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The Abramoff Effect

Rich Galen

Wednesday January 4, 2006



  • " Washington Post ...": Here's the link to the entire WashPost piece on Abramoff.

  • " Public Integrity Section ...": From the Department of Justice webpage:
    The Public Integrity Section oversees the federal effort to combat corruption through the prosecution of elected and appointed public officials at all levels of government. The Section has exclusive jurisdiction over allegations of criminal misconduct on the part of federal judges and also monitors the investigation and prosecution of election and conflict of interest crimes. Section attorneys prosecute selected cases against federal, state, and local officials, and are available as a source of advice and expertise to other prosecutors and investigators. Since 1978, the Section has supervised the administration of the Independent Counsel provisions of the Ethics in Government Act.

    For information about the PIN, please contact us at the following numbers: . . .

    It is not clear to me why the Public Interest Section is known as the PIN ...

    Oh! Of course!

  • " Apropos Submission ...": From Mullpal Matthew Naythons. This is the actual masthead for the Aspen Daily News:

    "If you don't want it printed, don't let it happen."

    I'm not kidding. Here's the link: Aspen Daily News.

    Mullfoto of the Day

    This is the kind of year 2006 is going to be: The staff of the Starbucks in the People's Republic of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia was temporarily forced out onto Union Street on January 2 because the fire alarm went off.

    I didn't think it was too much to ask one of these folks to run in and get me a Grande Mocha but they quoted some rules and regulations about not being in the store while the fire department was actually investigating. . . Blah. Blah. Blah.


    Catchy Caption of the Day

    Actual Caption:

    The School of Textiles and Design at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh have begun what is believed to be the world's first-ever study on how women's clothing affects the bottom

    Memo to the geniuses at Edinburgh: I guarantee you, this is NOT the first-ever study of clothing and women's bottoms.

    (AFP/Illustration)

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