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A Do-Nothing U.S. Congress Makes Local Government More Important

by Neal Peirce | May 15, 2005 | Economy, Media

For several decades, Neal Peirce has been a national journalist in Washington, but with a sharp eye focused also on the state and local scenes. He is the author of the newspaper column “Citistates Reports” (formerly called the “Peirce Reports”), which concentrates on strategic issues for many regional newspapers. The country’s first national newspaper column […]

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The GOP Scrutinizes the CBP | Amtrak Hit the Breaks | More DeLay | Bush Cuts His Own Taxes

by WS Editors | May 15, 2005 | Economy, Media

Corruption at Public Broadcasting—The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is the administrative funnel through which congressional appropriations are doled out to PBS, the Public Broadcasting System’s television outlet, and NPR, National Public Radio. The CPB received about $378 million from Congress for the 2004 fiscal year, representing about 15 percent of public broadcasting’s revenues. Some […]

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Home From the War: The 200-Year Struggle of Returning Soldiers for Their Rights

by Paul Dickson, Tom Allen | Apr 1, 2005 | Books, Foreign Policy

The next time you see one of those yellow “Support Our Troops” ribbons on a passing car think about what happens after the soldiers come home from war. They become veterans, and supporting veterans usually costs more money than a supposedly grateful nation cares to spend. This seems to happen after every war, but now […]

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Crackdown on C.E.O. Crooks | Our “Liberal” Supreme Court | The Senate’s Nuclear Deterrant

by WS Editors | Mar 15, 2005 | Media, Politics

An Enron Echo—According to the Wall Street Journal the federal tax collectors at the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) have belatedly learned enough about corporate tax chiseling from the infamous Enron Corporation big wigs that they are now cracking down on other “highly compensated executives.” The Journal says that what’s at stake is “a range of executive compensation issues, including […]

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The Senate’s Elder Statesman | Pundits in the Pockets of the White House | BushSpeak

by WS Editors | Mar 1, 2005 | Media, Politics

The Senior Senator—At the age of 87, Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) is reported to be preparing for election to his ninth six-year term in what its members like to call the “upper body.” Byrd began his Congressional career in 1952 with four years in the “lower body” and moved from the House of Representatives to […]

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