SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
Does History Show a Remedy for Dark Money?
by Bo Blew
Until 1969's Tax Reform Act, private foundations allowed the rich to influence policy and avoid taxation with haphazard oversight by the states. The new generation of independent political action groups needs similar federal oversight.
SOURCE: The New Republic
The Ukraine Crisis Represents Kleptocracy Coming Home to Roost
Western powers have precipitated the possible war over Ukraine not by seeking to expand NATO but by allowing the unchecked reign of kleptocrats since the end of the Cold War.
The President Who Beats Donald Trump at Corruption
by Kevin M. Kruse
"To find the real counterpart to Trump’s gang of money-grubbing grifters, we need to look back a century to the crime-riddled administration of Warren G. Harding."
Trump Cheated on His Taxes. What Happens Now?
by James D. Zirin
"When I was a federal prosecutor going after white collar criminals, I always looked for the accountant. He was the most likely witness for the government."
SOURCE: New York Times
The County Where Cops Call the Shots
Aaron Bekemeyer's PhD dissertation research examines how police unions, like those in Suffolk County, NY, became powerful in the 20th Century. Jennifer Mittelstadt also comments on the exceptional status of police unions.
SOURCE: Foreign Affairs
Cleaning House: Watergate and the Limits of Reform
by John A. Lawrence
The reform agenda of the "Watergate Babies" class elected to Congress in 1974 achieved important successes but failed to prevent either the rise of the imperial presidency or increased partisan polarization.
SOURCE: New York Times
Watergate Led to Reforms. Now, Would-Be Reformers Believe, So Will Trump
Jack Goldmith and Robert Bauer, legal veterans of the George W. Bush and Obama administrations respectively, are proposing a slate of reforms to limit executive branch powers. They hope to match the legislation passed after Watergate and the revelations of intelligence community abuses exposed by the Church Committee.
SOURCE: Made By History at The Washington Post
Nepotism Is Bad For Government. Trump’s Convention Reminds Us Why
by Christine Adams
The pervasive influence of Trump's family members on government compares to the courts of the Bourbon kings of France. Republicans might consider how that worked out.
SOURCE: Bill Moyers
Historic Levels, but Not the Good Kind
by Heather Cox Richardson
Warren G. Harding created an atmosphere in which the point of government was not to help ordinary Americans, but to see how much leaders could get out of it.
Big Alex McKenzie and the Last Great Fraud of the Gilded Age
by Paul Starobin
Alexander McKenzie’s plot to corner Alaska’s gold proved to be the last great swindle of the original gilded age, as this seamy chapter in our national life gave way to what become known as the Progressive Era.
No More Business as Usual! It’s Time for Joe Biden to Defend our Democracy
by Claudia Koonz
A historian of European dictatorship argues that Joe Biden must recognize that not just the election but the health of democracy is at stake and challenge the administration's efforts to operate above the law.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Before Trump Called for Reevaluating Lockdowns, They Shuttered Six of His Top-Earning Clubs and Resorts
Trump is considering easing restrictions on movement sooner than federal public health experts recommend, in the name of reducing the virus’s economic damage.
Senator Dumped Up to $1.7 Million of Stock After Reassuring Public About Coronavirus Preparedness
Intelligence Chair Richard Burr’s selloff came around the time he was receiving daily briefings on the health threat.
How the Gilded Age's Top 1 Percent Thrived on Corruption
Railroads Were at the Forefront of Political Corruption
The Long History of Unjust and Lawless Attorneys General
by Ronald L. Feinman
It isn't just William Barr.
To Prevent Brain Drain, Kosovo Must Eradicate Corruption
by Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra
On the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the end of Kosovo war, the country is facing a dramatic large-scale brain drain.
SOURCE: Tom Dispatch
The 47-Minute Presidency
by Tom Engelhardt
The 47 minutes that define Trump's presidency and why they are worth revisiting.
How Do You Fire a Special Prosecutor? Ask Harry Truman.
by Andrew Coan
The Truman tax scandals teach an important lesson about the relationship between special prosecutors and democratic politics.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Impeach Donald Trump
by Yoni Appelbaum
Starting the process will rein in a president who is undermining American ideals--and bring the debate about his fitness for office into Congress, where it belongs.
The Cost of Corruption in the Balkans
by Abrana Xharra and Alon Ben-Meir
And how it's impeding European Union membership.
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