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If you are Congressman Robert Wexler, the answer is three.
Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) paid more than $6,700 in legal fees in the first quarter of this year, funds spent in part to address questions raised during the 2008 election cycle about his Florida residency status.
According to Federal Election Commission reports, Wexler doled out a single payment of nearly $3,700 to the Florida-based law firm Berger Singerman and $2,200 to the Washington, D.C., office of McDermott Will & Emery. In addition, Wexler paid the Miami office of law firm Hunton & Williams about $900 in the first quarter of this year. The same firm received nearly $9,990 from the campaign between August and November 2008…
In the months before the November elections, Wexler faced questions over his residency status in the state after a Republican challenger criticized the House lawmaker for failing to rent or own a dwelling in Florida, although Wexler owns a Maryland home. Although Wexler did register to vote in his district using his in-laws’ address, that home is located in a community that prohibits children, including Wexler’s own. He subsequently rented an apartment in the Boca Raton area.
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
Fleming awoke in the dark and his room felt loose, sloshing so badly he gripped the bed. From his window there was nothing but a hallway, and if he craned his neck, a blown lightbulb swung into view. The room pitched up and down and for a moment he thought he might be sick. The word “hallway” must have a nautical name. Why didn’t they supply a glossary for this cruise? Probably they had, in the welcome packet he’d failed to read. A glossary. A history of the boat, which would be referred to as a ship. Sunny biographies of the captain and crew, who had always dreamed of this life. Lobotomized histories of the islands they’d visit. Who else had sailed this way. Famous suckwads from the past, slicing through this very water on wooden longships.
A welcome packet, the literary genre most likely to succeed in the new millennium. Why not read about a community you don’t belong to, that doesn’t actually exist, a captain and crew who are, in reality, if that isn’t too much of a downer on your vacation, as indifferent to one another as any set of co-employees at an office or bank? Read doctored personal statements from underpaid crew members — because ocean life pays better than money! — who hate their lives but have been forced to buy into the mythology of working on a boat, separated now from loved ones and friends, growing lonelier by the second, even while they wait on you and follow your every order.
Average portion of its yearly household expenditures that a South African family will spend on a funeral:
Neuroscientists were hoping to use rat brain waves to find people buried by earthquakes.
Four people were arrested for using a remote-controlled hexacopter to fly two pounds of tobacco to prisoners inside the yard at Calhoun State Prison in Georgia.
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Our congratulations to Alice Munro, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature