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Looking forward to this:

Documentary on the Pirates' Dock Ellis coming out soon.

Bob McDonnell and Thomas Jefferson

Virginia has very weak ethics laws for their politicians because they never needed them before.

Jefferson was unable to foresee the modern Republican party, a party of grifting, self-interested boobs ready to sell out to the highest bidder. Jefferson never thought that someone would enter public office to cash in. He couldn't envision a phoney moralist like McDonnell with a suspect degree and his cheerleader wife ready to sell out the Commonwealth for high end designer goods and secret "loans". McDonnell is a sign of how far the GOP has fallen and how out of step with America they really are.

Verdict just reached in McDonnell trial

No word yet, but I'll edit as info comes in.

Edit 1:

The McDonnells are now gathering with their lawyers to hear the verdict of the jury in the federal corruption trial of the former Virginia governor and his wife.

Verdict expected in court shortly

After 17 and a half hours of deliberations, the jurors in the McDonnell trial have reached a verdict.

The verdict is expected to be read in court shortly. The decision will bring to a close a trial that seemed to grip the nation since it began in July with the shocking revelation by defense attorneys that the McDonnells’ marriage was shattered, and that would be a core element of their attempt to beat the charges.

The proceedings that followed over the next five weeks at times resembled a soap opera, as the McDonnells endured a humiliating dissection of their relationship amid unflattering allegations about the lavish lifestyle supplied by businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. Jurors heard from 67 witnesses, including Williams and the former governor, who took the stand in his own defense for nearly 24 hours over several days.



Edit 2:

Bob and Maureen McDonnell found guilty on at least one corruption charge (so far)

Edit 3:

Bob guilty on 11 counts of corruption, Maureen 8 counts of corruption.

Edit 4: Both are not guilty on the falsify loan documents. Both are guilty of honest services wire fraud. Wife guilty of obstruction of justice.

Final edit:

"With no fanfare, U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer set sentencing for Jan. 6 at 10 a.m.

Robert McDonnell, who sobbed throughout the proceeding, walked out with his head down. Maureen McDonnell hugged a friend at length in the aisle of the court."

"My students pay too much for college. Blame Reagan."

"At first glance, the student loan debt crisis appears a problem hatched in state houses and government. In the 1970s, states paid 65 percent of the costs of college. By 2013, states covered a mere 30 percent of college costs. Like students who had to pay more, the federal government seemingly upped its commitment, covering just 10 percent in the 1970s and 16 percent today.

But unmooring these statistics from their political context obscures how national forces shaped the seismic shifts in state higher education and, ultimately, why states give less and students pay more. To fix inequality at places like Ohio State, we should look to federal policy first, and problems with state funding second.

Today’s student aid crisis has its roots in the 1980s. In 1981, the Reagan administration, with a coalition of congressional Republicans and conservative Democrats, pushed through Congress a combination of tax- and budget-cutting measures.

No federal program suffered deeper cuts than student aid. Spending on higher education was slashed by some 25 percent between 1980 and 1985. In raw dollar figures, cuts totaled $594 million in student assistance and $338 million in Pell grants. Students eligible for grant assistance freshmen year had to take out student loans to cover their second year. For middle-class families, eligibility was changed as well. Low-cost, low-interest, subsidized federal loans were limited to families with household incomes of less than $32,000, regardless of family size."

The entire awesome article by Devin Fergus here:


Tom Toles nails Mitch McConnell

"How Democracy Works" from Wumo

Closing arguments in the McDonnells trial

Prosecutors are outlining all of Bob's lies today.

The WAPO's live blog is the best way to follow it:

Scroll down and read the headlines if you don't have time to read it all.

"Bob McDonnell’s plea for sympathy at trial is riddled by rationalizations, contradictions"

From WAPO's By Robert McCartney

RICHMOND — Poor Bob McDonnell. He’s so aggrieved, so misunderstood. His wife yelled at him so much that he was too scared to ask her to give back $50,000 she received from a businessman, even though he was “extremely upset” with her. (What a shrew.)

His sons weren’t much better. They accepted expensive golf clubs and bags from the same businessman and wouldn’t return them, even though their father told them that the unsolicited presents were “a little much.” (Stubborn brats.)

Now the mean Justice Department thinks he did something wrong by taking so much largesse from the man who unmistakably hoped to get official favors in return.


Finally, at the end of his initial round of testimony Friday, McDonnell said dramatically that he didn’t blame his wife for what happened. It seemed calculated to score points as a man who took responsibility for his actions.
But the former governor spent all Thursday morning detailing how the whole thing was almost entirely his wife’s doing, because she acted behind his back and alienated his affections with her fury.


The trial is going badly for Bob "It's my wife's fault" McDonnell today.

From the WAPO live blog. It is very long, so it you don't have time to read it, just scroll down and look at the headlines.


Here's sample of headlines from today:

One gift scrapped, another left on

McDonnell's testimony on stock differs from daughter's

'If u need cash, let me know'

'Tell me who to make the check out to'

Prosecutor pokes holes in McDonnell's explanations

Using Hannity interview against governor

Driving the Ferrari wasn't a 'favor,' it was 'simply helping'

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x-posted from the VA group.
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