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Several weeks back I reported here on claims from sources that a friend and donor of Senator Norm Coleman had previously bought him suits at Nieman Marcus in Minneapolis. After much hemming and hawing, Coleman denied that the friend, Nasser Kazeminy, had bought him clothing.
Yesterday Politico reported that the Republican National Committee had “spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family.” Much of that money was spent at Nieman Marcus in Minneapolis. Today the Atlantic adds that Palin’s personal shopper was a man named Jeff Larson.
You might recall that name from my story, which looked at the mutually beneficial relationship between Coleman and his political supporters. Larson is a top advisor to Coleman and the treasurer of his personal Political Action Committee. He also was found to have rented a basement apartment in Washington to Coleman at a very cheap rate. And, as the Atlantic noted, Larson is a principal in the robocalling firm of FLS Connect, “the same one that launched the scurrilous robocalls against John McCain in 2000, and that McCain has now hired to make robocalls connecting Barack Obama to Bill Ayers.”
Perhaps it’s just a coincidence but it sure is a small political world in Minnesota.
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
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.”