How corporations turned into political beasts

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Over the past four decades, large corporations have learned to play the Washington game. Companies now devote massive resources to politics, and their large-scale involvement increasingly re-directs and constricts the capacities of the political system. Business Insider International LEE DRUTMAN, THE BUSINESS OF AMERICA IS LOBBYING The consequence is a democracy that is increasingly unable to tackle large-scale problems, and ... Read More »

Brown leads the assault on SNP ‘chaos’

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Herald Scotland Westminster parties have rounded on the SNP insisting the party will cost the rest of the UK dearly and push for another independence referendum. Former prime minister Gordon Brown sprung to the defence of Labour campaign co-ordinator Douglas Alexander, who is trailing 11 points behind the SNP according to a recent poll in his constituency, claiming his SNP ... Read More »

Moderation key to fighting extremism, Hariri stresses

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BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri vowed on the fourth day of his visit to the U.S. to fight extremist forces whether they came from Al-Qaeda or Hezbollah, stressing that moderation is the key to confronting religious extremism roiling the Middle East. The Daily Star – Hussein Dakroub ””” Summary – Hariri made the declaration before he met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at ... Read More »

Siteserv: IBRC rejected proposal to appoint senior civil servant

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Alan Dukes said it was ‘scandalous’ the review would look for evidence of criminality. The Irish Times - Mark Paul, Business Affairs Correspondent IBRC rejected a proposal to appoint the Department of Finance’s most senior civil servant to the board of the troubled bank, with chairman Alan Dukes claiming it would not be appropriate. The proposal was made by the then Department ... Read More »

Swinney: Murphy might beat me in a race but we’re leading in the polls

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JOHN Swinney cannot guarantee a cut-free budget if Scotland were financially independent, the Evening Times can reveal. Evening Times - Hannah Rodger, Reporter The Deputy First Minister refused to rule out cuts under full Fiscal autonomy but added it would “improve economic reforms.” Speaking yesterday during a campaigning session with Glasgow North candidate Patrick Grady, Mr Swinney said a timetable for ... Read More »

Why Rubio is running away from the most prominent item on his résumé

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Marco Rubio had changed his mind. The Washington Post – By David A. Fahrenthold It was December 2012. The Senate gym. Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) was making the ask. “You ought to be a part of this,” Durbin told Rubio (R-Fla.), as Rubio rode a stationary bike. Durbin and six other senators wanted to rewrite U.S. immigration laws. In the ... Read More »

The evidence is in: you can’t link imprisonment to crime rates

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This article is one of several following up The Conversation’s series, State of Imprisonment, which provides snapshots of imprisonment trends in each state and territory. The intention is to provide a basis for informed public discussion of the costs and consequences of imprisonment and the alternatives. The Conversation – Bronwyn Naylor * Prison populations in Australia are increasing rapidly. This ... Read More »

Turkish lawyer arrested for insulting Erdoğan

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A Turkish lawyer was arrested April 21 for “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during a job interview to become a judge. Hurriyet - AFYONKARAHİSAR Lawyer Umut Kılıç “You are not going to let me become a judge anyway. You are the men of Erdoğan the fascist,” Umut Kılıç, a lawyer registered at the bar association of the inner Aegean province of ... Read More »

Hong Kong unveils electoral reform package, vows no compromise

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Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Democracy protesters continue to call for him to step down. Photo: Ng Han Guan The Canberra Times - Clare Baldwin Hong Kong: The Hong Kong government has unveiled a long-awaited electoral blueprint for selecting the city’s next leader, a plan that reflects China’s desire for a tightly controlled ... Read More »