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Hope and Dollars: Obama Campaign Played With Big Donors Too

Lest you worry that the corrupting influence of money in American politics would fall by the wayside with the new administration, Brian Ross’ investigative team at ABC News reminds us that Barack Obama did, in fact, raise lots of money from the usual suspects. Justin Rood’s story is a sobering reminder that despite the campaign’s…

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The New York Times and Squishy Theories of Corruption

Two articles from the December 23 New York Times merit a bit of unpacking. The articles — one on Ghana’s upcoming elections, the other on the rise of Islamic movements in Jordan — tout two widely-held but rarely proven theories of corruption: that corruption inhibits growth, and that corruption is a motivator for radical, Islamic…

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Billionaires Use British Libel Laws to Pound at Media

Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has made it their trade to host content censored online. While this brings to mind China or Myanmar, their most challenging threats have come from the West — in this case, they’ve posted a series of stories quietly scrubbed from the archives of British papers by a hyperactive British libel law. The…

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