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Argument: Argument thesis  Abramoff scandal is a Republican scandal
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Node Text: Abramoff scandal is a Republican scandal

On January 3, 2006, Jack Abramoff was indicted for and plead guilty to three felonies and pledged cooperation in a continuing criminal probe.

"Public corruption aside, Abramoff admitted defrauding four Indian tribes and other clients, taking millions in kickbacks from a one-time business partner, misusing a charity he had established and failing to pay income taxes on millions of ill-gotten gains.

He is expected to plead guilty to additional charges on Wednesday in Florida in connection with charges stemming from the 2000 purchase of a fleet of gambling boats."

Various Republican organizations and officials are trying to portray the Abramoff scandal as affecting members of both parties, in order to limit the focus of attention on the GOP.

These include the White House Press Secretary, Scott McClellan, House Speaker Dennis Hastert and President Bush.

Furthermore, much of what is considered to be the traditional, or mainstream media, is communicating this "bipartisan" portrayal to their audience.

This is not a bipartisan scandal. It is a GOP scandal.
Node Created: Ulysses Berman — 2006-01-05 20:01:25

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