Tag Archives: Scandals


Hundreds of White House, Congressional Employees Nailed by Ashley Madison Data Hack


“Of U.S. government employees — including some with sensitive jobs in the White House, Congress and law enforcement agencies — used Internet connections in their federal offices to access and pay membership fees to the cheating website Ashley Madison,” the AP reports.


Peeling the Sex Scandal Onion

If I understand the history correctly, in the late 1990s, the President was impeached for lying about a sexual affair by a House of Representatives led by a man who was also then hiding a sexual affair, who was supposed to be replaced by another Congressman who stepped down when forced to reveal that he too was having a sexual affair, which led to the election of a new Speaker of the House who now has been indicted for lying about payments covering up his sexual contact with a boy.

— Orin Kerr, writing in the Washington Post.


Four Orgies Per Year Is Not ‘Out of Control’

When you read the criminal complaint you get the impression it was this frenetic activity. But it was four times a year, not more than that. It wasn’t this out-of-control activity.

— Former IMF President Dominique Strauss-Kahn, quoted by the Financial Times, on the sex parties he helped organize between 2008 and 2011.


Weiner Insulted By Ryan’s Being Mistaken for Him

How much more can I bear?

— Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), who left office in scandal, tells Business Insider that having people mix him up with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is “the final insult.”

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A “Look Back” at Chris Christie’s Very Bad Month, ala Facebook

Those one-minute Facebook “look back” videos probably held your interest for about 30 seconds. But this one, put out by the Democratic party about Gov. Chris Christie’s (R-NJ) past month, has a little longer shelf life.

Poetic Justice

That French Thing

François Hollande was France’s presidential winner,
But he’s gained a rep as an extramarital sinner.
There’s this actress he’s plumbing,
Which leaves the Obamas wondering —
Whom will he bring to next month’s White House state dinner?


Toronto Mayor Goes to Nightclub But Doesn’t Drink

No, I wasn’t drinking, I don’t drink.

— Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, quoted by the Toronto Sun, on his much-publicized visit to a nightclub over the weekend.


How and Why Do These Guys Come Back After Sex Scandals?

Another week and there goes another fallen officeholder trying to claw his way back from tabloid purgatory–another chance for some people to marvel about the power of forgiveness and redemption, and other people to marvel about the power of egomania and pure chutzpah. … It is one more occasion, in other words, for the vast majority of people who would stay crouched in a hole for years if they ever endured humiliation and disgrace of the sort Eliot Spitzer brought down on himself to wonder: What makes these guys tick?



Someone Finally Puts Issa’s Past in Play

And if I were Republicans, I would say to Issa, in the parlance of his old business, “Please step away from that car.”

— David Axelrod, Democratic strategist, asserting that Republicans are approaching overreach concerning the IRS. Axelrod was alluding to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who, prior to being in Congress, was charged with grand theft auto, investigated for arson, arrested on weapons charges, and convicted of carrying an unregistered and concealed firearm.

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The Case for the IRS Targeting the Tea Party

It seemed to come as a great shock when it was recently revealed that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) examines some taxpayers more closely than others.

Really? Because no one has ever objected to the IRS targeting some tax returns for audit. Among them:

  • Millionaires (in fiscal 2011, the IRS audited 12.5% of them)
  • People reporting more than $200,000 in income
  • People claiming confusing tax breaks like the first-time homebuyer credit
  • Home office workers
  • Small business and self-employed people generally
  • Very low income filers who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
I’m not saying the IRS should target according to ideology. I’m saying it should target according to likelihood that tax laws are being flouted and circumvented.

So why, in the wild west of the first election years since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling allowing political action groups, many with questionable funding, to mushroom and proliferate…why should anyone be surprised the IRS would exercise scrutiny on these here today, gone tomorrow groups? Why, in fact, would they not demand that the IRS do precisely that before granting tax-exempt status to whoever applies for it?

And why not specifically take a hard, cold look at tea party groups?

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