Money In Politics

Bioethics

June 16, 2005 - Check out this piece (sub or day pass req'd) by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., a joint Rolling Stone/Salon investigation into the federal government's position on thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative in childhood vaccines.

The Pimping of the Presidents

June 8, 2005 - Remember the Lincoln Bedroom -- that place in the White House which President Clinton supposedly turned into a den of scandal and disrepute with sleep-overs by soft-money contributors?

Mississippi Still Sinking

June 2, 2005 - The L.A. Times reports on a little gift to the energy industry Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran snuck into the emergency military spending bill signed by the president this month.

War Profiteers Go to Court

May 23, 2005 - Yesterday's New York Times had a good piece about an important court battle developing over Custer Battles, the scandal-ridden company in Virginia that was contracted to provide security in Iraq. The first few paragraphs tell the story:

Missing Tax Dollars

April 13, 2005 - As a complement to "Swine Still Doing Fine," today's Institute report from correspondant Sean Reilly about the rise of pork spending under our current Washington leadership, here are stats from today's issue of the Facing South newsletter:

War Profiteering Watch

April 11, 2005 - Rep. Henry Waxman's (D-CA) Committee on Government Reform - Minority Office has released new findings about how Halliburton is using your taxpayer dollars.

Demise of the DeLay Machine?

April 8, 2005 - In today's Salon, Lou DuBose -- one of the best reporters on Texas politics around -- echoes my point Wednesday about how Tom DeLay has been able to stay in power despite years of scandal:  

Wal-Mart Goes After Estate Tax

April 7, 2005 - Although much has been made of Wal-Mart's new PR offensive to fluff up its public image, relatively little attention has been given to Wal-Mart's new bid to be a political player.