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Susan Tolchin

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Bridgegate: Patronage Run Amok

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 2:53 PM

During his 12 years in the Senate, the late Warren Rudman (R-N.H.) blocked millions of dollars in federal grants to Syracuse University because, as a student, he declined to pay an $8 diploma fee and was denied his parchment scroll.

Gov. Chris Christie is in the long tradition of politicians...

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Five Questions for the GOP

(3) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 3:07 PM

(1) After their recent "shellacking" at the polls, Democrats can certainly use all the advice they can get. Republican leaders have been more than generous with their advice: accept the will of the people, which they call a "mandate," abandon additional "liberal" initiatives and move toward the center. Why didn't...

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Congress Needs a Robot to Make Tough Decisions

(9) Comments | Posted November 20, 2010 | 10:55 AM

Congressional Republicans' decision to forego earmarks cedes President Obama total control over the appropriations process. This could not have been the goal of those Tea Partiers who pressed for reform.

This draconian response does not address what Tea Partiers consider the major challenge before Congress: how to restore reason to...

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How New Jacobins Persuade Us to Vote Against Our Interests

(18) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 2:20 PM

One of the extraordinary things about this election is how people have been persuaded to vote against their own interests.

The New Jacobins have claimed the scalps of conservative members of Congress whose major crime was providing jobs and financial resources to their hard-pressed constituents.

They also have created mass...

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Pinstripes and Teabags

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2010 | 3:25 PM

Tea Partiers are rightly concerned about the escalation of "pinstripe patronage," the award of government booty to the rich and powerful. They are outraged by the billions given to bailed out banks, whose executives then rewarded themselves with huge bonuses, spa vacations and rosy futures. Nothing like a hot rocks...

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'Backroom Deals' a Bipartisan Necessity

(29) Comments | Posted January 29, 2010 | 1:53 PM

The moral indignation generated by the payoffs to Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), dubbed "The Louisiana Purchase," and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) disdained as "Cornhusker Corruption," betrays a lack of understanding of democracy.

Barack Obama was hardly the first president to use special inducements to obtain his legislative goals, and Sen....

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