Reading Time: 14 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 10 minutes Does it seem a little bit odd that John Edwards is facing a potential thirty year jail term? There’s been plenty of focus on the charges against him and on the trial—but precious little on why Edwards was even investigated and prosecuted in the first place. It’s worth pondering which politicians have been made to take a fall and which have not—and why. There may be more here than meets the eye.
Reading Time: 4 minutes The New York Times is all over Romney. There’s precious little digging or deep analysis, but a lot of superficial stuff that adds up to this: The establishment is a-ok with this guy, and you should be too.
Reading Time: 1 minute Actor John Lithgow reads Newt Gingrich press release. The stuff of Shakespeare
Reading Time: 4 minutes A common theme runs through a variety of news stories: there isn’t enough money around, and so working people must take a hit. But is that really the only solution? First, let’s look at the stories. There’s growing talk of letting state governments declare bankruptcy so they can get out of paying pension benefits to Read More