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Political Influence

A Senate vote on prescription drug price legislation calls loyalties into question

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) bucked his party in voting against allowing importation of cheaper prescription drugs from Canada. (Sipa via AP Images) BY:...

The Critical Need for a Citizens' Rights Movement

Frank Islam | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

Can citizens' movements make a difference? Absolutely, if they are targeted correctly, mobilized properly and sustained effectively.

To the Young: Heed JFK and Use Politics for Change

Caryl Rivers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Caryl Rivers

A door swung open for us. He said that public service was an honorable profession, that politics was not just a game for hacks and cronies, but a way to change the world. America suddenly became an exciting place in which to be young.

The Plays of the Hunted Politico

Alan Kelly | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Alan Kelly

Whether it's the missteps of Benghazi, the IRS' profiling of Tea Party folks or the DOJ's end-run on reporters, there is a pattern to the plays of the crisis-ridden playmaker. Think Nixon on Watergate, Reagan on Iran-Contra, Clinton on Lewinsky or, lately, Obama and his deputies on You-Name-It.

Surprising Studies Find DC Does What Wealthiest Want, Majority Opposes

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Amazingly, the priorities of the 1 percent match up with the priorities of our political class, while the priorities and needs of the vast majority of us are ignored.

Foundations, Insiders and IPOs: Back Door Influence and Abuse

Vivian Norris | Posted 07.06.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

The wasteful, immoral use of "nonprofit" foundations as ways to funnel monies, evade taxes and influence politics not just at home but abroad, needs to be investigated.

Damage: John Lescroart Once Again Covers the Streets of San Francisco

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jackie K. Cooper

The announcement of a new novel by John Lescroart is a cause for celebration. And this book investigates the effect powerful, moneyed people can have on the law and its implementation.

Free Trade Doesn't Work by Ian Fletcher: A Brief Review

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stephen Herrington

Ian Fletcher, just as relentlessly as its defenders extol free trade, explores the paths to breaking the institutionalizing of it, and finding alternatives for balancing it.

Congress on Sale! Saints of the Hill Who Take Less Than $20,000 in Health Care $$ - The List - Part VI

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

While they land on either side of the fence on the issue, these are some of the most interesting players in the unfolding health care reform drama.