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Are American Samoans American?
For more than a century, people there have been in citizenship limbo.
Cruz Takes Delegates in Wyoming, and Rubio Wins in Washington, D.C.
Saturday was the last day of voting before the make-or-break primaries in five large states Tuesday. Guam also voted.
Republicans Have Already Won a Governor’s Race Today, in Guam
Gov. Eddie Calvo, a Republican, has been re-elected in a landslide. The Republican incumbent also leads in the Northern Mariana Islands.
Pacific Islands Band Together on a Shark Sanctuary
The harvesting of sharks and the possession or sale of shark parts will be banned throughout Palau, the Marshall Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, Micronesia and Guam.
Congressman in Tough Race Faces Ethics Questions on Pacific Trip
Representative John E. Sweeney, an upstate Republican who is in a fierce fight to keep his seat, is facing questions about a trip he took to a western Pacific island with an associate of Jack Abramoff, the powerful Washington lobbyist at the center of an extensive corruption scandal. The Times Union of Albany reported yesterday that Mr. Sweeney might have violated House ethics rules when he failed to disclose who paid for a trip that he made in January 2001 to one of the Northern Mariana Islands with Tony Rudy, who worked for Mr. Abramoff.
Misdemeanor Charge for Official Linked to Abramoff
An Interior Department official who has been linked to the disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff was charged in Federal District Court with filing a false financial disclosure report, a misdemeanor. The official, Roger G. Stillwell, handles the Northern Mariana Islands, a territory that hired Mr. Abramoff as a lobbyist. In interviews with The Washington Post last year, Mr. Stillwell said he had sent Mr. Abramoff copies of e-mail messages to his boss. He also told The Post that he accepted meals and tickets to Washington Redskins games from Mr. Abramoff. He said that was not wrong because at the time he was a contract employee of the Interior Department, not a federal employee.
In Pacific Islands, Mixed Feelings About the Work of a Lobbyist
Jack Abramoff, the Washington lobbyist under criminal investigation, used to say that the government here needed his services because it was the only American territory without a nonvoting delegate to Congress. But in previously unreleased documents, Mr. Abramoff described how he worked hard to kill a bill in Congress that would have given the islands a delegate. He did so by exploiting his ties to Republican House leaders, including Tom DeLay of Texas, the majority leader whose travels arranged by the lobbyist have raised ethical questions.
Papers Show Lobbyist Paid for Congressional Travel
Newly disclosed documents from an American territory in the Pacific show that the powerful Washington lobbyist at the center of federal corruption investigations here paid directly for travel to the islands by several members of Congress, Democrat and Republican, as well as two senior aides to Tom DeLay, the House majority leader, despite House rules that bar such payments. The lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, submitted bills to his law firm for more than $350,000 in expenses for several trips to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in 1996 and 1997 on behalf of the congressmen, as well as several others including Edwin Buckham, Mr. DeLay's former chief of staff, and Tony Rudy, his former deputy chief of staff.
Associate of Lobbyist Tied to DeLay Is Questioned on Island Contracts
The government of a United States territory in the Pacific said Thursday that it had been unable to determine what work was performed for a $1.2 million contract awarded to a close associate of a Washington lobbyist at the center of a growing corruption scandal here. The no-bid contract to promote ''ethics in government'' was awarded in 1996 to David Lapin, a rabbi whom the lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, later hired to run a private Jewish school, now defunct, near Washington. The contract was one of several totaling about $9 million given to Mr. Abramoff and his associates that have provoked questions about the lobbyist's activities in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Trade Quotas? Ah, the Good Old Days
This quiet little American territory, a tropical island that struggled for years to improve working conditions in its sweatshops, may now lose many of its apparel factories to free market forces. The factories could fall victim to a flood of cheap Chinese clothing surging into the United States. And as Saipan's factories close or cut jobs, thousands of workers -- most of them Chinese women -- are left with a cruel choice: go back to China's real sweatshops and earn a fraction of their current pay or stay in Saipan, where the prospects for legal work are dim at best.
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