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Paul Cummins: Fighting the Wrong Battles in Education Reform

The co-founder of the trailblazing Crossroads and New Roads schools in Santa Monica argues that if we can?t fund cuts in class sizes and improve educational resources, nothing else we do will matter a whit.

Posted on Sep 5, 2006 READ MORE


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Bush, Congress Cut Welfare Programs

New welfare rules written by Congress and the Bush administration are taking effect, denying assistance to the poor for education and drug addiction treatment.  The rules also require welfare recipients to work more hours a week, without providing additional child support subsidies.

Posted on Aug 7, 2006 READ MORE


Mideast Conflict a Setback for Iran Reform Movement

As the Islamic world rallies to the support of the Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah militia, Iran is feeling more and more emboldened to press its confrontational foreign policy and efforts to silence political opposition at home.

Posted on Aug 1, 2006 READ MORE


Campaign Finance Effort Resumes, Without McCain

The Arizona senator has withdrawn his co-sponsorship of a public financing bill that he and Sen. Russ Feingold (along with two House reps) had long championed. People close to the situation say McCain dropped his support because he is likely to run for president and may end up not abiding by public financing rules.
We’ve known for some time that McCain has been doing all sorts of unseemly things in an attempt to lock up the nomination.

Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


Move Along… There’s No Reform to See Here…

After promising fast action on lobbying reform in the wake of numerous scandals, the Senate and the House have proved unable to put together a reform bill that both can live with—so instead they’ve made plans to adopt vastly scaled-back versions.
No wonder: USA Today reports that our Congress is on track to spending fewer days in session than the infamous 1948 “Do Nothing” Congress.

Posted on Jul 28, 2006 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


House Passes ‘Sham’ Lobbying Reform Bill

House conservatives just passed a lobbying reform bill that the Washington Post called a “sham,” ?diluted snake oil? and ?an insult to voters.? Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn., said, “I happen to believe we are losing our moral authority to lead this place.”

Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: The No-Reform Lobby Reform Bill

Calling this lobbying reform measure an “ethics bill” requires brass bravura.

Posted on May 1, 2006 READ MORE


What? You Expected Real Lobbying Reform?

House Republican leaders have stripped a pending bill of language that would require lobbyists to disclose their fundraising activities and contacts with lawmakers.

Posted on Apr 24, 2006 READ MORE


New Lobbying Law Falls Short on Reform

The bill, which passed 90 to 8, requires lobbyists to disclose more information about their interactions with lawmakers, but there’s little increase in the enforcement of ethics laws.

Posted on Mar 29, 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


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Surprise, Surprise: Ethics Reform Stalling

Figuring that public indignation over the Jack Abramoff scandal will soon dissipate, Republicans in Congress are dragging their feet on promised reform measures.
Unfortunately, this will probably work—because an indignant populace is sort of like a villain in a James Bond movie: We vow to stamp out a source of aggravation; we put the machinery in place for doing so; we flip the switch; and then we leave the room on the nave assumption that our plan is escape-proof.
It’d be funny if this weren’t, like, our government we’re talking about.

Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


Lawmakers Appear to Distance Selves From Lobbyists

Both Republicans and Democrats are canceling meetings with lobbyists in the wake of the Abramoff scandal. | story
Pardon our cynicism, but as long as lobbyists have money to dole out, lawmakers will find a way to the trough.
Any lobbying-reform legislation that results from this scandal will be rendered moot as quickly as you can say “McCain-Feingold.”

Posted on Jan 31, 2006 READ MORE


Boot Camps for Wayward Teens Go Unregulated Overseas

Sketchy U.S. operators of “tough love” schools skirt American regulations by operating in other countries. Sorta like sketchy U.S. corporations that skirt American taxes by having mailboxes in other countries. AlterNet’s got the goods.

Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


The Frist File

Was Frist playing doctor when he pushed legislation for medical reform or just lining his pockets? Get background on the accusations of Medicare fraud, conflict of interest and insider trading facing Sen. Bill Frist.

Posted on Dec 7, 2005 READ MORE


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