Abramoff

Wonkette Does Abramoff, in the Times

This is funny.

Ana Marie Cox, aka Wonkette, writes up the Abramoff guilty pleas in entertaining fashion.

NRO: DeLay Should Not Return

The conservative National Review's website posted an editorial from its editors this afternoon arguing that DeLay ought not seek a return to the Majority Leader posting he was forced to give up and that "Republicans underestimate the potential impact of the Abramoff scandal at their peril."

Here's an interesting insight:

Abramoff Scandal Coming Home To Roost

This past weekend a Washington Post article exposed the relationship between DeLay, Abramoff, and the non-profit U.S. Family Network--an angle that is still to be explored further.

Abramoff Round Up

From the National Journal Early Bird News:

Courts: Abramoff Cuts Deal; Subpoenas Issued In DeLay Case

Thousands of emails from Abramoff

CNN:

Sources told CNN's Ed Henry that Abramoff may have thousands of e-mails in which he describes influence-peddling and explains what lawmakers were doing in exchange for the money he was putting into their campaign coffers.

Sources said Abramoff has been cooperating with the Justice Department for months without any kind of plea deal. He will not be sentenced until his cooperation is complete, the source added.

Abramoff Plea Agreement

Click here to read the Abramoff plea agreement.

Staffer A is Tony Rudy

The Department of Justice's document outlining the charges (pdf) against Jack Aramoff include this:

Keeping the Characters Straight

Think Progress has a handy guide to all characters implicated in the ever expanding Abramoff scandal here.

Money Continues To Be Sent Back To Abramoff and Clients

Dozens of lawmakers are sending contributions back to Abramoff and his clients in hopes of removing any links between the two.

Two of the latest to give money back are from the Big Sky State: Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) returned $18,892 for using an Abramoff skybox and Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) sent back $150,000 in contributions just before Christmas.

Read more at www.boston.com.

Abramoff Pleads Guilty, Guilty, Guilty

This just in...Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty today to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion, and mail fraud. According to the AP, the papers filed today:

detailed lavish gifts and contributions that it said Abramoff gave an unnamed House member, identified elsewhere as Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Administration Committee, in return for Ney's agreement to use his office to aid Abramoff clients.