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Michigan is among four states – including North Dakota, South Dakota and Vermont – in which there are no formal ethics laws dealing with ethical conduct of legislator beyond personal financial disclosure and/or campaign finance disclosure requirements. Michigan is also among seven states — including Indiana, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina […]

Posted inDemocracy

Racicot will continue lobbying while serving as RNC chair

President Bush’s choice of former Montana governor Marc Racicot to head the Republican National Committee continues a long established practice by both Republicans and Democrats of hiring lobbyists as party chairmen. While serving as the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Racicot will maintain his position with the Houston-based law firm of Bracewell and Patterson. […]

Posted inAccountability

The disinformation campaign

The way wars are reported in the western media follows a depressingly predictable pattern: stage one, the crisis; stage two, the demonisation of the enemy’s leader; stage three, the demonisation of the enemy as individuals; and stage four, atrocities. At the moment we are at stages two and three: efforts to show that not only […]

Posted inNational Security

Arrested Italian cell sheds light on Bin Laden’s European network

On a cold winter night last January, on the outskirts of Milan, Italian anti-terrorist police intercepted a frantic call between two suspected Osama Bin Laden operatives. “They have arrested our brothers … half of the group,” the caller said. “They have found the arms warehouse in Germany.” That call, monitored in a cell phone wiretap, […]

Posted inNational Security

Authorities question criteria for access to flight simulators

Congress and the executive branch are reviewing the largely unregulated access to the nations 527 licensed flight simulators, and to the unknown number sold abroad, in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. High-end simulators are million-dollar “virtual reality” machines that recreate the sights, sounds and sensations of the cockpit, with the knobs and […]

Posted inAccountability

Will truth again be first casualty?

Methodology Research for this Center report has included examining dozens of books and articles by military officers and civilian Pentagon officials that discuss the relationship between the Defense Department and the press; analyzing thousands of pages of U.S. military documents; reviewing dozens of U.S. and British legal documents; reviewing hundreds of articles by journalists, academics […]

Posted inNational Security

U.S. biological weapons lab locked down, 50 miles from Pentagon

In ’93, biological defense program was misguided, poorly managed By Seth Shulman October 29, 2001 Fort Detrick conducts research to defend the United States against some of the most deadly biological agents in the world. Special protection of the facility is emblematic of the longtime major concern by intelligence officials that biological weapons are potentially […]

Posted inBroadband, Inequality, Well Connected

New FCC chairman had big telephone player as a major client

As the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Michael K. Powell can draw on his experience as an FCC commissioner in trying to navigate the arcane world of telecommunications policy and the closely knit group of high-powered, multibillion dollar companies that dominate the industry. Powell has had the opportunity to witness and regulate some […]

Posted inBroadband, Inequality, Well Connected

Telecom chief could face conflict issues

A key Commerce Department official could face frequent conflict-of-interest issues because her office controls high-tech policies that affect a number of telecommunication and wireless firms for which she and her husband have worked. As the new assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information, Nancy J. Victory also serves as chief of the Commerce Department’s […]

Posted inHealth

Issue divides Bush advisers

Capitol Hill stem-cell backers received health industry dollars By M. Asif Ismail and Christine Morente August 30, 2001 Within the Bush administration, two senior aides, chief strategist Karl Rove and Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, were reportedly at odds over whether the government should finance embryonic stem cell research. Thompson was the strongest […]

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Capitol Hill stem-cell backers received health industry dollars

Issue divides Bush advisers By M. Asif Ismail August 30, 2001 U.S. representatives and senators who strongly pushed for federally subsidized embryonic stem cell research have received more than $4 million in contributions from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, which stand to benefit from that research, according to a Public i review of campaign donations […]

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Internet voting project cost Pentagon $73,809 per vote

A pilot Internet voting project to encourage voter participation by Americans abroad cost the Pentagon $6.2 million and received high marks from its director, although it delivered only 84 votes in the November election and failed to address a key security concern, the Center for Public Integrity has learned. Details about the two-and-a-half-year project come […]

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When criticism becomes a crime

BUENOS AIRES — Imagine you’ve just broken a story about how the president’s cronies, including members of the Supreme Court, made a mint when the government sold off state companies. You feel pretty good, right? But instead of getting a Pulitzer, you are indicted for “insulting” a Supreme Court justice. During the trial against you, […]