Involved or not, Obama tainted by governor’s actions

Freedom New Mexico President-elect Barack Obama at one level emerges with surprisingly clean hands from the scandal surrounding Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s arrest for allegedly trying to “sell” the appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Obama. Not only did U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald explicitly say the president-elect was not named in the 76-page […]

Helms holds place in U.S. political history

Freedom New Mexico Some politicians are controversial without being important. The history books and newspaper pages are littered with the names of also-rans who managed to snag a few headlines by virtue of scandal rather than substance. You can’t say the same about Jesse Helms. Love him or hate him — and quite a few […]

Scandal faces Mozzarella too

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist I heard a lot of outrage about New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s alleged involvement with a prostitution ring and his fall from grace. Even my husband, who is originally form upstate New York and presently in Iraq, has followed the scandal closely and was very disappointed about this politician. I […]

New York governor resigns in shadow of prostitution scandal

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U.S. attorneys’ firings expose judicial defects

By Freedom Newspapers If a mid-level press officer had been more straightforward with the media last December when the Bush administration decided to fire eight of the country’s 93 U.S. attorneys, the simmering scandal over those fired attorneys might never have developed. A spokesman might have said: “U.S. attorneys serve at the pleasure of the […]

Foley e-mails prime example of excess power

By Freedom Newspapers The media and the blogosphere are brimming with comments on the sad story of Mark Foley, the Florida Republican who resigned from Congress after ABC News made public some of the suggestive — and well beyond suggestive — e-mails and text messages he had exchanged with young male congressional pages. Did the […]

Despite scandal, U.N. avoiding accountability

Freedom Newspapers Some of the words were stern. Former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker lectured the U.N. Security Council, and Secretary-General Kofi Annan in particular, that Annan and members of the entire organization need to change the way they operate or face a worldwide loss of support from the public. If Kofi Annan had any […]

Holding funds only way to fix United Nations

Freedom Newspapers Yet another report is due this week evaluating the performance of the United Nations, the international body plagued by scandal over the misuse of funds related to the Iraq oil-for-food program, which was designed to provide humanitarian assistance during the U.N.’s economic sanctions against the former Saddam Hussein regime. Instead, the program diverted […]

Government not right to tell public pictures too graphic

Freedom Newspapers Recent news includes comments from members of Congress who viewed not-before-seen photos and videos of Iraqi prisoner abuse “in a top-secret room in the Capitol.” The images were apparently more than troubling. “I expected that these pictures would be very hard on the stomach lining,” said Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon in […]

Arnold’s actions parallel to Clinton’s

Steve Chapman The California recall campaign was a noisy, raucous and often vitriolic affair. But the most striking feature of the final days was the silence. That was what you heard from conservatives on the subject of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s sexual escapades. Here was a guy who, voters learned, told a skin magazine in 1977 that […]

CIA leak issue much ado about nothing

Mona Charen Maybe I’m just getting jaded, but this latest Washington “scandal” regarding the leak strikes me as cynicism squared. It reminds me of Nora Ephron’s bon mot: “No matter how cynical I get, I just can’t keep up.” Here’s the version that has been broadcast and printed far and wide in the last week: […]