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Photo: Michael Froman on Day 4 of the WTO's Ministerial Conference, Bali, 3 December 2013. (World Trade Organization/Flickr)

Why Is A Huge Trade Deal Being Kept Secret?

If the TPP is so great, then why won’t the government let the world see it?

February 6, 2015
US economic growth surged to its highest level in 11 years in the third quarter, data released on December 23 showed

Big Tax Bills For The Poor, Tiny Ones For The Rich

America’s broken tax codes don’t aren’t just exacerbating inequality — they’re hurting the economy.

January 23, 2015

The Windy City’s New Gift To Big Campaign Donors

Will the SEC let Chicago make a mockery of ethics laws?

January 16, 2015
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Gifts To Christie Raise Big Ethics Questions

Chris Christie is ignoring basic anti-corruption rules — but will he pay a price for it?

January 9, 2015
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

How States Are Redistributing The Wealth

GOP governors are fine with wealth redistribution — as long as the cash flows from the 99 percent to the top.

December 26, 2014

Are Charter Schools Segregating America’s Education System?

How charter schools could represent a step back for civil rights.

December 12, 2014
debt

A Multi-Billion-Dollar Secret

Why politicians don’t want you to know how your retirement savings are being invested.

December 5, 2014

A Big Election With Little Local Journalism

What if you held an election and nobody showed up to cover it?

November 21, 2014

Wall Street Takes Over More Statehouses

Forget the GOP — the financial services industry was the biggest winner of the 2014 midterms.

November 14, 2014
Scott Walker

Is The Minimum Wage Really A Living Wage?

You’ll surely be shocked to learn that Scott Walker and his restaurateur donors say “yes.”

October 31, 2014
legal marijuana

In Legalization Battles, Alcohol Defines The Politics Of Marijuana

Which drug is more dangerous? Here’s one creative way to find out.

October 24, 2014
Infrastructure, environment, climate change, Barack Obama, fracking, White House, executive order

Fracking For The Cure?

Does this energy giant want to cure cancer — or “pinkwash” its pollution?

October 17, 2014

Why Economic Inequality Is Not A Bigger Political Issue

For starters, nobody has any idea how bad it is.

October 3, 2014

A Pension Jackpot For Wall Street

Yet again, the financial industry is winning big — and taxpayers are losing.

September 26, 2014

Too Big To Punish

Why won’t the Obama administration stand up to white collar crime?

September 19, 2014

Shareholders’ Quest For More Transparency

If you own a share of a company, how much information about the company are you entitled to? That is the question embedded in the debate over a proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rule that would force publicly traded companies to disclose their political spending to their shareholders. As of this month, a 2011 petition […]

September 12, 2014

The GOP’s Fear Of Higher Voter Turnout

It is rare for a politician to publicly deride efforts to boost voter turnout. It is seen as a taboo in a country that prides itself on its democratic ideals. Yet, New Jersey governor Chris Christie last week slammed efforts to simplify voter registration. Referring to Illinois joining other states — including many Republican-led ones […]

September 5, 2014

Should Companies Have To Pay Taxes?

Reading companies’ annual reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission is a reliable cure for insomnia. Every so often, though, there is a significant revelation in the paperwork. This year, one of the most important revelations came from Microsoft’s filings, which spotlighted how the tax code allows corporations to enjoy the benefits of American citizenship […]

August 29, 2014

Journalists On The Government’s Blacklist

As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don’t like from accessing information. The news comes as 47 federal inspectors general sent a letter […]

August 22, 2014