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Mitt Romney’s Dirty Dozen | Politics News | Rolling Stone

You have to think “smart business men” who invest millions do so in a smart calculated way …  On the other hand, the investments made in the Mitt Romney campaign now seem to have been foolhardy.  Rolling Stone magazine takes us on a tour de force of the Romney money machine in terms of its nastiest backers …

“Not so long ago, Mitt Romney used to blast deadly coal-fired power plants and talk up emission caps to curb the “dramatic warming of our planet.” But as the GOP nominee for president, Romney has become dirty energy’s biggest cheerleader. As his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, slams federal investment in wind and solar energy as “green pork,” Romney is loudly championing Big Oil, Big Coal, fracking and the disastrous …”

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How Wall Street Killed Financial Reform | Politics News | Rolling Stone

Two years ago, when he signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, President Barack Obama bragged that he’d dealt a crushing blow to the extravagant financial corruption that had caused the global economic …

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ALEC, a Tax-Exempt Group, Mixes Legislators and Lobbyists – NYTimes.com

Desperate for new revenue, Ohio lawmakers introduced legislation last year that would make it easier to recover money from businesses that defraud the state.

It was quickly flagged at the Washington headquarters of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, a business-backed group that views such “false claims” laws as encouraging frivolous lawsuits. ALEC’s membership includes not only corporations, but nearly 2,000 state legislators across the country — including dozens who would vote on the …

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Climate change: Climate scepticism is not just American | The Economist

CHRIS MOONEY has a new book out, “The Republican Mind” (here’s a brief essay-length version of the thesis), that looks from a frankly liberal standpoint at evidence that conservatives and liberals tend to have different character types and different attitudinal approaches to reality. There’s plenty such evidence, and, before half the people who read this blog go ballistic, it really shouldn’t be considered offensive to point out the …

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After Santorum Left Senate, Familiar Hands Reached Out – NYTimes.com

In the years before he lost his Pennsylvania Senate seat in 2006, Rick Santorum worked hard to win hundreds of millions of dollars in additional Medicare money for hospitals in …

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