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Feds drop charges against former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors dropped their corruption case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife on Thursday, more than two months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction.<p>Prosecutors indicated in court filings they do not want to pursue a second trial …

Inside The Global “Club” That Helps Executives Escape Their Crimes

A parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else, helps executives convicted of crimes escape punishment. Part one of a BuzzFeed News investigation — read the whole series here.<p><b>Imagine a private, global super</b> <b>court that</b> empowers corporations to bend …

How a Top GOP Lawyer Guided a Chinese-Owned Company Into U.S. Presidential Politics

Six days after the Supreme Court lifted restrictions on corporate money in U.S. elections with its January 21, 2010, ruling in <i>Citizens United</i>, …

Clinton Foundation Corruption Should Be Next for the FBI

It will be hard to evade indictment if Hillary is elected president<p>North Florida-based Congresswoman Corinne Brown is the latest Clinton …

Student Drug Informant Found With a Bullet in His Head and Rocks in His Backpack

When Andrew Sadek was caught selling $80 of pot, cops pressured him into being an informant and told him to go after ‘harder drugs.’ Then he turned …

Philly Congressman Found Guilty On All Charges In Corruption Case

Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) has been found guilty of all counts against him, including racketeering, fraud and money laundering.<p>The Congressman, who has served in Congress since 1995, had been accused of using his position to boost his career and his bank account. Specifically, Fattah, together with …

7 former top officials of Beaumont charged with corruption

Prosecutors on Tuesday announced charges against seven former top officials in the city of Beaumont, alleging a sweeping web of corruption that dates back more than two decades and cost taxpayers nearly $43 million.<p>The Riverside County district attorney's office accused the officials of an …

Corruption

Edward Snowden: ‘Governments can reduce our dignity to that of tagged animals’

In this foreword from The Assassination Complex, a new book about drone warfare, the whistleblower explains why leaking information about wrongdoing is a vital act of resistance<p>‘I’ve been waiting 40 years for someone like you.” Those were the first words Daniel Ellsberg spoke to me when we met last …

Smelling Farts Could Work Wonders For Your Health, Says Science

It turns out you were doing your friend a favor when you cupped your hand to your butt, farted, then swiped it into their face. Same with all those times you crop dusted (the act of farting and walking at the same time thus spreading the scent over an expansive area) an unsuspecting crowd at the …

Virginia ex-governor plans to argue to the Supreme Court that buying political access is a constitutional right

Facing an uphill fight to avoid a prison term for bribery, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is making a bold argument in the Supreme Court this week that buying access and influence with public officials is protected by the 1st Amendment.<p>And to back up his claim, his attorneys have pointed to …

First Amendment

The CIA Kidnapper Facing Jail in Italy

The 2003 ‘rendition’ of Abu Omar from Italy’s streets to Egypt’s torture cells was a notorious CIA op. Will Sabrina De Sousa be jailed for it?<p>ROME — …

Trump and Clinton share Delaware tax 'loophole' address with 285,000 firms

1209 North Orange Street in Wilmington is a nondescript two-storey building yet is home to Apple, American Airlines, Walmart and presidential candidates<p>There aren’t many things upon which Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump agree, especially as they court very different Delaware voters ahead of a …

Donald Trump

3 Men Who Were Brutally Tortured In CIA Prisons Are Fighting Back In Court

The stories of what they endured are difficult to read.<p>A federal court will hold the first hearing on Friday in a lawsuit between three former CIA black site detainees and the two psychologists who were hired by the agency to help develop the enhanced interrogation program, which involved the …

A Cop Convicted of Killing an Unarmed Black Man Isn’t Going to Prison

Peter Liang, who became notorious as a rookie cop who accidentally shot and killed a man two years ago, got probation and community service despite protests from Black Lives Matter activists.<p>Inside the overflow section at Brooklyn Criminal Court on Tuesday, a rapt audience watched the live …

America can’t survive like this: “We need a Better Deal for the working class”

<b>Bernie Sanders (AP/Elaine Thompson)</b><p>Unless we can forge a new, inclusive labor movement, all but the mega rich run the risk of sliding into poverty<p>Tamara Draut<p>April 19, 2016 8:45am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on BillMoyers.com.<p>My father was a machinist at a steel factory for 29 years. A …

Uncovering the Hidden Truths of 9/11

Why we need to discuss more than just Saudi Arabia<p>For nearly 15 years, ever since jihadists took down the Twin Towers and killed nearly 3,000 …

National Security

Vendor in Detroit schools corruption case lived like a king

DETROIT — In 2002, Norman Shy was settling into his new, custom-built mansion in Farmington Hills, Mich. — complete with an indoor lap pool, massive marble foyer, paneled library, movie theater and nine bathrooms.<p>Life was good for the school supply vendor.<p>But behind the glamour was a scammer, …

US elections 2016: ‘The system is rigged, the government coin-operated’

A few years ago, CBS News conducted a poll about Americans’ perception of government. The headline of the resulting story: Alienated nation: Americans complain of government disconnect.<p>The first sentence reads: “Americans see their leaders in Washington as overpaid agents of wealthy individuals and …

Middle-class

LA sheriff's former No. 2 convicted in corruption probe

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former second-in-command of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was convicted Wednesday in a corruption probe that …

Corruption

How a spy probe wound up as a child pornography prosecution

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI agents investigating a potential data leak at Boeing obtained a secret warrant to search the home computers of a company manager in California for evidence they hoped would connect him to Chinese economic espionage.<p>Instead, they say, they found something else entirely: graphic …

Judge considers unsealing court file in CIA sex scandal case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. judge who oversaw the now-abandoned lawsuit against the federal government over leaks in the investigation that led to the …

The Secrets Behind the Koch Brothers: Inside the Remarkable New Book That Details Their Dirtiest Deeds

Jane Mayer's new book, <i>Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right</i>, has already revealed many previously unknown facts about the Koch brothers in particular. For instance, reporting in the book forms the bulk of her latest New Yorker essay, showing that …

The Story Behind an Infamous Escobar Cartel Assassination

Barry Seal made a killing selling drugs for the Ochoa brothers, but after being outed as a key DEA informant, he was a marked man.<p>Adler Berriman "Barry" Seal was a drug smuggler who, in the early 1980s, orchestrated the importation of thousands of pounds of cocaine and marijuana into the United …

There was a secret meeting at the G20 to 'take down' the dollar

The term "Shanghaied" refers to the 19th-century practice of sailors forced to serve against their will on vessels bound for Shanghai and other ports in China. Victims were often from West Coast port cities such as San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. Tactics used included kidnapping, beatings and …

Central Banks

Navy corruption scandal results in prison time for highest-ranking officer yet

A Navy captain has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for his involvement in a bribery scandal.<p>Capt. Daniel Dusek, the former deputy …

Corruption

Watch: From My Lai to Ferguson, China blasts US human rights abuses in a new documentary

China’s state television channel CCTV broadcast a 45-minute documentary on Sunday (Mar. 13) to hundreds of millions of households in China, accusing the US of severe human rights abuses from sexual assault to gun violence to racism.<p>The movie is the latest example of Beijing’s increasing criticism …

Lies, Corruption And Cronyism: It's Called Thursday And Friday At The IAAF

Forty-eight hours of the most idiotic, baldface lies and studiously overlooked corruption spread around amongst smirking, backslapping insiders in a …

How Justice Scalia's Death Could Change Political Corruption Laws

While most of the legal furor surrounding Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death has been focused on the likelihood that his absence could …