Banking on think tanks

Last week Jon Cowan, president of think tank Third Way, and Jim Kessler, Third Way’s senior vice president for policy, co-authored a Wall Street Journal op-ed blasting Senator Elizabeth Warren’s progressive economic agenda as irresponsible and even reckless. Third Way’s position should come as no surprise to those familiar with the think tank. Just a …

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This Town grows: The unique and all too usual story of Kurt Bardella

Monday New York Times journalist and This Town author Mark Leibovich tweeted: #ThisTown writes itself / “@politico: Kurt Bardella’s firm hires 2 Trey Radel staffers following leave from Congress: http://t.co/gK4sE5IVCc — Mark Leibovich (@MarkLeibovich) November 25, 2013 For those who have been spared the tawdry details of This Town, Kurt Bardella was California Rep Darrell …

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A small watchdog research team committed itself to regular blog posts on the powers that be. You will not believe what happened next.

Since our last Eyes on the Ties roundup we’ve continued to cover a wide spectrum of news and events with original research using the LittleSis database. Topping this roundup once again is J.P. Morgan, which sealed it’s $13 billion dollar bargain settlement deal with the Department of Justice. You may recall Kevin’s post on the …

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LittleSis pro-tip: Make a list, check it twice

From the 10 most important mustaches of Tumblr to 23 lies you tell yourself to feel like a grown up (guilty), listicles and ranked groupings are increasingly escaping the confines of teen magazines and buzzfeed and entering the news arena. After reading Bloomberg’s recently released “Bloomberg’s Best (and worst): Highest-Paid at Companies that Lost Money in …

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Tax breaks sweeten JPMorgan’s record-setting settlement with DOJ

In a recent post, Kevin examined the revolving door between JPMorgan and the Department of Justice team charged with negotiating its record-breaking settlement. He concluded that the DOJ attorneys would likely be rewarded in the private sector for their roles in the JPMorgan deal, leaving democracy to foot the bill for their soft negotiations. That same …

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Environmental Defense Fund greenwashing: Walmart edition

Today Grist released an article on the Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) extensive ties to Walmart and the Walton family. $66 million ties to be exact. According to the article these high-dollar contributions from the Walton Family Foundation bought Walmart some serious green cred as EDF, a prominent environmental group with a names that suggests a …

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Warning: This expert will profit from this testimony

Last week the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence held a dual panel hearing on potential changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which would include efforts to increase transparency. In my rundown on the panelists last week I mentioned that Chertoff Group Senior Advisor Paul Rosenzweig was originally slated to testify, but bowed out due …

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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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