What is remarkable in this latest poll, conducted Feb. 15-18, 2006, is that President Bush shows weakness among the demographic groups that have comprised the heart of his political base over the past 5 years. Among both conservatives and those who c
A top-secret meeting was then underway between Savimbi and his boosters, led by a young American Republican activist named Jack Abramoff. He was there representing an organization he founded, the International Freedom Foundation. The group was codena
Thomas W. Noe, the coin dealer and prominent Republican contributor whose $50 million state coin investment sparked one of the biggest scandals in Ohio state government history, was indicted today on 53 felonies, including theft of more than $1 milli
A computer programmer turned electronic vote-rigging software whistleblower, is planning a run for the US Congressional seat in Florida currently occupied by the man who Curtis alleged once asked him to create a vote-rigging software prototype progra
Nine months before the November midterm elections, the Republican campaign theme is already clear: It's the terrorism, stupid. The Bush White House has not been shy about its political use of an event, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which for a time
3 members of Congress have been linked to efforts by lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a former General Services Administration official to secure leases of government property for Abramoff's clients, according to court filings by federal prosecutors
Their free market principles gone. Their claims to not starting wars discarded. Their boasts of cutting taxes and being spend thrifts abandoned with glee. Ideas of liberty tossed. Bob Barr is one of the last principled conservatives alive.
There is considerable disappointment that Bush has not tamed the federal deficit. His immigration plan has divided hard-line conservatives who oppose his guest-worker proposal. Even the administration's policies in the war on terrorism have creat
President Bush was closely questioned by fellow Republicans on his policy on Iran, health care, immigration and other hot-button issues at a closed meeting meant to rally party members for this year's congressional elections.
In the carpeted corridors of K Street, the 11,500 people who earn their living in the influence-peddling profession know a different reality. They understand that money goes up to Capitol Hill by demands from members of Congress.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and House Speaker Dennis Hastert engineered a backroom legislative maneuver to protect pharmaceutical companies from lawsuits. Tucked into a Defense Department appropriations bill at the last minute
[His experience with lobbyists makes him a natural.] Indicted Rep. Tom DeLay, forced to step down as the No. 2 Republican in the House, scored a soft landing as GOP leaders rewarded him with a coveted seat on the Appropriations Committee.
John Boehner (R-OH), elected House Majority Leader last week, is renting his Capitol Hill apartment from a veteran lobbyist whose clients have direct stakes in legislation Boehner has cowritten/overseen http://crooksandliars.com/2006/02/08.html#a7073
A White House aide who was once chief of staff to House Majority Leader John Boehner helped plan a 1996 trip to the Northern Mariana Islands that was organized by fallen lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Barry Jackson, now chief deputy to Karl Rove, accepted a
President Bush changed his schedule at the last minute to attend Coretta Scott King's funeral. It might have been a mistake. Not only was he overshadowed by the Bill and Hillary show, but he sat squirming on the dais.
The Grand Ole Docket tracks trial dates, court appearances and sentencing hearings for players in the current array of national political scandals. But not just any crook can make it on the Docket - it only tracks perps who've been named b
Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove has threatened to blacklist any Republican who votes against the president. The sources said the blacklist would mean a halt in any White House political or financial support of senators running for re-election in Nove
Majority Leader Boehner said Republicans risk losing seats in the election if violence and instability in Iraq continue. Lawmakers are concerned about polls showing the public is pessimistic about the situation in Iraq. President Bush's Iraq stra
The 17 members of Congress who went to Dublin, Ireland, on an Aspen Institute-paid trip last summer got a walking tour of the city. They also spent 6 hours each of the 4 days in discussions with scholars and policymakers about US relations with Europ
The much bigger scandal involving everyone from Jack Abramoff to Gale Norton to Richard Pombo to Grover Norquist, and generally every major Republican in between. It too has to do with Indians, but not only those with gaming operations. In fact, th
Boehner refused to return some $30,000 in donations from Indian tribes represented by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and for donations received from Sallie Mae. The student loan provider has interests before the committee he chairs.
Embattled U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay raised more money for his legal defense in 2005 than ever before but still owes hundreds of thousands of dollars to lawyers, according to documents released Tuesday.
Now, it just so happens that Republican Party Chairman Matt Salmon is paid handsomely by a private solar company to increase the amount of solar energy utilized in the U.S. Problems,... Becky Fenger thinks so.
Campaign-finance law has helped Indian tribes increase their political clout is under scrutiny. Last year, tribal casinos raked in nearly $20 billion in revenue, becoming political donors in the same league with drug companies and defense contractors
Of all the audiences George W. Bush faces Tuesday night in his fifth annual State of the Union message - Congress, the American people, the world - perhaps the most important will be independent voters. They who left the president's side l
If the election for governor of Arizona were being held today, would you vote for the Democrat Janet Napolitano, the Republican (John Greene or Don Goldwater), or the Libertarian Barry Hess?
The lobbying firm of Grimes and Young Inc. is not on K Street, famous address of some of the nation's most influential lobbyists. In fact, Grimes and Young is about a 2 1/2-hour drive from the halls of Congress, in politically remote Media, Pa.,
New Orleans is about to be struck by another disaster— not a natural one like Katrina, but by the human disaster of modern urban planning. The problem with urban planners is two fold. First, they work for the wrong people, the government, rather than
A California congressman who accepted campaign cash from disgraced ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and used his sports box for a fundraiser interceded on behalf of 2 American Indian tribes that were represented by Abramoff's firm
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who took a leading role in the Terry Schiavo case, said it taught him that Americans do not want the government involved in such end-of-life decisions.