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Koch Industries buying ads to refute news stories

Koch Industries has launched a website and is buying advertisements on Google and Facebook to counter news stories critical of the politically-active company. Charles and David Koch, owners of Koch Industries, were principle financiers of Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker and the tea party movement. They are also supporters of…

Cuba seeks 20-year sentence for alleged US spy

HAVANA – Cuban prosecutors will seek a 20-year prison sentence for U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross, accused of crimes against the state, Communist Party newspaper Granma said on Friday, in a case that has stalled progress in U.S.-Cuba relations. A government statement posted on the paper’s website said Gross was…

BP among companies Obama excluded from US environmental oversight

A number of the nation’s biggest polluters received exemptions from basic environmental oversight for federally funded stimulus projects, according to a published report. While the stimulus bill was being debated in Congress in 2009, numerous companies lobbied for environmental exemptions, but their efforts were ultimately rebuffed by environmental advocates. But…

Soon-to-be GOP chairmen have deep ties to business, ‘revolving door’

By Josh Israel, Center for Public Integrity The Republican takeover of Congress not only apparently gives the Speaker’s gavel to John Boehner, it also elevates up to 25 senior GOP lawmakers to the roles of committee chairs. And while it may be a few weeks before it becomes clear which…

Group urges voters to wear illegal tea party garb to polls

The Minnesota Majority, a group that “works to promote traditional values” in public policy, is urging voters to wear tea party apparel to the polls despite a court ruling prohibiting it, Talking Points Memo reports. The tea party shirts and buttons read “Please ID Me” in reference to a statewide…

Report: ‘Chaotic’ firefighting response might have sunk BP oil rig

US keeps BP under pressure 100 days after Gulf disaster The US government kept up pressure on BP Wednesday, 100 days after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill began, despite the ouster of the energy giant’s chief executive, who has been replaced with an American. Meanwhile, Public Integrity reports, “The…

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