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In the unendingly bizarre world of politics and criminal justice in Alabama, a civil war seems to have erupted within the ranks of the all-powerful Alabama G.O.P. With the head of the state’s G.O.P., Governor Bob Riley, hovering in the background, the two Bush appointee U.S. attorneys, Alice Martin and Leura Canary, are now taking on the state’s Republican Attorney General, Troy King—who recently dared to stand up to Riley on a gambling-enforcement dispute. Now a prominent local journalist, Bob Martin, calls for Eric Holder’s Justice Department to intervene to straighten out the morass created by the Bush-era U.S. attorneys in Montgomery. When they’re finished looking at the mobilization of two U.S. attorneys to deal with an intra-Republican feud, we have some other matters that require their urgent attention: the Siegelman prosecution itself, for instance.
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Years ago, I lived in Montana, a land of purple sunsets, clear streams, and snowflakes the size of silver dollars drifting through the cold air. There were no speed limits and you could legally drive drunk. My small apartment in Missoula had little privacy. In order to write, I rented an off-season fishing cabin on Rock Creek, a one-room place with a bed and a bureau. I lacked the budget for a desk. My idea was to remove a sliding door from a closet in my apartment and place it over a couple of hastily cobbled-together sawhorses.
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Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari told reporters that his wife “belonged to” his kitchen.
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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.'”