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Harriet Miers Is All Business

Bush's Supreme Court nominee does have a paper trail — leading to major corporations. The outcry has run the gamut: From an angry religious right to wary liberals and Senate Democrats, President Bush managed to please almost no one with his nomination of Harriet Miers for the nation's top bench. But as pro-lifers and pro-choicers

Money and Politics

The Moneyed Scales of Justice?

"I have no platform," said Chief Justice-designate John Roberts to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee when hearings convened Monday on Capitol Hill. "I come before the committee with no agenda." But what Roberts does bring before the committee is a long list of ties to corporate America from his years of working as a

Money and Politics

John G. Roberts, Jr.

On Tuesday, July 19, 2005, President Bush nominated John G. Roberts, Jr., to the Supreme Court. As part of its ongoing investigation into Bush’s federal court nominees, CIR has made Roberts’ 2003 financial disclosure statement and Senate confirmation questionnaire freely and easily accessible to the public on the Courting Influence web site. During Bush’s first

Money and Politics

Here Come the Judges, Again

The Senate, and increasingly the nation, are poised for a showdown in the coming days over President Bush's blocked judicial nominees. CIR reporters Noyes and Isaacson reveal how seven key nominees to the federal appeals courts are the most visible examples of a trend toward judicial nominees with anti-government perspectives and close ties to corporate interests.

May 20, 2005
Accountability

The Middleman

Asher Karni was “a genius” in South Africa’s military electronics trade. Now he’s in jail in Brooklyn, accused of orchestrating a nuclear black market deal. On New Year’s Day 2004, conditions in the Rocky Mountains seemed ideal for the ski vacation that Asher Karni had long anticipated. Fresh snowfall had slowed Denver to a cool

May 1, 2005
Money and Politics

Decline of the Empire

After years of access to the highest levels of state government, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) has taken a blow to its power and prestige under Gov. Schwarzenegger. But, as it has done to many state senators, members of the State Assembly, and county district attorneys lacking sympathy for its agenda, the state's

Mar 17, 2005
Money and Politics

Big Biz Battles for Bush’s Bench

Last year the Senate rejected former mining and cattle lobbyist William Myers for the Court of Appeals. Now Bush is trying again — and this time Myers' business pals are waging a multimillion-dollar campaign for him. Last year, when the Senate considered William G. Myers III for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th

Mar 1, 2005
Accountability

Al Qaeda’s New Front

FRONTLINE, the weekly PBS television series, investigates the new front in the war on terror: Europe. Now home to 18 million Muslims — which some call "Eurabia" — the continent is a challenge to intelligence services on both sides of the Atlantic, exacerbated by political divisions over the Iraq War. In this joint multimedia project

Jan 25, 2005
National Security

No Place to Hide (Book)

In No Place to Hide, award-winning Washington Post reporter Robert O'Harrow, Jr., lays out in unnerving detail the post-9/11 marriage of private data and technology companies and government anti-terror initiatives to create something entirely new: a security-industrial complex. Drawing on his years of investigation, O'Harrow shows how the government now depends on burgeoning private reservoirs

Jan 12, 2005
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