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Who is Rinat Akhmetshin? Meet the Soviet spy-turned-lobbyist who met with Donald Trump Jr. in 2016.

The former Soviet spy has been accused of organizing a hacking scheme against a Russian mining company.

Coachella owner Philip Anschutz claims he no longer funds anti-LGBT groups

Is the owner of Coachella's anti-LGBT history fake news?

Transgender woman Noony Norwood shot to death in Virginia

Norwood was shot just a few days after her 30th birthday.
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The NRA Just Censored 38,000 Sites to Take Down a Parody Video

The NRA was after a parody video called "Share the Safety."

Facebook Will Now Tell You When the Government Hacks Your Account — Here's Why

Facebook's got your back.

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Elon Musk Donated to Anti-Science Republicans

Elon Musk's technological visions don't seem to jibe with his most recent campaign contributions.
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4 Things You Didn't Know About the Company That Owns More Than 80,000 Prisoners

Corrections Corporation of America controls the lives of more than 80,000 prisoners. Here's what you don't know about the company that profits from chains and shackles.
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What I Learned On My Lobbyist-Funded Summer Vacation

Congress has been on recess, but not everyone has been back at home. So where just have some members of Congress gone? And what are its implications for Congressional ethics?
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Christian Fundamentalist Bryan Fischer Calls for Renaming the Boy Scouts "Boy Sodomizers of America"

Conservatives are taking to Twitter to express their outrage that the Boy Scouts lifted their ban on gay scouts.

Want National Institutes Of Health Research Funding? Better Hope Your Disease is Marketable

Increased research funding is proportional to patient advocacy ... and how sympathetic those patients seem. This concept of "deservedness" puts stigmatized diseases at a funding disadvantage.

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Gun Control 2013: It's About Government Dysfunction, Not Just Principles

Gun control is often cast as a clash of principles, but 90% of Americans support expanded background checks. The bill's failure in the Senate is due to money and gridlock.
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Gun Control Debate Has Smaller Presence in Public Post-Newtown, Report Finds

A Pew Research Center analysis found public interest in the gun control battle has significantly decreased since the Newtown Massacre.
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Family Research Council Blames Boston Attacks, Newtown Massacre On "Sexual Liberalism"

The Family Research Council blamed the Boston Marathon attack on "sexual liberalism" just hours before a massive manhunt was initiated for a heavily armed suspect.
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Immigration Reform 2013: FWD.us Wants High-Skilled Workers to Stay In the Country

FWD.us will place its initial focus on the passage of comprehensive immigration reform. Tech companies want to increase the number of H-1B temporary visas for high-skilled foreign workers.
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FWD.us Wants High-Skilled Workers to Stay In the Country

FWD.us will place its initial focus on the passage of comprehensive immigration reform .Tech companies want to increase the number of H-1B temporary visas for high-skilled foreign workers.

Immigration Reform 2013: Mark Zuckerberg Lobbies For Change

Silicon Valley’s youngest innovators are finally dipping their toes in D.C. politics.
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Immigration Reform 2013: Republican Leaders On Immigration Reform Get Millions in Funding From Private Prisons

Private prison corporations, making billions in profits from contracts with federal and state governments, donate millions to lawmakers working on immigration reform thus corrupting the process.
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Organizing For Action: New Obama Lobbying Group Sends President Down a Dark Path

The goal of the new OFA group is to support Obama’s second-term policies, including curbing gun control and overhauling immigration. There is no precedent for this presidential lobbying power.
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Lobbying is the Single Greatest Threat to American Democracy

Having your opinion counted is a matter of having your elected official know about it. This is the lobbyist’s advantage.

Focus on the Family (FOTF) and The Real Housewives of New Jersey Have a Lot in Common

Both the Christian organization and the reality television program treat people like nickels that we collect and spend on bus fare.

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Paul Ryan Wife Worked as a Lobbyist: Why the Career of Janna Ryan Deserves Our Concern

The knowledge of her involvement in these lobbying efforts raises valid concern as to what role lobbyists would be allowed to play in influencing the policies of the Romney-Ryan administration.
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ALEC Bribes Politicians Under the Guise of a Scholarship Program

One Louisiana politician sent out letters asking corporations for $1,000 donations to send 30 legislators to an ALEC conference.
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Marijuana Legalization Being Crushed By Special Interest Groups

Like so many aspects of the economy and society, marijuana prohibition is an example of state power colluding with special interests to prevent the the demands of the many from gaining traction.

Sports Fans Speak Out Against NFL Blackout Policy

An advocacy group requests the NFL end the decades-old blackout rule of regional games and show the fans that they care.
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Herman Cain, the Koch Industries' Candidate in 2012

Despite Cain’s attempts to portray himself as an outsider, he's beholden to Koch Industries and other big business interests.

How Cyber Hackers Get Press

An author's brush with an Anonymous member was strange, especially when looking at the nebulous inner workings of a hacking collective seeking political legitimacy.