How the business community works in New York

Last week Governor Cuomo was joined by John Mack and Leslie Whatley to launch Start-Up NY, which will create zones around universities where businesses can locate tax-free for 10 years. Mack, formerly CEO and chairman and currently senior advisor of Morgan Stanley, will be an advisor to the governor and to Empire State Development’s board …

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Testimonies on transparency: House Intel Committee weighs FISA changes with two panels

Today the House Intelligence Committee will address “Potential Changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)” which would include efforts to increase transparency. The opening hearing with be comprised of two panels. On the first, the usual suspects (household names by now): Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper; DOJ Deputy Attorney General, James Cole; NSA Director, …

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LittleSis is here to help!

We are excited to roll out a new, comprehensive help center to guide our users as they add, edit and analyze data on LittleSis. We have added lots of documentation, as well as a simple layout and a search bar that makes it quick and easy for beginner and advanced analysts to find the information …

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Petraeus joins pro-fracking choir at Harvard’s Belfer Center

Harvard University announced this week that Gen. David Petraeus, former director of the CIA and current chair of private equity giant KKR’s global institute, has been appointed as a non-resident senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a unit of the university’s Kennedy School of Government. According to the school’s press …

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JPMorgan negotiates through the revolving door

It is quickly becoming clear that JPMorgan’s tentative $13 billion settlement with the Department of Justice is not the massive, overly-punitive sanction that some press reports have made it out to be. The weaknesses in the deal may be explained in part by the fact that in arranging the settlement, JPMorgan was negotiating through the …

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Roundup: Military industrial pundits, Heinz Endowments, and more!

Last week PAI Director Kevin Connor joined Amy Goodman and Juan González on Democracy Now! to discuss our latest report on defense industry ties to the Syria debate. The Military Industrial Pundits segment opened with a series of clips of several military analysts we reviewed in our report being introduced under their former titles. On …

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For Tomahawk missiles, image is everything

Last week PAI released a new report detailing the defense industry ties of analysts and think tanks who commented on military intervention in Syria. The report profiled 22 commentators and seven think tanks, paying special attention to Stephen Hadley, former national security adviser to George W. Bush, who now serves as a director for Raytheon, …

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Oh, what a tangled web CCA weaves

Last week hundreds of people gathered in Arizona to protest record-high levels of deportations from the US this year.  Activists shut down Operation Streamline by chaining themselves to buses carrying detainees and to the Eloy Detention Center entrance, where detainees are held.  Operation Streamline is a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy that requires …

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Dudley’s daybook goes dark

In the wake of a report from ProPublica that the New York Fed fired a senior bank examiner for challenging inadequacies in Goldman Sachs’ management of conflict of interests, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the daily schedules of the New York Fed’s president, William Dudley, a Goldman alum. Dudley …

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