A U.S. Justice Department official denied a report on Wednesday that the speaker of the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, is under investigation by the FBI in connection with a corruption probe.
The above-the-fold story in The New York Times suggests the marriage of former President Bill Clinton and his hope-to-be-President wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, is a union of political convenience, staged for public show while they lead mostly separate lives. This is news?
It’s almost too easy. Gas prices jump above $3, oil companies post record profits and industry executives reap huge payouts _ in the case of ex-Exxon Mobile chairman and chief executive officer Lee Raymond, $686 million in the past 13 years, including a whopping $400 million retirement package. It seems obscene. It is obscene.
Ward Churchill provides us with another sort of model. Reading the 120-page report prepared by scholars from the University of Colorado and elsewhere, which evaluates charges of academic fraud against Churchill, should be a profoundly disturbing experience for any academic, and especially for anyone associated with the university that hired, tenured, and promoted him.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. An employee violates office rules by taking home an office laptop containing sensitive information about citizens. Thieves steal the laptop. Suddenly trusting citizens are plunged into risk of becoming victims of the crime of our time: identity theft.
President Bush has been looking for a new treasury secretary for more than a year, but he has yet to find someone who wants to replace John Snow in the once-powerful Cabinet post. The drawn-out search is uncomfortable for the White House and hammers home the view that treasury’s influence and prestige has diminished under Bush.
The Federal Communications Commission will not pursue complaints about a U.S. spy agency’s access to millions of telephone records because it cannot obtain classified material, the FCC chairman said in a letter released on Tuesday.