Alaska senator Ted Stevens has been indicted on corruption charges:
From May 1999 to August 2007, prosecutors said Stevens concealed "his continuing receipt of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of things of value from a private corporation." The indictment released Tuesday said the items included: home improvements to his vacation home in Alaska, including a new first floor, garage, wraparound deck, plumbing, electrical wiring; as well as car exchanges, a Viking gas grill, furniture and tools.
But there's more to Uncle Ted than just corruption. For more on the GOP's longest-serving senator, take a look back at "State of Dependency,"
a profile of Stevens and Alaska by Charles Homans that ran in our November 2007 issue. Apparently Republicans were right all along about the morally debilitating effects of relying for decades on a nonstop stream of federal welfare handouts.