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What Is Patriotism?

Janet Ritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Ritz

President Obama may deserve criticism. But trying to undermine his presidency, his legitimacy, his personal safety, especially in a time of war, is unpatriotic at best.

James Traficant, Who Served Seven Years In Prison May Try To Return To Congress

AP | THOMAS J. SHEERAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CLEVELAND — Former Rep. James Traficant, who was recently released from prison after serving seven years for corruption, said Thursday that he i...

Going Broke in Albany, Part 3: Why We're Still Screwed

Will Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Will Schwartz

I bet this Deficit Reduction Plan (DRP) won't last us through May. That's about six months before the next bout of calamity.

Exec Pleads Guilty To Bribing NY Pension Officials

AP | DAVID B. CARUSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

NEW YORK — A California venture capitalist pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that he helped his company land a lucrative deal with New York's p...

Going Broke in Albany, Part 1: Explaining The Budget and How We're Botching It

Will Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Will Schwartz

If the Senate gets their way, in just a few years we'll end up having to gut education, Medicaid, and public assistance. In just a few months, we'll have to lay off state employees.

Transparency Recognized

Josh Ruxin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Ruxin

Rwanda is an example of nation that's taken great steps to eliminate the kind of corruption that fosters resentment, frustration and despair, and can hold an entire people back from achieving their potential.

New Tools for Peace in Afghanistan

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

Development and humanitarian assistance can no longer be an afterthought; they must be central to any strategy the U.S. government puts forward in Afghanistan.

Rethink Afghanistan: 3/4 Of Afghan Corruption Cases Involve Westerners (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

One of the biggest obstacles the U.S. faces in stabilizing Afghanistan is the widespread level of corruption throughout the country. A McClatchy repo...

Absolute Corruption Is the Rule in America

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Often, people will look at a high-profile example of corruption, and conclude that the egregious act is an exception to the rule. In reality, it might be the tip of the iceberg.

Sad I Ran

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Reverend Billy

"Corruption" now means "Democracy." "Affordable housing" means "Eviction." And New York City's imitation Greatness is polished.

Is it Right To Disapprove of David Paterson?

Will Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Will Schwartz

We don't need a lame duck. We need a strong executive now; one that can tame the wilds of our legislature, or at the very least stand up to its corruption.

Judah the Maccabee's Five Lessons for Barack Obama

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aaron Zelinsky

From the story of Chanukah, we see how not to fight a guerrilla insurgency. From the Maccabees, we learn how to rally a people and a nation. Here are Chanukah's five geopolitical lessons.

Joe Bruno Gets His, But Does It Matter?

Dan Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

If Bruno can go down for a term far beyond his possible lifespan, shouldn't that convince the rest of the lawmakers that it's time to straighten up and fly right?

China Executes 2 People Over Tainted Milk Scandal

AP | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIJING — China executed a dairy farmer and a milk salesman Tuesday for their roles in the sale of contaminated baby formula – severe puni...

Transparency International's Corruption Index For 2009 (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Transparency International has released its 2009 Corruption Perception Index, which focuses on corruption in the public sector and uses surveys to est...

For The Shadow Elite Failure Often Guarantees Future Rewards

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Janine R. Wedel

Today's power brokers are still at the top of their game because they are said to "have the credentials." No matter that they are the credentials of a shadowy elite--and of failure.

Why Keep Geithner?

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dylan Ratigan

The current custodian of America's wealth, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, is not doing a good job. The time for corrective action is now.

Cartoon: Chris Dodd Retires?

Sunil Adam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sunil Adam


Drug-Linked Karzai Brother Helps U.S. Intelligence

Jeff Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Stein

A key member of the House Intelligence Committee says the controversial brother of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai regularly helps U.S. intelligence, but should not be considered a spy.

Why Didn't the Enforcers Enforce?

Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stanley Bing

Why would the government, charged with prosecuting white collar criminals who exploit our sacred financial institutions, fail so egregiously to pursue them with aggression and verve?

Indonesians Rally to Curb Corruption; and It's Only the Beginning

Sara Schonhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sara Schonhardt

Thousands of protestors gathered outside the presidential residence in Indonesia Wednesday to mark International Anti-Corruption Day by rallying against a series of recent scandals that prove graft is still alive and well in Indonesia.

Democratic, Republican Lawmakers Raise Concerns Over Afghan War Escalation

LA Times | Greg Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The persistent skepticism from the president's own party, along with new doubts raised by Republicans who have generally supported broadening the conf...

Hamid Karzai Sworn In For Second 5-Year Term As Afghan President

AP | KATHY GANNON and ELENA BECATOROS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — For his critics, President Hamid Karzai's inaugural speech Thursday struck all the right notes – sober pledges to get tough on cor...

Will Ethics Matter in 2010?

Melanie Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Melanie Sloan

Several ethically compromised current or ex-officeholders -- including at least two convicted on corruption charges -- are planning or considering races for Congress or governor.

Speaking Truth To Power: Where Are The Brave Leaders?

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
W. Hunter Roberts

Moral courage often costs us the approval of those we think we need. Ego cannot fake or replace it; it comes from a deeper place. I dare say moral courage comes from love.