Landrieu phone squad: the Boustany connection

The four conservative activists arrested for tampering with the phones of Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu earlier this week have been linked to the Pelican Institute, a conservative New Orleans think tank. Pelican is a relatively new organization, but it appears to have strong ties to members of the state’s Republican elite, most notably Representative Charles …

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Geithner’s Big Lie

The front page of the New York Times says it all this morning: “The treasury secretary told a House panel that failure to provide A.I.G. with the $85 billion bailout would have been “catastrophic” for the economy.” Both Paulson and Geithner also defended their actions with the old warning about the imminence of a “second …

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Fending off the Bernanke downgrade

Ben Bernanke’s supporters are warning that a Senate vote against the Fed chair will send financial markets tumbling.  Tim Geithner recently chimed in by telling Politico that markets would find a no vote “very troubling,” before saying that he was confident Bernanke would be reconfirmed.  Geithner’s chief mentor, Robert Rubin, deployed the very same argument …

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Bernanke lobbyist authored Enron/Cheney energy plan

The same lobbyist that sold Washington on Enron is now touting Ben Bernanke. According to Politico, former Enron lobbyist Linda Robertson has been managing Bernanke’s confirmation effort on behalf of the Federal Reserve — coaching him through the process in much the same way she coached Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling through the Washington influence …

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Robber Barons United

The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United seems to represent a giant leap backwards for our democracy, after decades of gathering corporate influence in Washington.  It is difficult to find the words to keep pace.  Didn’t corporate elites already own our politicians?  Weren’t left and right already rebelling against the tyrannical center hewed out by …

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Analyst roundup

A brief roundup of what’s going on around LittleSis.org today… * Inside the Obama White House. Priscilla, destructor & co continue to power through the Obama White House visitors list, which now includes over 150 visitors to top White House officials. Goldman Sachs has ties to more visitors than any other business, according to our …

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Coakley’s bipartisanship

A Martha Coakley loss in today’s Massachusetts election will likely be interpreted as a repudiation of the current Democratic agenda and that of President Obama, in particular, and pundits will inevitably call for more bipartisanship on healthcare and other issues. It is interesting to note, then, that the Coakley campaign had strong Republican ties at …

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Interlocking economists

MIT healthcare economist Jonathan Gruber has been caught up in a scandal in recent weeks after it was reported that he received large, undisclosed payments from the Obama administration for healthcare-related work while purporting to be an “independent” analyst of the healthcare legislation snaking its way through the Senate. The apparent conflict of interest was …

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Project update: over 100 White House visitors profiled

Last Thursday, inspired by the release of White House visitor logs, we launched a new project to compile information on visitors to the Obama White House. In less than a week, analysts Priscilla, sundin, ellenp, and destructor have built and updated profiles for over 100 individuals who have met with the president or one of …

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