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The Funny Business of Farm Credit

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The Farm Credit System was the first GSE to be established by the United States in 1916. Unlike Fannie and Freddie, the Farm Credit System can make direct loans to farmers, ranchers and others involved in agriculture.

Black Metal: The Evolution of the Cult

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Michael Nirenberg

Black Metal is a dense and fascinating 500 pages. Chapters are dedicated to the bands and subgenres that had the most impact both to its musicians and on the national stage.

Checks and Balances Ensure Transparency on Torture

Curt Goering | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Curt Goering

On Constitution Day, let us remember that our American government was designed to put checks on the power of individuals in government who might slip out of control and begin making their own rules. The use of torture and cruelty was authorized by a handful of officials who believed they were exempt from oversight or review.

Sam Stein

9/11 Commission Update: Threats Have Evolved, U.S. Hasn't | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The authors of the seminal 9/11 Commission report have produced a new study, a decade after the first, painting an often alarming pictur...

Mom and Boss Aren't Conflicting Titles: The Notion That Matt Lauer Completely Missed

Rep. Diana DeGette | Posted 08.27.2014 | Media
Rep. Diana DeGette

There are plenty of legitimate questions on which to press Ms. Barra; I have asked my fair share of them and will continue to. What Mr. Lauer asked had no place in modern discourse. It disrespects parents and professionals alike.

Michael McAuliff

IRS Head Crushes Republican's Contempt Of Congress Threat | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A frustrated Republican earned himself a fierce rebuke from Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday for suggest...

The Long Arm of the Constitution: The Administration Is Trying to Evade Its Reach

William E. Jackson Jr. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
William E. Jackson Jr.

In a belated Federal district court decision handed down today -- and stayed for now -- Judge Richard Leon determined that keeping records of America...

What's the GOP Strategy to Deal With Obamacare's Success?

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

Perhaps the oft-repeated truism that the biggest fear of Tea Party Republicans is that people will actually be happy with ACA -- and thereby fatally undermine their goal of dismantling the social safety net -- is correct.

Dave Jamieson

Democrats Call For Probe Of Texas Plant Disaster | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly two weeks after a massive explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant took at least 15 lives and destroyed entire neighborhoods,...

The Changing State of International Relations: The PMSC Impact

David Isenberg | Posted 10.22.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

It has long been understood that today's private military and security companies are seen by governments that contract with them as a third option, be...

Joshua Hersh

Afghanistan 'Green-On-Blue' Attacks Get High-Level Attention | Joshua Hersh | Posted 08.20.2012 | World

A worrisome trend of American service members being killed by their Afghan counterparts finally got the Commander-in-Chief treatment on Monday -- and ...

Off Course: Did Navy Underplay Steering Problem Before Awarding Ship Contract?

Ben Freeman | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Ben Freeman

In late 2010, the future of one of the U.S. Navy's prized new weapons systems hung in the balance.

Fast and Furious? More Like Slow and Painful

Danielle Brian | Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics
Danielle Brian

Partisanship torpedoes the credibility of even legitimate investigations in the eyes of all but the similarly partisan.

Why Is the Best Attorney General Receiving the Worst Treatment?

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

Attorney General Holder has made a compelling offer -- one that serves the needs of the investigation, and one that is quite similar to the deal I accepted last Congress.

Dan Froomkin

Congress Focuses On Little Scandals As Big Ones Get Away | Dan Froomkin | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This city loves a scandal -- as long as it's just the right size. Not too small. But also not too big. While official Washington rema...

Few Things Are 100% Predictable, But Here's One..

Ellen Schloemer | Posted 05.26.2012 | Money
Ellen Schloemer

Imagine how many people would have walked away from getting a subprime mortgage if the broker had told them, "The rate on this loan is 2% higher than you qualify for, because I make more money that way."

'Green News Report' - December 15, 2011

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.14.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Arsenic and...

We Paid Dead People Using Paper, Pencil and a Whole Lot of Spit

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Linda E. Brooks Rix

The technology to fix the Federal Employees Retirement System isn't a pipe dream. It's ready to use, right now. It's time to solve this problem once and for all for federal employees, its retirees and the American taxpayer.

Michael McAuliff

Coburn: Senate's GAO Cuts Will Cost $3.3 Billion | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Coburn and several colleagues are taking their fellow senators to task for slashing the Government Accountability Office's budg...

Michael McAuliff

Republicans Decrying 'Job Killing' Green Energy Agenda Have Sought Green Jobs, Letters Show | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The GOP-led House Oversight Committee may be accusing the White House of a "job killing" green energy agenda in a hearing Thursday -- bu...

Michael McAuliff

WATCH: GOP Botches Multiple Facts, Calls Elizabeth Warren A Liar | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans attempting to grill Elizabeth Warren on the creation of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had to be schooled repe...

In The Public Interest: Checking the "Fact Check" From CFPB Opponents

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Mierzwinski

What opponents of the CFPB really fear is that we now have a regulator that will put consumer interests first and hold Wall Street accountable.

How to Take Proper Aim at a Target Rich Environment

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Without question, the U.S. Department of Defense is -- from both an accountability and cost-effectiveness perspective -- the most dysfunctional department in the executive branch.

Blackwater and the $78.5 Million Olly Olly Oxen Free Contract

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

'Olly olly oxen free' is a catchphrase used in such children's games as hide and seek to indicate that players who are hiding can come out into the op...

Go Home: Incoming Leader of the 112th Congress Issues Odd Marching Order

Scott Lilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Eric Cantor recently unveiled his calendar for the first session of the next Congress, one that has the House in session for fewer days than during any first session in the past decade. Something has to give, but it's not clear what that will be.