Corriere della Sera
26 novembre 2010Il caso.
Trattativa con la Mafia: i Teoremi che Vacillano
Le rivelazioni di Conso smentiscono le interpretazioni sul presunto patto con i boss
25 novembre 2010Tra topi e montagne di monnezza
Casal di Principe è Cosentino-city
Ecco l'impero affaristico del boss del Pdl campano, oggi composto da Aversana gas, Aversana Petroli, Ip service, Immobiliare 6 C e Agripoint. Sul decreto del governo sono attive le manine camorriste: discariche e termovalorizzatori sono affari miliardaridi Alberto StateraThe Independent
Friday, 26 November 2010Who'd be Silvio's friend? TV star punched at dinner
By Michael Day in Milan
Tv: Lory Del Santo dedica poesia a Berlusconi
Roma, 25 nov. (Adnkronos)
- ''Tu che pensi, che immagini, tu che trasformi la realta' in sogno esprimi il desiderio di esserci, di resistere. Tu che hai voglia di dare, vedi un universo senza argini e confini, un mondo che crede nel progresso. Tu che ami, tu che, semplicemente, sei''. Sono i versi che Lory Del Santo dedica al presidente del Consiglio, Silvio Berlusconi e che oggi ha declamato durante la trasmissione 'Un giorno da pecora'
su Radio2 ai conduttori Claudio Sabelli Fioretti e Giorgio Lauro. Il titolo della poesia e' 'Tu'.valori.it
25/11/2010Riciclaggio, Usa: l’ex deputato DeLay condannato in primo grado -
Il politico rischia una pena massima di 99 anni di carcere anche se non è escluso, ha sostenuto il New York Times, che il giudice possa optare per la condizionale
Thu Nov 25, 5:56 pm ETJudge has many options in sentencing ex-Rep. DeLay
By Juan A. LozanoThe New York Times
November 24, 2010DeLay Is Convicted in Texas Donation Case
By James C. McKinley Jr.The New York Times
November 25, 2010Editorial
A Jury Convicts Tom DeLay
...During his tenure leading House Republicans, Mr. DeLay established a new low in ethical conduct among Congressional leaders. He put family members on his campaign payroll, took lavish trips paid for by lobbyists and twisted the arms of K Street lobbyists to ante up and donate to his party’s candidates and hire more Republicans. But his conviction on Wednesday came from something else entirely, a scheme to steer corporate contributions to Republicans in the Texas Legislature.
Texas bans corporations from giving money directly to state candidates, just as federal law does at the national level. But Mr. DeLay figured out a way around that barrier: In 2002, he used his state political action committee to channel $190,000 in corporate contributions to the Republican National Committee, which then donated the same amount to seven Texas House candidates. Six of them won, and Republicans took control of the Legislature for the first time in modern history, redistricting the state’s Congressional districts to the party’s benefit.
The prosecution called that money laundering — an untested legal theory in Texas — and the jury agreed, also convicting him on a conspiracy charge. The first charge carries a penalty of up to life in prison, although it seems unlikely his sentence will be that long. Mr. DeLay will presumably pursue multiple rounds of appeals. But whether he wins or loses personally, his larger goal of finding ways to get more corporate money into politics has already been achieved. Thanks to the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., corporations are now free to donate unlimited amounts of money. They cannot give it directly to candidates, but they can give to “independent” committees that run ads for or against candidates. To most viewers, ads run by these committees — as the nation saw during the midterm election campaign — are indistinguishable from those run by the candidates themselves.
In a trend Mr. DeLay undoubtedly appreciated, most of that new corporate money went to Republicans. He may go to jail for violating the letter of the law, but a whole new generation of political operatives is still violating the spirit in which that law was written. His conviction should stand as a warning for how society regards that violation.