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As I noted here the other day, Seth Hettena has reported that Mitchell Wade, the man who bribed Randy “Duke” Cunningham and “then did much to speed the congressman’s spectacular fall,” has apparently aided the government in its investigation of at least five other past and current members of Congress. Those five other members “no doubt include Virgil Goode and Katherine ‘Pink Sugar’ Harris,” Hettena noted. “Wade wanted to open facilities in their districts and made $78,000 in ‘straw’ contributions to grease the wheels.”
So who are the other three members Wade might have ratted out? I ran that by two Washington insiders who have been closely following congressional corruption investigations. Their guesses — and I emphasize that they were speculating here — were identical: Jerry Lewis, John Doolittle and Tom DeLay. All three have been publicly ensnared in serious ethics issues and all have links to defense contractor Brent Wilkes, Wade’s former boss, who is now himself serving time in prison for bribing Cunningham.
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.”