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Silicon Valley Emerges as a Political Force

When it comes to the political money chase, the Northern California home of the world’s technology giants spreads the wealth to both parties—positioning the tech industry as one of the most powerful forces in American politics.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE



Jeb Bush’s Audacious Announcement

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign announcement speech at Miami Dade College last week was an extreme makeover including passages that probably had America doing a double take.

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE



Has America Changed Since Edward Snowden’s Disclosures?

On the second anniversary of Snowden’s historic act of civil disobedience, it is worth reviewing what has changed—and what has not.

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE



Amtrak’s Spectrum Gap

While Amtrak officials may have been devastated, they could not have been surprised: The accident confirmed clear vulnerabilities in the safety system, shortcomings that the rail company’s internal watchdog had been warning about for more than two years.

Posted on May 22, 2015 READ MORE



The Marijuana Economy Comes Out of the Shadows

Since Colorado voters legalized marijuana in 2012, more states and cities have been considering a similar path. At the same time, the cannabis market is looking less like a music festival and more like a Silicon Valley confab—upscale, data-driven and focused on investors.

Posted on May 15, 2015 READ MORE



Christie’s Administration Is Facing Another Investigation

If after last week’s Bridgegate indictments you thought Chris Christie was finally done as the focus of government investigations, think again.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE



In Defense of Hillary Clinton, Democrats Embrace Citizens United Decision

Less than three weeks into her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton has already accomplished a stunning feat: unifying large swaths of the Democratic Party to support the 2010 Supreme Court ruling on campaign financing.

Posted on May 1, 2015 READ MORE



Cities and States Pay Massive Secret Fees to Wall Street

Less than half of the private equity costs incurred by U.S. pension funds are currently being disclosed, a report says.

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 READ MORE



GOP’s Libertarians Aren’t All That Libertarian

A funny thing is happening on the way to the Republican primaries: The whole notion of small government libertarianism has been hijacked by politicians who often represent the opposite.

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 READ MORE



Companies’ Pro-Equality Rhetoric Belied by Their Campaign Donations

Last week, corporate America appeared to take a rare stand on principle.

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 READ MORE



A Deepening Democratic Party Divide

For those pining for a Democratic Party that tries to represent more than the whims of the rich and powerful, these are, to say the least, confusing times.

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 READ MORE



The SEC Illustrates the Danger of Regulatory Capture

The phrase “regulatory capture” shrouds a serious problem in vaguely academic jargon, making it seem like unimportant esoterica rather than anything noteworthy.

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 READ MORE



Why Did Christie Settle With Exxon?

Last week, Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s administration settled New Jersey’s long-standing environmental lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. for pennies on the dollar.

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 READ MORE



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Tax Fairness Could Mean More Resources

Roads are crumbling, bridges require repairs, schools need upgrades and public pension systems remain underfunded. How can states and cities find the money to address any of these problems? One way could be through their tax codes.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE



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Border Security Is Not an Immigration Cure-All

With the opening of the new Congress, Republican lawmakers have been promising a renewed focus on border security as a supposed fix for America’s broken immigration system.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



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Why Is Huge Trade Deal Being Kept Secret?

The trade rules of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership between the United States and 11 Asian nations would cover nearly 40 percent of the world economy—but don’t ask what they are. Access to the text of the proposed deal is highly restricted.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



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Big Tax Bills for the Poor, Tiny Ones for the Rich

The rich are certainly entitled to their own opinions—but, as the old saying goes, nobody is entitled to his or her own facts.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE



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The Windy City’s New Gift to Big Campaign Donors

On its face, Chicago’s municipal pension system is an integral part of the Chicago city government. Unless you ask Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE



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Gifts to Christie Raise Big Ethics Questions

Gov. Chris Christie’s appearances at professional football games to cheer on his beloved Dallas Cowboys have led to questions about why his favorite team isn’t a New Jersey local like the Jets, Giants or Eagles. But Christie’s bromance with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones raises an even thornier question.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



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The Treasury Secretary’s Misperceptions About Wealth

By Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s reckoning, being a millionaire does not constitute living high above the ranks of ordinary people.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Are Charter Schools Segregating America’s Education System?

Charter schools are often promoted as a tool to address educational inequities, but a potential precedent-setting legal case launched earlier this month says the opposite.

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE



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A Multi-Billion Dollar Secret

If you are a public school teacher in Kentucky, the state has a message for you: You have no right to know the details of the investments being made with your retirement savings.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 READ MORE



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A Big Election With Little Local Journalism

What if you held an election and nobody showed up to cover it? That’s what the 2014 midterms were like in much of the country.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Wall Street Takes Over More Statehouses

No runoff will be needed to declare one unambiguous winner in this month’s gubernatorial elections: the financial services industry.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Tuesday Probably Meant Nothing for 2016

A more careful look at the returns significantly complicates the narrative that an American electorate, which recently tilted Democratic, has since shifted back to the Republican fold.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Is the Minimum Wage Really a Living Wage?

Under pressure to raise his state’s minimum wage, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker confidently declared that there was no need to do so.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE



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In Legalization Battles, Alcohol Defines the Politics of Marijuana

Drug reform advocates are so sure marijuana is safer than alcohol, they are now challenging police to a “drug duel” to prove their point.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Fracking for the Cure?

One of the world’s largest fossil fuel services firms is partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation on a breast cancer awareness campaign, despite possible links between fracking and cancer.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE



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How Big Brother Can Watch You With Metadata

Why did Bradley Cooper and Jessica Alba fail to record a tip when they paid their cabbies during New York City taxi rides back in 2013?

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Economic Inequality Is Not a Bigger Political Issue

If critics of income inequality are wondering why the growing gap between rich and poor hasn’t been a more potent political issue in the upcoming elections, a new study offers some answers.

Posted on Oct 3, 2014 READ MORE



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A Pension Jackpot for Wall Street

Most consumers understand that when you pay an above-market premium, you shouldn’t expect to get a below-average product. Why, then, is this principle often ignored when it comes to managing billions of dollars in public pension systems?

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Too Big to Punish

A few months ago, in a press conference about the felony conviction of Credit Suisse, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “This case shows that no financial institution, no matter its size or global reach, is above the law.” Yet, earlier this month, the Obama administration announced its proposal to waive some of the possible sanctions against Credit Suisse.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Shareholders’ Quest for More Transparency

A proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rule would force publicly traded companies to disclose their political spending to their shareholders.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



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The GOP’s Worst Fear: High Voter Turnout

It is rare for a politician to publicly deride efforts to boost voter turnout. It is seen as a taboo in a country that prides itself on its democratic ideals. Yet, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last week slammed efforts to simplify voter registration.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Should Companies Have to Pay Taxes?

Reading companies’ annual reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission is a reliable cure for insomnia. Every so often, though, there is a significant revelation in the paperwork.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Journalists on the Government’s Blacklist

As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don’t like from accessing information.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Corruption a Constitutional Right?

Last week, the GOP filed a federal lawsuit aimed at overturning the pay-to-play law that bars governors from raising campaign money from Wall Street executives who manage their states’ pension funds.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Juking the Job Stats

A decade ago, as the United States hemorrhaged manufacturing jobs, the federal government considered reclassifying fast food as a manufacturing industry.

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Clinton vs. Warren: Big Differences, Despite Claims to the Contrary

Hillary Clinton’s political allies want Democratic primary voters to believe that the former secretary of state is just like populist Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, and they’ve been claiming that there are no differences between the two possible presidential contenders. There’s just one problem: That’s not true.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Stadium Subsidies Financed By Pension Cuts

As states and cities grapple with budget shortfalls, many are betting big on an unproven formula: Slash public employee pension benefits and public services while diverting the savings into lucrative subsidies for professional sports teams.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE



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A Local Fight for the Future of the Internet

The front line in this fight is Chattanooga, Tenn., where officials at the city’s public electric utility, EPB, realized that smart-grid energy infrastructure could also provide consumers super-fast Internet speeds at competitive prices.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Corporate Welfare Gets a Boost From Democrats

The Export-Import Bank—a government agency providing taxpayer subsidized loans to multinational corporations—has been called “one of the most egregious forms of corporate welfare.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Did Pando Fire Two of Its Best Reporters?

David Sirota was breaking big stories at Silicon Valley site Pando Daily, so it’s a bit odd that he and fellow contributor Ted Rall were abruptly let go without any public explanation.

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 READ MORE



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U.S. Government at War With Itself Over Civil Liberties

Given the last year, it seems more than a bit hilarious that the U.S. government has just posted its latest annual announcement about “funding for programs that support Internet freedom.”

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Al Gore’s Warnings About Inequality and Democracy

The former vice president recently told a tech industry conference when “95 percent of all the additional national income in the U.S., since the recovery began in ’09, goes to the top 1 percent, that’s not an Occupy Wall Street slogan, that’s a fact.”

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Private Equity Is Becoming a Public Problem

A few weeks ago, a top official at the Securities and Exchange Commission reported on what he called a “remarkable” amount of potentially illegal behavior in the private equity industry—aka the industry that buys up, changes and sells off smaller companies.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Big Money Behind a Big Merger

There are plenty of reasons to worry about the proposal to combine Comcast, America’s largest cable and broadband company, with Time Warner Cable, the second-largest cable firm and third-largest broadband provider.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Imagine Christie’s Budget Crisis on a National Scale

Two key decisions by the New Jersey governor have redistributed wealth from pensioners to hedge fund managers while throwing the state’s finances into chaos.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Journalism Losing Its Nerve?

A new survey from Indiana University suggests things are fast changing in the news industry—and not for the better.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



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An L.A. Story That’s All Too Familiar

When a city is forced to spend more on Wall Street fees than on basic public services, it is the sign of trouble.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE


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