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Posted on Oct 27, 2014 READ MORE



Lobbyists Bidding to Block Government Regs Set Sights on Secretive White House Office

When Washington lobbyists fail to derail regulations proposed by federal agencies, they often find a receptive ear within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an arm of the White House Office of Management and Budget that conducts much of its business in secret.

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Corporate Personhood

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The Limits of Corporate Citizenship: Why Walgreen Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Influence U.S. Politics

Dozens of big U.S. corporations are considering leaving the United States to reduce their tax bills.

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Going Postal

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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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Survey: Number of Religious Lobbying Groups in D.C. Is Up Fivefold

Pew researchers discovered that the number of religious groups lobbying politicians in Washington, D.C., has increased 500 percent in the past four decades, from fewer than 40 in 1970 to more than 200 today. With more than 1,000 lobbyists vying for the ears of Congress members, the groups together spend more than $390 million a year ... (more)

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Claims About Ubiquitous Germ Killer Debunked

For 37 years the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has offered no official, scientific report on the safety of triclosan, a dubious anti-microbial agent found in everything from toys to toothpaste. (more)

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 READ MORE



Booze Pirates Fleece Puerto Rico With the Help of Congress

A transfer of billions of dollars in federal aid from public projects in Puerto Rico to one of the world’s largest liquor conglomerates over the next 30 years continues to move forward without any objection from Congress.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Talks Tough on Banking Reform

In case you hadn’t noticed, not a heck of a lot has changed on Wall Street in the last year, despite various banking behemoths’ successful pleas for federal aid to float them out of the recession they were instrumental in creating. Well, that’s about to change—or so President Barack Obama says, at least. 

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


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Who Invited God to the DNC?

So what was with all of the invocations of the deity at last week’s Democratic National Convention? Stephen Colbert talks about the Dems’ public displays of piety with Lori Lippman Brown, director of the Secular Coalition for America, producing another kind of sacred text to take the Bible’s place as he swears Brown in for her “Colbert Report” testimonial.

Posted on Sep 1, 2008 READ MORE


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The Rise and Fall of Fannie and Freddie

Although certain Washington denizens from both sides of the aisle might have been thrown when the two government-backed mortgage finance companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, hit the skids last week, several of their current and former colleagues had long seen the crisis coming.

Posted on Jul 12, 2008 READ MORE


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Olmert: ‘The Iranian Threat Must Be Stopped’

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert issued a warning across the ocean to Iran during a visit to Washington Tuesday, urging the international community to convince Tehran that pursuing a nuclear weapons program would be a really, really bad idea.

Posted on Jun 3, 2008 READ MORE


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Farm Bill Brings the Bacon

What has the power to unite progressive Democrats and conservative Republicans? According to a compelling article in the San Francisco Chronicle, agribusiness is having its way in Congress, even getting Democrats to cut food stamps to make room for subsidies.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Guns ‘n’ Roses for Giuliani

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani was busy sweet-talking a group of National Rifle Association members in Washington, D.C., on Friday when he received a call from a very special lady.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


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‘Fresh Air’ Probes ‘The Israel Lobby’

Terry Gross chats up Stephen Walt of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, whose controversial new book, “The Israel Lobby,” challenges the basis of the United States’ staunch support of its biggest ally in the Middle East.

Posted on Sep 4, 2007 READ MORE


Weak Labor’s Strong Clout

The American labor movement is divided on which candidate to support for president. Its membership is at one of its lowest ebbs in our history. And yet the nation’s unions are more politically influential today than they were in the movement’s heyday in the 1950s.

Posted on Sep 3, 2007 READ MORE


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The Penny:  That’s Just Our $.02

Now that U.S. pennies are more of a nuisance than a useful form of currency, given their ever-so-rapidly evaporating value (no offense, Honest Abe), and now that it costs the government nearly two cents to make each penny, why don’t we just toss them altogether?  (Hint:  It has to do with lobbyists.)

Posted on Aug 15, 2007 READ MORE


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Democrats’ Faustian Bargain

In their mad race for money, the front-running Democratic presidential candidates might be selling themselves to the devil.  That is, in words more familiar to political debate, they might be delivering themselves into the hands of rich and powerful opponents of progressive policies.

Posted on May 19, 2007 READ MORE


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The Final Act of Submission

The former weapons inspector who foretold the Iraq disaster argues that the newly empowered Democrats have allowed the Israel lobby to subvert America’s foreign policy by tacitly endorsing war with Iran.

Posted on Apr 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Pelosi Mulls Smoking Ban

D.C. may be smoke-free, but Congress gets to set its own rules.  Unfortunately for nicotine-craving lawmakers (25% of Congress), the Democrats’ victory may lead to change for more than Iraq and the minimum wage—Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi is considering a ban on smoking in the U.S. Capitol.

Posted on Dec 8, 2006 READ MORE


Israel Debate

Polite Ways of Calling Someone a Jew-Hater

The authors of the ultra-controversial “The Israel Lobby” report face off in a panel discussion against several of their detractors. It’s a civil exchange, but, to paraphrase J-Lo: “Don’t be fooled by the suits that they got / They’re still flame-throwers from the block.”

Posted on Oct 23, 2006 READ MORE


Joe Conason: Sen. Lieberman Literally in Bed With Drug Lobby

The senator who would lecture us on ethics drafted a bill in 2005 that made generous giveaways to pharmaceutical companies—one month after his wife went to work in the pharmaceuticals division of a major lobbying and PR firm.

Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


Lobbyists Fund Local Needs Through Earmark Appropriations

More and more towns are putting lobbyists on the payroll to tap federal tax money through earmarks (those special appropriations that make their way into omnibus bills in Congress). According to the NYT, “since 1998, the number of public entities hiring private firms to represent them in Washington has nearly doubled to 1,421 from 763.” Bridges, roads, walkways, pedestrian crosswalks… cities and towns are finding that a little bit of lobbying can go a long way.

Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


Israel Lobby Researchers Respond to Their Critics

The Harvard and U. of Chicago professors take on the criticism surrounding their controversial critique of America’s Israel lobby.

Posted on May 8, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Pro-Israel ‘Nutjobs’ on the Attack

The columnist weighs in on the controversial report about America’s pro-Israel lobby: The accusation of anti-Semitism is far too often raised in this country against anyone who criticizes the government of Israel.

Posted on Apr 25, 2006 READ MORE


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Illustration by Karen Spector

Taking On the Israel Lobby

Two respected researchers have touched off a firestorm with their report arguing that America’s pro-Israel lobby has badly damaged the United States’ strategic interests. Check out this Truthdig report on the reactions from all sides of the debate.

Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


Harvard Backs Away From ‘Israel Lobby’ Study

The university has removed its backing from a controversial report (co-authored by a Harvard dean) critical of America’s pro-Israel lobby.

Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


$25,000 Gives Indian Chief Access to Bush

The money is funneled through (surprise, surprise) Jack Abramoff and Grover Norquist. This scandal couldn’t happen to any two nicer two guys.

Posted on Mar 10, 2006 READ MORE


Abramoff Got Indicted, and All We Got Was This Lousy $20 Gift Ban?

Reform follows scandal as night the day, except in these sorry times, when it appears we may not get a nickel’s worth of reform out of the entire Jack Abramoff saga.

Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


Why Iraq Invasion Will Prove a Disaster For Israel

As argued elsewhere on this site by Juan Cole and Robert Scheer, one big cost of our invasion of Iraq is that Bush must now cozy up to the militants in control of Iran.  Now the top pro-Israel lobby accuses Bush of selling out its opposition to Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Posted on Dec 25, 2005 READ MORE


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