Fill Up That Infrastructure Bank with Untaxed Money

By: Friday August 5, 2011 5:00 pm

The infrastructure bank will be just another tax haven for the rich. They don’t pay taxes, and you pay them interest on the money they should be paying in taxes. Win-Win, except for you.


John Edwards Indicted; Will John Ensign Soon Follow?

By: Friday June 3, 2011 1:15 pm

What is sauce for the goose should always be sauce for the gander. That is what we strive for in the law, an even application of investigation and prosecution for all those accused of a crime. Today former Sen. John Edwards is likely going to be indicted on charges that he did not report the hundreds of thousands of dollars that two donors paid to keep an affair quite during the last presidential nominating contest.

Ensign Report Shows Sexual Harassment, Cluelessness About the Law

By: Sunday May 15, 2011 5:20 pm

The John Ensign report from the Senate Ethics Committee is really a sad piece of pulp fiction. You have a US Senator in a strong position of power essentially bullying a female subordinate into an affair, refusing to give up on it after being caught several times, finally trying to cover up the evidence of the affair and pay off the participants, and lying and covering his tracks as the plot slowly unravels. That’s about it in a nutshell.

But the details are even seamier.

Why Can’t the Department of Justice Investigate as Well as the Hapless Senate?

By: Saturday May 14, 2011 7:52 am

What does that say about DOJ, then, that the Senate is doing such a better job at investigating crimes? In just one month’s time the Senate has produced two investigations that have left DOJ–and the SEC and FEC–looking toothless by comparison.

Late Night: Pouting Baby Asks Why Mr. Banana Holder Has His Job

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 8:00 pm

Why does it take Senator Barbara B to tell Mr. Banana Holder to do his job? Why won’t he do his job the way he should? Why does Mr. Banana Holder even have his job if he won’t punish people who break the law?

Ensign Referred to DoJ for Criminal Investigation

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 1:25 pm

Rarely do you see such a strong statement from the Ethics Committee against one of their own, let alone a referral to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution.

Ensign Resigned to Avoid Testimony to Senate Ethics Committee

By: Friday April 22, 2011 3:40 pm

The FEC is hopelessly broken at this stage, but the Senate Ethics Committee appears to have taken its role seriously, and they aren’t going to bury the report just because Ensign would rather run and hide than face up to his actions. They cannot fully disclose the materials gathered over the course of the investigation, but the public statement has the potential to be damning. And they could choose to make a referral to the Justice Department for criminal charges as well.

John Ensign Will Resign May 3; Rep. Dean Heller to Replace Him [Updated]

By: Thursday April 21, 2011 3:42 pm

John Ensign, the Nevada Senator still reeling from an adultery and corruption scandal, will resign tomorrow, according to several published reports. Rep. Dean Heller, who has already announced a run for Ensign’s seat in the Senate, will be appointed as an interim replacement for Ensign by Governor Brian Sandoval, giving him the power of incumbency and a leg up in what should be a competitive Senate election in 2012. This leaves Heller’s seat open, and a special election will ensue.

John Ensign Becomes 8th Senator to Announce Retirement

By: Monday March 7, 2011 12:50 pm

Just three months into the 2012 campaign cycle, 8 of the 33 Senators up for re-election will be retiring. Since 2006, there are 42 new Senators in the upper house, and with these 8 retirements, that means that at least half of the body will be made up of people who haven’t been there longer than 7 years, come 2013.

Scott Brown Announces Support for Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

By: Friday December 3, 2010 12:30 pm

Bob Gates successfully convinced Brown on the implementation process, which should concern people a bit, especially as Gates might not be around to do the implementation. Gates did say that he would not “slow-walk” things, but what about his successor? What if a President Palin reaches office without implementation in place, and she just never certifies it? I don’t know if that’s likely, but it’s something to watch.

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