An ethical mess in South Carolina

By Corey Hutchins

A brutal political brawl even by Palmetto State standards.

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… n a recent Thursday, a light rain was washing against the office window of South Carolina's first-term attorney general, Alan Wilson. On the floor near his desk, ab …"

"… into question. A state court judge who was elected by the legislators — South Carolina is one of just two states that allow that — issued a stunning ruling las …"

"… ken a backseat to an even broader public debate about whether lawmakers in South Carolina are something of a protected class of citizen outside the reach of traditi …"

"… ds this week. The whole sordid stew is raising fundamental concerns about South Carolina’s legislatively dominated government structure, the efficacy of self-pol …"

Texas tries to crack down on dental chains that put profits ahead of patients

By David Heath

GOP legislator in Texas says its time to end "outrageous activities" of corporate dental chains.

Excerpts from this story referencing "media stories":

"… tients as they saw fit.“The dental board and staff are aware of the many media stories concerning the allegations of Medicaid fraud and patient abuse,” Parker …"

FDA: A shell of its former self

By M. Asif Ismail

The Food and Drug Administration lacks the power to regulate pharmaceuticals and keep you safe

Excerpts from this story referencing "manufacturing":

"… ines what drugs enter the U.S. market and also oversees their development, manufacturing, marketing and distribution, Thalomid (the brand name version of thalidomi …"

The influence peddlers

By Yossi Melman and Julio Godoy

Arcadi Gaydamak epitomized the business of war in the post-Cold War era – an entrepreneur with global ties to resource exploitation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jacques Chirac":

"… loyal to Belgrade, which was close to Moscow at the time. French President Jacques Chirac later awarded Gaydamak the Legion d'Honneur, although whether he was …"

"… nt has pointedly failed to deny.Dos Santos has also urged French President Jacques Chirac to stop the judicial inquiry and to release Falcone. "The legal action aga …"

Commentary: Profiteering from democracy

By Charles Lewis

In his January 1998 State of the Union address, after decrying the campaign-fund-raising "arms race," Preside

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… l candidates would affect the bottom line of a very important industry and Washington player — the media industry. It would cost broadcasters millions of doll …"

"… is widely regarded as perhaps the most powerful special interest today in Washington — not that you are likely to read, see or hear much about it in national …"

"… idates and the two political parties. The second heaviest media spender in Washington is Disney, which paid $3.3 million for lobbying and just under $4.1 millio …"

"… g of public and private sectors has, of course, been an endemic problem in Washington for years, and the social and professional interaction between the media b …"