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The A-List of Loathsome Lobbyists

In this dark dual season of Citizens United and presidential campaigning, The Progressive serves up a list of nine of the “most depraved lobbyists money can buy.”

Posted on Jul 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Chemical Industry Rewrites Environmental Textbooks

Evidence shows that California school officials yielded to complaints made by a trade group representing U.S. chemical companies and altered environmental textbooks to include industry-supplied messages promoting plastic bags. (more)

Posted on Aug 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Washington Post Makes a Really Bad Decision

For a mere $250,000, lobbyists and captains of industry were invited to “an off-the-record dinner and discussion at the home of [Washington Post] CEO and Publisher Katharine Weymouth.” Invitees were promised unfettered access to the paper’s reporters as well as “key Obama administration and congressional leaders.”

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 READ MORE



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World Leaders Struggle With Kosovo Independence

Kosovo’s declaration of independence has prompted both condemnation and cheers from world leaders. Whether in the U.N. Security Council or the European Union, global opinion is divided. In particular, the declaration has served as a flashpoint for tension between the United States and Russia, an ugly reenactment of the kind of jockeying for influence that was supposed to have been buried with the Cold War.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Reform the System Or Lose the Democracy

Kenny Lay paid heaps in campaign contributions to use our president as his “errand boy,” and democracy faltered.

Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


The Word at War

The Washington Post pulls back the curtain on the firm responsible for producing pro-U.S. propaganda in Iraq. (Hint: they call propaganda “influence.”)

Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


Public Schools Mulling Bible Literacy Class

The high school course on the Bible’s influence on society would be an elective. story
It’s such an obvious end run around the Constitution’s Establishment Clause that we’ll hold fire. But check this: The course textbook contains a boxed feature that shows how the Bible was used “to justify and even encourage anti-Semitism.” Wow! A whole boxed feature? We wonder if there’s a footnote about that whole Spanish Inquisition thing….

Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


National Review Calls Abramoff Scandal Purely Republican

In an editorial, the right-wing magazine calls any effort to tar Democrats a “misdirection.” | story

Posted on Jan 10, 2006 READ MORE


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