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Glass Houses : Congressional Ethics And The Politics Of Venom - Martin Tolchin

Glass Houses

Congressional Ethics And The Politics Of Venom

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While members of the House and Senate confront the public's changing attitudes toward money, sex, and power, they are also forced to raise ever-escalating sums to finance their campaigns. Practices tolerated a decade ago now may cost lawmakers their seats or land them in jail. Lawmakers often don't know if they live in Salem or Gomorrah. Using new information culled from dozens of Capitol Hill interviews, Susan and Martin Tolchin show how ethics in Washington have changed over two centuries while offering new interpretations of past ethics cases. The first book to analyze the politicization of the ethics process, "Glass Houses" reveals in wicked and telling detail the forces that drive the modern lawmaker into a maelstrom of fierce corruption battles.

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Acronymsp. xiii
The Ethics Warsp. 1
The Gingrich Erap. 1
Partisan Politicsp. 9
Recent Battlesp. 10
Changing Moresp. 11
Discretionary Justice and the Ethics Committeesp. 13
The Future of Ethicsp. 15
Bookends to an Erap. 18
The Apple and Other Temptationsp. 21
In the Beginningp. 21
Expulsionp. 26
An Eye for an Eyep. 27
Let Those Without Sin ...p. 30
Leaving the Garden of Edenp. 32
Joe McCarthy and the Ethics Processp. 35
The Reluctant Senatep. 35
Powell, Baker, and the Evolution of the Ethics Processp. 41
The Birth and Baptism of the Ethics Committeesp. 44
Abscam and the "Keating Five"p. 49
Abscamp. 49
The "Keating Five"p. 51
Corruption or Constituent Servicep. 52
How Politics Prevailedp. 58
The New Rules of the Ethics Warsp. 61
"Mr. Sam"p. 61
"If You Go After a King, Kill Him"p. 62
Power No Longer Protectsp. 66
Pay Raises Cost Votesp. 68
Anger and the Decline in Public Confidencep. 69
Absent Public Wrath, Congress Will Avoid Ethical Tanglesp. 71
Sex--The Sin of Hypocrisyp. 77
The Packwood Casep. 85
The Chargesp. 90
The Processp. 93
The Committee's Positionp. 98
Grains of Truthp. 99
Torricelli, the CIA, and the Intelligence Committeep. 101
The CIA and Congressional Ethicsp. 107
Torricelli and Nucciop. 110
The Ends and the Meansp. 111
Forgery--The Case of the Purloined Stationeryp. 115
The Noble Lie--Modern Ethical Dilemmasp. 125
The Nethercutt Adsp. 128
"Noble Lies"p. 132
When Lying Failsp. 136
The Future of Liesp. 141
The Politics of Venomp. 143
Summary of U.S. Senate Sanctionsp. 155
Summary of Expulsion, Censure, Reprimand, and Ethics Procedures in the House of Representatives, 1798-1999p. 159
Notesp. 165
Referencesp. 179
Indexp. 193
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ISBN: 9780813341613
ISBN-10: 0813341612
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 219
Published: 1st August 2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1