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  • Why did Norton really leave Interior?

    If outgoing Interior Secretary Gale Norton didn’t receive a push out the door, she certainly deserved one after her involvement in the sleazy Jack Abramoff scandal

  • Will Montanans reject their bagman?

    Even Montanans critical of Sen. Conrad Burns admit he’s a genius at bringing home the pork – a fact that may make it harder for his Democratic challenger, Jon Tester, in the November election.

  • Two weeks in the West

    On the messy bureaucratic soap opera As Interior Turns, the cast keeps changing, and getting indicted; Good Samaritans need to able to clean up old mines without getting burned; foreign countries drive Western mining boom; and data about mining

  • As Interior Turns

    During the last eight years, Bush’s Interior Department has been embroiled in enough corruption, sex and scandal to fuel several soap operas.

  • The many problems of Richard Pombo

    California Republican Rep. Richard Pombo is having a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad year

  • In Washington, the most outrageous sins are legal

    Given the incestuous nature of politics and lobbying in Washington, D.C., and the corruption inherent in the gambling industry, the rise of an opportunist like Jack Abramoff was all but inevitable

  • Pombo's power grows — and so do the scandals

    Since Richard Pombo took over the House Resources Committee in 2003, the number of scandals around him has steadily grown

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