Chris Christie Knew About GWB Lane Closures

The New York Times is reporting that David Wildstein, one of two Chris Christie appointees at the center of the "bridgegate" scandal, is now saying Christie knew about the GWB lane closings: The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that the...

Depressing Postscript to Rangel/Ethics Post

Mother Jones notes that after the House censure of Charlie Rangel, members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are not only rushing to Rangel’s defense (which might be understandable…maybe) but even hinting they might work with the incoming Republican majority to gut or eliminate the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) which led the investigation into Mr. Rangel’s behavior.In public,...

Ethics Isn't A Partisan Issue

At least, not to me. After the long-ish post regarding Tom Delay below, I realized that it's been some time since he was in the forefront of (or in fact anywhere near) the national political conversation, while someone who is very much still a part of it undergoes his own ethics trial right now, unfolding as we speak. Of course, I'm talking about Charlie Rangel, the 21-term(!) congressman from...

Dancing With The Truth

  **UPDATE Wed. 11/24** Well, THAT sure didn’t take long: A Texas jury has convicted former House majority leader Tom DeLay, once one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress, on money laundering and conspiracy charges. DeLay, a former No. 2 House GOP leader, faces five to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 on the money laundering charge. Best part? This: He appeared...

Need A Little Good News For Election Day?

Well, I don’t have any truly good news (or bad news either, for that matter) - not yet. It’s still too early. But if you’re feeling a bit bummed out already, anticipating what most pollsters say is to come today, then get a load of this (via Crooks&Liars): Rove is without question one of the sleaziest practitioners of political electioneering on the scene today. His résumé stretches...