Normally the object of scandalous news can hope that the end of the week will obliterate any real and persistent attention. But Denny Hastert won’t benefit from that. Unless prosecutors have gotten everything wrong (and yes, stranger things have happened), this is a sexual abuser of a minor (we don’t know yet how young the alleged victim was) who subsequently spent eight years just two heartbeats away from the presidency, aside from the considerable powers he exercised as Speaker of the House. No, this story isn’t going away any time soon. No wonder he shelled out so much dough to try and hush it up.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Hastert’s sexual abuse of his subsequent extortionist won’t be subject of criminal action because of lack of corroborating evidence, prosecutors are saying.

* GOPers try to distinguish their “boots on the ground” proposals for U.S. engagement in Iraq with what might appear to be a re-invasion.

* 9th Circuit strikes down Idaho’s 20-week abortion ban on flat grounds that it is unconstitutional effort to prohibit pre-viability procedures. Decision could set up SCOTUS test.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman differs strongly with Harry Enten on best strategy for O’Malley.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses Pearson Education’s rare loss of its testing contract in Texas.

* At The Grade, Alexander Russo notes publicity over Chris Christie’s full flip-flop on Common Core really isolates Jeb Bush.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Sepp Blatter somehow wins reelection as FIFA president amidst huge scandal.

That’s it for Friday. D.R. Tucker and David Atkins will be in for Weekend Blogging tomorrow. We’ll close with Procol Harum performing “Simple Sister” in 1971.


Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.