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  • Secretary of Labor: Who Is Alex Acosta?

    Monday, February 27, 2017
    Acosta's cases included lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy in a casino deal; and Jose Padilla, accused of planning a “dirty bomb” attack. Acosta also cut a deal with Palm Beach financier Jeffrey Epstein, a social acquaintance of Donald Trump, who was accused of operating an international sex ring involving underage girls. In the deal, Acosta turned prosecution over to the state of Florida, which charged Epstein with a relatively minor offense.   read more
  • SEC Regulation for Kung-Fu Masters, but not for Hedge Fund Sharks

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008
    While a government lawyer tasked with investigating financial crimes, Gary Aguirre learned a hard lesson: under Chairman Christopher Cox, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is only interested in regulating minor players. Aguirre: “In the...   read more
  • Are Your Finances Failing? Become a Bank

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008
    CIT Group, a New York-based lender specializing in making loans and providing insurance to middle market businesses, ran short on cash this year. If that happened to the average America family, they would be in big trouble. But CIT? Not to worry. ...   read more
  • Secretary of Agriculture: Who is Tom Vilsack?

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008
    Former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack is Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Department of Agriculture. Vilsack was born with the name Kenneth on December 13, 1950, in a home for unwed pregnant women in Western Pennsylvania, and was placed in a Catholic ...   read more
  • Creeping Military Takeover…in the U.S.: Thomas A. Schweich

    Monday, December 22, 2008
    Thomas Schweich, a Republican who served in the Bush administration as ambassador for counter-narcotics in Afghanistan and deputy assistant secretary of state for international law enforcement affairs, warns about the gradual takeover by military ...   read more
  • Torture Doesn’t Work

    Sunday, December 21, 2008
    Reporting on the Bush administration’s use of torture to extract confessions from terrorism suspects, Vanity Fair’s David Rose reminds us that in addition to the moral considerations, torture is not effective. For example: “The unreliability of in...   read more
  • Interior Report Slams Former Fish and Wildlife Leader

    Sunday, December 21, 2008
    A report issued by the Department of Interior’s Inspector General harshly criticizes Julie MacDonald, the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks. According to the report, MacDonald “frequently contested the scientific findi...   read more
  • Rumsfeld and Torture: The Walls Close In

    Wednesday, December 17, 2008
    The Senate Armed Services Committee has issued a devastating report that concludes that the use of torture at Abu Ghraib prison and other sites was not the work of isolated “bad apples,” but the direct result of directives issued by Secretary of D...   read more
  • Who’s Getting Trillions in Loans? It’s a Secret

    Tuesday, December 16, 2008
    The Federal Reserve has refused a request by Bloomberg News to reveal who has received more than $2 trillion in emergency loans and what the Fed has accepted as collateral. Of the total, $1.23 trillion has been doled out in the last three months. ...   read more
  • Texas County Tries to Stop Border Fence

    Tuesday, December 16, 2008
    El Paso County in Western Texas, which has a larger population than the state of Alaska, has filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court to stop construction of hundreds of miles of fencing on the Mexican border. Homeland Security Secretary Michae...   read more
  • Federal Agency Board Worth $34 Billion Hasn’t Met in Almost Two Years

    Tuesday, December 16, 2008
    The Railroad Retirement Board is a rich but obscure agency that distributes $10 billion a year in retirement benefits to more than 600,000 beneficiaries and $74 million annually in unemployment benefits to 29,000 claimants. According to an investi...   read more
  • Bush Rushes to Sign Nuclear Deal with Iran’s Leading Trade Partner

    Monday, December 15, 2008
    The Bush administration is rushing to sign a nuclear cooperation deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) despite the fact that the UAE has been used as a transshipment point for military technology headed to Iran. The nuclear trafficking program ...   read more
  • EPA Most Wanted List

    Monday, December 15, 2008
    In an attempt to redeem itself after almost eight years of relative inactivity, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued an FBI-style most wanted fugitives list for people charged with environmental crimes. The fugitives are wanted for...   read more
  • “Patriotic” Pro-Troop Group Pocketed the Big Bucks

    Monday, December 15, 2008
    Allison Barber, the chief of the American Forces Information Service, was in charge of the “America Supports You” program meant to show the public’s support for U.S. troops and their families. Instead, she funneled $8.8 million in contracts to the...   read more
  • Afghan War Crime Covered Up…Literally

    Monday, December 15, 2008
    Tom Lasseter, writing for the McClatchy Newspapers, reports, “Seven years ago, a convoy of container trucks rumbled across northern Afghanistan loaded with a human cargo of suspected Taliban and al Qaida members who'd surrendered to Gen. Abdul Ras...   read more
  • Mexican Drug War Deaths in One Year Outnumber 5 Years of US Deaths in Iraq

    Saturday, December 13, 2008
    The U.S.-supported “get tough” anti-drug strategy in Mexico has achieved some success, but has come at a price: 5,376 deaths so far in 2008—15 a day. This approach has caused drug trafficking groups to collapse and splinter. The U.S., which releas...   read more
  • Bailing Out the Banks (and Others) Has Cost the Average Family $1,900…So Far

    Saturday, December 13, 2008
    The 5-member Congressional panel tasked with overseeing the $700 billion bailout has issued its first report. The Department of the Treasury has so far doled out $165 billion to 87 banks in exchange for stock and warrants. Treasury also gave AIG $...   read more
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