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Media Merger Mania | Recommended Reading | Bush’s Numbers Sink

by WS Editors | Mar 1, 2004 | Media, Politics

Yet Another Media Monopoly—The Comcast Corporation, already the largest cable-TV titan, with 22 million subscribers, is planning to tighten its hammerlock on what news and entertainment Americans can receive. It is trying to buy the Walt Disney Company, which includes the ABC radio and television network, and Disney’s movie studio and theme parks, for $56 […]

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The 2004 Presidential Election Begins

by WS Editors | Feb 15, 2004 | Politics

Listening to President Bush delivering his State of the Union address—a poorly camouflaged 2004 campaign speech—made us think more sharply about the months to come before Election Day and the fate of the union if he wins a second term. Opinion polls and pundits agreed. So did voters in the February 3 primaries and caucuses. […]

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How Corrupt Is Your State? | Nixon Secrets | Appalachian Outrage | G.O.P. Gerrymandering

by Nick Turse | Feb 15, 2004 | Politics

Clean Them Up—The first state-by-state ranking of corruption in local and state governments rates Mississippi as the worst and Nebraska as the best. The Corporate Crime Reporter, a vigorous investigative newsletter, dug into each state’s number of public corruption convictions from 1993 to 2002. In addition to Mississippi, the nine other states on the “10 […]

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The Family’s Profiteering Goes Unobserved

by Margie Burns | Feb 1, 2004 | Politics

Editor’s note: Margie Burns is a vigorous and scholarly writer who uses the Internet to advantage, as we first saw in her exposé of Vice President Dick Cheney’s former employer Halliburton. Her article on the Texas-based oil company appeared in our September 15, 2003, issue. In her on-line research she finds a lot of revealing […]

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Buying the President | Bush in Space | Paul O’Neill’s View | Documents That Shaped America

by Editor | Feb 1, 2004 | Politics

Bankrolling Bush—With the Bush family’s manipulations in the business world, it’s no surprise that the president’s top campaign finance patron over the course of his political career has been the crooked and bankrupt Enron Corporation. Enron provided George W. Bush with gifts totaling $602,626 to help finance his runs for Congress, governor and president. That’s […]

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