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Banks suck

It is no longer a question of whether Wall Street and the rest of the international finance system is corrupt.
Plus, the Bain of Romney's existence
By EDITORIAL  |  July 20, 2012

LePage’s Koch Brothers connection revealed

If you're looking for a poster child for the corrupting influence of corporate money in politics, you'd have a hard time doing better than the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Corporate coziness
By COLIN WOODARD  |  September 09, 2011
point blank movie review

Review: Point Blank

Samuel (Gilles Lellouche), a student nurse, gets sucked into a quagmire of murder and corruption when a thug kidnaps his pregnant wife, Nadia (Elena Anaya), to blackmail him into springing Hugo (Roschdy Zem), a wounded prisoner held by the police at the
Diminishing returns
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 12, 2011
Murdoch Deviance

Rupert Murdoch's Watergate

Murdoch is a tycoon of darkness. Aside from his handful of quality publications — the Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Australian — his News Corporation specializes in smears, sensationalism, and mendacity
Defining deviancy
By EDITORIAL  |  July 15, 2011

In a rundown office, two watchdogs struggle to keep an eye on $2.4 Billion

Steps inside the entrance of 152 North Street, exposed electrical boxes dangle out of a demolished drop ceiling. Dust fills the light beams bouncing through the hallways. There's a layer of gray soot fused into the tiles of the bathroom.  
City sticklers
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 24, 2011
DiMasi and some vague justice

Curbing corruption with a catch-all

Sal DiMasi is no saint, but that doesn't mean he's a criminal. His behavior makes us grimace, but it simply doesn't amount to a state or federal felony.
Vague Justice?
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 24, 2011


Review: Cedar Rapids

In his fourth film, aspiring maverick director Miguel Arteta ( Chuck & Buck ; Youth in Revolt ) follows Capra deeper into the cornfield with this slyly complex and broadly comic farce about innocence, corruption, and the gray areas between.
Conventional wisdom
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 18, 2011

What DeLeo and Murray should do

Why legislative leaders should act now to make the patronage scandal history
By EDITORIAL  |  December 03, 2010

Patronage = corrpution

The Massachusetts legislature is shocked — shocked! — that patronage is rife in the Probation Department! Shocked that it exists anywhere in state government! And it looks as if the both the House and the Senate will be damned if they are going to d
Plus, the Pope + condoms
By EDITORIAL  |  November 26, 2010

The persecution rests

Charles Dickens believed that the law is an ass. Well, he might have been right: last week's federal-court conviction of six-term Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner on bribery charges certainly seems to support that theory.

An Ethical Rhode Island?

In a state not known for its ethical governance, a rare distinction - from the Associated Press: Lawmakers in at least 15 states backed stripping...
By David Scharfenberg  |  June 16, 2010


Moneybags Menino

Inside Boston’s political back rooms, there is a growing suspicion that Mayor Thomas Menino is sitting on millions of dollars — tens of millions, maybe as much as $400 million — that could be used to save vital city services, such as, among many examples
The mayor cuts services, but sits on a stash of cash.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 14, 2010

Mass betrayal

Is the Massachusetts House of Representatives beyond all hope? Under Democratic leadership, the song has pretty much remained the same for the last decade and a half: an insular and out-of-touch legislature is lost in its own constricted and often petty
How House progressives have let you down — and why they'll do it again
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 19, 2009
Not to worry, newsies think we're most corrupt

Not to worry, newsies think we're most corrupt

  N4N is taking the day off, so expect limited blogging today . . . Last week, Brassband, wr...
By Ian Donnis  |  December 15, 2008
We look good by comparison

We look good by comparison

Speaking of Blagojevich . . . Some RI officials have maintained our reputation for corruption is...
By Ian Donnis  |  December 10, 2008
The small world of Boston politics

The small world of Boston politics

  While we Rhode Islanders are well-versed in the typical one degree of separation hereabout, Boston, our big city neighbor to the north, is also...
By Ian Donnis  |  October 30, 2008

Operation Dollar Bill or Nickel + Dime?

Operation Dollar Bill or Nickel + Dime?

  US Attorney Robert Clark Corrente scored a win with this week's conviction of Robert Urciuoli. Yet given the relative lack of forward public momentum on Operation Dollar...
By Ian Donnis  |  October 10, 2008

Urciuoli found guilty, Driscoll acquitted

From the US attorney's office: A federal jury today found Robert A. Urciuoli, the former president of Roger Williams Medical Center, guilty of corruptly employing...
By Ian Donnis  |  October 06, 2008

CVS' verdict a setback for Corrente

The speed with which a US District Court jury arrived at its acquittal last week of Jack Kramer and ...
By Ian Donnis  |  June 02, 2008

RI: the more things change . . .

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By Ian Donnis  |  May 13, 2008

Martineau sentenced; Oster an apparent suicide

Both via BeloBlog: PROVIDENCE -- Former House Majority Leader Gerard M. Martineau this morning was sentenced to 37 months in prison on corruption charges. Judge...
By Ian Donnis  |  February 22, 2008

Harsch, Cerullo appointed to Ethics Commission

Bill Harsch, a two-time loser in his runs for AG against Patrick Lynch, has been appointed by Governor Carcieri to the state Ethics Commission. Deborah...
By Ian Donnis  |  February 04, 2008

Corrente wants to retry Urciuoli, Driscoll

This just in from the US attorney: United States Attorney Robert Clark Corrente announced today that his office intends to retry the case of U.S....
By Ian Donnis  |  January 22, 2008

Fed court scratches Urciuoli, Driscoll convictions

From BeloBlog: In a major decision announced this afternoon, a federal appeals court has vacated the corruption convictions of two former top Roger Williams Medical...
By Ian Donnis  |  January 18, 2008

Lynch unveils anti-corruption proposal

While most everyone was focused yesterday afternoon on New Hampshire, the office of Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch released a statement about a proposal to...
By Ian Donnis  |  January 09, 2008

Murphy calls tax break "a political football"

House Speaker William J. Murphy just returned the call I placed earlier today to his spokesman, Larry Berman. Murphy declined to answer questions about the issues...
By importer  |  October 30, 2007

An alternative theory on A. Duie Pyle

Jeff Britt, a central figure in the FBI's investigation of possible State House chicanery and A. Duie Pyle's non-receipt of a $333,000 tax break, was...
By Ian Donnis  |  October 30, 2007

FBI's Aiken heads off into the sunset

The ProJo's Mike Stanton offered a well-etched piece yesterday about the retirement from the FBI of W. Dennis Aiken, one of the best sources for...
By Ian Donnis  |  October 15, 2007

Arruda: corruption is legislators' fault

CVS and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island have been shown to figure in the ethics scandals of former state Senator John Celona and former...
By Ian Donnis  |  October 12, 2007

Murphy + sympathy for Martineau

A quick audio clip in which House Speaker William J. Murphy expressed sympathy for Gerry Martineau got a lot of play on talk radio this...
By Ian Donnis  |  October 10, 2007