David Gregory Busts a Talmudic Cap in Jack Abramoff's Tuchus

It's a good day when you get to write a headline like that.

A funny thing happened on the way to Newt Gingrich's mini-resurgence. On Wednesday, Gingrich was told, in no uncertain terms, to go get his shinebox by Jack Abramoff himself -- the paragon of Beltway-based ethical malfeasance.

Speaking to David Gregory, Abramoff -- a year removed from prison -- excoriated Gingrich for the emerging scandal in which Gingrich was paid over $1 million to "consult" for housing giant Freddie Mac. But David turned on Abramoff -- gently, but definitively -- by dropping some Talmudic wisdom on the felon's head. Here's how David framed his question about Abramoff's soul:  "In the Jewish faith, it's said that in the Talmud, that one of the first questions God asks you in heaven is, 'Were you honest in your business dealings?'" Click here to see Abramoff answer.

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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