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Stevens Demands Mistrial In Corruption Case

AP | TOM HAYS and JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A federal judge rejected a vigorous defense bid Thursday for a mistrial in the corruption case against Sen. Ted Stevens despite fin...

Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, Formerly CIA's #3, Pleads Guilty To Fraud

AP | MATTHEW BARAKAT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A former high-ranking CIA official pleaded guilty Monday to abusing his influence within the agency to direct lucrative contra...

Palin Kept Donations From Corrupt Politicians

AP | STEVE QUINN and JUSTIN PRITCHARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

JUNEAU, Alaska — Sarah Palin felt so strongly about the public corruption indictment of a Republican state senator this summer that she urged hi...

Rule by Thieves

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We, the taxpayers, will be the ones to pay the bill when it comes due.

Recklessness, Corruption, and Greed is Not Only Found on Wall Street, Sen. McCain

David Donnelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Donnelly

He's right about the cause of the crisis, but the recklessness, corruption, and greed also happened about 225 miles or so to the south, in Washington. And it hits very, very close to home for McCain.

Sarah Palin the Reformer? Not So Much.

Melanie Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melanie Sloan

Today, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has told the nation that she refuses to cooperate with the abuse of power investigation underway in her home state....

McCain, Obama on Energy, the Environment and AIDS

Eliza Margarita Bates and Cara Zwerling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eliza Margarita Bates and Cara Zwerling

Over the course of this week, OffTheBus is running a primer on some of the most important foreign policy issues the next president will face. Today, the primer looks at where Obama and McCain stand on energy and environmental policy and the AIDS crisis.

McCain: Same As He Ever Was

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

At some point it becomes hard to blame the traditional media for its improper coverage. Clearly, the McCain/Palin lies have not gone unnoticed -- yet, there is barely a blip in the polls.

Warning: Wrecking Crew at Work

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Frank

The Interior Department's bungle-dee-botch is what government looks like when you make it "market-based," as Bush once put it. This kind of government answers not to the public but to the party with the most money.

Fun facts With John McCain

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Craig Newmark

McCain's record doesn't look like the record of a change-maker by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, looks like he's dominated by the same lobbyists Bush has been beholden to for the last eight years.

Kevin Ring, Abramoff Associate, Indicted On Corruption Charges

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A one-time congressional aide who went on to work with jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff was arrested Monday and accused of conspiring ...

John McCain: Campaign Lobbyist in Chief

Janet Ritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Ritz

John McCain's attempted co-opt of the Obama campaign's change message avoids the fact that McCain has surrounded himself with a campaign staff of top ...

Court: Republicans Can Force Companies Not To Protect Citizens

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

In a new twist on the role of government a federal appeals court has ruled that the government can force companies to NOT test beef for mad cow disease.

Corruption In Wind Power: Upstate New York's Intimidation Problem

New York Times | Nicholas Confessore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

BURKE, N.Y. -- Everywhere that Janet and Ken Tacy looked, the wind companies had been there first. Dozens of people in their small town had already s...

Connecting The Dots In Chicago

Tom Tresser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

Can we calculate the cost of corruption to the citizens of Chicago? Does your city seem broke, incompetent, arrogant, unaccountable and impenetrable? Congratulations, you are a Screwed Citizen.

Seth Colter Walls

Don Young Winning Primary Despite Investigation: Bad News For Alaska GOP | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The GOP can't catch a break in Alaska. First Senator Ted Stevens was indicted for by a federal grand jury and insisted on a trial before the election ...

Deposed Thai Prime Minister Flees To Britain To Avoid Corruption Charges

AP | AMBIKA AHUJA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BANGKOK, Thailand — Thailand's ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra returned to exile in London, jumping bail and saying he could not expect...

The Passengers Gossip as the Ship Sinks: An Open Letter

Larisa Alexandrovna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larisa Alexandrovna

A nation sinking cannot afford to play gotcha with something as unimportant as a vanilla sexual affair of a man not in any office of power and whose reputation is otherwise entirely solid.

Bush Praises Stevens, Ignoring Indictment

The Los Angeles Times | Johanna Neuman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republican Ted Stevens is the king of pork-barrel earmark spending. The senior senator from Alaska is also the architect of the infamous Bridge to Now...

Olmert's Political Turmoil Could be Chance for Peace

Ray Hanania | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Hanania

Olmert could not be more disliked than he already is. But in one quick move to strike a real deal with Abbas and the Palestinians on a peace accord, he could redeem himself.

McCain's Oil Money Gusher Spreads Cross Country

David Donnelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Donnelly

Exxon Mobil, which set a record today for the largest quarterly profit by any U.S. corporation, has paid $1.26 million to lobbyists currently working on the McCain campaign.

A Speech For Obama To Give... In Alaska

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Barack Obama made a campaign promise to visit the state of Alaska before the election. And what better time than right now to follow through on this promise?

Senator Ted Stevens and John McCain's "Two-Face" Problem

Julian E. Zelizer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julian E. Zelizer

McCain has been struggling to tap into the "good" face of the conservative tradition, but the indictment of Stevens brings up all of the recent GOP scandals.

Resurrecting Literature: Sustenance for the Progressive Soul

Jennifer Nix | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Nix

I once again see the potential and power of literature, and hope to tell new and necessary stories. As activists, we must not lose sight of art. Here are some questions I posed to Aleksandar Hemon.

Anti-Corruption Efforts Must Come First in Afghanistan

Lisa Gans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Gans

A corrupt society like that in Afghanistan is a lawless one, and in a lawless environment, nothing works and everyone lives in fear, clinging to tribal or ethnic affiliations to protect them.