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Ex-Congressional Aide Makes Plea Deal

In non-Abramoff Congressional corruption news: Brett Pfeffer, a former aide to Louisiana Representative William Jefferson, has reached a plea deal with prosecutors and is expected to plead guilty today at U.S. District Court in Alexandria, VA to bribery of public officials and conspiracy.

Prosecutors have been investigating Jefferson in connection with a telecommunications deal he was trying to arrange in Nigeria. The investigation has looked into Jefferson's dealings with a privately held technology company, iGate Inc. in Louisville, Ky., which was seeking telecommunications contracts in Nigeria.

The FBI raided Jefferson's home in August and the Maryland home of Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar. (The Associated Press)

Chavez Would Be Shocked

Labor legend Cesar Chavez's heirs at the UFW (United Farm Workers) "run a web of tax-exempt organizations that exploit his legacy and invoke the harsh lives of farmworkers to raise millions of dollars in public and private money," reports Miriam Pawel in a four-part series in the Los Angeles Times.

Among the non-labor projects run by the dozen tax-exempt organizations in the Farm Worker Movement: owning a top-ranked radio station in Phoenix and running a political campaign in support of an Indian casino and lobby for gay marriage. As an example of the union's distance from the lives of farmworkers, Pawel talks to many of them including Isai Rios, who migrated with his father to a camp in Carlsbad to work in the strawberry fields. The native of Oaxaca, Mexico lives in a shack made of plastic sheets tied to tomato stakes. He's never heard of the UFW. (Los Angeles Times)

Frey on Larry King Tonight

And definitely catch Larry King at 9pm. The alter kocker has "A Million Little Pieces" author James Frey on to discuss the recent investigation into his fabricated criminal record by our friends over at The Smoking Gun (Goldberg - you were OK on Tucker Carlson last night even though you sounded kinda hoarse... and sit up straight! You were slouching.)

Frey's response to the story: "So let the haters hate, let the doubters doubt, I stand by my book, and my life, and I won’t dignify this bullshit with any sort of further response." A million little pieces... of bullshit, perhaps?


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