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School for Crime

Robert Brustein | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Robert Brustein

Recent events are proving that a criminal record, or least the promise of a criminal proceeding, has become an essential requirement for holding or pursuing political office.

Run, Zephyr, Run -- Teachout Should Challenge Hillary for the Democratic Presidential Nomination

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Teachout might not be able to defeat Clinton, Inc. -- with its bevy of rich and well-connected donors -- for the nomination, but my bet is that she could collect a slew of delegates and have a big impact on the national debate. The Democratic wing of the Democratic Party deserves a strong warrior in the primaries, not just a Clinton coronation.

We Can Put An End to Pay to Play

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

What is Pay to Play? Commonly held, pay to play is a form of getting a special deal because you paid someone off.

Fund a Think Tank, Buy a Lobbyist?

Till Bruckner | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Beltway policy wonks of all stripes are in a flurry after the New York Times published an article last Sunday alleging that foreign governments "buy influence" by funding U.S. think tanks.

Over $30 Billion In Dirty Money Leaves Brazil Each Year: Study

Reuters | Stella Dawson | Posted 09.07.2014 | World

By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON, Sept 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Over $30 billion in dirty money linked to crime, corruption and tax evasion is f...

Why Zephyr Teachout Should Triumph

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 09.05.2014 | New York
Nicholas Tampio

Teachout favors publicly funded elections, as did Teddy Roosevelt, as do most Americans. The problem with expensive campaigns is that politicians are often beholden to the individuals and corporations that fund them.

The Corruption Beneath Cuomo's Casino Push

Zephyr Teachout | Posted 09.04.2014 | New York
Zephyr Teachout

The way Governor Cuomo handled the casino referendum was shameful. He let his private interests and the interests of his donors trump the interests of New York. As governor, I would pass strong campaign finance laws that would halt the dirty quid-pro-quo of Albany politics.

Land of the Pure Attempting to Regain Its Purity?

Mariam Khan | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Mariam Khan

A country which in some way or the other makes itself prominent across the global arena more often because of events which shun its image and bring it into the limelight. Land of the pure, has recurrently surfaced in the form of news that people of the world do not have pleasant memories of.

Looking Back At America's Changing Opinions On Unions

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

On May 14, 1882, unionized workers in New York City held a parade and picnic, and the seeds of the Labor Day holiday were planted. About 50 years late...

Rick Perry's Indictment Could Make Him Tea Party Poster Child

Kevin Price | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

Many see Perry's 2012 presidential campaign as laughable. Many more believed he could never be taken seriously again after his poor performance (particularly in debates). However, there is nothing more persuasive in moving voters than empathy.

Honduras' 'El Carretillazo': Why So Much Fuss Over Such a Little Crime?

Marco Cáceres | Posted 08.24.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

Manuel Zelaya's punishment has already been doled out. Okay, he didn't come out too badly scathed in the end, but the Nationalists sure came out far better than they could have ever dreamed.

What If Obama Really Went Off the Deep End Like Honduras' Mel Zelaya

Marco Cáceres | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

Just imagine this story. President Barack Obama decides he wants to have a national referendum on being able to have a national referendum during the next general elections.

The Breaking 'Cartgate' Scandal in Honduras

Marco Cáceres | Posted 08.16.2014 | Latino Voices
Marco Cáceres

The admission this week by former Minister of the Presidency Enrique Flores Lanza that he did authorize the withdrawals of Lps 50 million ($2.5 million) from the Central Bank of Honduras in the days just prior to the overthrow of President Manuel Zelaya on June 28, 2009 has created a firestorm in Honduras.

The Cure for Ebola Is Accountability

Blair Glencorse | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Blair Glencorse

There is a tragic irony in leaders from across Africa discussing the progress of their countries with President Obama in Washington, D.C., last week even as the Ebola virus is brutally exposing the lack of capacity, antiquated health systems, and absence of governance in one corner of the continent.

Paul Blumenthal

Zephyr Teachout Gets Big Boost In Challenge To Andrew Cuomo

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Harvard law professor and leading campaign finance reform advocate Lawrence Lessig called on supporters of his anti-corruption super PAC...

The Death of a General and the Racket of a War

Matthew Hoh | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

After thirteen years of war, after all the violence, all the theft, all the lies, are we so naïve and so closeted to be surprised at this death?

World Bank Reports on Actions Against Corrupt Corporations

Frank Vogl | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Frank Vogl

A radical transformation has taken place at the World Bank when it comes to going after crooked firms. Two decades ago, the Bank refused to acknowledge the corruption issue. Now, this has changed.

Who Needs Russia? Ukraine Will Destroy Itself With New Gas Tax

James Stafford | Posted 08.11.2014 | Business
James Stafford

Ukraine doesn't need Russia to take it down--Kiev is doing fine destroying itself, most recently with a new tax code that doubles taxes for private ga...

The Business of Selling Equatorial Guinea to Investors

Lisa Misol | Posted 08.08.2014 | Business
Lisa Misol

The forum agenda, designed to entice more American investment, skips over issues of government mismanagement and high-level abuse of power in Equatorial Guinea.

California's Constitutional Crisis: Can We the People Speak?

Derek Cressman | Posted 08.06.2014 | Los Angeles
Derek Cressman

While conflicts between our three branches of government over constitutional issues usually occur at the federal level, there is a profound debate happening almost under the radar over state constitutional authority in California. The case deserves our attention

Who'll Come First, Internet Jesus or Cyber Adolf?

Jim Treacy | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Jim Treacy

Conditions are rife for a global revolution, with channels to drive one ever strengthening. All that's missing is a charismatic leader to pull the strings. History imparts that person will arrive. Pray for goodness because it could be evil.

Illinois Turbulent Love Affair With Government Entities

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.28.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With more than 8,400 government taxing bodies, Illinois tops the nation. The city of Chicago on its own has almost 2,000 units of government. There is a government entity for nearly every part of civic life.

There's a New World Superpower -- And 4 Other Things I Learned at Netroots Nation

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Ruairí McKiernan

I had barely touched down in California when it was time to take off again. This time, to Detroit, to attend Netroots Nation, billed as the United States' biggest annual gathering of progressive activists, organizers and online social justice innovators.

Paul Blumenthal

Cuomo Under Fire For Meddling In Anti-Corruption Panel He Created

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is under fire from good government groups and his potential Democratic primary opponent after a New York ...

Illinois Lawmaker Denies Making The Least Subtle Patronage Request Ever

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

Patronage requests are usually made quietly, perhaps in a smoke-filled back room, but one Illinois Republican appears to have brought sunlight to the ...