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Charlie Savage reports on how you get a pardon from George W. Bush. The Justice Department’s website suggests that you fill out some paperwork and file it with the Justice Department’s Pardons Attorney. But it turns out that this is the approach for schmucks. There’s a special inside track and it involves making substantial payments to the G.O.P. and Republican candidates, hiring an attorney with ties to George W. Bush, and getting in to see White House counsel Fred R. Fielding. The Tussie caper was, apparently, the least of it.
With prominent pardon candidate Karl Rove serving as their chief strategist, Republicans are now carefully looking over Eric Holder’s record in preparation for his January 15 confirmation hearing. They are expected to attack him based on his role in the Clinton decision to pardon Marc Rich. Will the developments relating to the Bush pardon machine have any effect on that strategy? There’s never a shortage of irony inside the beltway.
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.”