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Old Habits Die Hard: How Jack Abramoff Wields Influence Even Now

When last we left Jack Abramoff, he was using his legal troubles to justify delaying any resolution of the pay dispute with teachers at the Jewish day school Abramoff founded in suburban Maryland. The teachers have sued to get the back salary they never received when Eshkol Academy shut down because Abramoff's foundation cut off its funding as the boss man's scandals blossomed.

Now we get a glimpse of how Abramoff is trying to pull strings even as he tumbles toward his day of reckoning. The worldwide search for photographs of Abramoff with his good friend (or slight acquaintance) President Bush ended with a few rope line shots finally being published, and one publication that got a look at some pix (but didn't have them in hand to make them public) was Washingtonian magazine. Last week, that magazine posted on its web site an item explaining how its national editor, Kim Eisler, came to see the snaps and what they look like.

But within hours, that piece vanished from the site. Now it has reappeared, along with an editor's note explaining that it was indeed Abramoff who had asked for the story to be expunged because it would somehow violate his plea agreement. Washingtonian looked further into the claim and decided it was bogus enough that the story is back up.

They sound like such lovely pix. A heartwarming story for all involved.

By Marc Fisher |  February 21, 2006; 3:46 PM ET
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