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The Teapot Dome Affair

As long as there have been governments, there have been scandals and corruption. Politicians and their associates have taken part in bribery, extortion, criminal conspiracy, and other immoral and illegal activities. Warren G. Harding’s presidency is considered by some to be one of the most corrupt administrations in American history.

The most notorious of the Harding scandals is known as the Teapot Dome Affair. Teapot Dome, Wyoming, was named for a rock that sat on the land and resembled a teapot. This parcel of land contained oil that had been allocated to the United States Navy for its future needs. The oil was to be kept in its natural reservoir until it was required for use by United States naval vessels.

Numerous conservation policies, including the petroleum reserve policy, assigned control of tracts of land to the federal government. Opposition to the petroleum reserve policy was strong among private oil interests. For the sake of profit, they argued that the navy’s needs could be better met through the private enterprise of American oil companies.

Harding’s secretary of the interior, Albert B. Fall, a longtime disputant in the petroleum reserve policy debate, persuaded the secretary of the navy to turn over the management of these federally owned oil reserve sites to the Department of the Interior. Fall then secretly leased the sites to private companies in return for bribes. He leased Teapot Dome to the Mammoth Oil Company and another oil reserve to the Pan-American Petroleum Company.

The full story became public after Harding’s death in 1923. Later that year, the Senate conducted an investigation. Close scrutiny revealed that when the leases were signed, Fall had received an extremely large, interest-free loan from the president of the Pan-American Petroleum Company. He also received a large amount of cash and government bonds directly from the president of Mammoth Oil. These payments totaled more than $400,000.

As a consequence of these findings, Congress agreed to sue for cancellation of the leases. In addition to rescinding the leases, the government charged Fall and others involved in the incident with conspiracy to defraud the government. They were eventually acquitted, but Fall was also charged with bribery and found guilty. He served one year in prison and was fined $100,000.

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An associate in "Politicians and their associates have taken part in bribery, extortion, criminal conspiracy, and other immoral and illegal activities." is a(n) _____.

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An administration in "Warren G. Harding's presidency is considered by some to be one of the most corrupt administrations in American history." is a(n) _____.

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Which word could best replace allocated in "This parcel of land contained oil that had been allocated to the United States Navy for its future needs."?

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A reservoir in "The oil was to be kept in its natural reservoir until it was required for use by United States naval vessels." is a(n) _______.

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An enterprise in "For the sake of profit, they argued that the navy's needs could be better met through the private enterprise of American oil companies." is a(n) ______.

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If you are a disputant, as in "Harding's secretary of the interior, Albert B. Fall, a longtime disputant in the petroleum reserve policy debate...", you are ______.

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Which word could best replace scrutiny in "Close scrutiny revealed that when the leases were signed, Fall had received an extremely large, interest-free loan from the president of the Pan-American Petroleum Company."?

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Which word could best replace consequence in "As a consequence of these findings, Congress agreed to sue for cancellation of the leases."?

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Another word for rescinding in "In addition to rescinding the leases, the government charged Fall and others involved in the incident with conspiracy to defraud the government." is ______.

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Acquitted in "They were eventually acquitted, but Fall was also charged with bribery and found guilty." means ______.

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