The biggest story in Washington so far this year has been the plea
bargain under which lobbyist Jack Abramoff has pleaded guilty to
charges of conspiracy, fraud and tax evasion. It is believed that his
disclosures may incriminate senior members of Congress, most of them
Republicans.

So full marks to The Australian yesterday for
getting a local angle on the scandal, in the form of an op-ed piece by
Doug Bandow
, who was sacked from his job at the Cato Institute, a libertarian
think tank, after it was revealed that he'd taken money from Abramoff
to write articles. Bandow has reworked a piece that appeared last week
in the Los Angeles Times now with a "cash for comment" headline and including the line "I've
probably written as often for The Australian as for The Washington
Post.
"