Two studies released last week confirmed what most of us already knew: the ultra-wealthy tend to be narcissistic and have a greater sense of entitlement than the rest of us, and Congress only pays attention to their interests. Continue reading
Money & Politics
Do democracy and plutocracy mix? Bill Moyers has spent years digging into the corrosive effects of money and corporate influence on American politics, a well-traveled intersection that has become all the more significant in the aftermath of the 2010 Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. How far back does the influence go and how much does it corrupt our democracy today? Explore these current issues with help from leading thinkers, investigative journalists, and scholars. For even deeper understanding, check out Bill’s list of must-read books on money and politics.
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Forensic economists devise ingenious ways of sniffing out corruption — both the kinds that land people in jail and the kinds that help land others in Congress. Continue reading
Bill talks with author and New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich about his latest book, This Town, in which he writes that money rules D.C., and status is determined by who you know and what they can do for you. Continue reading
How’s this for irony: while members of Ryan’s district were calling for campaign finance reforms last summer, their congressman was meeting secretly with the Koch brothers. Continue reading
National Priorities’ Mattea Kramer provides an update – in handy cheat-sheet format – of what’s happening with the federal budget when Congress reconvenes in September. Continue reading