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New Law Firm Monitor for Zenith: Like the Old One, It Represented Corinthian

David Halperin | Posted 05.27.2016 | Home
David Halperin

The U.S. Department of Education announced today it has "accepted" the law firm Squire Patton Boggs as the new "independent monitor" for Zenith Education Group. Zenith is a division of the non-profit debt collection company ECMC.

Former GOP Senate Majority Leader Says He Would Consider Obama's Nominee

The Huffington Post | Robert Baldwin III | Posted 03.07.2016 | Home

Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) says he would have been willing to consider President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, unlike ...

Former Senate Majority Leader: I'd Give Obama's Supreme Court Nominee A Hearing

CNN | Adam Goldberg | Posted 03.07.2016 | Home

(CNN) Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott says he would have taken up President Obama's nomination to fill the seat of the late Supreme Court Jus...

You Can Keep Cutting Taxes, If You Want to Pay the Price

Llewellyn King | Posted 11.02.2016 | Home
Llewellyn King

When I hear tax-cutting expounded as an unassailable conservative virtue, my mind goes back to a lunch in Houston in the 1970s, when two of conservatism's rising stars and I were speakers at a meeting of the American Petroleum Institute.

Fraternities Hire Trent Lott To Lobby For Limiting Campus Sexual Assault Investigations

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.16.2015 | Home

National fraternity and sorority groups have hired former Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) to lobby for legislation that would prevent colleges from punishin...

Turkey Pays Former CIA Director and Lobbyists to Misrepresent Attacks on Kurds and ISIS

Harut Sassounian | Posted 08.19.2016 | Home
Harut Sassounian

Among the U.S. lobbyists for Turkey, perhaps the most questionable is Porter Goss, CIA Director from 2004 to 2006, who has agreed to sell his soul and possibly U.S. national secrets for a fistful of Turkish Liras.

The Gay Marriage Ruling And A Fight To Make Ohio and America Whole

Hans Johnson | Posted 07.23.2016 | Home
Hans Johnson

Anti-LGBT bullying and job and housing bias persist in America's heartland, as do misguided drives by some extremists to give bigotry justified by religion the force of law. But even they see the writing on the wall. The days of the gay exception are numbered.

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

Jim Hill | Posted 02.04.2015 | Home
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 | Home

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 | Home
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 | Home

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 | Home

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 | Home

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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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.

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

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 08.26.2013 | Home
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.

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

David Halperin | Posted 04.30.2013 | Home
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 | Home

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 | Home
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 | Home
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 ...

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

Zaid Jilani | Posted 05.16.2012 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home

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