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  • Rich Person’s Resistance in the Trump Administration

    Thursday, September 06, 2018
    The anonymous Trump administration official appears to support Donald Trump’s general agenda of helping the richest Americans and ignoring everyone else. What worries the writer is not that Trump is failing “to put country first,” but that he is so emotionally disturbed that he will somehow screw up this corporatist agenda.   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
  • Bush Lifts Protection for Endangered Species

    Saturday, December 13, 2008
    The Bush administration issued revised endangered species regulations that will eliminate some of the mandatory, independent reviews that government scientists have performed for 35 years on dams, power plants, timber sales and other projects. In ...   read more
  • By the Heliport of Babylon

    Saturday, December 13, 2008
    Fragments of bricks, engraved with cuneiform characters thousands of years old, lie mixed with the rubble and sandbags left by the US military on the ancient site of Babylon in Iraq. From April 2003 to June 2004, US troops built embankments, dug d...   read more
  • Breaking the Law: Bush Officials Feel the Heat

    Wednesday, December 10, 2008
    With so much attention centering on the developing financial crisis, it isn’t surprising that other important stories have slipped through the cracks. Nevertheless, as the Bush administration winds down, there has been a surprising flurry of activ...   read more
  • The Best and Brightest are Not Always the Wisest: Frank Rich

    Saturday, December 06, 2008
    Lawrence Summers and Timothy Geithner [Obama’s nominees for Director of the National Economic Council and Secretary of the Treasury] are both protégés of another master of the universe, Robert Rubin. His appearance in the photo op for Obama-transi...   read more
  • National Security Advisor: James “Chevron-Boeing” Jones

    Friday, December 05, 2008
    When George W. Bush took charge of the White House, he chose as his National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, who spent 14 years on the board of directors of Chevron Corporation and even had an oil tanker named after her. When Barack Obama won e...   read more
  • Uncovering the Secrets of the Bush Administration

    Thursday, December 04, 2008
    Washington Monthly editor Charles Homans presents a roadmap for digging out the most important secrets that the Bush administration wants to keep hidden forever. It won’t be easy. As Vice-President Cheney said in a speech in 2007, “I learned early...   read more
  • Guantánamo Prosecutor Tells Why He Resigned

    Wednesday, December 03, 2008
    Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld, a devout Catholic, was called up as a military lawyer after 9/11 and served in Iraq, Bosnia and Africa. In 2007, he became a prosecutor for the military commissions trying terrorist suspects held at Guantánamo Bay, a rol...   read more
  • College: Slipping Away From the Poor and Middle Class

    Wednesday, December 03, 2008
    According to a report by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, in the last 25 years the cost of a college education has gone up at triple the rate of family income. Increasingly, middle-class parents are going into debt to pu...   read more
  • Protecting Corporations Against Their Employees

    Sunday, November 30, 2008
    The Labor Department is racing to complete a new rule, strenuously opposed by President-elect Barack Obama, that would make it much harder for the government to regulate toxic substances and hazardous chemicals to which workers are exposed on the ...   read more
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