June 4th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Family Guy

Family Guy

by David Remnick


In the pilot episode of "The Sopranos," which Home Box Office first aired on January 10, 1999, a thickening son of Essex County, New Jersey, reluctantly visits Jennifer Melfi, a psychiatrist, at her office in Montclair. His name is Anthony Soprano and he has been depressed.

Tony lives in a "French provincial" McMansion in North Caldwell with his wife, Carmela, and their children, Meadow and A.J. He works as a "waste-management consultant," as he all too modestly informs his doctor; in fact, his interests extend to the docks, "no show" construction jobs, paving and joint-fitting unions, an "executive card game," a sports book in Roseville, loan-sharking, coffee-shop and pizza-place protection rackets, truck hijacking, HUD scams, fell-off-the-back-of-a-truck consumer goods, a strip club in Lodi, and extensive holdings in real estate, vinegar peppers, and gabagool.

Tony Soprano, as everyone in north Jersey and beyond has come to know, is the head of the Di Meo crime family. He has been suffering from panic attacks. Business is uneven. His associates and his children lack focus. His uncle resents his authority. His wife resents his late-night romps with yet another goomah. And his mother, the Medea of Bloomfield Avenue, never loved him (and may yet give the signal to have him whacked). The pressure is really something. Just recently, he tells Dr. Melfi, he was short of breath, tingly inside—"It felt like ginger ale in my skull." He collapsed while grilling pork sausages on the barbecue:



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Chris Keeley

Rove Linked to Prosecution of Ex-Alabama Governor |

Rove Linked to Prosecution of Ex-Alabama Governor

Friday, Jun. 01, 2007 By ADAM ZAGORIN/WASHINGTON Karl Rove
Gerald Herbert / AP
Article ToolsPrintEmailReprints In the rough and tumble of Alabama politics=
, the scramble for power is often a blood sport. At the moment, the state's=
former Democratic governor, Don Siegelman, stands convicted of bribery and=
conspiracy charges and faces a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. Siege=
lman has long claimed that his prosecution was driven by politically motiva=
ted, Republican-appointed U.S. attorneys.=20

Now Karl Rove, the President's top political strategist, has been implicate=
d in the controversy. A longtime Republican lawyer in Alabama swears she he=
ard a top G.O.P. operative in the state say that Rove "had spoken with the =
Department of Justice" about "pursuing" Siegelman, with help from two of Al=
abama's U.S. attorneys.

The allegation was made by Dana Jill Simpson, a lifelong Republican and law=
yer who practices in Alabama. She made the charges in a May 21 affidavit, o=
btained by TIME, in which she describes a conference call on November 18, 2=
002, which involved a group of senior aides to Bob Riley, who had just narr=
owly defeated Siegelman in a bitterly contested election for governor. Thou=
gh Republican Riley, a former Congressman, initially found himself behind b=
y several thousand votes, he had pulled ahead at the last minute when dispu=
ted ballots were tallied in his favor. After the abrupt vote turnaround, Si=
egelman sought a recount. The Simpson affidavit says the conference call fo=
cused on how the Riley campaign could get Siegelman to withdraw his challen=
ge.
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