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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 ...

It Is Time to Cover Turkey's Media Crisis Before It Is Too Late

Jen Nedeau | Posted 07.18.2014 | Media
Jen Nedeau

A free press is critical to ensure that the Turkish people understand the corruption going on with the government and the judicial system before they elect a new President on August 10.

Governance Matters: Civil Society Voice and Performance at the World Cup

Daniel_Kaufmann | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Daniel_Kaufmann

These days, a soccer World Cup is a multi-billion dollar project, with a number of financial "winners," such as FIFA, and many losers, given the development priorities that are sacrificed to build gleaming stadia. Does this also mean that one can explain a nation's success at the cup largely by money?

Think Horses, Not Unicorns-- A Message to People Who Have Bought the Republican Lie on Climate Change

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In medicine there's a saying, "When you hear hoof beats, think of horses not zebras." Whatever's going on is far more likely to be the usual than the extraordinary.

What the World Cup Can Teach Progressives About Corruption

Walden Bello | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Walden Bello

Apart from passionate support for their national sports teams, hatred of government corruption and "crony capitalism" is one of the few issues that unite all social groups in developing countries.

Hypocrisy and Cronyism in the 'Sunshine' State

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Brian Holton Henderson

Florida ranks third in the nation for solar potential, but is currently not in the top 10 solar-producing states.

Fun Accounting and the Export-Import Bank

Dean Baker | Posted 07.14.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

It is striking to see how the establishment types are willing to throw out all their rules and principles in order to secure re-authorization. Given their power, they will almost certainly win, but the rest of us should at least enjoy the show.

Ryan J. Reilly

It Took This Former Congressman Years Behind Bars To See The Need For Drug War Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A former Republican member of Congress is ready to join the fight for sentencing reform and rolling back harsh mandatory minimums for dr...

The Boob Tube and Reality

Christina Pacella | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Christina Pacella

"Quite beyond what we are used to hearing?" They commented about The Sopranos. Try reading this to get a better notion of what organized crime is beyond the Sopranos, and then, find the "poetry".

Revolvers: Blurred Lines Between Human Rights Organizations and the State Department

Jack Healey | Posted 07.02.2014 | World
Jack Healey

Helping is now big business. Human rights groups have become big industries with big salaries. While I do not believe activism is better with poorly paid staff, the focus should be on helping others rather than personal gain.

Paul Blumenthal

Did Congress Really Delete A Key Disclosure Rule For Lobbyist Gifts? Not Really.

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It sounds so typical of Congress. An unnoticed committee action makes it harder for the public to figure out who's paying for private tr...

Will India Be the Uber of the Pharmaceutical Industry?

Dean Baker | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

The government-imposed barriers to entry in the pharmaceutical industry don't just raise prices by 20 or 30 percent, as may be the case with taxi fares; they raise prices by a factor or 10, 20, or even 100 (that would be 10,000 percent).

The Misrule of Law in Croatia

John Feffer | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
John Feffer

Natasha Srdoc, who has done stints in international banking, the think tank world, and politics, is a firm believer in free market capitalism. She doesn't think what took place in former Yugoslavia comes anywhere close to her understanding of how capitalism works.

Dave Jamieson

U.S. Senator To FIFA: Take The World Cup Away From Qatar

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Citing allegations of human rights abuses and corruption, a U.S. senator has formally asked FIFA to replace Qatar as host of the 2022 Wo...

Clinton-Warren for Change

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

If a ticket of two women offers economic revival and transformational change based on financial justice championed by Pope Francis, the most popular figure on the world stage, support from women would be stratospheric and many men would join them.

The Enigmatic Legacy of Manmohan Singh

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
Ronak D. Desai

A closer examination of Singh's record reveals a combination of both profound failure and accomplishment. Far from being settled, Singh's legacy is likely to remain the subject of vigorous debate for years to come.

How to Tell If Your Member of Congress Is a Crony Capitalist

Timothy Karr | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Timothy Karr

First, find who his or her biggest corporate donors are. Then check his or her record on policies that may impact the bottom lines of those companies. Does she support or oppose financial-sector reform? Has he recently signed a letter or released a statement opposing EPA curbs to coal-plant emissions?

Brazilian Football as a Means of Reflecting Upon Brazilian Society

American Anthropological Association | Posted 06.17.2014 | World
American Anthropological Association

Did the protests signal a new political maturity, with spectacular events no longer hiding the country's institutional inadequacies? Had the Brazilian giant woken up from dreams of success on the soccer pitch to the realities of "serious" political issues?

Illinois Is in Good Company: Check Out the 10 Most Corrupt States in the US

Madison Bondi | Posted 06.23.2014 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

I don't need a Google search to tell me that Illinois has become synonymous with political corruption. Just look at our track record of governors: four out of the last seven have been to prison (or are still in prison).

To End School Shootings, Tackle Government Corruption

Charlotte Hill | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

I think it's possible to stop school shootings, or at least dramatically reduce them. Simply put, we need more gun control. But the sad reality is that we're not going to get more gun control until we've fixed a deeper, more pervasive problem: political corruption.

Removal Of Border Agency's Internal Affairs Chief Raises Alarms

Andrew Becker | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics
Andrew Becker

James F. Tomsheck's removal as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's chief of internal affairs has raised more alarms about the agency, which has witnessed a dramatic spike in shootings and violence in recent years.

Can We Kick out Corruption From the World Cup and Beyond?

Blair Glencorse | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Blair Glencorse

Co-authored with Seren Fryatt, Executive Director of L.A.C.E.S Excitement for the Word Cup in Brazil is building, but the tournament has got off t...