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For months, Karen Tumulty has been telling TIME readers that the Jack Abramoff scandal would be big, and the disgraced lobbyist's plea bargain last week has been the loudest thunderclap so far in what promises to be an electrifying spectacle of corruption. Karen, a star journalist in our Washington bureau, covered the Democratic Party scandals on the Hill 15 years ago. "So I knew that when you start seeing little signs of trouble—a few admonishments from the ethics committee, a gift or a trip that a Congressman shouldn't have taken—you start looking for a pattern. We were the first to reveal...

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