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An expert on bribery and corruption makes a lonely visit to the Capitol

An expert on bribery and corruption makes a lonely visit to the Capitol

The hour that Jack Abramoff spent in the state Capitol last week was a strange and lonely one. A basement room had been reserved for the man once d [...]
The emperor has no disclose

The emperor has no disclose

This week the United States Senate rejected the Disclose Act, a piece of legislation designed to reveal who is behind the funding that fuels our ele [...]
Jack Abramoff: Inside Capitol corruption

Jack Abramoff: Inside Capitol corruption

"I'm mad at you." That's what 60 Minutes' Lesley Stahl says to Jack Abramoff, one of the most notorious lobbyists of our time, on 60 Minutes this we [...]
Lobbyists for Roberts in 2016

Lobbyists for Roberts in 2016

Lobbyists tend to see opportunity in what others view as calamity. I know, because I did. During the decade I was a lobbyist in Washington, I would [...]
Romney: Don’t miss the Israel opportunity

Romney: Don’t miss the Israel opportunity

I hope Dick Morris is right that the 2012 presidential election will be a Romney landslide, but like most prognosticators and psephologists, I fear [...]
Empathy for Edwards

Empathy for Edwards

I wouldn’t normally feel much empathy for John Edwards. He made a fortune as king of the trial lawyers, a group which makes lobbyists seem like sai [...]
So much promise, so little change

So much promise, so little change

If you would no sooner vote to re-elect President Barack Obama than you would subject yourself to waterboarding, you can stop reading. This column i [...]
This seat is unoccupied

This seat is unoccupied

In the six months since my book “Capitol Punishment” hit the shelves, I have found myself in a political Wonderland of sorts. My old days as an insi [...]
Here’s to gridlock

Here’s to gridlock

Not a day passes without some pundit or politician lamenting the diminished comity of our political system. They blame the dysfunction of our govern [...]
When taking a handout was shameful

When taking a handout was shameful

When I was a young child, my parents made sure I had plenty to read. Like most kids, my siblings and I looked forward to the holidays, when we would [...]
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