A report released this week by the Sunlight Foundation calculated what 200 of America's most politically active corporations invested in federal lobbying and campaign contributions over six years -- and the value of what they got in return: $760 in federal support and contracts for every $1 spent. Image: A new report from the Sunlight Foundation titled […]
Independent spending continues to grow in North Carolina politics, topping $9 million in 2014. But the groups involved and the way the money is spent is evolving, reshaping the state's political landscape. Image: While Republicans overwhelmingly benefited from outside spending in North Carolina in 2010 and 2012, this year about 52 percent of outside sp […]
A study by the Center for American Progress looked at the success rates of law firms arguing cases before North Carolina's highest court and compared them to the firms' contributions to justices' campaigns. The findings underscore concerns about impartiality in a court system flooded in political money since the end of the state's public […]
It's the latest round in a fight between North Carolina regulators and a charter-school power broker who has tried to keep the financial details of his companies secret. Image: Roger Bacon Academy, the for-profit company that manages a chain of charter schools, has been embroiled in a fight with North Carolina regulators over disclosing employee salari […]
A national conference for racial justice advocates held in Dallas last week considered how changing racial demographics present both opportunities and challenges for advancing racial justice in the country and in the South. Image: Rinku Sen shared her vision of building a multiracial coalition for racial justice at the Facing Race conference held last week […]
Watch our extended interview with Bryan Stevenson, founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative. He discusses pending executions, the history of lynching, and how Rosa Parks and others inspired him to "stand with the condemned and incarcerated." His new book is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption . Click here to watch Part One. AM […]
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan It was a dramatic scene in the Senate this week. As Sen. Elizabeth Warren, presiding, announced the defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline, a Crow Creek Sioux man from South Dakota sang out in the Senate gallery. A massive people’s climate movement against extracting some of the dirtiest oil on the planet had prevailed ... at l […]
The Senate has voted narrowly no on whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. There were 59 ‘yes’ votes, which means the bill did not meet the 60-vote threshold, and failed to pass. The vote comes days after House lawmakers passed a similar bill. The Senate bill was sponsored by Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is facing a to […]
Watch part two of our look at a new investigation that tells the story of seven American hikers who went on a wilderness adventure into polar bear country in Canada’s Arctic tundra — and faced a harrowing attack. Scientists say climate change is greatly impacting polar bear habitat. We speak with Rich Gross, a Sierra Club guide on the trip, and Sabrina Shank […]
Episode 238: BOOMSHAKALAKA! Dave, Coach, and Mark welcome back Richard Kent to break down UConn’s loss to Stanford. The guys debate whether or not the Kentucky Wildcats could really beat the Philadelphia 76ers. Then, hear what Coach, Mark, and Dave have to say about RGIII and the Washington Football Team. Finally, Kostya Kennedy, Sports Illustrated baseball […]
Episode 327: BOOM! A great show this week for you. Dave and Coach debate Derrick Rose’s latest comments about keeping an eye on the future as he play basketball now. Richard Kent, college basketball guru, previews the Women’s and Men’s NCAA Basketball season. Jamilah King, senior editor of Colorlines.com, explains the importance of the upcoming Facing Race c […]
Episode 326: BOOM! We have a fantastic show for you this week! Dave, Coach, and Mark play courtroom and take Roger Goodell to task as if he was under oath in front of them. Then, Michael O’Keeffe of the New York Daily News updates you on the latest in the Alex Rodriguez PED saga. Vice Sports’ Patrick Hruby explains why Dan Snyder isn’t as dumb as you might t […]
Episodes 326: BOOM! We have a fantastic show for you this week! Dave, Coach, and Mark play courtroom and take Roger Goodell to task as if he was under oath in front of them. Then, Michael O’Keeffe of the New York Daily News updates you on the latest in the Alex Rodriguez PED saga. Vice Sports’ Patrick Hruby explains why Dan Snyder isn’t as dumb as you might […]
House ethics rules bar lawmakers from accepting travel and related expenses from registered lobbyists. The House Majority Leader has said that his expenses on a 2000 trip were paid by a nonprofit organization, and that the financial arrangements for it were proper.
Five months after President Bush launched his drive to overhaul Social Security, the difficult, if not impossible, task of drafting legislation begins Tuesday when the Senate Finance Committee holds the first hearing on options to secure Social Security's future.
Years ago, the federal government spent $117 million on an experimental "clean coal" power plant in Alaska designed to generate electricity with a minimum of air pollution -- but the project never got up and running.