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Corruption

Elizabeth Warren's New Bill Could Save Taxpayers Billions

January 16th, 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

 

OpenCongress brings together official, congressional data and allows anyone to track how a bill becomes a law, the voting records of elected officials and more. Major features of OpenCongress include:


BURIED SECRETS: How an Israeli billionaire wrested control of one of Africa’s biggest prizes.

July 4th, 2013  |  Source: The New Yorker

Guinea: It is no easy task to transform a country that is corrupt from top to bottom. During President Condé’s first months in office, he performed a kind of triage.

With the assistance of Revenue Watch—an organization, backed by Soros, that encourages transparency in extractive industries—Condé established a committee to inspect existing mining contracts and determine if any of them were problematic.


Conde Nast Violates Labor Laws with Interns - say lawyers

June 14th, 2013  |  Source: Pub Exec

Conde Nast, the worldwide publisher of fashion, culture, food and home magazines, illegally employs interns in violation of federal and state labor laws, Outten & Golden LLP alleged today in New York federal court.

The class action complaint, filed on behalf of two former interns who worked at W Magazine and The New Yorker, accuses Advance Magazine Publishers, Inc., which does business as CondeNast Publications, of failing to pay interns proper wages for the work they perform in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the New York Labor Law (NYLL).


Gun control petition breaks record

December 18th, 2012  |  Source: Salon.com

A WhiteHouse.gov petition calling on Obama to introduce a gun control bill has become the site's most popular ever

Only hours after news broke of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, thousands took to the White House website, calling on the Obama administration to lead on gun control by introducing a bill to Congress.
The goal of this petition is to force the Obama Administration to produce legislation that limits access to guns. While a national dialogue is critical, laws are the only means in which we can reduce the number of people murdered in gun related deaths.


The Twinkie Manifesto

November 19th, 2012  |  Source: NYT.com

 

The Twinkie, it turns out, was introduced way back in 1930. In our memories, however, the iconic snack will forever be identified with the 1950s, when Hostess popularized the brand by sponsoring “The Howdy Doody Show.” And the demise of Hostess has unleashed a wave of baby boomer nostalgia for a seemingly more innocent time.


Niall Ferguson and the Rage Against the Thought-Leader Machine

August 25th, 2012  |  Source: HBR Blogs

Harvard historian Niall Ferguson ran into an online buzzsaw this week. He says the "liberal blogosphere" was out to do him in, and that was part of it. But there's something bigger at work: a groundswell of resentment for and frustration with the "thought leaders" who craft our conventional wisdom, get paid big speaking fees for it, yet often behave in ways that don't accord with this status. First Jonah Lehrer, then Fareed Zakaria, now this — and surely there will be more such brouhahas to come.




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