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The Fast Rise and Steep Fall of Jack Abramoff

Jack Abramoff liked to slip into dialogue from "The Godfather" as he led his lobbying colleagues in planning their next conquest on Capitol Hill. In a favorite bit, he would mimic an ice-cold Michael Corleone facing down a crooked politician's demand for a cut of Mafia gambling profits:.........

By Susan Schmidt and James V. Grimaldi

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