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Christopher Kelly Dead: Sources Say Ex-Blagojevich Fundraiser Confirmed Dead

AP | MIKE ROBINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A former chief fundraiser for ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich died Saturday, just days before he was to begin serving at least ei...

It's the corruption, stupid!

Jane Harman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Harman

Success in Afghanistan is essential; the United States has invested too many troops and too much treasure to fail. But raising troop levels is the wrong place to start the discussion of how to move forward.

President Obama, Gordon Brown, Deaths in Afghanistan and More British Deception Over Lockerbie

Vicky Ward | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vicky Ward

If applause is what Gordon Brown wants, he's not getting it. When, for the sake of his country, is the British Prime Minister going to do the decent thing -- and resign?

Sex, Lies, and Videotape: Chevron's Spy Games Unraveling

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Given the overwhelming scientific evidence against the company, a potential $27 billion judgment possibly a month out, news of the "scandal" was seen by many as a fourth-quarter Hail Mary, if not something more sinister.

Don Payne, Jericho Fire Chief, Shot By Cop In Arkansas Court Over Tickets

AP | JON GAMBRELL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

JERICHO, Ark. — It was just too much, having to return to court twice on the same day to contest yet another traffic ticket, and Fire Chief Don ...

Chevron's 'Dirty Tricks Operation' in the Amazon

Han Shan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Han Shan

Unfortunately for Chevron, the truth has a way of bubbling to the surface, like crude in the steamy jungles of Ecuador.

William Jefferson Files For Bankruptcy

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW ORLEANS — A former Louisiana congressman convicted of corruption after federal agents found cash in his freezer has filed for Chapter 7 bank...

Renegade Ohio Ex-Lawmaker Out Of Prison Wednesday

AP | THOMAS J. SHEERAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Renegade ex-congressman James A. Traficant Jr., who delighted in "Star Trek" references and polyester suits, is to be release...

Mob May Seek a Cut of the Stimulus Pie

New York Times | WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Everybody is looking for stimulus money. From bridge builders to food stamp recipients, from roofers to subway riders, from teachers to housing proje...

Daring Guatemalan Publisher Convicted on Trumped-Up Charge

Susan Benesch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Susan Benesch

A courageous publisher risks spending a year in jail for printing a photograph of a dog in one of the world's most crime-ridden nations.

Campaign Contributions May Be Linked To Pension Fund Deals | Kevin McCoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

More than two dozen firms that have surfaced in a broad corruption investigation of public pension funds gave at least $1.97 million in campaign contr...

Former Voice Of America Official Tied To Abramoff Indicted On Corruption Charges

AP | DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A former top official for Voice of America was indicted Friday on corruption charges, accused of taking thousands of dollars in con...

Indonesia's Economic Optimism

Sara Schonhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sara Schonhardt

Although the global economy is now showing signs of recovery, Indonesia has weathered the economic crisis much better than other countries in Southeast Asia.

Ambassador Verveer on Congo's Rape Crisis: Unspeakable Brutality and Highly Emotional Encounters

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Ambassador Melanne Verveer leads the charge against the heinous atrocities in the Congo.

Clinton in Nigeria: A Moment of Opportunity

Sarah Dotlich | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Dotlich

Electoral integrity and the ability for all citizens of Nigeria's democracy to participate meaningfully should be high on Secretary Clinton's agenda.

Tough Talk on Africa is a Two-Way Street

David Lane | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Lane

Secretary Clinton has made it clear that America has no tolerance for the corruption and impunity that has sadly plagued the independence generation in many African states.

Corruption and Money Vs. The Environment

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Reporters Uncensored

Our main topic this week will be corruption, within governments and multinational corporations. 

Corrupt practices are impacting the environment and devastating indigenous communities.

American Pie: New US-Israeli Crime Ring Details Revealed

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israeli police said Monday that they had broken up an Israeli-American crime ring specializing in tax fraud and money laundering in ...

Q&A with Michael Lewis (Part 1): The Rules of the Game Were Totally Screwed Up

Terrence McNally | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Terrence McNally

I recently interviewed author Michael Lewis about his new book, Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood, and the financial meltdown and the bailout.

American Plutocracy: Corruption Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

Most police officers in America do not require greased-palms for their services. But if one wishes to attend a chicken cordon bleu dinner with Senator Max Baucus of Montana, it will cost him $10,000

The Petri Dish of Politics: Starting with New York

Henry J. Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

When one asks what can be done about the errant or corrupt public official, we would first respond that the question is very difficult to answer.

Senate Committee Okays Bill To Protect Whistleblowers

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation to protect federal employees from being punished for blowing the w...

Want to Work 112 Days a Year? Run For Congress

Jonathan Neil Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Neil Schneider

Until members of Congress fear our vote more than the special interests dollars, whatever healthcare reform comes out of Washington will unfortunately favor their interests and not ours.

Taking the Wheels Off the Machine

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Timothy Karr

New Jersey's progressive movement should see Cammarano's demise as an opportunity. It's our chance to pry the state's Democratic Party from the patronage system that put "business as usual" before accountability.

Mayor Daley, Why? (Or Why Not?)

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

It's not that I'm sick of Mayor Daley. He's as entertaining as ever, and as much a confounding brew of political genius and moral vulgarity, animal intelligence and intellectual imbecility as he ever was.