Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) was paying hush money to conceal sexual misconduct, The Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

The Times story quotes two officials close to the investigation who confirm that the “prior misconduct” mentioned in the indictment against Dennis Hastert was in fact sexual in nature. The sources further confirmed that the individual whom Hastert was paying off — identified in the indictment only as “Individual A” — was a man whom Hastert had known during his time as a high-school gym coach and teacher.

The source confirmed that Hastert’s misconduct “has nothing to do with public corruption or a corruption scandal. Or to his time in office.”

The two-count indictment did not elaborate on the nature of the misconduct Hastert was charged with attempting to conceal. However, it did mention that Hastert had been a high-school teacher in Yorkville, Illinois from 1965 to 1981, and that Individual A was a lifelong resident of Yorkville who had known Hastert for most of his life, fuelling media speculation that the misconduct may have been sexual abuse of a former student.

Via Los Angeles Times

Picture: Official Portrait of Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL), via House.gov.

Photo by Mediamodifier from Pixabay

Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch

When it rains, pieces of glass, pottery, and metal rise through the mud in the hills surrounding my Maryland home. The other day, I walked outside barefoot to fetch one of my kid's shoes and a pottery shard stabbed me in the heel. Nursing a minor infection, I wondered how long that fragment dated back.

A neighbor of mine found what he said looked like a cartridge case from an old percussion-cap rifle in his pumpkin patch. He told us that the battle of Monocacy had been fought on these grounds in July 1864, with 1,300 Union and 900 Confederate troops killed or wounded here. The stuff that surfaces in my fields when it storms may or may not be battle artifacts, but it does remind me that the past lingers and that modern America was formed in a civil war.

Keep reading... Show less