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Lap Dancers, the CIA, Payoffs and BP’s Deepwater Horizon

Four years ago this Sunday, the Deepwater Horizon blowout incinerated 11 men and poisoned 600 miles of Gulf coastline. What political fairy dust allows BP to remain virtually immune from the consequences?

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Top Chinese JPMorgan Exec Leaving Amid Probe

One of JPMorgan Chase’s top Chinese executives will resign, according to a bank memo, as regulators probe whether the financial giant violated anti-bribery laws in Asia.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE



25 Years After Exxon Valdez, BP Was the Hidden Culprit

Two decades ago I was the investigator for the legal team that sold you the bullshit on the crackup of the Exxon Valdez. Now, on the 25th anniversary of that disaster, and four years after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, the Obama administration has authorized BP to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico—and it’s all set to happen again.

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 READ MORE



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One in Four People Paid a Bribe in the Past Year

Twenty-seven percent of people worldwide resorted to graft to secure public services over the last 12 months, a global corruption survey says.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Sen. Ted Cruz’s Father Bribed His Way Into U.S.

The Texas Republican has emerged as a leading opponent of a bipartisan Senate bill that would grant a pathway to U.S. citizenship for undocumented immigrants. So it’s interesting to learn that although the elder Cruz, an emigrant from Cuba, says he “came to this country legally,” he also admitted in a recent NPR interview that he basically bribed his way in.

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Adelson’s Company Admits to Bribery, Krugman Labels Sequester ‘Stupid,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including John Roberts being called out for a big error in the Voting Rights Act case and former NBA star Dennis Rodman defends his “good friend” Kim Jong Un.

Posted on Mar 3, 2013 READ MORE


Wal-Mart Bribery Scandal

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Journalists, Cop Arrested in U.K. Corruption Investigation

Without warning Saturday morning, Scotland Yard picked up four current and former senior Sun journalists and one active police officer in connection with ongoing investigations into alleged exchanges of cash and information between cops and the paper’s reporters. Police said the arrests had nothing to do with the investigation into phone hacking by News of the World journalists.

Posted on Jan 28, 2012 READ MORE


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AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta

Nigeria Drops Charges Against Cheney

The Nigerian government has officially dropped charges against former U.S. veep Dick Cheney over his alleged involvement in a 1990s bribery scandal while he was chief executive at Halliburton.

Posted on Dec 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Justice Department Investigating Alleged Blackwater Bribes

The Justice Department is reportedly looking into whether private security firm/mercenary agency Blackwater Worldwide attempted to buy off Iraqi officials following a shooting rampage in Baghdad. Blackwater employees have so far escaped criminal charges for the Nisour Square massacre that killed 17 Iraqis. (continued)

Posted on Jan 31, 2010 READ MORE



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Pronouncing Himself Best Prime Minister Ever

Channeling Muhammad Ali bravado with a Kanye sensibility, Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi has declared himself as “the best prime minister,” inferior to no one in history and the “most legally persecuted man of all times.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Mel Evans

American Plutocracy: Corruption Is In the Eye of the Beholder

To many observers, the recent New Jersey corruption sting, which resulted in the arrests of three mayors, two state assemblymen and five rabbis, seems rather surreal for the American social and political fabric.

Posted on Jul 31, 2009 READ MORE


Former South Korean President Commits Suicide

Roh Moo-hyun, South Korea’s ex-president, died Saturday after jumping off a cliff while hiking near his rural home in the country’s southeast. Roh had been implicated in a corruption scandal and left a suicide note behind, according to The New York Times.

Posted on May 22, 2009 READ MORE


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Corruption Scandal Rocks Alaska Politics

The federal corruption probe that first blew the lid off the Alaskan political scene a year ago with the discovery of $32,200 in cash stashed away in the home of Republican Pete Kott, former speaker of the Alaskan House of Representatives, has since spread like an oil slick, leaving precious few prominent lawmakers unstained.

Posted on Nov 12, 2007 READ MORE


The Senate’s Strange Double Standard

For an object lesson in the distorted values of the Senate, contrast how it is handling the Larry Craig case with how it is handling the Ted Stevens case.

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


Another Alaska Lawmaker Investigated for Corruption

McClatchy is reporting that Congressman Don Young, R-Alaska, is under investigation for earmarking millions in funds for a road project in Florida that wasn’t even wanted by the local community but could have been something of a gold mine for one of his campaign contributors. The Justice Department is also investigating potentially unsavory behavior on the part of Republican Sen. Ted Stevens and other Alaska legislators.

Posted on Aug 20, 2007 READ MORE


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engadget.com

More Trouble for Sen. Stevens

AP is reporting that Sen. Ted Stevens may have broken the law by not declaring a gift from a longtime aide. Earlier this week, the FBI and IRS raided Stevens’ Alaska home as part of an investigation into the Republican senator’s relationship with a local contractor who admitted to bribing Alaskan lawmakers.

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


Jefferson Insists He’s Innocent

Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson, a Democrat, flatly denied bribery charges accusing him of attempting, through various means, to illegally drum up over $500,000 from African business deals.  Jefferson declared Friday that he will fight to save his reputation, already besmirched by the mysterious $90,000 in cash found stuffed in a freezer during a 2005 raid on his Washington, D.C. home.

Posted on Jun 8, 2007 READ MORE


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Officers Charged Over Iraq Reconstruction Scam

Three Army Reserve officers and two civilians have been indicted for funneling $8 million worth of contracts over two years to a construction company in exchange for luxury items and cash. The officers oversaw some $26 billion in reconstruction funds while they were in Iraq.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


Former Aide Testifies About Abramoff, Bush Official Bribery Scheme

A former congressional aide described how he used insider information from a Bush official to advance projects for disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. His testimony implicated four GOP House members.

Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


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CIA Nominee Hayden Linked to Bribery Scandal Company

Gen. Michael Hayden, whom Bush has tapped to lead the CIA, contracted the services of a company at the center of the Cunningham bribery scandal, reports TPM Muckraker.

Posted on May 9, 2006 READ MORE


No. 3 at CIA to Retire Amid Bribery Scandal

The spy agency’s executive director, Kyle “Dusty” Foggo, is under investigation in connection with a scandal involving the Watergate hotel, hookers and poker parties.

Posted on May 8, 2006 READ MORE


A Top CIA Official Under Investigation: Report

The No. 3 man in the spy agency is being probed for his connections to two defense contractors accused of bribing a member of Congress and Pentagon officials, reports ABC News.

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Ex-Rep. Cunningham Gets Eight Years

The bribery conviction nets him eight years—the longest term meted out to a congressman in decades.

Posted on Mar 4, 2006 READ MORE


Dems Didn’t Take a Dime From Abramoff, Dean Says

Don’t believe the hype, says Howard Dean, this is a purely Republican scandal | more

Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


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