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one of my closest and dearest friends, Jack Abramoff...

Check out Think Progress for a reality check on DeLay's friendship with Jack Abramoff. DeLay continues to try to distance himself, but his own words give him away again and again.

Abramoff to cop plea

NY Times has breaking news:

Jack Abramoff will plead guilty to three felony counts in Washington on Wednesday as part of a settlement with federal prosecutors, ending an intense, months-long negotiation over whether the Republican lobbyist would testify against his former colleagues, people involved with the case said.

Here's the scope:

How much does it cost to silence a member of Congress?

Abramoff's decision

I agree with Josh's take on this Sun-Sentinel story regarding Adam Kidan's guilty plea-to-be. Kidan was Abramoff's business partner in a shady and fraudulent deal to buy Sun Cruz casino liners, which led to the gangland-style murder of the previous owner.

Gov-elect of Northern Marianas Islands cooperating with Abramoff/DeLay investigation

WalMart give $5,000 AFTER indictment

We noticed this a few days ago, and have been so busy with other stuff we didn't post. But here's a good blog entry on WalMart's "We don't care if he's indicted" $5,000 contribution... Maybe they get clothing from the Northern Marianas Islands.

Golf & Corporate Scandals: The Republican Baseball & Apple Pie

The lure of the green might be too much for most Republicans to handle, according to a recent article by Michael Crowley for With all of the talk of money in politics and lobbyist-funded luxury getaways these days, you might think I'm talking about money. But no, in this case it is the lure of the golf course.

New trouble for Hastings

Ten days ago, we sent a letter (with other groups) to Ethics Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) and ranking member Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) demanding that they appoint an outside counsel in the Tom DeLay investigation.

DeLay Again Featured on NBC Show; Majority Leader Steps up Attack

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, stepped up his rhetoric against NBC yesterday in an on-going feud over the use of his name in primetime television shows.

In Wednesday's season finale of Law & Order, a police officer searching for a suspect in a murder of a federal judge suggested looking for "somebody in a Tom DeLay T-shirt."

Ask Free Enterprise Fund... is asking the Free Enterprise Fund: Why Aren't Sex Slaves Featured in Your Ads?

"The Free Enterprise Fund (a right-wing group directed by CNBC's Larry Kudlow and supply-side hack Jack Kemp) has purchased 'well over $100,000' in television ads to defend Tom Delay. They say the ads will target the 'liberal media and government' who 'have been attacking free market principles and DeLay,' a great supporter of those principles.