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Failing States

Christopher Holshek | Posted 06.02.2012 | World
Christopher Holshek

Failing states are failing states. The difference between over there and over here, however, is that we have been stacking the deck against ourselves.

Sleaze City: Citizens' Revolt Launched to Ban Corporate Control of DC Elections

Art Levine | Posted 06.02.2012 | DC
Art Levine

The growing movement to undo the nefarious impact of the Citizens United decision allowing unlimited corporate campaign spending finds its counterpart in a citizens' revolt against corporate control of local Washington, D.C. elections.

Supreme Court Scandals

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Sadly for America, there is far too much money, and far too little sunlight, in a government that most voters believe, correctly, is corrupted by money that buys democracy in the dark.

When Will They Stop Insulting Us?

Alaa Al Aswany | Posted 05.28.2012 | World
Alaa Al Aswany

As much as it is an insult to our national dignity, the scandal over the sudden departure of the foreign defendants in the NGO case makes us face up to an important fact: Hosni Mubarak has fallen but the system he set up is still governing Egypt.

March Madness, Primary Season and the Limits of Sports as Metaphor

Roderick Spencer | Posted 05.25.2012 | Politics
Roderick Spencer

I'm a sports fan and I care about politics, so let's mash them together. It is likely that Barack Obama is the most knowledgeable US President ever when it comes to NCAA basketball. How can the remaining GOP candidates use that against him?

Lieberman Parties With Lobbyists Hours Before Passing Watered-Down Ethics Reform

Lee Fang | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics
Lee Fang

Strong improvements to the bill, from both Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), were blocked. The weakened STOCK Act, which President Obama says he will sign, does little to address any real corruption in Congress.

Zach Carter

'We'll Fight This To The Death': The Vicious Capitol Hill Battle Between Banks and Credit Unions | Zach Carter | Posted 03.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In early February, Alabama Republican Spencer Bachus called for a meeting between two of the most quietly influential interest groups in...

The Summers of Our Discontent

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Robert Weissman

It's hard to imagine the Obama administration is on the verge of making a similarly outrageous pick to head the Bank, but that seems to be the case. What's the matter with Larry?

Grading the nation: How accountable is your state?

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Caitlin Ginley, iWatch NewsThe tales are sadly familiar to even the most casual observer of state politics.In Georgia, more than 650 government emp...

John Celock

New Jersey Tops Anti-Corruption List, Study Says | John Celock | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new study named a state known for government scandals and arrests as in the best position to prevent corruption. The State Integri...

You'll Never Guess Which State Is One Of The Best At Fighting Corruption

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2012 | Business

* States doing poor job fighting corruption * Only five states receive "B" grade, none get "A" * Ailing newspapers' watc...

Gore Occupies, Soros Opines

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Talk is cheap. In this business you get what you pay for in blood, toil, sweat, tears, passion, idealism, activism, commitment and, yes, you better believe it, in money.

Do the Murdochs Have the Requisite "Character" to Maintain Their FCC Licenses?

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.14.2012 | Media
Paul Abrams

The continuing and escalating scandals in the United Kingdom relating to Murdoch-owned and -operated news gathering organizations raise serious questions about whether they are fit to run a company that owns and operates cable stations under US law.

Secrecy and Corruption at the NTIA

J.H. Snider | Posted 05.12.2012 | Technology
J.H. Snider

Anything short of this type of personal liability is unlikely to provide agency heads with an adequate incentive to comply with FOIA under circumstances when they believe that compliance could damage their careers.

Lucia Graves

New Website Chronicles Republican Scandals | Lucia Graves | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After a series of Republican ethics allegations, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched on Monday. ...

Will Main Street or Wall Street Get Dealt the Upper Hand on STOCK Act?

Craig Holman | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Craig Holman

In the weeks following an explosive 60 Minutes exposé on congressional insider trading, both chambers of Congress nearly unanimously passed the "Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge" (STOCK) Act. But there is still no law. What's the holdup?

Why America Needs Campaign Finance Reform Now

Kyle Victor | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Kyle Victor

To say that the eventual winner of the presidency will not be beholden to his mega-donors, and to their particular economic interests, borders on delusional. And this seriously threatens the ability of the president to act in the interests of the general public, which is worrisome.

Are the Koch Brothers Funding Rush Limbaugh?

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Are the Koch brothers funding Limbaugh? I'm not sure Rush has ever sent them an invoice. But he doesn't have to. And that's what's so insidious about what the Kochs do.

How Citizens United Unleashed Campaign Spending in Federal Elections by Tax-Exempt Organizations

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

There are two types of entities injecting hundreds of millions of dollars in unlimited contributions into our federal elections as the result of the Citizens United decision.

Citizens United and Contributions to Super PACs: A Little History Is in Order

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The argument that the Citizens United decision has had little responsibility for the torrent of unlimited individual contributions being spent by Super PACs is wrong. A little history is in order.

Chicago Deserves a Political Makeover

Alonso Zaragoza | Posted 04.22.2012 | Chicago
Alonso Zaragoza

Nepotism and patronage might have been useful in old Chicago, but they have no place in today's society.

How Corporate Lobbyists Stole the Conservative Brand

Josh Silver | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Josh Silver

Real conservative Americans should be seriously irked after the Heartland document leak. Think tanks like Heartland falsely brand themselves as conservative while blindly espousing a free market free-for-all that history proves as untenable.

Why Oil Exporting Countries Need Transparency

Raymond Baker | Posted 04.15.2012 | World
Raymond Baker

We've compiled a slideshow of the top 10 oil exporting countries and listed the cost that corruption and financial opacity has on each country's economy.

Kitchen Sink Laundry Lists and Broken Clocks

John Wagner Givens | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
John Wagner Givens

Corruption perceptions indices suggest that China is not especially corrupt for its level of development and actually does better than many more developed countries, including Russia, Argentina, and Mexico.

Miami Isn't Miserable, But the People Who "Run" It Are

Jose Suarez | Posted 04.10.2012 | Miami
Jose Suarez

Last week, Forbes decided to list Miami as the most miserable city in the country. But you have to read in between the lines to understand what is really wrong with Miami.