Andy Kroll

Spending $100m to Save the Planet is a Bad Thing For 'Sugar Daddy' Politics

An ad opposing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and produced by Tom Steyer's NextGen Climate Action was pulled by NBC just before President Obama's appearance on the Tonight Show last summer Photograph: LM Otero / AP

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Billionaires Now Own American Politics

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9 Wild Campaign Money Stats

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How the Wisconsin Uprising Took the Wrong Turn

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The First Political Victory for the 99% Movement

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How the Oligarchs Took Over America

There is a war underway. I'm not talking about Washington’s bloody misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq, but a war within our own borders. It’s a war fought on the airwaves, on television and radio and over the Internet, a war of words and images, of half-truth, innuendo, and raging lies. I'm talking about a political war, pitting liberals against conservatives, Democrats against Republicans. I'm talking about a spending war, fueled by stealthy front groups and deep-pocketed anonymous donors. It’s a war that's poised to topple what's left of American democracy.

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The Black Hole of Long-Term Unemployment

[Research support for this story was provided by the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute.]

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How Our Entire Economy Became a Ponzi Scheme

Every great American boom and bust makes and breaks its share of crooks. The past decade -- call it the Ponzi Era -- has been no different, except for the gargantuan scale of white-collar crime. A vast wave of financial fraud swelled in the first years of the new century.  Then, in 2008, with the subprime mortgage collapse, it crashed on the shore as a full-scale global economic meltdown.  As that wave receded, it left hundreds of Ponzi and pyramid schemes, as well as other get-rich-quick rackets that helped fuel our recent economic frenzy, flopping on the beach.

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