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Dennis Hastert

The Mantra for 2016: "It's the Supreme Court, stupid!"

Murray Forseter | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Murray Forseter

The reason establishment, conservative Republicans have swallowed their pride, eaten their words, and have held their noses at the prospect of a Donal...

Homophobes and Transphobes Are Destroying America

Ace Robinson | Posted 05.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Ace Robinson

In the course of a day, nearly all LGBTQIA people in this country must be aware that their identity and even their sole existence may endanger their personal safety.

Privacy, Privilege and Prince

Daniel Zingale | Posted 05.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Daniel Zingale

Two of the biggest names in the arts and politics died this year: Prince and Antonin Scalia. While it's hard to find much in common with these two men, there is one thing they should have in common: the way their deaths were handled.

Preventing Sexual Abuse in Sports Begins At Home

Brooke de Lench | Posted 05.03.2016 | Parents
Brooke de Lench

As a society, we don't talk openly about sex. In most homes, we tend to learn sex as a second language, and not as part of our regular vocabulary. We sing songs with our kids like "Head and shoulders, knees and toes" which skip the important body parts in between shoulders and knees.

Hastert Victim Shouldn't Have Needed Courage to Speak

Michele Beaulieux | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Michele Beaulieux

What does it say about our society that Scott Cross needed extraordinary courage to speak at the sentencing hearing of his high school wrestling coach, Dennis Hastert? Do we want to live in a world in which crime victims do not feel comfortable sharing their stories?

Sex Abuser Denny Hastert Gets 15 Months in Jail While Women Get a Lifetime

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Women have abortions for many reasons, some of them we may think are good and others if we sit in judgement we may think are less good, but none of us knows what that woman's life is really like. Denny gets a few months in jail for being a serial child molester, while women bear the consequences on the bodies of women for life.

The Doomed and the Damned: Senator Lucifer, Predator Hastert, and the Presumptive Nominee

Jennifer Sabin | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Jennifer Sabin

If Trump really gets in a gender war with Hillary Clinton, and she continues to turn his insults into positive policy statements, we've got a winner, or in this debacle of a presidential race, a savior.

Dennis Hastert Admits He Sexually Abused Former Students, Gets 15 Months In Jail For Fraud

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics

CHICAGO -- Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in jail for bank fraud charges after admitting he had sex...

Sexual Abuse Accuser Sues Dennis Hastert For $1.8 Million

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics

A man who accused former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of sexual abuse filed a lawsuit on Monday claiming the once powerful conservative politicia...

PREDICTING NEW YORK: Hillary's Experience + Sanders Agenda = Clinton45.

Mark Green | Posted 04.17.2016 | Politics
Mark Green

2014-02-03-BothSidesNowLogoPlaincolhirescopy1.jpgNew Yorkers Weingarten, Cooke and Green agree that Sanders is attracting record crowds and voters for an insurgent. But Clinton wins handily because a practical progressive beats a walking-wish-list now campaigning with acrimony and sanctimony. Conservatives hope to "lose with Cruz."

Dennis Hastert Facing 'The Worst Of Both Worlds' Ahead Of Sentencing

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics

CHICAGO -- The legal woes of once-powerful former House Speaker Dennis Hastert have gone from bad to worse. A judge on Wednesday warned that false sta...

How Dennis Hastert Demonized Gays as Predators While He Was the True 'Super-Predator'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 04.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The true example of a "super-predator" appears to have been Hastert, a man who prosecutors say molested at least 4 boys, including a 14-year-old and one man was so damaged from this sexual assault he committed suicide.

Prosecutors: Former Speaker Hastert Molested At Least 4 Boys

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.09.2016 | Politics

By Letitia Stein (Reuters) - Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's lawyers declined on Saturday to directly address sexual abuse allegations from...

Prosecutors Offer Lurid Details On Dennis Hastert’s Alleged Sexual Abuse

The Washington Post | Paul Vale | Posted 04.09.2016 | Politics

Federal prosecutors on Friday detailed some of the lurid allegations of sexual misconduct against former U.S. House speaker Dennis Hastert and asked a...

Prosecutors Confirm For First Time Cover Up Of Hastert's Sex Abuse Of Teen

AP | Andrew Hart | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics

Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to a person the former House speaker sexually abused when the victim was 14 years old and Hastert worked as ...

Dennis Hastert Accused Of Sexual Abuse By At Least 4, Sources Say

Chicago Tribune | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics

For months, federal authorities have hinted at the motive behind the hush-money payments former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has admitted to maki...

Dennis Hastert Argues Humiliation Over Sexual Abuse Allegations Is Punishment Enough

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawyers for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert asked a federal court on Wednesday to sentence him to probation, arguing the Illinois Re...

Combatting GOP Senators' Refusal To Replace Scalia Now: Democrats Should Hold Private Hearings of Their Own

Michael Russnow | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics
Michael Russnow

Ask tough questions, and maybe, in the absence of GOP senators, have one of the Democratic senators play the role that someone usually does in preparing a presidential candidate for a debate.

The 25 Best and Worst Sex Moments From 2015

Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T.

It seems like sexuality is the one field with more of an ideological divide than politics. This year there is greater tolerance than ever to the many sexuality identifications and definitions. At the same time, there are many movements that promote failing programs and invisible walls of discrimination.

ExxonMobil, Peabody Coal Lobbying for Bill Preventing Climate Change Accounting in US Trade Deals

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe day before global leaders and diplomats passed a climate change deal in Paris at the United Nations climate summit, th...

Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert Hospitalized After Stroke

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert has suffered a stroke and has been hospitalized for about s...

Dennis Hastert Recovering From A Stroke

Politico | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who's awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in a federal hush money case, suffered a stroke and has been hosp...

Other Families' Values

George Heymont | Posted 08.09.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

2015 may well go down in history as the year that traditional family values (which frequently hide behind the purported threat of an imaginary "War Against Christians") finally got exposed for the perversions of its loudest proponents' hypocrisy.

Jeb Bush Enters the GOP Presidential Debate -- But What Are They 'Debating?'

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

In the upcoming performance art piece called the GOP presidential debates the candidates will try to one-up each other showing their base who's best at crushing labor unions, disciplining the poor, and striking fear in the hearts of America's enemies.

Political Corruption in Illinois

Tio Hardiman | Posted 06.12.2016 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Illinois has a long history of politicians going to jail. It appears that corruption is a learned behavior passed down from one politician to the other or maybe power sometimes corrupts people. However, there is no excuse for the bad decisions that politicians make.