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Thursday, December 14, 2017
Corruption
Deutsche Bank

Why Deutsche Bank Remains Trump’s Biggest Conflict Of Interest

If you measure President Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest by the amount of money at stake, or the variety of dicey interactions with government regulators, one dwarfs any other: his relationship with Deutsche Bank. The bank hoped to eliminate the president’s personal guarantee on loans. But such a move would not eliminate the conflict of interest, since the president’s company, which Trump still owns, would remain on the hook to pay back the loans.

February 10, 2017
Trump, Blind Trust, Ethics

Trump Says He Won’t Divest From His Business While President

Trump said he would maintain ownership of his global business empire but hand off control to his two oldest sons while president, an arrangement that watchdogs said would not prevent conflicts of interest in the White House.

January 11, 2017
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) shows company documents to Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf during his testimony before a Senate Banking Committee hearing on the firm's sales practices on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Warren Slams Clinton’s Revolving-Door Donors

In a speech to the Center for American Progress — which was set up and is run by former Clinton aides — the Massachusetts Democratic senator said groups backing Clinton’s election campaign should be focused on making sure that a prospective Clinton administration is run by those who intend to enact a progressive agenda.

September 22, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally with supporters in Fort Myers, Florida, U.S. September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Donald Trump Urged To Disclose Foreign Deals

“Donald Trump still has not revealed to the American public his international business relationships, even as it becomes increasingly clear that his overseas ties could well constitute significant conflicts of interest,” a letter signed by former security officials says. “We are calling on Mr. Trump to disclose, in full, the nature of his business relationships overseas.”

September 19, 2016

Charles Koch’s Very Questionable 6-Step Guide To Founding A Free-Market Center At Your University

Since 1980, the family foundations of billionaire industrialist Charles Koch have gifted roughly $200 million to U.S. colleges and universities, largely to promote libertarian, free-market economics programs around the nation.

September 9, 2016

How The Media’s Obsession With ‘Optics’ Is Ruining Campaign Journalism

Joining a long list of concerned media voices, The New York Times’ editorial page this week linked up with the Beltway chorus to express alarm over the Clinton Foundation and the “question” it presents for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

September 1, 2016
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Why Can’t Our Economy Promote Equality And Shared Prosperity?

You don’t have to be in “Who’s Who” to know what’s what. For example, if tiny groups of Wall Street bankers, billionaires and their political puppets are allowed to write the rules that govern our economy and elections, guess what? Only bankers, billionaires and puppets will profit from those rules.

August 28, 2016
Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus gavels the Republican National Convention open in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Outlets Like The Atlantic And The Economist Are Selling Editorial Interviews To Lobbyists At DNC And RNC

In case you still had faith in the political media machine’s integrity, several big outlets have cleared up that misconception for you, by offering news interviews for sale at the Democratic and Republican conventions.

July 4, 2016
Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell is surrounded by members of the media after his sentencing hearing in Richmond, Virginia January 6, 2015. REUTERS/Jay Westcott

Supreme Court Throws Out Virginia Ex-Governor McDonnell’s Corruption Conviction

The court ruled 8-0 in overturning McDonnell’s conviction for accepting $177,000 in luxury gifts and sweetheart loans for him and his wife from a wealthy Richmond businessman seeking to promote a dietary supplement, finding that it did not constitute a criminal act under federal bribery law.

June 27, 2016
Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, June 18, 2016. REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec

This Isn’t New: Donald Trump Has Been Profiting Off His Campaign For Months

Trump loaned his campaign $11.5 million in March, his largest one-month loan of the campaign. After that, his monthly contributions started decreasing: $7.5 million in April, and just $2.2 million in May. June was the first month the Trump campaign took in more from donations ($3.1 million) than it did from Trump’s loans.

June 22, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump jokes about how difficult he says it is for him to listen to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's voice, as he holds a rally with supporters in Fresno, California, U.S. May 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst.

Trump Hates Fundraising — That’s Why Watching Him Raise $500 Million Is So Entertaining

Fundraising has become Trump’s priority: He’s spending his time fundraising in solidly Republican states instead of focusing on battleground ones, and last week, Trump and RNC Chairman Reince Preibus went on a Southern fundraising tour.

June 20, 2016
A security camera hangs near a corner of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The IRS Isn’t Persecuting Tea Party Groups — It’s Regulating ‘Dark Money’

On Tuesday, a list of 426 groups singled out for extra scrutiny when applying for tax-exempt status was made publicly available. Why the extra scrutiny? Because these 501(c)(4)s are supposed to be primarily focused on “social welfare,” they are legally allowed to keep their donors secret.

June 8, 2016
Supporters hold signs as Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Lynden, Washington, U.S., May 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Trump Needs Billionaires, And They Know It

It won’t be pretty. But Donald is desperate: he needs hundreds of millions of dollars, probably more, to become a viable presidential candidate. And for him, this is all one big deal. As long as he comes out on top, he’ll sell the American people to the highest bidder.

May 10, 2016
Democracy Spring

Over 1,000 Arrests In Anti-Corruption Democracy Spring Protests

Since April 11, hundreds of protesters have stood outside the U.S. Capitol, protesting political corruption and getting arrested in scores. Over the past week, over 1,000 protesters were arrested not far from the steps of the Capitol.

April 20, 2016
brazil protesters dilma rousseff

Who Actually Wins If Brazil Impeaches Its President?

The Workers’ Party, one of the largest in Congress, has vowed not to recognize the government that will take over from Rousseff.

April 19, 2016
Rousseff impeachment

Brazil Congress Votes To Impeach Dilma Rousseff

Tens of thousands of pro- and anti-impeachment protesters gathered in the capital Brasilia and other cities to watch the dramatic vote, broadcast live on national television on Sunday.

April 18, 2016
Dilma Rousseff Impeachment

Dilma’s Doom: Why Brazil’s Leader Is Inching Toward Impeachment

A few weeks ago, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was largely expected to survive an impeachment effort against her. That all changed Tuesday, when the nation’s biggest political party, the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, split from the governing coalition that has so far kept Rousseff afloat.

March 31, 2016
Demonstrators protest against U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, outside the Trump Tower building in midtown Manhattan in New York March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Who Are Our Rescuers? Us!

There’s no need to convince the American people that they’ve been stiffed. As they reveal in poll after poll, they know it, for they’re experiencing it personally, and they’re furious at the business-as-usual establishment that has done it to them.

March 24, 2016
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff attends a news conference at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

Brazil’s Rousseff Lacks Senate Votes to Defeat Impeachment: Senator

Congress’ lower house opened impeachment proceedings last week against the unpopular Rousseff based on opposition allegations that she deliberately manipulated government accounts to boost her chances of reelection to a second term in 2014.

March 20, 2016
World News, Grantland, Loretta Lynch, John Oliver, The Simpson, L'Arbitro, Corruption, Scandal, FIFA, Soccer, Football, Sports, Sepp Blatter, Indictment

5 Signs FIFA Was Always Corrupt

Here are five reminders that we already knew FIFA was corrupt.

May 29, 2015
Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Christie’s Administration Is Facing Another Investigation

If after last week’s Bridgegate indictments you thought Chris Christie was finally done as the focus of government investigations, think again.

May 8, 2015

Menendez Same-Day Service Seen Upending His Just Friends Defense

For federal prosecutors, the timing of favors by Sen. Robert Menendez will be the key to their bribery case against him.

April 7, 2015
Robert Menendez, Indictment, Corruption, New Jersey, Senate, Salomon Melgen, Ophthalmology, Politics, Bribery

Senator Robert Menendez Pleads Not Guilty To Corruption And Bribery Charges

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez had a cozy relationship with his ophthalmologist, but did not have the vision to see that what he was abusing the powers of his office.

April 2, 2015

U.S. Indicts Sen. Menendez On Bribery, Other Charges

“Prosecutors at the Department of Justice don’t know the difference between friendship and corruption,” Senator Menendez said.

April 2, 2015
Securities and Exchange Headquarters Building (Securities and Exchange Commission/Flickr)

The SEC Illustrates The Danger Of Regulatory Capture

The SEC can’t properly oversee the financial industry while its chief regulator cozies up to private equity.

March 27, 2015