes that “poor people have hard lives”:
A school in South Korea was planning to deploy a robot to protect students from unwanted seductions.
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.'”