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Corruption

Baghdad Mansions Sell for $1 Million With Islamic State at Gates

November 3rd, 2014  |  Source: Bloomberg

Islamic State militants may be at the approaches to Baghdad yet members of Iraq’s Shiite Muslim elite are offering cash for $1 million homes in the capital’s sought-after Zayouna neighborhood.

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Why Private Donations Aren't Helping America's Poor

October 13th, 2014  |  Source: Business Week

Of late, the comparatively good news on the U.S. economy suggests the worst of the recession is behind us. Nonetheless, millions remain out of work; federal food and nutrition assistance outlays – one measure of the number of people struggling to get by—were at an all time high in 2013.


1955: Why the US Chose Nuclear Energy Over Solar

October 8th, 2014  |  Source: Sustainablebusiness.com

This amazing excerpt from the book, Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy, provides fascinating context to energy choices the US made in the 1950s. It was a pivotal moment for the advent of solar energy, but the US supported nuclear instead. 

 


STUDY: AMERICA'S NATURAL GAS SYSTEM IS LEAKY AND IN NEED OF A FIX

February 13th, 2014  |  Source: Mitchell Foundation

The first thorough comparison of evidence for natural gas system leaks confirms that organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have underestimated U.S. methane emissions generally, as well as those from the natural gas industry specifically.


Elizabeth Warren's New Bill Could Save Taxpayers Billions

January 15th, 2014  |  Source: Mother Jones

Last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced a bill with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) that aims to make government settlements with corporations more transparent and fair. It could end up saving taxpayers billions of dollars.

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Poverty nation: How America created a low-wage work swamp

December 16th, 2013  |  Source: Salon

For decades, both parties supplanted a push for higher wages with well-intended public aid. The result: calamity

2013 is the year many Americans discovered the crisis of the working poor. It turns out it’s also the crisis of the welfare poor. That’s tough for us: Americans notoriously hate welfare, unless it’s called something else and/or benefits us personally. We think it’s for slackers and moochers and people who won’t pull their weight.


Mozambique Tuna Bonds Fund Anti-Pirate Fleet in Surprise

November 13th, 2013  |  Source: Bloomberg

The deal that helped one of the poorest nations raise $850 million and bond investors lock in rates three times higher than U.S. Treasuries is also spurring concern some of the money isn’t going where the buyers -- and one of the underwriters -- expected.


SUNLIGHT FOUNDATION ACQUIRES OPENCONGRESS.ORG

October 29th, 2013  |  Source: SUNLIGHT FOUNDATION

 

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