Bob Jones

The political air war

National | PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS: Liberal interest groups are spending tens of millions of dollars to advertise against President Bush, even as they claim they're not trying to influence the outcome of a federal election.
by Bob Jones
Posted 3/20/04, 12:00 am

Harold Ickes found a loophole in the nation's tough new campaign-finance laws-and he drove an armored car full of cash right through it.

Through an organization called the Media Fund, Mr. Ickes, a former top adviser to President Clinton, raised millions of dollars to finance TV ads that criticize the Bush administration. The first of those ads hit the airwaves on March 10 in a $5 million barrage that elicited outrage-and a legal challenge-from Republicans.

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National
by Bob Jones
Posted 3/20/04, 12:00 am

Bernard Ebbers, founder and former CEO of WorldCom, pleaded not guilty on March 3 to charges that he misled investors in the formerly high-flying telecom giant. He was released on $10 million bail and ordered not to leave the country pending his trial on Nov. 9.

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'Smart lady ... dumb mistake'

National | COURTS: Martha Stewart proves once again the coverup is often worse than the crime-but is she any worse than, say, Bill Clinton?
by Bob Jones
Posted 3/20/04, 12:00 am

They say that bad news comes in threes-but not if you're Martha Stewart. The domestic diva got her bad news in fours on March 5, when a New York jury found her guilty on all four counts of conspiring with her broker to deceive federal authorities investigating her questionable stock trades.

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