The Texas Tribune has been hailed as a new journalism model to save the craft from collapse after the success of the Internet. But can a news outlet take huge donations from lobbyists and corporations and not be influenced?
What with the levels of dissatisfaction in the nation, Congress needs to start taking desperate measures to, well, woo the public once again. And what better time of year to pour on the charm than Valentine's Day?
There are plenty of legitimate reasons to send someone to prison, but profit is not among them. Unfortunately, it is an obscenely large reason that American prisons today house more inmates than any other country on this planet. Freedom lost is money gained.
If you think the for-profit colleges will be inclined to moderate their bad behavior if the new gainful employment rule is somewhat weakened again, consider the propaganda attack the industry has unleashed this week to coincide with the rulemaking session.
Thank high-profile scandals and ethical rows for painting lobbyists as unscrupulous hacks or conniving arm-twisters -- not as principled advocates for worthy clients, exercising their constitutional right to petition their government for a redress of grievances.
There's a common perception that the only two options for political involvement are to vote or to run for office. These avenues are certainly open to us all, but most of us seem to forget a third option: Lobbying. And the perfect how-to guide is now on the shelves.
The lobbyist, like Philip Morris, ValuJet and the World Wrestling Federation before him, died today. He was 150 years old, give or take a decade, the victim of relentless pejorativation and transmogrification.
The American League of Lobbyists -- known as such since its founding in 1979 -- will now call itself the Association of Government Relations Professionals, organization officials confirm to the Center for Public Integrity.
It is worth noting that, last month, a noncontroversial bill authorizing the president to appoint an annual "science laureate" was moving swiftly through the House and Senate with broad bipartisan support.