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So lets see.House Majority

So let's see.

House Majority Leader Indicted for Criminal Conspiracy.

Senate Majority Leader the target of an increasingly serious probe of potential insider trading.

Rumors of October Rove indictment in the Plame case.

Is this a problem yet?

Never rains but it

Never rains but it pours ... DeLay indicted on one count of criminal conspiracy.

Timothy Flanigan is set

Timothy Flanigan is set to become Deputy Attorney General of the United States. He is the General Counsel of Tyco, one of the most scandal-plagued corporations in the country. He is directly connected to the Abramoff scandal. As GC at Tyco he hired Abramoff to protect Tyco's ability to avoid paying taxes through its relocation to Bermuda. He was also central to the legal White House decisions permitting quasi-torture to be used by the US military.

Attorney General Al Gonzales will almost certainly have to recuse himself from various aspects of the Abramoff case as it centers more and more on the White House. That leaves Flanigan, who is even more directly implicated in the case. He'll have to recuse himself too, whether he realizes it yet or not.

So, major corporate corruption, implicated in the Abramoff scandal, legal enabler of torture.

Is Al Gonzales really such a politically disinterested figure that he needs a pure party-liner as his number two?

Why is this guy's nomination not dead in the water?

For better or worse

For better or worse, Michael Brown can probably avail himself of the doofus exception to the laws on the books against perjurious testimony. But here's just another example of the guy's fibs on the hill yesterday.

And all out in

And all out in the open <$NoAd$> (from the Post) ...

As fiscal hawks surrendered, would-be government contractors were meeting in the Hart Senate Office Building to figure out how to get a share of the money. A "Katrina Reconstruction Summit," hosted by Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) and sponsored by Halliburton, among others, brought some 200 lobbyists, corporate representatives and government staffers to a room overlooking the Capitol for a five-hour conference that included time for a "networking break" and advice on "opportunities for private sector involvement."

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) sent his budget director, Bill Hoagland, who cautioned that federal Katrina spending might not exceed $100 billion. But John Clerici, from a law firm that helped sponsor the event, told the group that spending would "probably be larger" than $200 billion. "It's going to be spent in a fast and furious way," Clerici said.

Straight up looting.

AP A Texas grand

AP: "A Texas grand jury's recent interest in conspiracy charges could lead to last-minute criminal indictments _ possibly against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay _ as it wraps up its investigation Wednesday into DeLay's state political organization, according to lawyers with knowledge of the case. Conspiracy counts against two DeLay associates this month raised concerns with DeLay's lawyers, who fear the chances are greater that the majority leader could be charged with being part of the conspiracy. Before these counts, the investigation was more narrowly focused on the state election code."

The Post now has

The Post now has a nice piece up about the unfortunate coincidence that Abramoff's business partner, Adam Kidan, happened to pay a huge amount of money to the guys who the cops say whacked Abramoff's erstwhile business partner, Gus Boulis.

Late Update: This looks interesting too.