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Tom DeLay Gets 3 Years in Money Laundering Scheme

10 years of additional probation for former House majority leader

(Newser) - A judge today ordered former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, lately of DWTS fame, to serve three years in prison for his role in a 2002 scheme to illegally funnel corporate money to Texas candidates. The sentence comes after a jury in November convicted DeLay on charges of money laundering... More »

For Tom DeLay, It Was About Power, Not Money

Analysis: In that, he's unusual among politicians with rap sheets

(Newser) - Tom DeLay is unusual among politicians with legal trouble because he wasn't going after money—just power. Texas Tribune managing editor Ross Ramsey lays it out an analysis for the New York Times : In step one, DeLay's creative campaign donations helped elect Republican legislators to the Texas House, giving the... More »

DeLay Verdict May Change Campaign Finance

Prosecutors expected to target corporate fundraising

(Newser) - Prosecutors—and politicians—around the country are paying close attention to Tom DeLay's conviction on money laundering charges . The former House majority leader was found guilty of funneling corporate cash to fellow Republicans, thereby violating Texas laws that ban companies from contributing to candidates' campaigns, and legal experts expect the... More »

Tom DeLay Guilty of Money Laundering

Former House majority leader faces life in prison

(Newser) - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay—once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress—was convicted today on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. Jurors deliberated for 19 hours before returning guilty verdicts against DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy... More »

Feds Clear Tom DeLay

Six-year investigation quietly closes without charges

(Newser) - Tom DeLay is probably doing a little dance right now. The Justice Department has informed DeLay that it has ended its six-year investigation into his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and won’t be filing any charges. “This was one of the longest and expensive and thorough investigations... More »

Is She the Texan Alvin Greene?

Democrat Kesha Rogers wants to impeach Obama, colonize Mars

(Newser) - She wants to impeach President Obama, ran on a campaign platform that includes the colonization of Mars, and thinks the US educational system should focus on the works of Plato and Leibnitz. Meet Kesha Rogers, winner of the Democratic primary for Tom DeLay's old US Senate seat in Texas' 22nd... More »

Politics' Silliest Moments of '09

From Dancin' DeLay to Roberts' inaugural flub, 'twas a weird year

(Newser) - Politics isn’t always a deadly serious game of statesmanship. Sometimes it’s goofy. Politico recalls the most bizarre moments of 2009:
  • Barack Obama sworn in—twice: Obama joked that they’d done it because “we decided it was so much fun.”
  • Sarah Palin resigns: Even her aides
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New White House Counsel Scares GOP, Other Lawyers

Bauer is a skilled, controversial Democratic veteran

(Newser) - Robert Bauer, the new White House counsel, is a longtime Democratic operative known for his hard-nosed style and work ethic. He is a veteran of the Clinton impeachment proceedings and represented House Democrats during the Bush years, where he was known for his aggressive strategy—he went as far as... More »

DeLay Boogies From Dancing to Millionaire

Tom Delay is the new 'expert' on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

(Newser) - As if seeing Tom DeLay shake his butt on Dancing With the Stars wasn't hard enough on America, the former House Majority Leader will continue his budding reality show career on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. DeLay will appear as the "expert" lifeline, following in the footsteps of... More »

Hobbled DeLay Quits Dancing

Foot injuries force former House leader to withdraw

(Newser) - Tom DeLay’s dancing days are over. The former Republican House majority leader quit Dancing With the Stars last night, though he avoided elimination after defying doctor’s recommendations and competing with stress fractures in both feet, Us reports. But, “If you can’t practice, you’ll make a... More »

DeLay Toughs Out Samba, Crawls Out of Last Place

Tom DeLay toughs it out, gains judges' admiration—and moves from last place

(Newser) - Tom DeLay defied his doctors last night and performed on Dancing With the Stars—despite a stress fracture in each foot. “What’s a little pain when you can party?” asked DeLay, who danced the samba in red, white, and blue. The former House Majority Leader scored kudos from... More »

DeLay Tangos a Little Too Hard on Dancing

Despite low score, the Hammer vows to dance on injured foot 'till it breaks'

(Newser) - Former House majority leader Tom DeLay showed off a dignified tango last night on Dancing With the Stars, performing the dance faithfully, if a bit robotically—until the end, when he dipped partner Cheryl Burke, stumbled, and almost dropped her. Though he scored an 18, tying for last with Kathy... More »

Dancin' DeLay: This Is the 'Real Tom'

(Newser) - America is getting to see a whole different side of Tom DeLay on Dancing with the Stars, and he wants you to know it's the real Tom DeLay. Maureen Dowd chats up the man once dubbed the “meanest man in Congress” and ponders the meaning of his transformation. “... More »

Tom DeLay Shakes Booty to 'Wild Thing'

The Hammer reveals hidden talent for lip syncing, air guitar

(Newser) - Tom DeLay strutted his stuff last night, lip syncing, cha-chaing and—stop the presses—shaking his booty to “Wild Thing” on his Dancing With the Stars debut. Politico staffers weigh in on the performance that earned 16 points and led judge Bruno Tonioli to deem DeLay “crazier than... More »

Tom DeLay Dons Rhinestones for DWTS Debut

(Newser) - Tom DeLay will make you laugh when he hits the dance floor tonight, and not just because he'll be wearing rhinestones for his Dancing With the Stars debut, predicts Emily Miller, who was DeLay's communications director when he was majority leader of the House. Miller, who was privy to a... More »

DeLay Injured in Dancing With the Stars Rehearsal

Docs will decide if Republican can continue for Monday's season premiere

(Newser) - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was injured today in rehearsal for ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, he writes on Twitter—though an injury he says he initially feared was a stress fracture in his foot isn’t quite that serious. “It’s a pre-stress fracture. I live... More »

Five Moves DeLay Can't Bust Out on Dancing

Former majority leader can't fall back on political tricks

(Newser) - Tom DeLay had some clever moves to help him become majority leader—but his bag of tricks won’t help him much on the dance floor. In Newsweek, Katie Connolly lists a few techniques Dancing With the Stars fans won’t stand for. He can’t:
  • Redistrict to score more
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Tom DeLay to Dance With Stars

(Newser) - Here's to hoping Tom DeLay is better at dancing than he is at obeying campaign finance laws. Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron announced this season’s cast on Good Morning America this morning, and it included the former House majority leader. Bergeron said even he was floored when... More »

Blue Dogs Aren't Centrists, They're Greedy

(Newser) - Blue Dog Democrats might represent more socially conservative constituencies than their liberal brethren, but that's no reason to take pro-corporate stances on everything from the mortgage market to health care reform. Thomas Frank has a simpler explanation: They're in it for the cash. The Blue Dogs are "champion fundraisers,... More »

Lone Star Political Clout Rides Into Sunset

After fifty years of political clout, Texas has lost its primacy as national king-maker

(Newser) - The booming voices of Texas politics have, for the first time in half a century, fallen silent, writes Bryan Burrough in the Washington Post. After vast deposits of oil wealth propelled Lone Star personalities like LBJ and both Bushes to the White House, as well as several influential leaders like... More »

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