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Ryan Grim

One Man Shows Just How Corrupt Washington Is | Ryan Grim | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Billy Tauzin stepped down as the high-profile head of the pharmaceutical lobby in 2010, The New York Times penned his political obi...

Jason Linkins

Former Legislators Can Get Staggeringly Rich Peddling Influence, In Case You'd Somehow Forgotten This | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.15.2012 | Politics

If the example of Senator Olympia Snowe is any guide, then the typical "Why I Am Leaving Congress" op-ed is fairly similar to Greg Smith's now-famous ...

'Nonprofit' Means Personal Wealth For CEOs

The Huffington Post | Max Rosenthal | Posted 12.20.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The chief executives of major companies are frequently blasted for their massive salaries, but new reports show that the heads of the na...

Cost Of Broken Health Care System Is Killing Us

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

The U.S. pays far higher prices for the drugs than other industrial nations, even though U.S. taxpayers often have paid to invent the drugs. How could this be?

Amanda Terkel

The Ghosts Of Health Care Deals Past | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The deals that the White House cut with major industries during the health care debate are threatening to come back to haunt the adminis...

Which Retiring Senators Will Be Working for Wall Street Next Year?

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Lux

All of the senators and House members working on financial reform should pledge right now that they will not retire only to go work for the likes of Goldman Sachs, Citibank, or JP Morgan Chase.

Did Filibuster Reform Lead Sen. Bayh to Quit?

Michael Kieschnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Kieschnick

Bayh blamed lack of bipartisanship for his decision, but of all the potential reasons for his leaving the senate, this one is the most likely to be bogus.

The Legacy of Billy Tauzin: The White House-PhRMA Deal

Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Blumenthal

Within a few months of being sworn in, the President and his aides were sitting down with leaders from the pharma industry to hash out a deal that they thought would make health care reform possible.

Medicare Part D Creators Now Working For Lobbyists With Billions At Stake

ProPublica | Olga Pierce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Four years ago, a group of lawmakers and aides crafted Medicare Part D, the prescription drug program for seniors that has produced billions of dollar...

Ryan Grim

After Ripping Clinton And McCain, Obama Embraces Their Policies | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday, President Barack Obama challenged his critics to identify any "gap" between what he campaigned ...

What If Health Reform Passes?

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

My column this week looks at the evolution of impressions of the Medicare prescription drug benefit among seniors in the years following its passage a...

An Open Letter to Jane Smiley: Please Don't Believe Everything You Read

Maggie Mahar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maggie Mahar

Based on what the mainstream press has been reporting, the president is letting us down. But the truth is, the press is just engaging in a time-honored media sport: first build someone up then tear him down.

Obama on Drugs: 98% Cheney?

Greg Palast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Palast

When Cheney was caught having secret meetings with oil companies, we denounced it as a case of foxes in the henhouse. But Obama's secret meetings, he assures us, are in the public interest.

Health-Care Reform was the Key Issue in the 2008 Campaign...What Happened?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

For some, the system works best when elites make the most fundamental decisions for our society, unencumbered by the trappings of "democracy", and when the population is depoliticized, misinformed, or both.

The White House Deal with Big Pharma

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

The White House has abandoned any real effort to control costs in the pharma sector and Democrats have taken this hands-off approach as a green light to side with Big Pharma.

Why Aren't Progressive Groups Protesting Obama's Back-Room Deal with Big Pharma?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Progressives were outraged when the Bush administration banned Medicare from negotiating for lower drug prices. It's time for outrage when the Obama administration does the same.

Obama Embraces Drug Lobbyist He Targeted During Campaign

Los Angeles Times | Tom Hamburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As a candidate for president, Barack Obama lambasted drug companies and the influence they wielded in Washington. He even ran a television ad targetin...

Salon: Blue Dogs Put Corporate Interests Over Party, Constituents

Salon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nobody could be better positioned than the Democrats who call themselves "Blue Dogs" to sabotage healthcare reform, the primary objective of their pre...

Dems & Repubs on Health Care: 'Love a Lobbyist'

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michele Swenson

The same insurance and pharmaceutical lobbies have granted themselves billions of dollars of taxpayer subsidies and inflated profits continue to shape the healthcare reform debate today.

Sam Stein

PhRMA CEO Urges GOP To Work With Obama On Health Care, But Won't Compromise Himself | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A key industry official in the health care debate praised the Obama administration on Tuesday for taking an "us"-oriented approach when it came to rev...