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  Ghost in the Voting Machine

Election 2012: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid

Here is your Halloween Horror Story Scary Post! Victoria Collier has a terrifying account of electoral spookiness in the current Harper’s Magazine.* Spoiler alert: Collier suggests that it is entirely possible that the GOP will be able to rig computerized voting machines to ensure that Mitt Romney wins the Presidency…and further, there’s no way to tell for sure whether a Romney victory is the result of a legitimate vote count, or out-and-out electronic fraud. This is one of those stories where you can’t help wondering just how paranoid to be. On the one hand, Collier has solid evidence that something nasty could be happening in the computer shed. On the other hand, there’s no definite proof that it has happened…just lots and lots of suspicious maybe-traces. And nobody wants to be relegated to the tinfoil-hat brigade, which feels like the near-certain result of insisting that there’s a big ol’ conspiracy out there. Read more on Election 2012: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid…
 

McCain’s Favorite Charity Is Children’s Elitist Liberal Private Schools

John McCain and his drug addict trophy wife, Cindy, move their charitable donations through the aptly named John and Cindy McCain Foundation, of which Cindy is the chairman and president. These two are by far the biggest donors to this charity, which has donated more than a million dollars to America’s poor, starving, illegal Mexicans living secretly in McCain’s basement. The McCain’s favorite charities are those most in need: the various liberal elite private schools that his children attended, and which afford him tax breaks. Read more on McCain’s Favorite Charity Is Children’s Elitist Liberal Private Schools…
 

Sex In Scandal: If You Squint, You Can Find It

Ken Silverstein, over at Harper’s, has two pieces that, while complex, provide just that note of salaciousness necessary to keep the public (read: our) interest in the ongoing Cunningham/Wilkes/Lewis and William Jefferson cases. Join the exclusive poker party, after the jump. Read more on Sex In Scandal: If You Squint, You Can Find It…
 

Hooker/Cunningham/WatergateGate: Who Didn’t Get Hookers?

Oh, Harper’s. We’ve bitched that new editor Roger Lodge Hodge had sullied your good reputation by turning your confusing and labyrinthine website into a common and degraded “blog,” but if you keep letting Ken Silverstein throw anything he wants up there, we’ll forgive you. Especially because Silverstein yesterday dug a little deeper into that Wall Street Journal piece that combined two of our favorite things: Congressional corruption and hookers. Read more on Hooker/Cunningham/WatergateGate: Who Didn’t Get Hookers?…
 

This Week in Abramoff

Remind us to ask Kim Eisler about these. The Good: These emails make Jack sound like a very good lobbyist. Dogged and tireless! The Bad Oh er… apartheid, huh? Unrelated Tangent Read more on This Week in Abramoff…
 

Gossip Roundup: Party On

* Under the Dome: Reuters will compete with Bloomberg for the hottest White House Correspondents’ Association after-party; theirs will be held at Kstreet. . . Tim Russert, David Gregory, and Sen. Kent Conrad attended the Nationals’ home opener. . . Harper’s taps the Los Angeles Times’ Ken Silverstein as its Washington editor. . . Fred Thompson endorses Sen. Chafee. [The Hill] * Reliable Source: James Carville, Mary Matalin, Tony Williams, and Eleanor Holmes Norton were also on deck for the Nationals’ opener. . . Steve Carell was in town filming scenes for the sequel of “Bruce Almighty”. . . Jack Valenti is working on his memoirs. [WP] * Page Six: New documentary aims to take Giuliani down a notch. [NYP] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Party On…
 

Lewis Lapham Is a Dreamboat

We have to admit (and we’ve admitted it before), we have a total crush on Lewis Lapham. Something about patrician radical-leftist patrician blue-blood ivy league types… he’s so ’60s! Oh, we’d trade a hundred Cindy Sheehans and Markos Moulitsas Zunigas for a couple more Laphams and Vidals! And his profile in today’s Post — featuring classic bitchy in-fighting in the form of sallies from Michael Kinsley and Kurt Anderson which Lapham, sadly, doesn’t return — shows just why we love him. Here’s his story about a job interview at the CIA in the ’50s. Read more on Lewis Lapham Is a Dreamboat…