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I recently asked WBEZ’s Curious City a question. (If you’re not familiar with the program, Curious City is part of Chicago Public Radio’s attempts to get more crowd-sourced reporting to cover for all the bloggers and other staff they recently axed.) I have always wanted to know who pays for the biweekly fireworks displays at [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White Today the House Administration Committee heard testimony on the Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections, or DISCLOSE Act (HR. 5175). As the legislation was written in response to the changes made to campaign finance as a result of the Supreme Court ruling on the Citizens [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White There are a lot of elements to President Obama’s healthcare reform bill that are complete and total hand-outs to megacorporations that feed off of the misery of the American people. Now that the ping-pong-like process of legislative action on the measure is finally complete, I thought I’d look at [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White When the Citizens United case came down, the immediate conservative response was that this was good for free speech and that it wouldn’t really have much of an effect upon the American political landscape anyway. The Committee for Truth in Politics has just single-handedly defeated that already flimsy argument. [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White Every once in a while, Congress acts swiftly. But sometimes legislation alone is just not enough to get the job done. It’s hard to keep up with the flurry of bills proposed in the wake of the disastrous Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court last month which allows [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White When Robert Weissman, president of the advocacy organization Public Citizen, told reporters last Thursday that “today is a day to shed a tear for our democracy,” hyperbole was not on my mind. There has been a broad range of reactions to last week’s radical Supreme Court decision to allow [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White It’s 2010. Do you know which corporate pocket your representative is in? There is no better analogy for the outsize influence of corporations upon government than the behavior of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce of late. The “world’s largest business federation” has transformed itself into a lobbying machine for [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White Their grub may be “finger-lickin’ good,” but will Kentucky Fried Chicken’s secret recipe make a dent in the financial woes of struggling American cities? The restaurant chain announced a new advertising strategy this week seeking to take advantage of budget shortfalls in several municipalities across the nation. KFC — [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White In case you missed it over the holidays, there’s been a fair amount of internecine conflict over FireDogLake.com founder Jane Hamsher’s decision to target White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s supposed misdeeds on the board of the troubled semi-governmental lending entity known as Freddie Mac in the early [...]