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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
| 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.
| September 09, 2011
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
| August 12, 2011
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
| 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.
| June 24, 2011
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.
| 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.
| February 18, 2011
What DeLeo and Murray should do
WHY LEGISLATIVE LEADERS SHOULD ACT NOW TO MAKE THE PATRONAGE SCANDAL HISTORY
Why legislative leaders should act now to make the patronage scandal history
| 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
| 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.
PETER KADZIS AND HARVEY SILVERGLATE
| November 05, 2010
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...
| June 16, 2010
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.
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| May 14, 2010
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
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| June 19, 2009
Not to worry, newsies think we're most corrupt
N4N is taking the day off, so expect limited blogging today . . . Last week, Brassband, wr...
| December 15, 2008
We look good by comparison
Speaking of Blagojevich . . . Some RI officials have maintained our reputation for corruption is...
| December 10, 2008
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...
| October 30, 2008
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...
| 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...
| 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 ...
| June 02, 2008
RI: the more things change . . .
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| 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...
| 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...
| 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....
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| October 10, 2007
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