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Bribe, Vote, Repeat

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The votes of lawmakers are so routinely purchased by corporations that it takes a scandal of unusual proportions to generate news coverage.With corporate cash habitually sloshing into campaign coffers, it takes a scandal of unusual proportions to generate news coverage.

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The fevered urgency with which the bailout was pushed by the Bush administration and enacted by the Democratic Congress last year has been followed by dithering in the midst of the employment crisis.

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If it wins an upcoming battle in the Supreme Court, the gun lobby is prepared to challenge every gun control law enacted at any level of government.

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The Senate Finance Committee's health care debate has given Michael Moore hours of footage for his next cinematic assault on the system.

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Finally, a health care proposal George W. Bush could love. Sen. Max Baucus' idea to tax "Cadillac" insurance plans has been pushed by Republicans for years.

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We are warned it is dangerously protectionist to enforce existing trade laws against China's cheap tire surge, but Obama is obligated to do so -- and for good reason.

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Overlooked in the health care debate is the recently reconfirmed fact that Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are working better than ever.Overlooked in the health care debate is the fact that Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are working better than ever.

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Thousands of those who descended on lower Manhattan after the terrorist attack were not cops or firefighters, and didn't have the safety nets those jobs provide.

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