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Here’s a lovely nugget from the fed’s indictment of Kevin Ring, the former aide to California Congressman John Doolittle who after becoming a lobbyist worked closely with Jack Abramoff. Ring was arrested yesterday “on conspiracy, fraud and obstruction-of-justice charges in connection with his alleged role in a four-year scheme to lavish tickets and trips on lawmakers and government officials in return for help for his clients.”
According to the indictment, in which Doolittle appears to be identified as “Representative 5″:
On or about September 16, 2002, defendant RING sent an email to Abramoff in which he reported that Representative 5′s Legislative Director was complaining that he was in a suite at which alcohol was unavailable and was “in a really low box in the end zone. View is obviously not very good.” Defendant RING asked whether that was “a mistake.”
On or about February 19, 2003, defendant RING sent an email to Representative 5′s Legislative Director in which he stated, “[I] also think we should discuss a [municipal client's] post office soon. [T]hey didn’t do what they said they would.”
On or about March 7, 2003, after Representative 5′s Legislative Director had asked defendant RING for tickets to the first NFL game of the season and promised that he would never ask for anything again, defendant RING forwarded the email to Abramoff, stating, “So much for not asking for tix. . . . [Representative5]‘s LD is looking for 2 tix for the Skins-Jets game.”
On or about March 13, 2003, defendant RING sent an email to Representative 5′s Legislative Director in which defendant RING submitted an earmark request for a client’s
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Commentary — November 17, 2015, 6:41 pm
The Clintons’ so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich family friends.
Freddie Gray’s relatives arrived for the trial in the afternoon, after the prep-school kids had left. By their dress, they seemed to have just gotten off work in the medical and clerical fields. The family did not appear at ease in the courtroom. They winced and dropped their heads as William Porter and his fellow officer Zachary Novak testified to opening the doors of their police van last April and finding Freddie paralyzed, unresponsive, with mucus pooling at his mouth and nose. Four women and one man mournfully listened as the officers described needing to get gloves before they could touch him.
The first of six Baltimore police officers to be brought before the court for their treatment of Freddie Gray, a black twenty-five-year-old whose death in their custody was the immediate cause of the city’s uprising last spring, William Porter is young, black, and on trial. Here in this courtroom, in this city, in this nation, race and the future seem so intertwined as to be the same thing.
Pairs of moose-dung earrings sold each year at Grizzly’s Gifts in Anchorage, Alaska:
An Alaskan brown bear was reported to have scratched its face with barnacled rocks, making it the first bear seen using tools since 1972, when a Svalbardian polar bear is alleged to have clubbed a seal in the head with a block of ice.
A former prison in Philadelphia that has served as a horror-movie set was being prepared as a detention center for protesters arrested at the upcoming Democratic National Convention, and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump fired his campaign manager.
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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.'”