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In this episode, we talk with Maplight.org's executive director, Dan Newman. Maplight, which lobbies for greater transparency in government, is a nonprofit group dedicated to illuminating the connection between money and politics. Its data reveals which politicians are on the take and the source of questionable political contributions.

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Why is it that the U.S. economy is on a serious downswing? Could it be that we're in the midst of a super-expensive war with little sign of scaling down in the near future that has jacked up oil prices to new heights and strained the federal budget? According to Bush, he'd have worked out our economic woes if it weren't for those meddling congressional Democrats.

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Want to know some of the main reasons Hezbollah commands so much respect in Lebanon? "They cover medical bills, offer health insurance, pay school fees and make seed money available for small businesses. They are invisible but omnipresent, providing essential services that the Lebanese government through years of war was incapable of offering."

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