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Political Corruption

WATCH: A Hilariously Accurate Depiction of How Politics Actually Works

Mansur Gidfar | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Mansur Gidfar

You'd think a situation this dire wouldn't be something you could laugh about. And you'd be wrong.

Chen and Ma: Belated Birthday or Aborted Democracy?

Jack Healey | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jack Healey

If you want to save Taiwan, you should want to save Chen Shui-bian. If he dies in prison, if he remains both broken and locked away from his family and not-inconsiderable base of supporters, the damage that will be done is real. Taiwan's democracy will die on the vine.

Ryan J. Reilly

Jesse Jackson Jr. Sentenced | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.14.2013 | Chicago

WASHINGTON -- Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison followed by three years probation by a federal ju...

Top 10 Quotes in Illinois Corruption Scandals

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Reboot Illinois

We have all heard of corruption in Illinois, but this list is just a smack in the face to a state that already has very low expectations of State Offi...

Power, Bad Behavior and Who We Are

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Mark Rubinstein

Is it worrisome that our federal government is paralyzed in partisan deadlock? Have we so little expectation of officeholders that we view politics as simply a sideshow; and if we vote at all, do we pull the lever based on nothing more than name recognition?

Yet Another Moreland Commission Targeting New York Corruption: Déjà Vu All Over Again?

Michael D. Celock | Posted 09.22.2013 | New York
Michael D. Celock

Is the creation of a Moreland Commission the nuclear option Cuomo has claimed it to be, or is the current Commission nothing more than an illusion designed to give the appearance of taking decisive action to attack corruption?

My Top Quotes in Illinois This Week

Madison Bondi | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

While many people relaxed in celebration of the 4th of July holiday, Illinois was buzzing from the recent release of former Governor George Ryan, Bill Daley's endorsement from NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Quinn's partial veto of a concealed carry firearms bill.

Guns, Demoralization, and the Saboteur Within

Michael J. Tansey | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Michael J. Tansey

If the NRA leadership is no longer the primary obstacle, what is? The answer lies in the threat of demoralization that resides within each of us, separately, and within the group psychology of the gun control movement, collectively.

The Most Shocking Thing Rush Limbaugh Has Ever Said

Joshua Graham Lynn | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Joshua Graham Lynn

Do I really believe that Limbaugh has evolved beyond partisanship? No, the sun still rises in the East. But I'm grinning because I've learned that at the end of the day America only works when it represents its people, and it's fun to see Rush learn that lesson too.

Are Union Leaders Richard Trumka and Cecil Roberts Murderers?

Laurence Leamer | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Laurence Leamer

Trumka is an ambitious, smart man and it was unthinkable that he or other UMWA leaders would hire a contract killer as Blankenship suggests may have happened.

Is the Monarchy Mentality Bad for South Africa?

Estelle Nagel | Posted 07.12.2013 | World
Estelle Nagel

The problem isn't that we have monarchs. The problem is that they are in power because they've succumbed to politics, rather ruling their people. The problem is the belief that monarchs should be above reproach.

John Celock

FBI Sitting In On New York Lawmaking | John Celock | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

The New York political scene has been shaken up by the revelation that a former New York state senator sentenced to prison Thursday on corruption char...

Ryan J. Reilly

'Charming' Jesse Jackson Jr. Deserves Break, Says Politician | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) wrote a letter last month asking a federal judge to go easy on former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. when he's senten...

Weep for the Senate

Gary Hart | Posted 07.05.2013 | Politics
Gary Hart

By the time we reach the 2014 election, almost one third of the current Senate will have resigned in the past three elections. Recent reports indicate that those formerly considered to be virtually automatic candidates are rejecting the opportunity to seek the vacated seats.

How much do you value longform watchdog journalism?

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 06.03.2013 | Media
The Center for Public Integrity

By Bill Buzenberg April 3, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigat...

"They Know We Know It."

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

"There's another challenge that we must address and it is the corrupting force of the vast sums of money necessary to run for office. The unending cha...

Ex-Chair Vows To Humiliate Florida Republicans

| Posted 03.31.2013 | Miami

This article courtesy of Miami New Times. By Terrence McCoy Hidden among the shadows in a cavernous banquet hall, Florida's most notorious backr...

BuyPartisan Consensus: ExxonMobil Donates $260,000 to Obama Inauguration

Steve Horn | Posted 03.23.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

Critics say it's more of the same out of an Obama Administration that in the first term had a cozy relationship with corporate patrons.

Amend! Money Out of Politics -- Strategy and Tactics for the Constitutional Amendment Process -- the 28th Amendment

Phil Wolfson, MD | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Phil Wolfson, MD

Let's have some post-election fun using our informed imagination. It is four years from now. I and you are entering the voting booths in our respective neighborhoods.

Is Corruption Getting Worse?

Robert Greenhill | Posted 02.06.2013 | World
Robert Greenhill

Sunday marks World Anti-Corruption Day, a time to pause and ask ourselves: is corruption getting worse or are we simply becoming more open about discussing the problems that exist?

The Rise of the Independents

Judy Frankel | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Judy Frankel

We're going to little league games, antique shows, NASCAR events, the mall, acting as homework helper or cabby to the kids: How can we be bothered to pay attention to politics?

Threats to Civil Society Are Rising Rapidly

Frank Vogl | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Frank Vogl

The vice is tightening in one country after another on activists for human rights, political reform, freedom of speech, and anti-corruption.

How Was 91 Percent of Congress Re-Elected Despite a 10 Percent Approval Rating?

Todd Phillips | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Todd Phillips

As is typically the case, the race for the presidency dominated the news headlines throughout the election cycle. But in our system of government, the presidency is not where the real power lies -- the real power lies with Congress.

The Campaign Ends, But the Corruption Continues

James Poulos | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
James Poulos

Post-election corruption is a bipartisan problem fueled by lobbying and greased by cash. It can be hard to tighten the regulatory screws in an environment where just about everyone's in on the game. But there's no reason to despair.

Butte, Montana Goes to the Polls

Brian Kahn | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Brian Kahn

For six and a half hours I watched the people vote. They got their ballots from volunteers who knew what they were doing and treated their neighbors with friendly respect.