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Thomas Hedges works with Ralph Nader as a reporter at the Center for Study of Responsive Law, which is based in Washington, D.C. He wrote for his college newspaper, the Colgate Maroon News, until he was banned for writing exposés on Greek life and hazing. Hedges is also a contributor for...

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Politicized Nonprofits and the Real IRS Scandal

The mainstream media have decided that the IRS scandal wasn’t a scandal after all. News outlets are calling the dwindling accusations of tea party Republicans empty, and saying that the only disaster is that the IRS is disorganized. But underneath all the drama lies a real scandal.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013



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Why They Hate Eliot Spitzer

Corporations have revved their engines back up for round two of the smear campaign against Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York who has announced that he will run for New York City comptroller.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013



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Center for Auto Safety Dissatisfied With Chrysler’s Jeep Recall

The nonprofit group The Center for Auto Safety says that Chrysler’s Jeep recall, which the car manufacturer finally agreed to June 18 after an ongoing battle with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is insufficient and will not fix the vehicle’s defect.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013



AP/Bernat Armangue

How American University Got Involved in Israel’s Public Interest

A 30-year-old program has snowballed and given vigor to the civil rights movement in the Holy Land.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013



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The Business of Standing in Line

Paying someone else to secure you a seat at committee hearings is a for-profit concern on Capitol Hill, but some people are worried it has weakened the influence of the public.

Posted on Jun 5, 2013



AP/ Hasan Sarbakhshian, File

What Will Tighter Restrictions on Trade in Iran Do?

A bipartisan team of U.S. senators has introduced a bill that would expand sanctions against Iran by targeting an estimated $100 billion worth of the country’s foreign currency reserves that are parked in overseas accounts.

Posted on May 20, 2013



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Relax, Relax at the Dying of the Light

AARP magazine, which boasts the largest circulation of any periodical in the world, used to focus on injustice, something it now calls “negativity.”

Posted on May 8, 2013



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There Are No More Corporate Criminals

Panelists at the annual Corporate Crime Reporter Conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday said they were concerned that the Justice Department is abandoning full criminal prosecutions of financial industries in favor of Deferred and Non Prosecution Agreements, which usually involve a fine and a set of conditions that must be followed.

Posted on May 7, 2013



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Wall Street Is Killing Dodd-Frank One Regulation at a Time

The already tepid reforms enacted by Dodd-Frank are falling prey to business leaders, Republican lawmakers and the son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Posted on Apr 30, 2013



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Americans Suffer While Finance Tax Waits for Congress’ Attention

The Financial Transaction Tax, or Robin Hood Tax, would generate more than $300 billion a year in revenue, thereby doing away with the need for the sequester currently forcing across-the-board budget cuts.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013



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