Opening Act: Ney-Abramoff Forever

Former U.S. lobbyist Jack Abramoff is pictured in Washington, DC on May 16, 2012. Abramoff spent 43 months in jail convicted in 2006 on influence peddling and corruption charges during his time as a Washington lobbyist.

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It’s April Fools Day, unofficially known as “the Internet is unreadable” day, and this is the best joke I’ve seen, via Facebook. Screen shot 2013-04-01 at 7.57.55 AM Really, that was the best one. I’m pessimistic. Defeated Republicans Todd Akin and Allen West made sure their staffers got bonuses, which was nice of them. Jonathan Martin takes a crack at the “wither social conservatives?” story (I took a crack two weeks ago), and finds more than just Steve King predicting a Republican collapse if the party goes soft.
Ken Auletta profiles Henry Blodget’s comeback. Of course, a thing like a lengthy New Yorker profile enables the comeback, doesn’t it?
Dave Levinthal goes line-by-line through a DCCC fundraising letter, to check it for facts. The results are basically what you’d expect.
Alison Gash profiles the gay adoption movement, which won under the radar.