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How Star Wars Conquered the Universe Reveals the Political References That George Lucas Worked Into Episodes I - VI

Jim Hill | Posted 02.04.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

As Chris Taylor points out in his terrific new book, How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise, there has always been a political component to these motion pictures.

Sam Stein

Top Republican Wants GOP To Make Fix To Obamacare Before Supreme Court Case | Sam Stein | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott encouraged his fellow Republicans on Thursday to work on a technical fix to the Affordable Care...

Websites Promising Jobs and Medicaid Are Instead Bait for For-Profit College Telemarketers

David Halperin | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
David Halperin

The operations may well be in violation of federal statutes prohibiting deceptive marketing and unwanted telephone sales calls, as well as DOE laws and regulations barring payment of sales commissions to college recruiters. At the very least, they are guilty of using sleazy tactics to sell poor-quality products.

Ex-Senators Confirm Lobbying For Russian Bank On Ukraine Sanctions

Center for Public Integrity | Alexander Cohen | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. Former Se...

Russian Bank Hires Former Senators To Lobby Against U.S. Sanctions

Center for Public Integrity | Alexander Cohen | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics

This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washingto...

Paul Blumenthal

Washington Lobbyists Pour Money Into Mississippi To Fend Off Tea Party | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lobbyists in Washington are pouring money into Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss.) runoff campaign, helping the six-term incumbent with a long...

Friday Talking Points -- Selenofriggatriskaidekaphobics Unite!

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Iraq is self-destructing. This led the Wall Street Journal to call for a few airstrikes and some American paratroopers to fix the problem, because we all know how well that turned out the last time, right?

Quiz: Which For-Profit College Are You?

David Halperin | Posted 05.31.2014 | Business
David Halperin

Time to find out how badly you rip off students and taxpayers.

Which For-Profit College Lobbyist Are You?

David Halperin | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
David Halperin

Predatory for-profit colleges use deceptive and coercive tactics to pressure students into signing up. More than half of for-profit college students drop out within about four months.

Big Safety Move Delayed Decades

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — It was an accident investigators say didn't have to happen: Five years ago a commuter train collided head-on with a freight train n...

Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott Hospitalized

AP | JEFF AMY | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

JACKSON, Miss. — A one-time aide to former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott said Thursday that the Mississippi Republican has suffered a ruptured appendix. ...

Chief Justice Roberts and the Right-Wing Majority's True Colors

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Roberts is a Stepford judge - the tip of the spear of the conservative movement's three decade long march through the judiciary - a robotic ideologue ceaselessly committed to undermining legal protections for the vulnerable while further stacking the deck in favor of the already-powerful.

Fierce Backlash Threat Looms Over Immigration's 'Rough Business'

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan Senate immigration bill would cost the government a net $6.3 trillion over the next 50 years to provide benefits for m...

Who Built Senator-Turned-Dirty Energy Lobbyist Trent Lott? You Did

David Halperin | Posted 04.30.2013 | Green
David Halperin

Members of Congress, congressional staff members, and other federal officials are increasingly using their tenures as paid public servants to qualify themselves to be lobbyists for corporations, including dirty energy firms.

John Celock

Former Senator Pushing Against 'Hyper Super Charged Partisanship' | John Celock | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A pair of former senators told the nation's state legislators Friday morning that Congress needs to work in a bipartisan fashion to addr...

The Republican Grumble: It's About Bad Ideas, Stupid

Richard Brodsky | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Mitt Romney's gigantic misstep about the 47 percent of Americans he depicts as freeloaders has turned a grumble of discontent into an uproar. On the h...

Smears of a Clown: The Romney Campaign Keeps Blowing the Dog-Whistle

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Disliking President Obama, intensely or otherwise, doesn't make you a racist. But the Romney campaign should be afforded no such benefit of the doubt.

Congressional Fashion Tradition Lives Another Day

Posted 07.26.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Wearing seersucker can be a controversial fashion statement in the nation's capital. The light-weight striped fabric can cause skeptics ...

Controversial Abortion Law's Fate In Hands Of GOP-Appointed Judge

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics

JACKSON, Miss. -- Although restricting abortion has long been a conservative goal in Mississippi, the Republican-appointed judge considering the const...

VIDEO: Superlobbyist Trent Lott Fumbles To Explain Why He's Shilling for Scam Schools

Zaid Jilani | Posted 05.16.2012 | College
Zaid Jilani

I asked Lott if he was willing to disclose what he was being paid by the for-profit college industry. He grew flustered. "It's a matter of public record," he huffed. "Just check the record." I did.

What to Do After a Tornado Strikes Your Town

Don McNay | Posted 05.05.2012 | Impact
Don McNay

Disasters bring out the best in Americans. They dig in their pockets to help. It also brings out the worst in people wanting to make a quick buck.

Sam Stein

Romney Set To Fundraise With D.C. Lobbyists On Tuesday | Sam Stein | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the political world watches the clock wind down on the debt ceiling debate, presidential candidate Mitt Romney is coming to Washingto...

Are Seniors Paying Attention to Paul Ryan's Plan for Medicare?

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

I'm betting that many of them, if they're paying attention to what Rep. Paul Ryan wants to do to the Medicare program, are having some serious buyer's remorse.

Physics: 'A Waste of Time'?

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 06.07.2011 | Education
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

What can be done to promote STEM education with politicians promoting such views, with communities heartily accepting such an anti-intellectual stance?

Haley Barbour Endorses Union Victory in the Civil War

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

Barbour's statement is significant for two reasons: First, it sounds like the Mississippi governor is indeed running for the GOP presidential nomination. Second, it suggests his state has changed considerably since the 1960s.