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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:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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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.”