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Political Corruption

Garbage In, Garbage Out Democracy

Todd Phillips | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Todd Phillips

The Framers of our Constitution never intended for citizens to elect government officials the way they do today.

Why the Truth Doesn't Matter (to the Candidates)

Todd Phillips | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

What we have is a gigantic gap between what citizens are expected to know about politics and what is possible. It is by expecting the impossible that we have gotten into this morass of misinformation. Does this mean democracy is an impossible ideal?

Why Partisan Voting Makes Accountability Impossible

Todd Phillips | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

What problems and injustices in our society bother you? Whatever it is, the only way those problems can be addressed is by a government that is truly accountable to the people. We believe a system of Local Electors would do just that.

The Scandal of Silence in D.C.

Patricia McGuire | Posted 12.03.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

D.C. will never bet taken seriously on Capitol Hill or around the country so long as our local government is perceived as inept, corrupt and unable to change.

Feast of Fools: How American Democracy Became the Property of a Commercial Oligarchy

Lewis Lapham | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Lewis Lapham

It is the wisdom of the age -- shared by Democrat and Republican, by forlorn idealist and anxious realist -- that money rules the world, transcends the boundaries of sovereign states, serves as the light unto the nations, and waters the tree of liberty.

Does 1% Control Government in America?

Todd Phillips | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

We talk of "we the people" and of the "public interest," but the general public is completely unorganized politically, which makes it impossible for any "will of the people" to emerge.

Afghan Actress' Murder Spreads Fear

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 09.10.2012 | World

On Aug. 20, sisters Areza and Tamana and their friend Benafsha were minutes away from moving out of their conservative Kabul neighborhood when the nei...

Lying Is the New Truth

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

hose people -- the confused ones -- come in all shapes, sizes, genders, colors, and political parties but for the sake of argument, and as a nod to the political climate of this GOP Convention week, let's focus on politicians, shall we?

Corruption Dare No Longer Be a Taboo Topic in This Presidential Election

Frank Vogl | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Frank Vogl

Reducing corruption is a top priority for Americans as they look at the upcoming elections. Yet the candidates are not discussing the issue. Will the reporters posing questions in the presidential debates raise the topic? I doubt it.

A Conversation About Mitt Romney

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.24.2012 | Politics
Paul Stoller

"This Mitt Romney reminds me of some of our African politicians. They have no plan -- other than to grab and hold onto power and hide their money."

Health Care Was Only the Supreme Court's 2nd Most Important Decision Last Week

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Chief Justice Roberts' opinion upholding the Affordable Care Act, coupled with his rejection of limits on campaign contributions, is completely consistent with his history as a servant of America's corporate oligarchy.

Ex-Alderman, County Commissioner Arrested On Corruption Charges

Posted 06.28.2012 | Chicago

A former Cook County Commissioner and an ex-Chicago alderman who previously spent time behind bars on a bribery conviction were among seven men arrest...

John McCain and 22 Attorneys General Ask Supreme Court to Walk Back Citizens United -- Where's Barack Obama?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

It's nice that President Obama has in the past had critical words to say about Citizens United. But the time has come for him to put his money where his mouth is.

Official In Bankrupt County: State Is 'Kicking The Can'

Reuters | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 2 (Reuters) - Alabama's bankrupt Jefferson County is laying off more government workers as prosp...

John Celock

N.J. Lawmakers Propose Ethics Crackdown

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.06.2012 | Politics

A pair of Republican lawmakers in New Jersey have proposed a new layer of ethics reform in an attempt to crack down on corruption in the historically ...

Will Someone Spare Anna Hazare a Copy of Don Quixote by Cervantes?

Sreedhar Pillai | Posted 05.27.2012 | World
Sreedhar Pillai

Like Don Quixote, Anna and his team, in their wild dreams pick on anything they can which don't retaliate, to blame for the epidemic of corruption in India while the real causes and reasons lie elsewhere and beyond the combined intelligence of the whole team.

Which Lobby Wrote the "JOBS" ("Jivers' Opportunity to Bilk Suckers") Act? Solving a "Bipartisan" Mystery

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's hard to figure out who's behind the bill when many wealthy and powerful interests stand to benefit from it.

John Celock

New Jersey Tops Anti-Corruption List, Study Says

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new study named a state known for government scandals and arrests as in the best position to prevent corruption. The State Integri...

Secrecy and Corruption at the NTIA

J.H. Snider | Posted 05.12.2012 | Technology
J.H. Snider

Anything short of this type of personal liability is unlikely to provide agency heads with an adequate incentive to comply with FOIA under circumstances when they believe that compliance could damage their careers.

Janell Ross

Bankrupt Jefferson County Relies On 'Volunteer' Staffers For Election

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 02.16.2012 | Business

In bankrupt Jefferson County, Ala., the financial situation has grown so grim that the county does not have the money to hire enough elections divisio...

You're in Trouble!

Byron Kennard | Posted 04.15.2012 | Comedy
Byron Kennard

So dangerous levels of BPA turned up in the urine of humans who consumed your soup?! So what?! That's no reason for you to go ballistic. If there are any liability issues here, PISS has you covered. Here's how.

Super PAC Disclosure Reports Reveal Out-of-Control and Corrupt System

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The Super PAC disclosure reports being filed this week reveal an out-of-control and corrupt system that is doing enormous damage to our political system and to our democracy.

President Gingrich Has a Visitor

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Visualize a fantasy that Newt Gingrich is elected president. Immediately following his inauguration, he has a visit from Sheldon Adelson, the man who single-handedly revived his campaign.

It's Time to Change Kleptocracy to Democracy

Deepak Chopra | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Since it is based on the Greek word for stealing, the term "kleptocracy" sounds inflammatory. But as income gaps open up wider and wider, there is evidence of a serious rift in American democracy, and in that rift one finds untold greed, corruption, and cronyism.

Political Corruption in New York: Low Comedy and High Cost

Dan Collins | Posted 01.31.2012 | New York
Dan Collins

If you look at the recent political corruption cases in New York City, you'll see certain patterns. One is consulting. Another is health care. If you want to know why the state is drowning in Medicaid bills, this is a good hint.