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McCain's Cronies: Gambling Man McCain Or Self-Dealing Cronyman Rick Davis?

(12) Comments | Posted September 29, 2008 | 12:41 PM

John McCain and campaign manager Rick Davis appear to be two peas in a corrupt pod.

Reading the NYTimes piece on McCain's high stakes craps lifestyle raises significant questions. Not just about McCain's reckless...

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Obama, McCain And Rick Warren: Calculations At The Intersection Of Faith And Power

(21) Comments | Posted August 16, 2008 | 1:38 PM

On Saturday, Rick Warren will host a forum with Barack Obama and John McCain billed as a discussion on character and values. What is intriguing is the intersection of faith with the scramble for power among Warren's supporters and detractors within the evangelical and wingnut power broker communities....

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McCain's Cronies: Busting Media Myths On McCain's Lobbyist Hypocrisy

(15) Comments | Posted April 17, 2008 | 4:18 PM

Today, Media Matters releases another report in its series on McCain media myths, documented fully in Free Ride. It goes to the heart of McCain's phony public persona of "do what I say, and don't look at what I do:"  his cozy, long-term relationships with some of the biggest...

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McCain's Cronies: Rick Davis, Uber-Lobbyist, At The Campaign Helm

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2008 | 9:15 AM

Here's my first question for all the media types who have been covering McCain: why is it that any negative story about his myriad lobbyist connections gets relegated to the back pages -- the A17 story death knell? Anyone know -- because I'd love to hear the scoop.


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McCain's Cronies: Meet Charlie Black, Political Fixer And Lobbyist

(2) Comments | Posted March 31, 2008 | 9:13 AM

Top DC Lobbyist and McCain campaign "senior advisor" Charlie Black explains to Faux News why John McCain is an "outsider." The jokes just write themselves...

That the McCain campaign is sending out Charlie Black to be their rebuttal point...

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McCain's Cronies: You Gotta Have Friends

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2008 | 9:11 AM

If political fixer Charlie Black were the only big name lobbyist surrounding John McCain, you could almost see it as an aberration -- Black having been the political director at the RNC and having successfully helped Jim Baker...

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McCain's Cronies: Shining A Light On The Lobbyist Express

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2008 | 9:08 AM

John McCain's staff -- campaign and Senate -- is populated with lobbyists who have worked for many of the very companies for which McCain is charged with holding accountable. His current Senate chief of staff, Mark Buse, went from directing McCain's Commerce Committee staff to being a...

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McCain's Cronies: All Aboard The Lobbyist Express

(4) Comments | Posted March 31, 2008 | 9:05 AM

Gosh, who could have predicted that close and substantial ties to lobbyists for St. McCain might lead to some uncomfortable questions. Meet John McCain's Airbus campaign plane -- and...

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McCain's Cronies: Charlie Black And Big Tobacco

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2008 | 9:02 AM

Hmmmmm....wonder if the "McCain Lobbyist Express" ever gets cramped from all that effort to avoid discussing the many clients that line all those lobbyists' pockets while they are riding around the country with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. Are we to believe that the subject never, ever comes up...

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Libby Trial: Peeling Back The Layers

(16) Comments | Posted February 11, 2007 | 5:50 PM

There have been a lot of motions flying back and forth this weekend in the Libby trial, and there is some interesting speculation regarding the "will he or won't he" line of thought on Libby's testimony.  Thought we could do with a bit of an update this morning on all...

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Libby Trial: The Trouble With Mary

(19) Comments | Posted February 8, 2007 | 7:23 PM


(Graphics luv to commenter Andrea of the Huffington Post who sent this to Arianna.  Seemed so appropriate for today, somehow.)

It's just been one of those weeks for Mary Matalin, with all Cheney's her own words coming home to roost.  The trouble with...

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Libby Trial: Where Everybody Knows...

(27) Comments | Posted February 2, 2007 | 12:43 PM

It has been quite a week in the Libby trial:  testimony from Judy Miller, Matt Cooper and finishing the week with Deborah Bond, one of the lead FBI investigators in this lengthy investigation.  One of the more amusing anecdotes to come out of the trial this week was an exchange...

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The Public's Dilemma

(11) Comments | Posted January 30, 2007 | 6:26 PM

Frontline has a new documentary series, entitled "News War," that will be airing beginning the week of Feburary 13, 2007, tackling the modern media.  There will be a number of issues addressed in the series, including reporter privilege, national security leaks and the modern business model for newsrooms today. ...

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Libby Trial: Oncoming Train

(41) Comments | Posted January 25, 2007 | 3:10 PM

As a lawyer, your most valuable commodity in terms of courtroom and professional currency is your reputation for honesty, integrity and sticking to the agreed upon rules and the law, whatever the stakes of your case at bar.  This morning, that question came running headlong like an oncoming train into...

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Libby Trial: No Swans Swimming In Sewers

(32) Comments | Posted January 24, 2007 | 10:09 PM

Is it really the intent of the Libby legal team to reintroduce the entire argument over the Bush Administration's flawed case for war in Iraq?  Especially after we just completed the tedious slog through jury selection, with the endless string of questions about the potential jurors feelings about Vice President...

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Libby Trial: Openings and First Witness Today

(26) Comments | Posted January 23, 2007 | 10:51 PM

The trial proceedings opened with a bang today in the Libby criminal trial.  There was some new information presented during the opening statements from both the prosecution and the defense, and the first witness had already been on the stand by the close of court today.

Jury selection was completed...

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