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Joseph Curl

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @josephcurl.

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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2007, file photo, former House Speaker Dennis, Hastert, R-Ill., announces that he will not seek re-election for a 12th term in Yorkville, Ill. Federal prosecutors have indicted Thursday, May 28, 2015, the former U.S. House Speaker on bank-related charges. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey, File)

Weird C-SPAN phone call: 'Hi Denny. Remember me from Yorkville?'

A day after J. Dennis Hastert was indicted on charges of "structuring" and lying to federal agents, an odd video clip has emerged showing the former House Speaker taking questions on C-SPAN. The caller, who identified himself as "Bruce" and called in on the independent line, says "Hello, Denny," using the Sepaker's nickname. "Hi, how're you doing," Hastert says. Published May 29, 2015

FILE - In this June 25, 2014 file photo, former President Bill Clinton speaks alongside then-Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley during the closing session on the final day of the annual gathering of the Clinton Global Initiative America, in Denver. More than a decade ago, Bill Clinton spotted a political star on the horizon, someone he predicted would go from a big-city mayor to a national leader _ maybe even to the White House. In the years that followed, Clinton and his wife, New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, showed up time and again as their young ally rose up the political ranks, hosting fundraisers, headlining rallies, and connecting him with their sprawling network of political donors.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

O'Malley teases with 'Hail to the Chief' -- on guitar

Martin O'Malley is going to push his youth in his race for the Democratic presidential nomination, and even before he jumps into the race, he's teasing -- with a guitar riff. A new 24-second video popped up on YouTube showing the musically-inclined O'Malley tuning a guitar. Then, at the end of the short clip, he picks out the tune to "Hail To The Chief." Published May 29, 2015

FILE - In this  Aug. 17, 2007, file photo, Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, front, R-Ill., announces that he will not seek reelection for a 12th term as he stands on the steps of the old Kendall County courthouse with, from left, his son Josh; wife Jean; and daughter-in-law Heidi, grandson Jack, in Yorkville, Ill. Federal prosecutors have indicted Thursday, May 28, 2015, the former U.S. House Speaker on bank-related charges. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey, File)

Hastert paid to 'conceal his prior misconduct'

J. Dennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican speaker in U.S. House history, was being blackmailed, and he paid millions to keep his secret. That's what federal indictment says, anyway. Hastert has been charged with illegally moving cash and lying to investigators. This is what's known: There is a person -- "Individual A" -- in the indictment (no one knows if that person is a male or a female). Hastert was paying Individual A $3.5 million to cover up "past misconduct." Published May 29, 2015

Republican presidential candidate, former Hewlett-Packard CEE Carly Fiorina, reaches out to shake hands at a luncheon hosted by the Derry Republican Town Committee, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Derry, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

ALERT: PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TAKES QUESTIONS

Carly Fiorina's campaign is having a lot of fun at Hillary Clinton's expense. The Republican presidential candidate's deputy campaign manager, Sarah Isgur Flores, sent out a email to the "traveling press corps" noting that both Fiorina and Clinton will be campaigning in South Carolina on Wednesday. Published May 27, 2015