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  • Hastert duped into letting stranger inside

    10/11/2006 6:16:10 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 58 replies · 1,785+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 10/11/2006 | Lynn Sweet
    House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, with his job on the line because of the spiraling Mark Foley cyberspace page sex scandal, was duped Tuesday into letting a stranger into his Plano home -- a serious security breach. Hastert literally let his guard down and allowed in his house a hustling, self-promoting evangelist little known in this country, the Houston-based K.A. Paul, who at 7:30 a.m. arrived at the speaker's home with a camera-wielding associate. How Paul and his aide, Dennis Ryan, got to Hastert's door is a tale of apparent chance. How the publicity-hungry Paul and Ryan walked through it...
  • Ben Sasse and #NeverTrump’s Pedophile Problem

    05/06/2016 4:19:43 AM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 61 replies
    Danger and Play ^ | May 5, 2016 | Mike Cernovich
    Ben Sasse and the rest of the GOP elite claim Trump is a menace who must be stopped “on principle.” Sasse and others have criticized Trump for not disavowing racists quickly enough (even though Trump disavowed racists repeatedly). Sasse has a bigger problem – he supported a pedophile. Some suspect he used his position of authority to enable abuse. Ben Sasse was in charge of supervising underage boys, who were later abused by members of Congress. Ben Sasse was a tutor in the Congressional page program from 1996 to 1998. The Congressional page program brings underage boys to Congress to...
  • Judge sentences former U.S. House speaker Dennis Hastert to 15 months in federal prison

    04/27/2016 10:11:38 AM PDT · by NRx · 119 replies
    WaPo ^ | 04-27-2016 | Matt Zapotosky
    CHICAGO —A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced former House speaker J. Dennis Hastert to 15 months in federal prison — a term above what even prosecutors had recommended and one that clearly takes into account the sexual abuse allegations that generated the criminal case against the Illinois Republican. The sentencing marked an ignominious moment in the life of a man who was once a revered high school teacher and wrestling coach in Illinois and who ascended into the highest ranks of American politics. Even before the hearing, prosecutors had revealed in court filings how Hastert allegedly had molested or inappropriately...
  • Dennis Hastert sentenced

    04/27/2016 9:09:41 AM PDT · by fulltlt · 44 replies
    WLS am 890 radio ^ | 4/27/2016 | WLS radio
    WLS just announced that Dennis Hastert has been sentenced to 2 years of supervised release and no contact with those he had molested.
  • Dennis Hastert Molested at Least Four Boys, Prosecutors Say

    04/08/2016 8:12:20 PM PDT · by TroutStalker · 134 replies
    NY Times ^ | APRIL 8, 2016 | MONICA DAVEY and MITCH SMITH
    CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors on Friday for the first time provided details of sexual abuse allegations against J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House, asserting that he molested at least four boys, as young as 14, when he worked as a high school wrestling coach decades ago. Mr. Hastert, 74, is not charged with the incidents of abuse because of statutes of limitation, prosecutors said, but he was accused last year of illegally structuring bank withdrawals for money he was paying to one of his victims in an effort to hide the abuse. He pleaded guilty in October...
  • Sex abuse testimony OK'd for Dennis Hastert sentencing

    03/23/2016 1:02:37 PM PDT · by iowamark · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/23/2016 | Jason Meisner
    Another man who alleges he was sexually abused by former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert years ago as well as the sister of another alleged victim could testify at Hastert's upcoming sentencing on charges he paid hush money to cover up wrongdoing in his past, the Tribune has learned. For the first time, prosecutors and lawyers for Hastert revealed in an unannounced hearing Tuesday that the Illinois Republican had been accused of sexual abuse from when he was high school wrestling coach and teacher in Yorkville decades ago, according to a transcript of the hearing obtained by the Tribune. In...
  • Hastert Reportedly Paid Individual From His Past To Hide Sexual Misconduct

    05/29/2015 12:21:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies ^ | 05-29-2015 | John Stanton, Andrew Kaczynski, Evan McMorris-Santoro
    What We Know So Far Hastert, the former Speaker of the House, was indicted Thursday on federal charges of evading reporting requirements and lying to the FBI The Illinois Republican allegedly agreed to pay an unnamed individual $3.5 million for previous misconduct Source: Investigators considered including a second alleged victim in the Hastert indictment, but ultimately chose not to do so. A source familiar with the investigation told BuzzFeed News that U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon considered but did not pursue additional charges against former Speaker Dennis Hastert, which would have included a reference to an Individual B, one of potentially...
  • Indictment of former House speaker Dennis Hastert

    08/18/2015 10:02:47 PM PDT · by Rabin · 34 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | pass | staff
    Federal prosecutors on Thursday indicted former House speaker J. Dennis Hastert on charges of purposefully withdrawing less than $10,000 in order to evade... Violations: Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)(2); Title 31, United States Code,Section 5324
  • The Trap That Ensnared Denny Hastert Could Be Set For Any of Us

    06/10/2015 10:04:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 70 replies ^ | June 10, 2015 | Bob Barr
    Lavrenti Beria, who ran Josef Stalin’s KGB, once commented on the ease with which the feared organization he headed could convict any individual at will: “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.” But that was early 20th Century Soviet Union, and this is 21st Century America, you might say; we have all manner of procedural safeguards in place to guard against individuals being charged and convicted of things not truly evil or harmful to others. Ahh, were it so. Just how easy is it in 21st Century America to run afoul of one or more of the...
  • Dennis Hastert: When It’s a Crime to Withdraw Your Own Money From Your Bank

    06/07/2015 5:39:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | 06/07/2015 | Josh Barro
    Dennis Hastert has not been indicted on a charge of sexual abuse, nor has he been indicted on a charge of paying money he was not legally allowed to pay. The indictment of Mr. Hastert, a former House speaker, released last week, lays out two counts: taking money out of the bank the wrong way, and then lying to the F.B.I. about what he did with the money. Does that make sense? Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic, for example, is worried that the indictment constitutes government overreach, punishing Mr. Hastert for concealing payments whose disclosure he may have thought would...
  • 'He damaged him more than we will ever know' (Dennis Hastert sexually abused her teen brother)

    06/05/2015 10:23:46 AM PDT · by dead · 59 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5 June 2015 | Louise Boyle For
    Steve Reinboldt was the student equipment manager when Hastert worked at Yorkville High school in Illinois in the 1970s and 80s His sister Jolene Reinboldt said Steve told her he was gay 8 years after high school and at the same time revealed his first same-sex experience 'was with Dennis Hastert' Steve Reinboldt died of AIDS in 1995. His sister confronted Dennis Hastert with the allegations when the politician turned up to Steve's funeral Hastert, 73, has not responded to the allegations He was indicted last week on accusations he agreed to pay $3.5m 'hush money' to ensure someone...
  • Video: Sister of alleged Dennis Hastert victim goes public

    06/05/2015 6:46:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/05/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    It took 20 years for Jolene Reinboldt to have anyone take her story seriously. After her brother Steve died of AIDS in 1995, she was shocked to see Dennis Hastert, her brother’s teacher and coach in high school, show up for the viewing. She followed Hastert out to the parking lot and told him she knew his secret, and then tried for years to get law enforcement and news agencies to investigate it, all to no avail. Two weeks ago, though, the FBI came calling and wanted to hear her story for themselves as part of an investigation into...
  • Exclusive: Alleged Dennis Hastert Sex Abuse Victim Is Named By Family

    06/05/2015 5:58:57 AM PDT · by maggief · 64 replies
    In Steve Reinboldt’s 1970 high school yearbook, wrestling coach Dennis Hastert wrote that Steve was his “great, right hand man” as the student equipment manager of the Yorkville, Illinois wrestling team. But Steve was also a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of Hastert, Steve’s sister said today in an interview with ABC News. It is the first time an alleged Hastert victim has been identified by name since his indictment for lying to the FBI and violating federal banking laws to cover-up past misconduct. Hastert, due in court next week, has not responded to the allegations. In an...
  • What You Need to Know About Child Molesters

    06/04/2015 5:40:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | June 4, 2015 | Michael Reagan
    In the past few weeks we've learned that Josh Dugger was a child molester, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was a child molester and the Methodist Church in the UK has apologized for 2,000 cases of abuse dating back to 1950. Child molesters can be found in the highest reaches of politics. Molesters can be television celebrities. And molesters can ply their abuse under the cover of the church. With abusers that pervasive it makes sense to learn more about the perpetrators. Thanks to an excellent article in The Jewish Woman we can. The really bad news in...
  • So evading government scrutiny is a crime. Why?

    06/03/2015 11:41:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Yesterday I started to delve into the Dennis Hastert case, paying particular attention to the specific crimes with which the former Speaker is being charged. But even after I finished writing about it and reading some of the comments here, I wasn’t very happy with my conclusions. There’s something very unsettling about the entire case (leaving out the obvious, horrible alleged child rape parts of it) but I felt that I wasn’t quite able to put my finger on it. Today I found someone who has done a better job of wrestling those questions to the ground and it...
  • Evangelical Powerhouse Wheaton College Removes Dennis Hastert's Name From Center After Indictment

    06/02/2015 8:38:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/02/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Wheaton College, the prominent Evangelical alma mater of former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert said Sunday that it had removed his name from a center named after him since his scandalous indictment for illegally transferring funds to dodge the IRS and lying to the FBI. Reports surfaced last week alleging that Hastert had sexually molested a male victim to whom he recently paid hush money in violation of federal banking laws, according to a federal law enforcement official briefed on the case. The 73-year-old Wheaton graduate was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury that charged that he had violated...
  • Liberal Democrat Bill Press: A raw deal for Hastert

    06/02/2015 8:09:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/02/2015 | Bill Press
    As a Democrat, I know I’m supposed to cheer now that former Republican Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) has been charged with federal crimes. But, in fact, I feel just the opposite. It looks to me like he got a raw deal, and ended up the victim of an overzealous federal prosecutor. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t condone Hastert’s rumored sexual abuse of a former student, if that’s what happened. But if that student still felt harmed, so many years later, why didn’t he go to the police instead of going to Hastert and hitting him up for hush money?...
  • David Brooks: 'Obama Has Run An Amazingly Scandal-Free Administration' [mentions my blog]

    05/31/2015 4:47:12 PM PDT · by grundle · 52 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 31, 2015 | Tom Blumer
    <p>Despite 6-1/2 years of horrid governance and dozens of acknowledged scandals, several of which a few of the credible remaining outposts of liberal thought have actually agreed are scandals, David Brooks, the New York Times's resident fake conservative, asserted on Friday's PBS NewsHour, as if it's an indisputable fact, that "President Obama has run an amazingly scandal-free administration, not only he himself, but the people around him."</p>
  • It all begins with "Black Larry" and Omaha's Boys Town

    05/31/2015 5:56:54 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 5 replies
    Libertarian Republican ^ | Sunday, May 31, 2015 | Eric Dondero
    This FROM THE EDITOR: We will have a major update to the Dennis Hastert child sex ring story here tonight. Witness, sworn statement. Stay tuned... We will begin our coverage of the so-called "Dennis Hastert Sex Scandal," with a video from the early 1990s, from a trusted source of this website. The documentary was set to air on the Discovery Channel in 1994, but was pulled at the last minute, and never ran on cable TV. Some blog sleuths eventually dug it up, years later. It contains some mind-numbing accusations and earth shattering evidence against some Nebraska politicians at the...
  • Patriot Act That Dennis Hastert Passed Led To His Indictment

    05/30/2015 6:48:57 AM PDT · by Sawdring · 64 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 05/28/2015 | Daniel Marans
    On Oct. 24, 2001, then-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) shepherded the Patriot Act through the House of Representatives. It passed 357 to 66, advancing to the Senate and then-President George W. Bush’s desk for signing. Hastert took credit for House passage in a 2011 interview, claiming it “wasn’t popular, and there was a lot of fight in the Congress” over it.
  • Dunham, Duggar, Hastert: A Tale of the Left's Twisted Morality

    05/30/2015 7:12:11 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 13 replies ^ | 5/30/15 | Steve Berman
    Aesop couldn’t have told this fable better.  Three sex scandals, and three different responses.  The Left celebrates admitted sexual abuse for their own, ravages those who honestly approach the subject, and withholds judgment for those who cover it up. The profane, progressive and feminist actress Lena Dunham molested her one-year-old sister when she was seven.  Dunham admitted, even praised this act, calling it “sexual exploration.”  When they were older, she also paid her sister with candles for “prolonged kisses on the lips” and masturbated in bed next to her when Dunham was 17 and her sister was just 11 years old....
  • No Time for Hillary Scandals -- Every Reporter Everywhere Is Covering the Dennis Hastert Indictment

    05/30/2015 2:19:16 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Following a Chicago grand jury’s decision to indict former House speaker Dennis Hastert on charges that he violated federal banking laws by paying $3.5 million to an unnamed person to cover up “past misconduct,” rumors have abounded about what exactly that misconduct might be. The Washington Post reports now that Hastert “was trying to cover up decades-old allegations that he sexually molested a male victim to whom he recently paid hush money in violation of federal banking laws, according to a federal law enforcement official briefed on the case.” The misconduct, according to the unnamed source, dates from Hastert’s days...
  • Dennis Hastert paid to conceal sexual misconduct, sources say

    05/29/2015 11:39:54 AM PDT · by Callahan · 188 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 5/29/2015 | RICHARD A. SERRANO AND TIMOTHY M. PHELPS contact the reporters
    Indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying an individual from his past to conceal sexual misconduct, two federal law enforcement officials said Friday. One of the officials, who would not speak publicly about the federal charges in Chicago, said “Individual A,” as the person is described in Thursday’s federal indictment, was a man and that the alleged misconduct was unrelated to Hastert’s tenure in Congress. The actions date to Hastert’s time as a Yorkville, Ill., high school wrestling coach and teacher, the official said.
  • Hastert's indictment suggests he was victim of blackmail scheme

    05/29/2015 8:48:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/29/2015 | Rick Moran
    The facts surrounding the indictment of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert are vague and suggestive. He is being charged with several currency violations and one count of lying to federal investigators.  The currency violations are the result of withdrawals from several bank accounts by Hastert over a two year period that exceeded the $10,000 limit on withdrawals which that needed to be reported under the law. Much of that cash apparently went to one individual in order to cover up "prior misconduct" by Hastert dating back to his time as a teacher and wrestling coach. Washington Post: In 2010, confronted...
  • Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted by federal grand jury

    05/28/2015 7:49:25 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 28 at 7:07 PM | By Mark Berman and Paul Kane
    Former House Speaker Hastert indicted on federal charges(1:13) Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert was indicted on federal charges Thursday, including lying to the FBI in an alleged effort to hide $3.5 million in payments to a person to conceal past misconduct. (Reuters) J. Dennis Hastert, the longest serving Republican speaker in the U.S. House, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges that he violated banking laws in a bid to pay $3.5 million because of “past misconduct” against an unnamed individual from their hometown west of Chicago. Hastert, 73, who has been a high-paid lobbyist in...
  • Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

    05/28/2015 4:40:52 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 168 replies
    Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Chicago. The Illinois Republican, 73, is charged with trying to evade cash withdrawal requirements, and with lying to the FBI about it.
  • Former speaker Dennis Hastert indicted for hush money cover-up

    05/28/2015 3:45:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/28/2015 | Tom LoBianco
    Federal officials have indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert for lying to the FBI about $3.5 million he agreed to pay to an undisclosed subject to "cover up past misconduct." The indictment was unsealed in the District Court of Northern Illinois on Thursday. The Justice Department alleges that Hastert made large withdrawals after agreeing to pay the money. The indictment does not explain precisely what the "past misconduct" is, but instead details at length various withdrawals and financial transactions he made with the unidentified subject. The payments totaling about $1.7 million occurred over a period of years beginning in 2010...
  • Feds charge former House Speaker Dennis Hastert with lying to FBI, illegal cash structuring

    05/28/2015 2:36:45 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 44 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | May 28 | Jon Seidel
    Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert with illegally structuring cash withdrawals from bank accounts to make payments to someone he committed “prior misconduct” against and lying to the FBI about it
  • Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Indicted On Federal Charges (indictment linked)

    05/28/2015 2:34:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 28, 2015 | John Stanton
    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert on reporting evasion charges and lying to the FBI as part of an effort to pay off victims of “prior bad acts.” In an indictment handed down in the District Court of Northern Illinois, the Department of Justice and IRS charged Hastert, 73, with illegally transferring funds in an effort to avoid detection by the IRS, a scheme known as “structuring.” In the indictment, Hastert is accused of agreeing to pay one individual $3.5 million. Although the indictment specifies neither the “bad acts” nor the victims, sources said...
  • Boehner escapes jam on DHS vote, but more GOP battles loom

    03/04/2015 5:13:02 PM PST · by george76 · 38 replies
    ap ^ | Mar 4, 2015 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    GOP Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma .. said he doesn't think relying heavily on Democratic votes is a "new normal." But he conceded the Republican-led Congress faces even tougher choices ahead, including another debt limit showdown this year, in which scores of conservatives are unlikely to help. ... Tuesday's vote was perhaps the final coffin nail in the "Hastert Rule," promulgated by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. He said a speaker should not allow votes on major bills opposed by most of his caucus. More than two-thirds of House Republicans voted against the DHS bill Boehner offered Tuesday.
  • Hastert, Illinois Republicans to Call for Immigration Overhaul

    04/21/2014 7:34:26 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 29 replies ^ | 4/21/14 | Matt Fuller
    An immigration overhaul may not have enough GOP support to pass the House, but the idea has found some Republican support in Illinois. Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., is slated to join a number of prominent Illinois Republicans and CEOs on Tuesday to call on GOP leaders to pass a national immigration overhaul. Republican Reps. Aaron Schock and Adam Kinzinger are also scheduled to give video testimonials on the subject. The event is hosted by the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, and it’s being held at the prestigious Chicago Club in the heart of the Windy City. Among the guests...
  • Romney picks up Shultz, Rice, Huckabee and Nancy Reagan Endorsements

    06/01/2012 8:08:28 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 222 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM (Multiple News feeds) ^ | June 1, 2012 | Jeff Head
    Over the last few days, since Romney clinched the GOP nomination for President by going over the 1,144 committed delegates needed with his win in the Texas Primary on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, a number of new endorsements have come in for Romney's bid for the Presidency. These include George Shultz, former Secretary of State; Condoliza Rice, former Secretrary of State and National Security Advisor; Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas and presidential candidate; and Nancy Reagan, wife of President Ronald Reagan. Here's what each of them had to say on the date they endorsed Romney: NANCY REAGAN endorses Mitt...
  • Peter Schweizer’s New Book Blasts Congressional Corruption (audio interview special)

    11/14/2011 9:04:37 AM PST · by STARWISE · 13 replies
    Victory Sessions/KABC ^ | 11-13-11 | Peter J. Boyer
    Session host: Stephen K. Bannon and Guest Host Peter Schweizer | Session guest: Keith Appell, Peter J. Boyer, Andrew Breitbart, ** Victory Sessions Special: “Crony Capitalism: How It Has Destroyed America’. At times explosive, this evenings show highlights the crimes on Capitol Hill — Democrats and Republicans included. “Throw Them ALL Out’s” author Peter Schweizer drills down on the outrageous behavior of our Congressional Representatives. We think this evenings show will blow your mind! LISTEN HERE ### Congress is getting rich off Wall Street and Peter Schweizer won’t stop until everyone knows it. Plus Peter Schwiezer on how Obama donors...
  • Lawmakers Deny Insider Trading in ‘60 Minutes’ Report

    11/13/2011 11:36:21 PM PST · by STARWISE · 51 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 11-13-11 | Ryan Teague Beckwith, Jon Stanton
    Updated: 10:30 p.m. Members of Congress may be personally profiting from insider information they gather while legislating, according to a “60 Minutes” report that aired tonight. A segment on the long-running TV news show noted that insider-trading laws do not apply to Members of Congress, highlighting several suspiciously timed deals in which lawmakers profited. The examples came from Peter Schweizer, a research fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution think tank at Stanford University, but “60 Minutes” said it verified all of the information in them. * Rep. Spencer Bachus bought stock option funds that would profit if the market crashed...
  • Former House speaker endorses Romney (Dennis Hastert)

    10/12/2011 7:46:29 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, of Illinois, today endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “During my years in the House, I was an advocate for balanced budgets and low taxes,” Hastert said in a statement. “Mitt Romney stands up for these principles….From his success in the private sector, Mitt Romney understands how to create jobs and turn around this economy.” Hastert was speaker from 1999 to 2007.
  • Former speaker gets pricey perks

    12/21/2009 7:13:17 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 30 replies · 796+ views
    Politico ^ | December 21, 2009 | Jake Sherman & John Bresnahan
    U.S. taxpayers are spending more than $40,000 per month on office space, staff, cell phones and a leased SUV for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, even as he works as a lobbyist for private corporations and foreign governments. The payments are perfectly legal under a federal law that provides five years of benefits for former speakers — but only if Hastert never makes use of his government-funded perks in the course of his lobbying work. Ethics experts say that sort of separation is hard to maintain. Hastert “has to be meticulous in his schedule to make sure there is no...
  • Commentary: What's driving the U.S. over a cliff?

    04/16/2009 10:11:17 AM PDT · by bpjam · 34 replies · 1,173+ views
    CNN (of all inconceivable places) ^ | April 16, 2009 | John Feehery
    (CNN) -- I was talking to a close family friend during my vacation in Florida, and he was criticizing the governor there for taking the stimulus money that came from the federal government. "Florida should just cut government spending, and not use the Feds as a crutch," he said with great vehemence. Now, this family friend is not a wealthy guy, but he lives a comfortable life, made more comfortable by the fact that he gets a nice monthly pension check from the state. I didn't dare suggest to him that perhaps cutting back on his monthly pension might be...
  • Oberweis Loss Of Hastert's 14th District In Illinois: Plenty Of Blame To Go Around

    03/11/2008 4:59:43 PM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 2 replies · 129+ views ^ | March 09, 2008 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    Commentary by Daniel T. Zanoza Jim Oberweis' loss in the 14th U.S. Congressional District in Illinois is being reported as a huge defeat for the Republican Party by the national media and it is. However, the dominant press is saying the results of last Saturday's special election, to fill the remainder of former Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert's term, was an indication of things to come in November. Most reporting claims overall displeasure with Republicans resulted in the victory of Democrat Bill Foster over Oberweis, a wealthy dairy magnate. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reason Republicans...
  • Breaking News: Former Speaker Hastert to resign

    10/18/2007 8:39:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 88 replies · 68+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 17, 2007
    The Roll Call newspaper in Washington reported on its website this evening that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois intends to resign his House seat later this year. The subscription-only site said Hastert, who had already announced he would not seek reelection in 2008, was calling friends and associates today and telling them of his decision. His early departure would create the need for a special election in his exurban Chicago district, possibly on Illinois' Feb. 5 presidential primary day. The 65-year-old former high school teacher and wrestling coach, first elected to the U.S. House in 1986 after six...
  • Hastert Departure Coincides With Unsettled Future for House Republicans

    09/09/2007 9:42:28 PM PDT · by Baladas · 12 replies · 303+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | September 09, 2007 | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    WASHINGTON — Dennis Hastert's walk off the political stage may be a footnote in history but it also marks the end of a career that is notable for its leadership as the longest-Republican House speakership ever during a tumultuous era in Washington horse-trading. Nearly lost in the buzz of recent scandal and resignation, Hastert's expected departure is the culmination of a bad year for House Republicans, who lost the majority in the 2006 midterm elections and whose prospects remain unclear following the unexpected death of Ohio Rep. Paul Gillmor this week and retirement decisions by an array of former party...
  • Former House Speaker Seeks Graceful Exit {Hastert }

    06/16/2007 9:58:42 AM PDT · by SmithL · 42 replies · 925+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/16/7 | DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Few politicians fall as far and as fast as Dennis Hastert, but the longest-serving Republican House speaker in history landed with his sense of humor intact. "I do have a schedule," he laughs when asked how he fills his time in the minority and proves it by holding up a printed card that lists his day's events. He also has a postcard-gorgeous view of the National Mall from his Capitol office, one floor beneath his former suite. "Lower to the ground," Hastert chuckles, a self-deprecating reference to the lofty position he held for eight years in an...
  • AP- 'Half the Country' says Speaker Hastert Should Resign?

    10/12/2006 7:34:10 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 38 replies · 855+ views ^ | 10/12/06 | warner todd huston
    The AP did a fine job of advocacy for the Democratic Party tonight in a story on Bush's appearance with Speaker Hastert at an Illinois fund-raiser for two GOP candidates for Congress. In Bush Gives Hastert Boost in Time of Need, the AP made a few outrageous statements that amount to tearing down Republicans as opposed to merely reporting news. The AP tried to characterize Bush as a "tepid" supporter of Speaker Hastert and directly said that "half the country" wanted Hastert to resign. The $1.1 million fundraiser provided the first picture of Bush with Hastert since a scandal broke...
  • Dog At Large! (A ticket fix for Sandy Berger)

    04/09/2005 9:43:37 AM PDT · by Dr.Syn · 19 replies · 870+ views ^ | April 7, 2005 | Dan Sargis
      Dog At Large!April 7, 2005 The Devil once made an offer to former Clinton lackey, Sandy Berger.  The Devil visited Berger's office and made him an offer. "I can arrange some things for you,” the devil said. " I’ll get you a top level security clearance; I’ll give you your 15 minutes of pathetic fame; I’ll make you the best liar in the world and I’ll let you get away with being a despicable scumbag. All I require in return is that your wife's soul, your children's souls, their children's souls and your country’s soul rot in hell for eternity." Berger...
  • Hastert's Illinois Approach to Politics

    10/10/2006 11:21:11 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 616+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 11, 2006 | Dennis Byrne
    Pundits glued to their Potomac seats, applying their usual Beltway explanations for everything that happens in America, would have it that House Speaker Dennis Hastert bollixed up the House page scandal because he is an unredeemed Republican partisan. Or that he doesn't care enough about congressmen hounding boys. Or that his conservatism made him do it.Blind partisanship, moral failings, hypocrisy, gay bashing or any of those other explanations that don't come close to the reality that Hastert was simply doing politics as it is practiced here, in Illinois.Hastert knows no other way, having been bred, born and raised in the...
  • 'Early' Show' Continues To Call for Hastert's Head

    10/05/2006 4:22:46 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 5 replies · 284+ views ^ | October 5, 2006 | Michael Rule
    Posted by Michael Rule on October 5, 2006 - 16:26. What did Speaker Hastert know about former Congressman Foley’s lurid communications with a former page, and when did he know it? This is an open question that will be resolved through investigations by the House Ethics Committee and the FBI. Yet before all the facts are known, "The Early Show" continued to clamor for Hastert’s resignation. The "Early Show" has raised the subject of Speaker Hastert resigning in at least two stories in each of the last four days. On Thursday’s program, Hannah Storm spoke with CBS’s idea of a...
  • Foley's IM Page turns out to be a seasoned Political Operative and Dirty Trickster

    10/05/2006 10:54:09 AM PDT · by WL-law · 160 replies · 6,491+ views
    self | 10-06-06 | WL-Law
    Another amazing piece to the Foley blackmail story. To jump into the middle of the story: we have established that it was Jordan Edmund, the then-18 year old page, now 21-year old political operative, who was the recipient of Rep. Foley's IM lust. Edmund, a gay, 21 year-old college student from San Diego CA, has somehow, mysteriously and inexplicably, managed to get the job of campaign manager for a repub candidate from Oklahoma. Edmund has a companion, also 21 and also from San Diego, working with him on the Oklahoma campaign. I have posited on other posts that these two...
  • Finally, a Republican scandal that may stick (Barf Alert)

    10/04/2006 11:02:15 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 42 replies · 1,516+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | October 3, 2006 | Lenore Skenazy
    Finally, a Republican scandal that may stick Usually when the Republican chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children instant-messages an underage boy and asks him to get out a ruler to measure his... Well. Ahem. Let's just say: Usually when a congressman is involved in a scandal, he doesn't bring the whole party down with him. This time could be different. The Mark Foley affair is so simple and so human, it's like a Cliffs.Notes version of all the other Republican scandals: Rampant corruption. Leadership? Ha. No one cares till the klieg lights get turned on. THE...
  • Gingrich says Hastert shouldn't resign over handling of page scandal

    10/03/2006 5:17:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 81 replies · 1,420+ views ^ | 10/3/06 | AP
    LEXINGTON, Ky. - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday that his successor, Dennis Hastert, appropriately handled the aftermath of a scandal involving a Florida congressman and salacious, explicit instant messages to underage male pages. Gingrich on Tuesday dismissed a call for Hastert's resignation by The Washington Times, a conservative newspaper whose editorial page editor is Gingrich's former press secretary, Tony Blankley. "I do not agree with that, and I think it's very premature and very inappropriate," said Gingrich, who was in Lexington to give a speech to the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation. Rep. Mark Foley,...
  • House Speaker Hastert Should Stay

    10/03/2006 5:05:01 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 19 replies · 605+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/3/06 | NewsMax
    Critics are calling for Rep. Dennis Hastert to step down as Speaker of the House over his handling of the Rep. Mark Foley affair. NewsMax strongly disagrees with that sentiment. The Washington Times, a conservative voice in the nation's capital, has joined some Democrats in criticizing the Illinois Republican for not doing enough to investigate questions about Foley's e-mail exchanges with a former House page. Hastert must "resign his speakership at once," the Times demanded in a lead editorial published Tuesday. But while we have disagreed with Hastert over Congressional spending practices, we feel that in the Foley matter he...
  • Sex, Politics, and Hypocrisy

    10/03/2006 1:28:59 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 104 replies · 2,076+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 03 October 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Rep. Mark Foley, a Florida Republican, has resigned abruptly from the House on the revelation by ABC News of “sexual” instant messages to underage male pages. The Democrats in Congress and in the media are trying to hang this albatross around the necks of Republican leaders, and Republicans generally. There is incompetent reporting, either accidental or deliberate, on this story. Foley sent e-mails to some pages that were not overtly sexual. Almost the entire press has failed to report the differences between e-mails and instant messages. Since most reporters use both methods of communications or can easily get information about...