Amicus Podcast – Solicitor General Don Verrili

Amicus Podcast – Solicitor General Don Verrili

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One of my favorite work-nerd things is the Amicus podcast from Slate/Panoply. I’ve been a fan of Ms. Dhalia Lithwick (I well and truly squeeed when she was on TDS last month) for years, and to hear her as well as read her column is a lot of fun. Her end-of-term podcast is an interview with outgoing Solicitor General Don Verrili, and it’s a fascinating look into arguing before the present-day SCOTUS. This is a great listen. If you know a Government teacher, I highly recommend you pass  Amicus on to them as a teaching tool.


The Conservative obsession with sex criminals.



From full-throated defenses of clergy boy-buggery, to Jim Bob and Josh Duggar, the nation’s conservative movement never acknowledges the sexual problems of their celebrities/leaders. Now comes former Speaker and alleged molester of high school students, Dennis Hastert. Faux News can’t help themselves:

On Sunday, Fox News’ Brit Hume sought to underscore that Hastert was actually a victim. “There’s, evidently, a blackmailer, extortionist…and all indications seem to be no charges will be brought against the person who was blackmailing the former speaker,” Hume said.

Just imagine Brit Hume’s reaction if he was commenting on a Democrat who buggered high school boys.

I always wonder, do guys like Hume, who had legitimate journalism street cred prior to pledging the Fox News Animal House, cringe when saying things like this?

(photo credit: AP)


Three morally repugnant Republican Speakers of the House

First there was Newt the Gingrich, serving his wife divorce papers while she was in the hospital, so he could marry his mistress. Then there was Bob “Spank me” Livingston (above), so easily exposed as an adulterer that he never really took up the House gavel. Now, Dennis Hastert turns out to be a boy-buggerer. Everyone thought the former high school teacher was just what the Republican party needed, a wholesome leader to get them through the mechanics of impeaching the President of the United States for…yeah, you remember, having an affair.

Until last week:

On Thursday, Hastert was indicted on charges that he illegally structured $1.7 million in payments to an individual in an attempt to cover up prior misconduct. According to reports, the payments were allegedly intended to “conceal sexual abuse against a former male student he knew during his days as a teacher in Yorkville, Ill.” The LA Times also reported that “investigators also spoke with a second man who raised similar allegations that corroborated what the former student said.”

Think Progress gives us the slimey highlights of these pigs, and how their righteous wrath became an incredible distraction for the final years of Clinton’s presidency.

And let’s not forget, our other home-grown adulterer, David Vitter, took over Livingston’s seat when he was forced out.