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Government Corruption

Almost All The Top Officials In This Texas Town Were Arrested For Corruption

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics

Nearly every top elected official in a small Texas town was arrested last week after being accused of accepting thousands of dollars in bribes and he...

The Hopeless State of Brazil

Gabriel Ruas Santos Rocha | Posted 02.01.2016 | World
Gabriel Ruas Santos Rocha

During a recent visit to Porto Alegre, my hometown in Brazil, I went to the supermarket for groceries. As my turn at the checkout approached my phon...

A Nation Divided by Fear: Studies Reveal How and Why We Target Muslims, Immigrants

David Briggs | Posted 12.28.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Fifty-six percent of Americans believe houses or rooms can be haunted. One in five believes Bigfoot is a real creature; about the same percentage are afraid of zombies. Yet at least until the walking dead put up their own candidate in the New Hampshire primary, those are not the concerns that should frighten us the most.

Republicans Need to Stop Being Afraid of Climate Change

Pierce Nahigyan | Posted 12.11.2015 | Green
Pierce Nahigyan

Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) trotted out his "there's-been-no-warming-for-18-years" schtick during a Senate hearing and Retired Rear Admiral David Titley (a meteorologist and oceanographer) very patiently explained to him why he's mistaken.

Home, Sweet Kleptocracy

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

A top government official with energy industry holdings huddles in secret with oil company executives to work out the details of a potentially lucrative "national energy policy." Later, that same official steers billions of government dollars to his former oil-field services company. What country is this?

Jason Linkins

'Testing The Waters': The Unseen Significance Of A Candidate Cliche | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

A few weeks ago, I had the occasion to write about the myriad steps that a human being takes along the way to becoming a presidential candidate -- fro...

Jason Linkins

It's Sad That The Best The Media Can Do To Fight Government Corruption Is Scalp Aaron Schock | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

This week, noted ab-haver Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) announced that he will be resigning his seat March 31 under the weight of multiple examples of sh...

Here's How Bad Corruption Is Around The World

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business

Don't expect bribery to get you far in New Zealand. North Korea, however, may be a different story. A new map by Transparency International, a non-...

Why $140,000 Worth Of Ebola Aid Is Just Sitting Untouched In Sierra Leone

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact

A shipment worth $140,000 in medical equipment to fight Ebola arrived in Sierra Leone on Aug. 9. But not a single life-saving resource from the supply...

Jason Linkins

Let's Do It! Let's Bring Back Earmarks! | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

For the past several years, Congress has been operating under a formal ban of earmarks -- tiny bits of spending that members previously enjoyed insert...

Why My Company Sued The Republic of Mozambique

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 09.14.2013 | Business
Alan W. Silberberg

"You sued a country?" Says mostly everybody to me now. Indeed, we are the plaintiff in a Federal Lawsuit against the Republic of Mozambique for fra...

John Celock

Dem Lawmakers Want To Stop 'Embarrassing', 'Abysmal' Practice | John Celock | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics

A pair of Democratic lawmakers in North Dakota are pushing to establish ethics safeguards -- again -- following a March report that gave the state a f...

The Empire State Strikes Back: New York Launches New Open Government Website

Alexander Howard | Posted 08.04.2012 | New York
Alexander Howard

Last week, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman launched, a new website that his office touts as a means for "voters, the media and government watchdogs to hold state government accountable."

The Real Meaning of the GSA Scandal

J.H. Snider | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
J.H. Snider

What accounts for the different treatment? Why is a million dollars of waste at the GSA a scandal but not tens of billions of dollars at the FCC-NTIA? I believe public ignorance and apathy are the immediate cause of blame.

Do You Really Think Your Vote Counts?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 06.02.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Today, it doesn't really matter who the President is or who is in Congress because big corporations run our government.

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.

The Bigger They Come

Henry J. Stern | Posted 02.21.2012 | New York
Henry J. Stern

While only a relatively small portion of elected officials are criminals, still the frequency of arrests and indictments of members of the political class causes people to doubt the integrity and validity of the legislative process.

'Angels' in Search of a Better Government

Andy Shaw | Posted 01.21.2012 | Chicago
Andy Shaw

At first glance I assumed it was another $50 donation. Another 999 of those and we'll hire a new investigator, I thought. But as I examined the numbers more closely the written amount jolted me like an electric shock: $50,000. From people I'd never met.

Newborn On Nigeria's Payroll Earns $150 A Month

AP | YINKA IBUKUN | Posted 01.11.2012 | World

LAGOS, Nigeria — A newborn baby in Nigeria got added to a government payroll, earning about $150 for the last two or three years, a discovery in...

Feds Dig Into Blagojevich Pension

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 01.10.2012 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Federal prosecutors are digging for data about convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's potential pension income in advance o...

People "Are Occupying Wall Street Because Wall Street Has Occupied the Country"

Bill Moyers | Posted 01.02.2012 | Media
Bill Moyers

2011-11-02-djjdfjkdjfmoyers.jpgOur politicians are little more than money launderers in the trafficking of power and policy -- fewer than six degrees of separation from the spirit and tactics of Tony Soprano.

You Want Solutions? Let's Look to Our Government for Some!!

The Relentless Conservative | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
The Relentless Conservative

As a columnist, I don't pretend to have all the answers. I don't even pretend to have any of the answers. That's the job and sacred obligation of those we elect to office.

Suburban Administrators Cash In As Districts Struggle

Skokie, IL Patch | Posted 06.12.2011 | Chicago

A Patch investigation has revealed that retired administrators have been landing lucrative contracts as consultants at the same time teachers are figh...

The Wages of Sin

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

One of the perennial questions that arises in government is whether dishonest public officials, if convicted, should forfeit their pensions. No one rule can cover all the cases.

Starting a Saudi Revolution Without Revolutionaries

Sabria Jawhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sabria Jawhar

Sometimes people are so hopeful about the prospect of more bloodshed spilled in the Middle East that they resort to stretching the truth to further their agenda.