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5 Awful Things Congress Snuck Into the Omnibus Budget Deal

Josh Silver | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Josh Silver

If you're a Congressperson looking to sneak through something shady, the omnibus budget bill is the perfect opportunity since 1) It's 1600 pages long and relatively easy to hide things in, and 2) Congress has to pass it or the government shuts down. Again.

It's OK for the Rich to Get Richer If the Money Comes from Government

Hilary Gowins | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

Rampant hypocrisy: it's why many Americans are repulsed by politics. People are turned off by the "do as I say, not as I do" style of politician. But this kind of politician is everywhere, and so is their rhetoric.

Jason Linkins

The Kronies Love Small Business And Hate Crony Capitalism, But Can They Bring People Together?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

Here comes the populist right! A mysterious new online entity calling itself Chimera Global Holdings is pushing a new comedy video/action figure marke...

Capitalism Failed; Cronyism and Corruption Rule

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.08.2013 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Capitalist theory asserts that CEOs rise to the top based on merit and moxie and deserve million-dollar pay packages. Turns out, though, capitalism doesn't really work that way. Conniving Jonnies rule the business world.

When Who You Know Just Won't Work

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.28.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Taxpayers who are footing the bills want to know and trust that people are being hired on skill and merit, period. That they're being given promotions based on performance. And too often in Illinois government it does work that way.

More patronage outrage from Metra scandal

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.25.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

METRA OUTRAGE CONTINUES It turns out that the Metra employee for whom House Speaker Michael Madigan was trying to obtain a raise was already collectin...

An Open Letter to Congress

Jennifer Rowe Walters | Posted 03.05.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Rowe Walters

If you were my child, I'd wonder if you were seeking my attention or testing boundaries. If you were my teenager, I'd wonder if you were feeling peer pressure or experimenting with drugs or alcohol. But, the fact is, I'm not your mother (Thank God!). And you're adults.

'Miracle On Wall Street' Satirizes Government Aid To Corporations

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics

Budget negotiations have put a damper on Washington's holiday spirit, with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) threatening to keep Congress in s...

Dan Wang

New Jersey Land Grab: 'It Was Like Being In A War Zone'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Wang | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

Santos Cruz still remembers the first time he heard the demolition crews. "They came without any warning at 6 a.m. outside my home," he said in a rece...

Zach Carter

Another Rick Perry Staffer Ensnared In Teacher Death Bond Scheme

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 10.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Texas Governor Rick Perry's ties to Swiss banking giant UBS go beyond his relationship with former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas). Perry's cu...

Jason Cherkis

Better Off Dead: Confidential Notes Show Rick Perry's Role In Life Insurance Scheme Targeting Teachers

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two weeks before Thanksgiving in 2003, top officials from Texas Governor Rick Perry's office pitched an unusual offer to the state's ret...

The Merits of LIFO

Arthur Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Arthur Goldstein

Blanche DuBois famously trusted in the kindness of strangers. Personally, I'm not willing to take that leap of faith. Nor are 80,000 working UFT teachers.

Afghan People Suffering Under Powerful Elite Tied To Karzai, U.S.

McClatchy | Jonathan S. Landay | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Shovel-wielding miners in rags and plastic shoes, some with the protruding ribs and work-ravaged pallor of labor camp prisoners, toil deep inside this...

Health Insurers Have It All But Want Still More

Norman Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Goldman

The health insurance industry has us all by the throat -- and yet they want more! They have a "10 Point Stranglehold Program" on America -- but they want 13. Here's what I mean:

Taking the Wheels Off the Machine

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Timothy Karr

New Jersey's progressive movement should see Cammarano's demise as an opportunity. It's our chance to pry the state's Democratic Party from the patronage system that put "business as usual" before accountability.

Louis Susman: Obama's UK Ambassador Pick Another Chicago Ally

Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A little bit of Chicago is about to descend on the Court of St James's. Barack Obama, in spite of promising to end cronyism in Washington, is about to...

Who Needs the Right When the Left Has Itself?

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

This is the nub of it for me with the Lefties: they do not truly understand who they are, nor what they are motivated by. The slightest bump in the road leads to anarchy or dissent.

Pay-To-Play: Inauguration Tickets, Only $12,500 Each!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This doesn't sound a whole lot like "change we can believe in." This sounds more like same-old-same-old cronyism and pay-to-play.

Stripping Paulson of His Remaining Power & Money [Update]

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Now, with bipartisan congressional anger mounting, we may see a forceful legislative campaign to take back what remaining money Paulson wants to give away to his friends on Wall Street.

John McCain as a Hood Ornament

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bella DePaulo

The New York Times has William Kristol on its opinion page, and the Wall Street Journal now has Thomas Frank. What Kristol writes could be called scho...