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Bush Judge Under Ethics Cloud

A federal judge nominated by President Bush to one of the nation's highest courts disqualified himself from two cases against a corporation in which he has held personal investments, after a report revealed that his career on the bench has been riddled with conflicts of interest. On Jan. 23, following the Salon story "Bush Nominee

Jan 31, 2006
Money and Politics

Bush Nominee Appears to Violate Conflict of Interest Rules

A judge nominated by President Bush to one of the highest courts in the nation apparently violated federal law repeatedly while serving on the federal bench. Judge James H. Payne, 64, who was nominated by Bush in late September to join the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Denver, issued more than 100

Jan 23, 2006
Money and Politics

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

Oct 7, 2005
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

Sep 13, 2005
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

Jul 21, 2005
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
Environment

The Nuclear Underground

With Mark Schapiro's investigative report, "The Middleman," FRONTLINE/World begins an ongoing series about the frightening world of nuclear smuggling. In a rare moment of agreement during last year's presidential debates, George Bush and John Kerry both declared nuclear proliferation as the single most serious threat the United States faces. Their bipartisan concern followed revelations that the

Mar 31, 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
Environment

Electronics, unleaded

New European Union environmental legislation impacting the production of computers, video cameras, cellular phones, and other electrical items will force the global electronics industry to reduce the amount of toxic substance it uses and to take back and recycle its products. The laws are compelling U.S. companies to change they way they do business at

Mar 10, 2005
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