Kirk Fordhamchief of staff to Rep. Tom Reynolds and former chief of staff for Foley, also resigned as a result of the scandal. The questionable conversations, which took place between    andwere investigated by the FBI for possible criminal violations.
None of that matters a damn. We do not have justice in this country only for our friends or our buddies or people we like on TV. You want to live in a tribal chaos?
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. The God-and-family party has an incredible ick factor. A link has been sent to your friend's email address.
Washington is still reeling from the indictment of former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, who reportedly paid off a man he sexually abused years ago and then lied about it to federal authorities. But the scandal has brought to light older rumors about the former Republican politician from Illinois, who stepped down under a cloud of suspicion in Hastert insisted he knew nothing about the scandal before it broke, but a House Ethics Committee investigation determined he had advance knowledge of the accusations. The Huffington Post also alleged Hastert—who has been married to his wife, Jean Kahl, since — had an affair with his top aide, Scott Palmer.
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No, it wasn't African-American young men of the '90s -- supposedly feral, "fatherless" and "godless" urban youth hell-bent on murder and mayhem -- who were "super-predators," a myth since exposed and which was created by the Princeton political science professor John DiIulio who later became George W. The same twisted ideas that led to the "super-predator" myth, which we've seen raised and debunked again during the current Democratic primary race amid discussion of the crime bill, have been used by anti-LGBT religious conservatives to argue against marriage equality. They promoted the notion that gays would destroy "traditional marriage," which supposedly would contribute to a breakdown in the family, causing deviant and dangerous consequences.
Former Speaker of the House John Dennis Hastert was sentenced today in federal court to 15 months in prison and two years of supervised release after he faced one of his accusers, who identified himself publicly for the first time as Scott Cross, a former Yorkville High School wrestling student. Hastert has also been required to comply with a sex offender treatment program. The sentence follows an almost year-long hush money case hinging on payments Hastert made to a student he allegedly sexually abused while acting as a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School in Illinois.
Bush's campaign, managed by a closeted gay man, pushed a series of anti-gay ballot initiatives across the country. The House of Representatives, led by a male speaker who allegedly sexually assaulted a male minor, moved a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage after beating back attempts to strengthen hate crimes legislation. And the White House, led in part by a vice president with a lesbian daughter, eagerly encouraged a conservative evangelical base hostile to gay rights.
FOR a lesson on the riddles of human nature, look no further than Dennis Hastert. Go back to earlywhen he became the speaker of the House of Representatives. Revisit the reason he got that job.