Ted Stevens in the Clear

Former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens is getting the last laugh this morning. NPR broke news that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is dropping all charges against the 85-year-old--he was convicted last year for seven counts of lying to cover-up gifts totaling $250,000--because of "persistent problems stemming from the actions of prosecutors." Holder seems to be cutting his losses after prosecutors were held in contempt. "With more ugly hearings expected, Holder is said to have decided late Tuesday to pull the plug," Nina Totenberg reports. Not that it matters much, he was already defeated at the polls.