Ensign’s red-light district

ENSIGN’S RED-LIGHT DISTRICT…. Ordinarily, Rachel Maddow leads her MSNBC show with the biggest story of the day. Last night, she decided that wasn’t health care reform, but rather, the increasingly-important scandal surrounding Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada.

With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the show even gave it a flashing red-light siren.

The result was the most in depth coverage of the Ensign scandal I’ve seen anywhere on television to date. Here’s Part I:

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And here’s Part II, which includes a interview with KLAS-TV investigative reporter Jonathan Humbert, who’s been doing great work uncovering key details as part of the ongoing investigation.

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Given the media’s general disinterest in the sex/ethics/criminal investigation — the Washington Post still refuses to publish a stand-alone article about any development, despite the fact that Ensign is a sitting senator — Rachel’s extensive reports on this were most welcome.

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