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Private Prisons Embrace Corruption to Boost Profits

David Yankovich | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
David Yankovich

A dark police state where prisons are run by major corporations whose sole source of income is occupancy. This would be a story where nobody listens because the people crying foul are being seen as weak on crime and in defense of prisoners who have had their right of freedom taken.

This Bill Could Bar Former Members Of Congress From Lobbying Indefinitely

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 04.17.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

What We Could Have Done With the $5.8 Billion the Government Lost to Tax ID Theft

Adam Levin | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Adam Levin

Imagine you were President, or Speaker of the House, and one day you woke up and discovered that you had an extra $5.8 billion dollars to spend. What would you do with the cash? A new aircraft carrier (or half of one, anyway)?

Here's Why Life Would Be Way Better If You Were In Charge

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 11.07.2014 | Comedy

You had us at Diet Oreos. Since we just went through Midterm Elections, Jimmy Fallon made this week's hashtag #IfIWasInCharge to see what you would...

26 Illinois Lawmakers Opt Out of Their State Pension Plan

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.14.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Some Illinois lawmakers (26 of them, actually), Democrats and Republicans, state representatives and senators, have chosen to forgo the pensions they are entitled to through the General Assembly Retirement System.

Speaker Boehner Is Wasting Taxpayer Dollars on Nonsense

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
John W. Boyd Jr.

Common sense and decency seem less and less important to Republicans in the House of Representatives as they continue their shameful conduct toward President Barack Obama for trying to do his job.

Lawmakers Slam Veterans Health Bill Cost Estimate

Reuters | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics

By David Lawder WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) - Cost estimates of up to $50 billion a year for a veterans emergency medical care bill ...

Lawmaker Reading and Understanding of Legislation Is Highly Overvalued

Brian Christopher Jones | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Brian Christopher Jones

In a lawmaking utopia, legislators might read and understand every piece of legislation before voting on it. And in this place, the most grandiose to the most banal of statutes would receive thorough consideration by each chamber and undergo inspection down to the last detail.

Unmentionable Road Crimes

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 12.18.2013 | Comedy
Rob Hiaasen

My round trip affords me ample time to observe the driving habits of my brethren with time left to finish my novel, double check the meaning of "miasma" and dissect every turning point in my life that led me to this commute.

Gas Prices: Should They Continue to Rise?

Emmanuel I.S. Ajuzie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Emmanuel I.S. Ajuzie

No other commodity has that type of influence on our economy and the economy of the world. If that is true, the question then is why do we treat it in the same manner we treat other commodities with less simultaneous pronounced effect on both domestic and global economy?

Lawmakers' Lobbyist-Funded Trips Raise Eyebrows

Reuters | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics

* Watchdog groups say ethics reforms being undermined * Reforms followed Abramoff influence-peddling scandal * Lawmakers...

Shedding Light on Advance Pricing Agreements

Jeremy Scott | Posted 09.22.2013 | Business
Jeremy Scott

U.S. multinationals, or at least some of them, aren't paying that much tax. Their marginal tax rates are falling, and lawmakers and the public are starting to notice.

MF Global Exec: I Plead The Fifth

Posted 03.28.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — A former MF Global executive has refused to answer lawmakers' questions about $200 million that was transferred out of a customer accou...

Congress, America's Heroes

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.23.2012 | Business

We're like an Etch-a-Sketch, too, you know: Every day we shake it up and show you seven and a half new things you need to know. Here they are: Thin...

U.S. Hasn't Used Public Transit Like This For A Long Time

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) - Americans took 10.4 billion trips on public transportation in 2011, the second-highest total since 1957, as gasolin...

In Closed Door Dinner, Buffett Pitches Senate Democrats On Tax Fairness

Reuters | Posted 04.09.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Warren Buffett, the billionaire philanthropist who inspired President Barack Obama's new crusade to ma...

Lawmakers Face Insider Trading Ban

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Sagging approval ratings brought Democrats and Republicans together Thursday, as the Senate passed a bill to explicitly prevent mem...

Chris Christie: New Jersey Should Be Online Gambling's 'Epicenter'

Posted 01.05.2012 | Business

New Jersey's legislature has briefly delayed a vote on a bill that would legalize online gambling but Governor Chris Christie said the state shoul...

Jon Corzine Disputes Notion He Knew About Misused Customer Funds

AP | DANIEL WAGNER and MARCY GORDON | Posted 02.14.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — Jon Corzine's three days of testimony on MF Global's collapse offered little to satisfy lawmakers or clients who lost millions when...

New Gift Regulations for California, Finally

Jessica Levinson | Posted 01.16.2012 | Los Angeles
Jessica Levinson

Just in time for the holidays Californians may receive a present from the state's political watchdog agency -- new rules for public officials concerning the acceptance and disclosure gifts.

Downgrade Possibility Not Scaring U.S. Lawmakers

Posted 12.28.2011 | Business

A growing number of lawmakers do not think another downgrade of the country's AAA rating will harm America's economy, raising questions about how ...

1979 Offers Glimpse Of Default's Consequences

The Washington Post | Brady Dennis | Posted 09.10.2011 | Business

The Sunday airwaves brimmed once again with talk of what would - or would not - happen if lawmakers fail to meet the Aug. 2 deadline to raise the nati...

Jason Linkins

Study: Lawmakers Now Spend Most Of Their Time Just Taunting One Another | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics

So, what do your beloved Congresscritters spend the bulk of their time in Washington, DC doing? Mostly they have cuddle parties with lobbyists, or, if you've got the exquisite sense of timing of Rep. Corrine Brown, you're taking a "boutique shopping trip" to the brutalist wonderland of Crystal City, Virginia. But outside of that, they basically spend their days and nights straight up "doin' the dozens" on one another, in press releases. This is according to new research from Harvard, an important university.

Debtors' Prison in 2011

Wall Street Journal | JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Some lawmakers, judges and regulators are trying to rein in the U.S. debt-collection industry's use of arrest warrants to recoup money owed by borrowe...

Corporations Have Unlimited Lobbying Power, Lobbyist Says

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Corporations and interest groups have an unlimited ability to spend money on political causes, fostering an unethical and potentially illegal system o...