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Judy on May 14, 2015
W78 Nuclear Warhead

What a surprise!  A panel loaded with nuclear industry cronies says the corporations that profit from nuclear weapons are over-regulated and under-compensated.

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Eric Zulaski on May 11, 2015

Hillary Clinton spoke about the immigrant detention quota system last week. We may have had something to do with that, planting the seed over six months ago. This is one example of how bird-dogging Presidential candidates can affect national politics.

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Judy Elliott on April 30, 2015

Today Americans for Peace Prosperity and Security (APPS), a military-industrial complex advocacy organization, launched a National Security Forum for Presidential candidates. Pentagon contractors sit on APPS Advisory Board.

Is this another case of Governing Under the Influence?

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Arnie Alpert on April 25, 2015

Pentagon reliance on private contractors creates an incentive for war, Lawrence Wilkerson told several New Hampshire audiences on a recent speaking tour.  Wilkerson, a retired US Army Colonel who served as Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, said the military-industrial-complex has become "the principal influence on national security and ultimately on foreign policy decision-making." 

“If it’s going to change, it’s going to require you,” Wilkerson said.  “It’s going to require the American people getting sick and tired of their republic getting stolen by the few, by the wealthy few, by the plutocracy.“

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Arnie Alpert on April 20, 2015
William Hartung at Mancheste talk

In 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower warned Americans that the rise of “a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions" posed a grave threat to American democracy.  Fifty-four years later, the warning still rings true.  As William Hartung explained on a recent New Hampshire speaking tour, corporations that earn billions from contracts to sell weapons to the Pentagon keep the profits flowing with campaign donations, lobbyists, a lucrative revolving door for military officers and civilian government officials, and even major gifts to the charities favored by the spouses of key members of Congress.  Eisenhower's call for an "alert and knowledgable citizenry" has as much urgency as ever.  

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Kevin Rutledge on April 17, 2015
Hillary Clinton AFSC Iowa Banners

We tried to ask Hillary Clinton a follow up question on immigrant detention bed mandates during her first trip to Iowa.  Instead, state, national and international reporters following presidential candidates found us. 

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Arnie Alpert on April 9, 2015
Martin Gilens at PSU

Research by Martin Gilens finds that the views of ordinary people have had little impact on government policy, while the views of wealthy individuals and the positions of corporate lobbying groups have been reflected in a wide range of political decisions.  That may be true, but we have a chance to break the pattern this year in Iowa and New Hampshire.   

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Arnie Alpert on April 6, 2015
immigrant detention profits CCA

We've been asking all the candidates about a federal budget mandate that sets a quota for detention of immigrants, many of whom are held in for-profit prisons.  So far all we've gotten in response are variations on "I'll look into it." 

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Judy on April 03, 2015

The disparity between public interest and private profits was emphasized April 3rd at the Open Secrets blog. According to the blog post, Management and Training Corporation is one of the big three in private corrections, along with Corrections Corporation of American and the GEO Group. Open Secrets says that these three companies spent $2 million on Congressional lobbying in 2014. Their money distorts public policy to benefit their own profits. 

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Arnie Alpert on April 1, 2015
Will Kim run for President?

Adam Baum, a journalist who often turns up stories others miss, says political consultants believe reality show stars are well suited to be president.  That's why we're starting our watch for the Kim Kardashian campaign on April 1. 

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