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It seems that former New York Congressman John Sweeney, a Republican who lost his re-election bid last fall, has been treated unfairly by the press. Earlier this week it was reported that Sweeney had been pulled over by state troopers while allegedly driving drunk and with a 23-year-old female passenger seated on his lap. Today, the facts have emerged and Sweeney appears to have gotten a bum rap: the female passenger, it turns out, was 24.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Estimated acres of forest Henry David Thoreau burned down in 1844 trying to cook fish he had caught for dinner:
The bombardier beetle, which can fire liquid at its enemies from its rear end at up to 300 squirts per second, was being scrutinized in the hope of building a better airplane engine.
London Fire Brigade investigators blamed a building fire in South London on a bird that carried a lit cigarette to its rooftop nest. “Smokers,” said neighborhood baker Richard Scroggs. “What can you say?”
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“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”