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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
Environment

Chronicle of a Flood Foretold

For many island states, the tsunami hit like a fast-action version of what they have long feared would be the result of global warming. CIR's editorial director talks with the diplomatic mission from the Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives, long at the forefront of the campaign against global warming, about the ominous parallels from

Dec 30, 2004
Money and Politics

Courting Influence

President George W. Bush's nominees to some of the most influential positions on the federal bench during his first term are notable for their close ties to corporate interests, especially the energy and mining industries, according to a new investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Many of the nominees have been appointed to judgeships

Oct 13, 2004
Accountability

Unsung Hero

With his ahead-of-the-curve reporting from Vietnam for Time magazine and influential management stints at the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Examiner, Frank McCulloch was one of the great journalists of the past 50 years. Unfortunately, far too few people know that. Over the past year, as the conflict in Iraq slid from

Jun 29, 2004
Environment

Bush Versus the Environment

During the 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush offered clues as to how he would deal with the environment. In his speeches he said nice things about cleaning up pollution and protecting wildlife and supporting parks, even going so far as to make some specific promises. But people who looked beneath his words and heeded

Jun 25, 2004
Environment

Bioscience Warfare

Is Big Biotech waging an international campaign to discredit researchers who study the dangers of genetically modified organisms? Tyrone Hayes is one among many scientists now inquiring into the long-term impacts of chemicals and biotechnological products being produced, mostly, by huge multinational conglomerates and released, increasingly, throughout the world environment. Proponents of these chemicals and

Jun 2, 2004
National Security

Anti-Terror Database Got Show at White House

Note: This story is based in part on reporting by O?Harrow for his forthcoming book, to be published in January by Free Press and supported by the Center for Investigative Reporting. One day in January 2003, an entrepreneur from Florida named Hank Asher walked into the Roosevelt Room of the White House to demonstrate a

May 21, 2004
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