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Money Medals

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Progressives on the Take

The Podesta brothers are the faces of the so-called progressive wing of the Democratic Party that, like the president himself, will talk a good game of reducing income inequality, while catering to the interests of the very corporations that have initiated the problem. 

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How the Wealthy Wage War on Democracy Itself

The Supreme Court considers brushing aside the final vestige of campaign finance laws.

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Corruption

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Documents to Remain Open in Examiner’s Lawsuit Against Fed

A federal judge rejected the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s plea to seal documents in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former bank examiner who claims she was fired for doing her job.

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Dark Money Group Wins IRS Recognition as Tax-Exempt Nonprofit

The IRS has granted nonprofit status to America Is Not Stupid 2013, a so-called dark money group best known for a 2012 election ad featuring a talking baby who compared the smell of his diaper with a Montana senator.

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Obamacare Wonks Cash In on Health Care Law

The New York Times had an important story Tuesday on the ways in which former congressional and White House staffers are profiting from the Affordable Care Act they helped write and pass.

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Cries for Economic Independence on Brazil’s Independence Day

People protesting corruption, poor public services and a corresponding heavy tax burden disrupted a Rio de Janeiro military parade Saturday celebrating Brazil’s independence day. Five people were injured and 10 were arrested in the clash.

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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.

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Gay Rights: The Bigger Picture

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Marriage equality isn’t the big issue, Congress struggles to pass immigration reform, Brazil’s World Cup protests, and what the hell is the matter with Texas?

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Gay Rights: The Bigger Picture

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Marriage equality isn’t the big issue, Congress struggles to pass immigration reform, Brazil’s World Cup protests, and what the hell is the matter with Texas?

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Carolyn Kaster

Obama Selects Billionaire Campaign Backer as Commerce Secretary

Barack Obama has once again dropped all pretenses of being a progressive president by nominating Penny Pritzker—a major campaign contributor with a personal fortune estimated at $1.85 billion and a history of dogging bank regulations—to head the Commerce Department.

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The Great Afghan Corruption Scam

Washington has vociferously denounced Afghan corruption as a major obstacle to the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. But none of the relevant documents refer to the single most relevant fact: that the fraud and misconduct originates in Washington itself.

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Time to Break Up the Big Banks, Sen. Sanders Says

Expressing concerns that “too big too fail” banks have also become “too big to jail,” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Wednesday that he will introduce legislation to break up the nation’s biggest financial institutions.

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Bill Moyers Has a Problem With Obama’s SEC Nominee

The broadcaster points out that President Obama, just like George W. Bush, is pushing his nominees through the revolving door between regulatory agencies and the banks they’re supposed to oversee.

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AP/Elise Amendola

Cerberus Collected Ex-Government Opportunists

How fitting that Dan Quayle, a bumbling excuse for a vice president of the United States, should end up as a top executive of a $20 billion private equity firm mired in controversy.

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AP/Michael S. Green

Crony Capitalism’s Power Couple

Where are Phil and Wendy Gramm hiding now that UBS, like Enron before it, has been nailed by the G-men?

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The Post-Election Politics of the Revolving Door

There are two types of money that corrupt our politics. After a national election that cost more than $2 billion, most of us know about the blatant kind.

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Former Israeli PM Vindicated on Two Corruption Charges

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not be where he is today without the corruption charges that toppled the government of his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, in 2009. Although Olmert (above) is not quite out of the woods, he was cleared of two major allegations Tuesday.

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Pay-to-Playstation

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Bill Moyers: How to Start Your Own Super PAC

Bill Moyers shames super PAC donors and beneficiaries, including some lesser-known personalities.

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The Price Is Right

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Joint Session

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Billionaires Against Billionaires

For those who believe money already has too much power in American politics, 2012 will be a miserable year.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE


It’s One Person, One Vote, Not 1 Percent, One Vote

Gov. Scott Walker’s win signals less a loss for the unions than a loss for our democracy in this post-Citizens United era, when elections can be bought with the help of a few billionaires.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE


Silent Running: The Burgeoning Wisconsin Scandal That Major Media Ignored

As millions of dollars in dark right-wing money pour into the state to preserve Gov. Scott Walker from his progressive opposition, it seems relevant that he and many top aides are under investigation in a campaign finance and corruption scandal that has been growing for two years.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



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John Edwards Gets Off

Maybe justice really is blind. Despite one poll rating his favorability at 3 percent, a jury Thursday set two-time presidential candidate and scandal magnet John Edwards free.

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Lehman Brothers: We Let Them Get Away With It

“60 Minutes” digs into the collapse of Lehman Brothers, and more specifically the government’s decision not to prosecute the managers of the failed investment bank or its accounting firm.

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 READ MORE



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For He’s a Jolly Good Scoundrel

The men most responsible for the collapse of the American dream are heaped with honors at the highest levels of society.

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China Scandals: Crisis in the Communist Party

Events suggest that the long-overdue crisis of China’s Communist Party has arrived.

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Putin’s Corrupt Election

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AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Elections Are for Suckers

Bribes from billionaires? Let’s just dip our fingers in purple ink and pose for photos.

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Chris Hedges and Lawrence Lessig: Getting Money Out of Politics

One invented Creative Commons, the other occupied the commons. Together, they talk about strategies for ridding our democracy of corrosive corporate dollars.

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Where the Buck Stops

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Overdose

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Doug Wilson

30 Companies Paid Lobbyists More Than the IRS

An analysis by Public Campaign reveals that between 2008 and 2010, 30 of America’s most profitable companies, including Verizon, Wells Fargo, FedEx, GE and Mattel, spent more money buying influence in Washington than they did paying taxes. (Full list after the jump.)

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 READ MORE


Occupy Congress

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Kevin H. (CC-BY)

The Art of the Shakedown, From the Nile to the Potomac

In places like Uganda, corruption often arises out of desperation. But in America, as W.E.B. Du Bois noted toward the end of his life, “We let men take wealth which is not theirs; if the seizure is ‘legal’ we call it high profits. And the profiteers help decide what is legal.”

Posted on Nov 5, 2011 READ MORE



Bob Jagendorf (CC-BY)

One Nation, Gone Awry

The theme of most political and social commentary is that things are more complicated than you think. For once, I wish to write that things are simpler than you think.

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 READ MORE



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16 Killed in Latest Mass Protest in Yemen

At least 16 people were killed when troops opened fire with anti-aircraft guns on anti-government protesters peacefully massed around a state television building and government offices in the Yemeni capital on Sunday, according to witnesses. (more)

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AP / Gurinder Osan

Indian Activist Poised to End Hunger Strike

Activist Anna Hazare has agreed to end his nearly two-week-long hunger strike on Sunday morning after India’s finance minister announced that the general sentiment in parliament is to support the strict anti-corruption policies Hazare is demanding. (more)

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AP / Gurinder Osan

Truthdigger of the Week: Anna Hazare

Social activist and anti-corruption proponent Anna Hazare, whose arrest sparked huge protests across India this week, is our Truthdigger of the Week.

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Mumbai ‘Dabbawallas’ Plan First-Ever Strike

Mumbai’s famous dabbawallas, who pick up and deliver more than 200,000 hot, homemade lunches to office workers in the Indian commercial capital each day, have announced they will strike for the first time in 120 years to support the efforts of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare.

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Mubarak’s ‘Day of Judgment’

The criminal trial of Hosni Mubarak, televised for all the Arab world to see, began Wednesday with the once-powerful, longtime autocratic ruler of Egypt denying all formal charges against him of corruption and of complicity in the killing of protesters. (more)

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U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Adam J. Root

War Is a Racket

“War is a racket,” wrote retired U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Smedley D. Butler, in 1935. That statement, which is also the title of his short book on war profiteering, rings true today.

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Blago Guilty

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AP / Kiichiro Sato

Blagojevich Guilty 17 Times Over

There might well have been a time when former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich imagined that he was above the law, but his conviction on 17 corruption counts made a strong statement to the contrary Monday.

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Clarence Thomas

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Free-Market Anarchy and Nihilism in Mexico

For the future of unchecked global capitalism, look to the savagery of the drug war in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, says The Guardian’s Ed Vulliamy. (more)

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE


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