Ted Stevens

Take Five: Lisa Murkowski
The Alaska Republican doesn't set her watches

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski hopes to celebrate her next birthday by hiking Machu Picchu. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In this week’s Take Five, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski talks about taking the stairs, traveling home to Alaska and arctic squirrels.  

Q : How regularly are you able to ski?  

The Bad Boys of Congress
10 Republicans and Democrats who faced criminal charges

Dennis Hastert was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in federal prison in a hush-money case that prosecutors say involved payments he made to prevent an alleged sex abuse victim from speaking up about acts that occurred when the Illinois Republican was a high school teacher and wrestling coach decades ago.  

Hastert pleaded guilty in October to evading bank reporting requirements when he withdrew cash from multiple accounts to pay someone he said was extorting him. Investigators found no evidence of extortion. The alleged sex abuse occurred too long ago for any prosecution. Still, Hastert will spend time in prison and two years of supervised released in the case.  

Murkowski Tells Alaskans to Show Their 'Inner Ted' Stevens (Video)

Murkowski is encouraging fellow Alaskans to honor the late Stevens, seen here posing with the Incredible Hulk in 2003. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a new video message, Sen. Lisa Murkowski is encouraging her fellow Alaskans to celebrate Ted Stevens Day on Saturday.  

"Sen. Stevens, or 'Uncle Ted' as many of us knew him, was the Alaskan of the 20th century and always put Alaska above partisan politics," the Alaska Republican said. "This year, Alaskans have seen me put on my Hulk scarf and channel my inner Ted Stevens to fight in the Senate for what is important to Alaska."