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Chicago Tribune…. Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been indicted on federal charges alleging he agreed to pay $3.5 million in apparent hush money to a longtime acquaintance blackmailing him, then lied to the FBI when asked about suspicious cash withdrawals from several banks, federal prosecutors said. The stunning indictment of the longtime Republican […]

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I was pretty stunned the that an Atlanta NBC affiliate had produced a report regarding  secret meetings of Georgia Legislators and members of ALEC along with known lobbyists in a Savannah hotel. For the most part, Atlanta local television journalism is about shootings, child abductions, weather, reports on bad traffic and, of course, sports. If […]

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The country of Vietnam wants to make baby formula more affordable for its citizens. American trade negotiators think that’s a bad idea. The measures are among more than a dozen public interest policies adopted by governments involved in talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that the U.S. considers “barriers to trade,” according to the latest […]

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As much as I enjoy Jon Stewart, he doesn’t really hold a candle to John Oliver: Because Oliver always draws the line between outrageous situations and the political actors who created them. Because Oliver urges you to contact your legislators and get something done. This segment, exposing the abuses of contract farming in the chicken […]

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I have to admit, I didn’t know any of these stunning details when I confronted Pat Toomey last week (although I knew enough of his Club for Growth ways to assume) — but now that I’ve read it, I’m really, really glad I got in his face. As I told him: These are real votes […]

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Yes, this is what several people have told me. Let’s hope it stays this way: President Barack Obama doesn’t have the votes at this point to win U.S. House passage of legislation that would expedite approval of trade accords, a Democratic leader in the chamber said. Obama has sought the trade-promotion authority legislation, largely backed […]

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Salon just interviewed Bruce Bartlett, who worked for Reagan and Bush the Elder, and recently criticized a piece about a campaign finance reform-oriented GOP presidential candidate from Harvard Law’s Lawrence Lessig. An excerpt: Does your skepticism apply beyond presidential campaigns? The idea that the impact of money is overstated when it’s a high-profile race is […]

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Republicans want to pay for an assistance program for workers whose jobs are lost through TPP by… taking the money out of Medicare! Nice! Michael Hiltzik of the L.A. Times explains: Medicare means many things to many people. To seniors, it’s a program providing good, low-cost healthcare at a stage in life when it’s most […]

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Michael Wessel is a former Obama campaign trade adviser who says, yes, Elizabeth Warren is right to be worried about the TPP. He cites the unprecedented secrecy of the Obama administration which makes it impossible for him to share his criticisms. Via Politico: “You need to tell me what’s wrong with this trade agreement, not […]

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