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Despite Calls for Transparency, Taxpayer Supported Organizers Refuse to Disclose Funders Until after Party Conventions

The Democratic and Republican national conventions will take place later this month, but as the attention shifts to issues like possible vice presidential picks and weekend entertainment and theatrics, some are asking, “Who is paying for these conventions?” Thus far, however, the organizers for … Continue reading

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Can Trump Help Fix a ‘Broken’ System He Took Part In For Decades?

Though Donald Trump has raised and spent considerably less than many of his Republican rivals in the 2016 election season, Trump has never shied away from injecting money into the political process. Over the last several decades, Trump has spent millions of dollars – as … Continue reading

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OPINION: Carnism is a Moral Catastrophe, and It Constitutes a Political Emergency

Why I Gave Up Meat I remember the day I decided that I would become a vegetarian. It came while watching the documentary Life in a Day – in particular, the scene in which a cow receives two shots to its skull from … Continue reading

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Why are Prescription Drugs so Expensive in the U.S.?

The cost of prescription drugs in the U.S. became an issue of concern after the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli, increased the per-pill price of Daraprim – used to treat patients suffering from toxoplasmosis – from $13.50 to $750. … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Congressional Lobbying

In American folklore, it is President Grant who coined the term “lobbyists” to designate those influence peddlers who attempted to pry him with whiskey and cigars during his jaunts to the Willard Hotel in exchange for political favors. The term, in … Continue reading

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As They Like It: How Financial Lobbyists and Their Washington Allies Shielded Wall Street from Prosecution and Reform

The Obama administration’s hollow commitment to the punishment and reform of Wall Street was evident early on. Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s first chief of staff, apparently sent a memo to Christine Varney, the assistant attorney general for the Antitrust Division inside Eric … Continue reading

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