When Republican Congressman Trey Radel was busted for cocaine in Washington, the Tea Party poster boy from Florida went straight to the political scandal playbook to try to salvage his career: He invoked God, family and forgiveness, then ducked into rehab. Is his career toast? Probably, though Newt Gingrich says Radel might get a do-over if his constituents think his rehab is for real. WhoWhatWhy put together thumbnails of some of the elders of Washington scandals who, over the past 40 years, have paved the path of duplicity for callow dudes like Radel. It turns out his drug denouement was a rarity. When it comes to turpitude in D.C., it’s usually about sex.
Here’s an ominous development that is likely to pass almost unnoticed: a congressman requesting that the federal government identify to him everyone who has made a request under the Freedom of Information Act. The requester is Darrell Issa, the new head of the House Oversight Committee. He of course paints his initiative in benign terms—he Read More
[Updates below – Ed.] As the Obama administration attempts to overhaul the nation’s health care, energy, and financial sectors, it faces the growing leverage of the Blue Dog Coalition—the conservative, fifty-two-member faction of the House’s Democratic caucus—to moderate, or obstruct, its goals. The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) recently published an investigation into the Blue Read More