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Why We Need to Keep Corporations Accountable Post-Citizens United

Blair Bowie | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Blair Bowie

Corporations like Target aren't just mucking around in democracy, they're playing games with our hard earned money while they're at it. This risky business affects all of us as shareholders and as citizens.

Why Women Should Wage War on Big Money in Politics

Blair Bowie | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Blair Bowie

It's said that there are two types of power: people and money. However, those two are not weighted equally. So despite being a coveted "voting bloc," as long as women earn less than men, we lack the political power to even control the conversation about our own "issues."

Disempowered Bankers Start Super PAC, Reveal Plans for World Domination

Blair Bowie | Posted 06.06.2012 | Politics
Blair Bowie

When is Packard imagining himself having this conversation and what will he be asking for to call off the hounds? This statement speaks volumes about how the industry thinks about its involvement in politics.

In The Public Interest : States Make Spending More Transparent, but Some Far Ahead of Others

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

Transparency in government expenditures promotes fiscal responsibility, checks corruption, and bolsters public confidence in government. We need more of it.

Why Republicans Weren't Excited on Super PAC Tuesday

Blair Bowie | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Blair Bowie

The equivalent of 0.000351% of the population of the United States (or just 35 of every 10 million Americans) has given 96% of the money determining who stays and who goes in the Republican primary.

In The Public Interest : Will BP's Misdeeds Be Further Subsidized by Taxpayers?

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

The public should watch whether a potential settlement with BP includes these hidden tax subsidies. Any settlement amount will be substantially less than the headlines proclaim, unless the settlement prohibits a tax deduction.

In The Public Interest : House Transportation Bills Strikes First as Tragedy, Then as Dangerous Farce

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

The agenda for transportation advanced by the House this week flies directly in the face of clear trends in how Americans are choosing to travel.

In the Public Interest: What Do Jon Stewart, Elizabeth Warren, and Barack Obama Have in Common?

Dan_Smith | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Dan_Smith

It's been a big week for calling out corporate tax dodgers.

Report: Pepco Spends More Money On Lobbying Than On Taxes

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 01.19.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Pepco is not only the most hated company in America. According to a new report, the D.C.-area electric utility is also one of the "Dirty...

President's Recess Appointment of Cordray Gives Watchdog Teeth It Needs

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 03.09.2012 | Business
Ed Mierzwinski

Kudos to President Obama for standing up for consumers this week by making a recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Obama's New Consumer Finance Chief Can Lower Student Debt

Rich Williams | Posted 03.06.2012 | College
Rich Williams

The CFPB is a new kind of regulator designed to do one job and do it well -- protect Americans from toxic financial products. However, since July 21, the CFPB has been up and running, but only with partial powers.

In the Public Interest: Deficit Reduction That Should Be Easy

Dan_Smith | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Dan_Smith

The decision on how we achieve deficit reduction now returns to the full Congress. They can do right by the American people and end wasteful subsidies, close corporate tax loopholes and direct taxpayer money to important public priorities.

Paul Blumenthal

What Obama Can Do To Fix 'National Campaign Finance Scandal'

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has been criticized before for failing to live up to promises made in his 2008 campaign on such issues as pharmac...

Dan Froomkin

Beyond Left And Right: Groups Offer $1 Trillion In Deficit Reduction

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two grassroots political organizations -- one from the right, one from the left -- are offering Capitol Hill an entirely different way o...

In The Public Interest: Student Loan Defaults Skyrocket, Double in Past 6 Years

Rich Williams | Posted 11.15.2011 | College
Rich Williams

A large debt burden makes life tough for graduates. Buying a home, starting a family or starting a small business may not be options for some student loan borrowers, even if they have a job.

Tyler Kingkade

Rising Costs Force Students To Skimp On Textbooks

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.11.2011 | College

WASHINGTON -- As the cost of textbooks continues to rise, many college students are choosing to skimp on textbooks to save money. Seven out of 10 u...

Private High-Speed Rail: A Dangerous Fantasy

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

A new report released today shows why leaving high-speed rail chiefly to the private sector is a dangerous pipe dream.

In The Public Interest: Maine Approves Historic Law To Reduce Oil Use (Really!)

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 09.04.2011 | Green
Phineas Baxandall

If the current Maine legislature has found its way to pass such forward-looking reforms, they can happen anywhere.

In The Public Interest: How Much Did You Pay for Tax Dodging Corporations?

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

Instead of cutting needed programs, our leaders should take a close look at our unbalanced tax code and close the outrageous loopholes that allow the wealthiest individuals and corporations to skip out on paying their share.

In The Public Interest: Ryan's Budget Is A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing, Preying On Student Aid

Rich Williams | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics
Rich Williams

If this Congress is serious about job recovery, reducing access to college is the wrong approach. We should be investing in Pell Grants and looking for ways to increase the maximum Grant, not cut it.

In The Public Interest: Congress Still Demonizing Elizabeth Warren, Meanwhile, Chase Rolls Out the $5 ATM Fee

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics
Ed Mierzwinski

Washington should be implementing Wall Street reform, not tearing it down.

In The Public Interest: An Unacceptable Risk, Two Decades of "Close Calls," Leaks and Other Problems at U.S. Nuclear Reactors

Johanna Neumann | Posted 05.29.2011 | Green
Johanna Neumann

The nuclear crisis in Japan is a terrifying reminder of all that can go wrong at a nuclear power plant. The United States must move away from this inherently dangerous technology and towards safer energy sources.

In The Public Interest:Tragedy in Japan a Terrifying Reminder of the Risks of Nuclear Power

Johanna Neumann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Johanna Neumann

As we decide our energy future, we must decide if we are willing to have a situation like Fukushima happen here in the United States. And if the answer to that question is no, our country has no choice but to reject nuclear power.

In The Public Interest: States Must Make It Easy to Track Spending on Contracts and Subsidies

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

"Red" states and "Blue" states have both embraced spending transparency. The ranks of leading states are split roughly equally between those that voted Democratic and those that voted Republican.

In The Public Interest: Rail -- Neither Right nor Left but Forward

Tony Dutzik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Dutzik

The dangers of Will's thinking are apparent, since it leads us away from viewing transportation decisions as being about finding the best way to move people at the lowest overall cost to society.