September 29th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Abramoff also secured a sixteen million dollar federal contract for one of his clients after remindi

New Report Details Extensive White House-Abramoff Contacts
A congressional report has revealed new details on the ties between the White House and convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The House Government Committee says Abramoff and his associates had more than four hundred contacts with White House officials over a three-year period. The number includes nine direct contacts with chief White House strategist Karl Rove. Abramoff also secured a sixteen million dollar federal contract for one of his clients after reminding then-White House political director Ken Mehlman of his client’s donations to the Republican Party.

Chris Keeley

Mr. Rove sat with Mr. Abramoff in the lobbyist’s box seats for an N.C.A.A. basketball playoff game i

Abramoff and Rove Had 82 Contacts, Report Says

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 — A bipartisan Congressional report documents hundreds of contacts between White House officials and the corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his partners, including at least 10 direct contacts between Mr. Abramoff and Karl Rove, the president’s chief political strategist.

The House Government Reform Committee report, based on e-mail messages and other records subpoenaed from Mr. Abramoff’s lobbying firm, found 485 contacts between Mr. Abramoff’s lobbying team and White House officials from 2001 to 2004, including 82 with Mr. Rove’s office.

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Chris Keeley

Ms. Paltrow turned 34 yesterday

Ms. Paltrow’s husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay

made history by headlining the first hip-hop concert in the Royal Albert Hall in London, on Wednesday, and Gwyneth Paltrow surprised the crowd by taking to the stage to sing the chorus of “Song Cry” from Jay-Z’s album “Blueprint,” the BBC reported. Jay-Z said, “I want people to wish a happy birthday to my good friend Gwyneth Paltrow.” Ms. Paltrow turned 34 yesterday. “She was a bit nervous, but her performance was really excellent,” said the 1Xtra disc jockey G Money. Other guests at the concert, in which Jay-Z was backed by a 25-piece orchestra and a disc jockey, included Ms. Paltrow’s husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay; Beyoncé; and the rap star Nas.