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Political Corruption

Parsing HB-2's Bathroom Babble

Harold Lloyd | Posted 02.15.2017 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

The toothless babble of HB-2 "protects" no one other than perhaps employers whose employees have more restricted rights as a result. Let's repeal this political mess that backfired on McCrory and will backfire on Berger and Moore as well if we don't move on.

Key to Effective Protesting: Put a Name on the Sign

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.31.2017 | Politics
Bernard Starr

Photo by Bernard Starr When I taught psychology to prospective teachers at Brooklyn College, my courses had a field component in public and private ...

We Are The Ones We've Been Waiting For

Bruce Berlin | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics
Bruce Berlin

While the 2016 election cycle is about to end, our work as engaged citizens is just beginning. I believe this election, regardless of who wins, has finally awakened the American people to the fact that we are responsible for the state of our union.

Five Billion Dollar Pat McCrory

Harold Lloyd | Posted 09.17.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

As I've previously pointed out in McCrory's House Bill 2: A Brief Outline of its Five "Parts," only one part of that five-part bill is about bathrooms, and HB2 provides no remedy if anyone uses the "wrong" restroom.

Bob McDonnell's Freedom Cost Him More Than $10 Million In Legal Fees

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.12.2016 | Politics

Bob McDonnell owes more than a debt of gratitude to the lawyers who defended him through years of legal troubles against the federal government. The A...

Jerry Brown's Dirty Hands

Jamie Court | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Jamie Court

Governor Brown has traveled the world speaking out against climate change. However a shocking new review of the Brown Administration's actions shows they've often helped oil, gas and utility companies at the expense of the environment and the consumer.

Fourth Circuit Strikes Down Discriminatory Provisions of Gov. Pat McCrory's North Carolina "Omnibus" Election Law

Harold Lloyd | Posted 08.08.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down provisions of Gov. Pat McCrory's "omnibus" election law requiring photo identification in form bla...

Power in Turkey: Islamist power struggle returns to the pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 06.17.2016 | Home
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey The opening of a court case against Turkish soccer star Hakan Sukur on charges of insulting the president takes Recep Tayyip Erdog...

Is Afghanistan Really a "Fanatically Corrupt" Country?

The Heller School | Posted 05.25.2016 | Home
The Heller School

When British Prime Minister David Cameron was overheard calling Afghanistan and Nigeria "fanatically corrupt" countries on the eve of an anti-corruption summit in London, the incident was labeled as "embarrassing" and "unfair" by some in both countries.

Real Crimes Against Nature: N.C. Republicans Attack Renewable Energy

Harold Lloyd | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

Pat McCrory and Republicans in the North Carolina legislature claim to abhor the unnatural.

Verizon Has Been on the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) for 16 Years. What the...?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

An ugly pattern has emerged: Phone, cable, broadband, ISP, and wireless companies, their industry associations, not to mention compromised consumer as well as astroturf groups have been on the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) over the last decade+.

The Supreme Court Is Fixing To Let Political Corruption Run Rampant

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics

So, that happened. Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was convicted by a federal jury in September 2014, after he was caught participating in one of t...

The 43 Missing Students Are Not Alone. Mexico's Justice System Is Broken.

Mary Speck | Posted 05.05.2016 | Home
Mary Speck

President Peña Nieto could still put his country on track to end the self-perpetuating cycles of violence, corruption and impunity that have turned certain regions into virtual war zones. But to do so, the president must address the "incredulity and distrust," which, as he himself has stated, are undermining the law and order essential to assure that his economic reforms generate the promised prosperity.

The Tragic World of West Virginia

Laurence Leamer | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
Laurence Leamer

This email says it all about the tragic world of West Virginia.

Convicted Gov. Bob McDonnell May Just Convince Supreme Court He's Innocent

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics


Blaming the Chair: McCrory and the 'Patsy'

Harold Lloyd | Posted 04.23.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

Embattled North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory recently missed his chair and got paddled by the floor. He blamed it on the chair. By now, it almost seems standard procedure. McCrory makes a mistake and then he directs the blame elsewhere. Pat blames a patsy.

Fleecing the American Taxpayer: The Profit Incentives Driving the Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

If there is an absolute maxim by which the federal government seems to operate, it is that the American taxpayer always gets ripped off. Not only are...

From Panama Papers to Brazilian Bribes: Why Corruption Is So Costly

The Conversation US | Posted 04.06.2016 | Business
The Conversation US

Corruption is highlighted by the media because the amounts being exchanged are often huge. The real reason corruption should be headline news is that it steals a bit of economic prosperity from every person each time it occurs.

McCrory and House Bill 2

Harold Lloyd | Posted 04.02.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

After Gov. McCrory hastily signed it, North Carolina's House Bill 2 has received considerable news coverage because of the message it sends to the LGBT community and to those who care about them. Surprisingly, however, there seems much less talk about the way the legislation targets the rest of the state as well.

U.S. Oil Industry Giant Paid Millions To Company At Center Of Huge Corruption Scandal

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics

The American engineering and construction firm KBR hired Unaoil -- an obscure Monaco-based company now involved in a massive international bribery sca...

Swearing an Oath -- Part 2: The Kristallnacht of American Public Education

Frank Breslin | Posted 02.09.2017 | Education
Frank Breslin

Given this unambiguous show of support for charters, how could our governors have the chutzpah to swear an oath to protect public schools, as this would pose a crisis of conscience, not to speak of a conflict of interest akin to setting a fox to guarding a hen house?

Swearing an Oath -- Part 1

Frank Breslin | Posted 01.31.2017 | Education
Frank Breslin

Since taking their oath, many governors have begun to close public schools. By violating their oath in so public a manner, they have shown that perjuring themselves means nothing to them, as does the fact that their first act in office was an act of perjury.

Guest Author -- Brandon Grant On Political Corruption

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.27.2017 | Teen
Chris Weigant

People are suffering and need your help! You're a United States legislator and you have just been presented with an up-and-coming bill. If this bill passes, people will receive aid and live better lives.

Supreme Court Spares Bob McDonnell From Prison For A While Longer

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take up the case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), who in October urged the justices to review his...

Will Sheldon Silver's Conviction Tip Course Of Asbestos Litigation? It Might.

Sara Warner | Posted 12.02.2016 | Politics
Sara Warner

Even before a federal jury in New York found former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver guilty on all seven corruption charges this week, it was clear that the weeks-long trial and its sordid details of how politics really work in New York would resonate well beyond its verdicts.