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Argentina: Inflation is Low Because I Say So

While Argentina’s 1999 financial crisis serves as a cautionary tale for the West, our reporter finds that Argentina could review that lesson itself, as the government cranks out bogus inflation numbers and undermines its most effective watchdog agencies. Reporter’s Notebook: Argentina By Pablo Hacker for Global Integrity When Argentines go grocery shopping, we feel deceived…

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USA: Senator Calls for Release of CRS Reports

This week, US Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) calls for the release of Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports to the public. These are taxpayer funded research studies used in Congressional debate. The reports are secret by Congressional tradition because, let’s face it, facts disrupt spin. Our friends at the Project on Government Oversight have the story.…

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Voting in America: Is Paperless E-Voting Over?

While Norah covers the the end (maybe) of the Jim Crow era of voter disenfranchisement, I’ll take a look at the fresh new era of voter disenfranchisement: electronic voting machines gone predictably amuck. This week, the State of California completed its investigation into why their electronic voting machines quietly deleted 197 ballots in the November…

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Voting in America: Is Jim Crow Finally Over?

More than forty years after the Voting Rights Act of 1965, can the United States Justice Department trust voting jurisdictions with long histories of discrimination to make their own laws? As the Supreme Court prepares to hear a case involving Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, The New Yorker’s Jeffery Toobin discusses the modern…

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