Alaska’s Ted Stevens found guilty on all 7 counts

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By Erika Bolstad and Richard Mauer
McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — A federal jury on Monday found Republican Sen. Ted Stevens guilty of lying on his financial disclosure forms, ending in disgrace the four-decade Senate career of a man whose imprint on Alaska dates to before statehood.

It’s the highest-profile felony conviction in a sweeping four-year federal investigation into corruption in Alaska politics, and an almost-unprecedented conviction by a jury of a sitting U.S. senator.


via McClatchy Washington Bureau | 10/27/2008 | Alaska’s Ted Stevens found guilty on all 7 counts

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Countdown: Stevens Indictment + Falafel-Guy Fatwa On McClellan + Obama V.P. List!

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July 29, 2008


The Ted Stevens Indictment

Keith reports on the Ted Stevens indictment. Dana Milbank weighs in.

The Falafel-Guy Fatwa On McClellan

Keith reports on O’Reilly’s meltdown over Scott McClellan daring to tell the truth on Hardball that Fox Noise gets fed it’s talking points which it happily repeats from the White House and his scream fest on his show at McClellan. Eugene Robinson weighs in.


Tonight’s: Blood for Oil-Gate, Blackwater-Gate and Goodling-Gate.

Worst Person

And the winner is….Charles Krauthammer. Runners up L. Robert Kimball and Associates and Patrick Pogan Jr.



The Obama V.P. List!



On Being Indicted For Lying About Receiving Gifts, Senator Stevens Says: I Thought We Legalized Bribes

On Being Indicted For Lying About Receiving Gifts, Senator Stevens Says: I Thought We Legalized Bribes



by R J Shulman
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July 29, 2008

WASHINGTON – Longtime Republican Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska was indicted today for failing to disclose that he received gifts worth $250,000 from an energy company on whose behalf he intervened in Congress. Steven said he was surprised by the indictment saying, “I was sure we made it legal for those of us in Congress to take gifts and money from people we wanted to help out with our votes.”

Stevens is accused of lying on his Senate disclosure form by failing to disclose that he had received over $250,000 in gifts and services from Veco, an Alaskan oil company. Most of the gifts were in the form of renovations to Stevens home.

Senator John Warner, a Virginia Republican said, “Stevens is a true American who wanted to help the oil company which could help with our energy crisis. What’s wrong with that?”

“If Stevens loses his ability to vote in Congress, it will be a big disaster for the bridge construction industry,” said Wayne Strong, of KBR Construction. Strong was referring to Stevens’ support of a $400 million dollar bridge to Gavinia Island in Alaska, a project that became known as the “Bridge to Nowhere.”

At first, Stevens denied that there were any improvements in his home by saying all he noticed that it looked a little cleaner. However, he finally admitted there was extensive work done which was paid for by Veco. Stevens, who is 84 years-old, is the oldest Republican in the Senate. “We are losing our American Values,” Stevens said, “just how socialist have we become when you can’t even take a fair and square bribe?”


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PBS NOW: Alaskan Oil, Politics & the Corrupt Bastards Club

Two state legislators have been convicted in Federal court for accepting bribes from VECO. The FBI has video and audio evidence that reveal VECO executives shockingly handing out cash to those legislators in exchange for promises to roll back a tax on the oil industry. But that may only be the tip of the oily iceberg. NOW’s Maria Hinojosa learns that dozens more lawmakers are being eyed in the growing scandal, including one of the country’s most powerful politicians, Alaska U.S. Senator Ted Stevens.

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