Like a piece of Swiss cheese, U.S. sanction policy is riddled with holes, according to reports. A former Treasury official claims licenses to trade with blacklisted countries such as Iran have been doled out to the tune of billions of dollars in profits, all at the behest of lobbying groups.
House and Senate lawmakers embraced a $3,300 pay raise that would increase their salaries to $168,500. Meanwhile, it’s been reported that members of the House’s own ethics committeetook over $1 million in privately funded (read: lobbyist-funded) trips last year.
That didn’t take long. Ben Domenech, the 24-year-old conservative blogger hired three days ago by the Washington Post, resigned after evidence surfaced that he plagiarized movie reviews before going to work for the Post.