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July 15, 2006 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
Sen. Ted Stevens picked a bad time to go tubular. The Alaska Republican is being hammered by bloggers for describing the Internet as a "series of tubes" in a rambling speech last month in which he defended a telecommunications bill that could influence how information flows online. As chairman of the Commerce Committee, Stevens is one of Washington's leading players on technology policy.
December 17, 2003 | Chuck Neubauer and Richard T. Cooper, Times Staff Writers
William H. Bittner is an Anchorage lawyer who doubles as a Washington lobbyist. His client list reads like a Who's Who of Alaska's most important economic interests. At various times, Bittner has represented the fishing industry, Alaska Native corporations, Alaska Aerospace Development Corp. and the state's largest telecommunications company, according to lobbyist reports and his law firm biography. Bittner is also the brother-in-law of Republican Sen.
June 15, 2005 | Chuck Neubauer, Times Staff Writer
Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) made $822,000 last year from the sale of a controversial real estate investment with an Anchorage developer who had obtained a huge federal contract with his help, records show. In 1997, Stevens invested $50,000 with developer Jonathan B. Rubini. Last year, at Stevens' request, Rubini and his partner bought back the senator's interests in their deals for $872,000, according to Senate financial disclosure forms made public Tuesday.
October 8, 1987 | Associated Press
Robert H. Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court was dealt an almost certainly fatal blow today as opposition spread to include a majority of the Senate. President Reagan said he would "support him all the way" but left room for Bork to withdraw. "He has a decision to make," Reagan said of Bork. "I have made mine. I will support him all the way." With the nomination headed for certain defeat on the Senate floor, Bork went to the Justice Department to confer with Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III.
October 8, 2008 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Two years ago, when Sen. Ted Stevens had some plumbing work done on his house in Alaska, he got a little help from his friends. They paid the bill and then tried to make it disappear. "We don't need this thing floating around," Robert Persons, a restaurant owner in Alaska and longtime Stevens acquaintance said in a phone conversation recorded by the FBI in February 2006. "You tell that guy . . . if he has this bill in a file that he needs to get rid of it. OK?"
October 21, 2008 | Richard B. Schmitt, Schmitt is a Times staff writer.
Testimony in the corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens concluded Monday, with a Justice Department attorney trying to undermine the credibility of the Alaska Republican by questioning why he didn't return items of value that friends had left at his homes in Washington and Alaska. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said closing arguments by the government and Stevens' lawyers would be heard today; Sullivan indicated that the federal jury would begin deliberations Wednesday.
October 3, 2008 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
The judge overseeing the trial of Sen. Ted Stevens blasted the prosecution Thursday for playing a game of "hide the ball" from the defense. But U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, though visibly angry, refused to grant a defense motion to throw out the charges against the Alaska Republican or declare a mistrial.
October 22, 2008
Of all the testimony offered during the four-week corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), perhaps the most revealing came from Stevens himself when he took the stand in his own defense Monday. Justice Department attorney Brenda Morris was grilling him about a costly massage chair that had been in Stevens' Washington home for seven years, a chair given to him by a friend but never listed as a gift on the senator's financial disclosure forms.
October 7, 2008 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Caught on tape discussing the burgeoning corruption probe against him two years ago, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was both combative and pragmatic, denying in sometimes coarse language that he and a friend had done anything wrong but also acknowledging that they might face fines or even prison. "You got to get a mental attitude that these guys can't really hurt us. They're not going to shoot us. It's not Iraq," the six-term Republican lawmaker said in a telephone conversation with oilman Bill J.
January 25, 2005 | Chuck Neubauer, Times Staff Writer
Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) has sold his lucrative interests in Alaska real estate investments with businessmen who had received government contracts or other benefits with his help. Last week, Stevens disclosed that he had sold the controversial investments over the last year. Stevens and his investments have been the subject of a fact-finding inquiry by the Senate Select Committee on Ethics that he requested following a Los Angeles Times investigation in late 2003.
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