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Governor John Kitzhaber’s Second First Term

by Sasha Abramsky | Dec 15, 2012 | Economy, Politics

When Oregon governor John Kitzhaber needs to get away from the stresses of work, he heads to the Rogue River and rafts the great whitewater rapids that churn through its canyons. In calmer waters, he fly-fishes. “It’s my church,” the 65-year-old politician explains. “You’re in the moment. Ospreys, eagles, bears. It’s the most spiritual place […]

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Why Karl Rove Will Get One More Chance After Squandering $300 Million

by WS Editors | Dec 1, 2012 | Economy, Politics

The biggest loser in the 2012 elections, perhaps a bigger loser than Mitt Romney, who does not have a future in politics, was former George W. Bush strategist Karl Rove, who remarkably still does. Almost three years ago, Rove announced that he was going to raise enough money to reshape the political landscape. He did […]

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Ralph Nader on Corporate Taxes

by Lou Dubose | Nov 15, 2012 | Economy, Politics

In our November 15 issue, Lou Dubose praises Ralph Nader’s tenth book, The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future. An excerpt from the book: Corporations are truly different from you and me. As humans, we cannot create hundreds of subsidiaries (children) abroad to reduce our taxes. But there seems to be no limit […]

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Zinc Into Gold

by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele | Nov 1, 2012 | Economy, Politics

As CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee in 1999, Mitt Romney promised a cheaper, “zinc plated” Olympics. Yet the 2002 Winter Games received twice the federal funding as the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, according to a GAO audit requested by Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): “[A]bout $75 million was […]

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Cashing In on the Olympics

by Wayne Barrett | Nov 1, 2012 | Economy, Politics

Event concession holders and colleagues who cashed in on the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics are repaying former Olympics CEO Mitt Romney. Fraser Bullock—the Bain Capital colleague Romney hired as the Salt Lake Organizing Committee’s (SLOC) chief operating officer—and his family have provided Romney $210,275 in political contributions. Bullock also “bundled” an additional $568,897 from […]

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