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Rough Sketch: October 12, 2008 - October 18, 2008

Contempt in Court

Ted Stevens once told his Senate colleagues that he's "a mean, miserable SOB." Yesterday, he set out to prove it. Taking the stand yesterday in his trial on corruption-related charges, the octogenarian Alaska Republican could not conceal his scorn for prosecutor Brenda Morris during her cross-examination. Why did he keep...

By Dana Milbank  | October 18, 2008; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ted Stevens's Fall Girl

Catherine Stevens had much to be unhappy about as she took the stand yesterday at the corruption trial of her husband, Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska. This Story The stairs that were built for the Stevens chalet, gratis, by a company seeking help from the longtime Republican lawmaker? "I was...

By Dana Milbank  | October 17, 2008; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Joe Again? Say It Ain't So.

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y., Oct. 15 Before Wednesday night's final presidential debate, the big question had been whether John McCain would hit Barack Obama with Bill Ayers. Instead, he hit him with Joe the Plumber. Ayers, the "washed-up terrorist," as McCain called him, had but a bit role; the Republican nominee...

By Dana Milbank  | October 16, 2008; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The High Cost of Confidence

The confidence men were 15 minutes late to the Treasury's Cash Room yesterday, but this in no way diminished their self-assurance. "We are a confident and optimistic people," Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson began. "Our confidence is born out of our long history of meeting every challenge we face." "Americans can...

By Dana Milbank  | October 15, 2008; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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