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Wednesday, September 3

Credit: ProPublicaSen. John McCain's pick for running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, will speak at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday evening, according to news reports. The official schedule is still blank. (Palin's "Troopergate" has just earned the top spot in our Scandal Watch.)

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will hold a hearing into accusations of corruption and perjury against Detroit Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick. Granholm, a fellow Democrat, has the power to dismiss Kilpatrick if she finds he enriched himself by endorsing a multi-million dollar settlement with three fired police officers, or that he perjured himself over allegations that he was having an affair with his then chief-of-staff. Kilpatrick also faces assault charges and broke his bail conditions by going to Canada for a meeting. (The mayor's problems are now ranked at number two on our Scandal Watch.)

Thursday, September 4

Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff faces court for sentencing for tax evasion, fraud and corruption of public officials. Abramoff has been in prison on a separate fraud conviction since November, 2006. Prosecutors are asking for a sentence of five years and four months, which would be served concurrently with the earlier sentence.

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