Killer New Blog Rakes Muck with Style

| Wed Jul. 11, 2007 2:27 PM EDT

Muckraking has always been a favorite hobby of ours here at MoJo (see some recent examples here, here, and here), so we're delighted to see our friends at the Center for Investigative Reporting are bolstering their online efforts. Their redone website is a real beauty and their muckraking blog, appropriately called The Muckraker, provides links to the best investigative journalism around the web. It's a great resource if you create investigative journalism, or just like reading it.

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John McCain Snared by the Homosexual Agenda

| Wed Jul. 11, 2007 1:04 PM EDT

Of all the possible reasons why John McCain's top aides might have been fired, forcing the Senator to wear "gay sweaters" is not one I would have guessed. Wow.


Hillary Clinton and Credit Card Companies

| Wed Jul. 11, 2007 12:46 PM EDT

James Ridgeway has a piece on that details how politicians side with credit card companies instead of financially struggling citizens because massive financial institutions donate to political campaigns and bankrupt or near-bankrupt individuals do not.

It's well worth a read, because the issue really tests the values and principles of the top Democrats running for president. Edwards fights for the little guy the hardest on the issues of credit card debt and regulating credit card companies, Obama sort of waffles, and Clinton usually sides with big business, much to her benefit. Clinton receives more campaign money from banking interests than anyone other representative in Congress, according to Ridgeway. Just another sign that she's the big money candidate in this race.

Sen. Vitter Fought Gay Marriage In More Than One House

| Wed Jul. 11, 2007 12:26 PM EDT

Today, it was announced that Louisiana Sen. David Vitter was an occasional client of the famous "Canal Street Madam." Jeanette Maier, who called Vitter "honorable," "a good man," and said that his wife "should be very proud of her husband...." Maier met Vitter at a fishing rodeo where her employees were hired as prostitutes for local politicians. She says that he stopped visiting her establishment before it was raided by the federal government in 2001.

Only yesterday, we learned that Vitter, an enthusiastic opponent of gay marriage, was a patron of the even more famous "DC Madam." After his visits to the DC Madam's establishment were made public, the senator acknowledged he had committed a "very serious sin," then said that out of "respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there — with God and them." The New Orleans Times-Picayune did not think this was an adequate explanation, and expressed such — before the new revelation appeared about the Canal Street Madam.

It is puzzling how Vitter used visiting prostitutes here and there as part of his so-called family values agenda and his head-on campaign against gay marriage, but we have certainly seen this type of behavior before from elected moralists.

One of the obvious winners in this nasty business is Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, who has endured personal attacks, sometimes vicious, from Vitter since the day he first campaigned for the U.S. Senate. Only the day before the DC Madam story came out, Vitter had attacked Landrieu for abandoning Louisiana and giving money to left-wing causes and values. In this case, the money involved a program intended to benefit Louisiana children, a matter Vitter's staff apparently did not bother to learn. At any rate, whatever left-wing values Landrieu is alleged to be supporting (and that would be news to those of us who are part of the left wing!), they probably do not include condemning gay people in between trips to brothels.

Want To Broadcast To Fox News?

| Tue Jul. 10, 2007 10:53 PM EDT

Anxious to talk to Fox in language they understand? (Clearly they fail science-speak.) Try dollar-speak. There's enough of us &mdash the 7 out of 10 Americans who know human-caused climate change is real &mdash to get their attention. Check it out.


Want To Broadcast To Fox News?

| Tue Jul. 10, 2007 9:31 PM EDT

Anxious to talk to Fox in language they understand? (Clearly they fail science-speak.) Try dollar-speak. There's enough of us &mdash the 7 out of 10 Americans who know human-caused climate change is real &mdash to get their attention. Check it out.


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Look At Madonna's Eyes, Not At Her Guitar

| Tue Jul. 10, 2007 9:28 PM EDT

mojo-photo-madonnalive.JPGOkay, one last Live Earth post. Two mini-scandals are emerging from Madonna's appearance at the London show: First, as the Telegraph puts it, debate is "raging" on the internet about whether Madge was actually playing the guitar during "Ray of Light," or, rather, whether her guitar was plugged in. A quick viewing of the video on YouTube seems to debunk that rumor—or else somebody's backstage playing two chords really sloppily. Second, and possibly weirder, are reports that Madonna insisted interviewers maintain eye contact with her at all times, and that they "never look down to check notes – all questions must be memorized or the interview will be terminated." Ulp! Don't the high-and-mighty usually demand no eye contact? I'm so confused.

Blog Gives Away Free Radiohead Covers

| Tue Jul. 10, 2007 8:49 PM EDT

…that don't suck! Stereogum, the venerable Sufjan-loving (and, in the interest of full disclosure, me-tolerating) music blog, has put together a song-by-song covers album of Radiohead's 1997 masterpiece OK Computer, and made all the tracks available for free. Even rival site Pitchfork seems to like the new versions, performed by artists like Doveman, Cold War Kids, and The Twilight Sad. Head over to the "OKX: A Tribute to OK Computer" page to grab the mp3s and see what the artists had to say about them. My recommendations? SF favorite John Vanderslice's synthy update of "Karma Police" (mp3), and Marissa Nadler & Black Hole Symphony's breathy take on "No Surprises" (mp3).

Michael Moore's More of a Left-Winger Than Hugo Chavez

| Tue Jul. 10, 2007 8:42 PM EDT

Yup, this was Lou Dobb's parting blow after Michael Moore bulldozed over Wolf Blitzer during a recent interview on CNN. Moore surely doesn't need any publicity help from me, but this clip is priceless.

Moore, who got worked up and red-faced, got some good jabs in, criticizing CNN's coverage of Iraq and health care, but in the end he ends up looking belligerent and a little ridiculous. His loud barking covered up what could have been stellar points. He has this problem with his movies as well. His messages could surely go further if he brought down his level of grandstanding a notch or two. But then again, why change now? That's what has made him as successful as he is.

Senate Reacts to Post Gonzales Revelations

| Tue Jul. 10, 2007 6:43 PM EDT

Senate Judiciary committee chairman Patrick Leahy has posted his response to the revelations in the Washington Post today that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales misled Congress in stating that "there was not one verified case of civil liberties abuse."

Leahy writes that the Senate Intelligence committee was not the only one Gonzales deceived:

In addition to the comments the Attorney General's provided to the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2005, detailed in The Washington Post story today, the Attorney General also failed to provide the Senate Judiciary Committee with the accurate information regarding the timing of his knowledge of abuses of National Security Letters (NSLs). In answers to questions posed by Chairman Leahy to the Attorney General following the Committee's April 2007 oversight hearing, the Attorney General indicated that he first learned of the NSL abuses through drafts of the Office of Inspector General's report on NSL abuses, just prior to the public release of that report in March 2007. The Judiciary Committee received the Attorney General's answers last week.

Leahy had asked Gonzales: "Please state when you first became aware of the widespread abuses of NSLs at the FBI."