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Pence breaks tie in vote to confirm DeVos

By Muckety   |   February 7, 2017 at 1:37pm   |   0 Comments

Donald Trump’s controversial nomination of Republican contributor Betsy DeVos to head the Education Department received Senate confirmation Tuesday, with the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Mike Pence.

A basket of billionaires

By Laurie Bennett   |   November 30, 2016 at 9:00am   |   0 Comments

Today’s billionaires-in-the-cabinet count: One and a fraction, not including the boss.

The moneyed, conservative universe of Betsy DeVos

By Laurie Bennett   |   November 19, 2016 at 8:49am   |   1 Comments

Betsy DeVos, former chair of the Michigan Republican Party and a vocal advocate of charter schools, reportedly is under consideration for education secretary.

Acton Institute moving up

By Laurie Bennett   |   February 22, 2013 at 9:18am   |   0 Comments

Like other well-funded American think tanks, the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty plans is heading for new headquarters.

How to avoid transparency: Go to the states

By Laurie Bennett   |   April 11, 2012 at 6:30am   |   1 Comments

Whenever the Obama administration calls for more openness in government, we wince a little.

Charting the charter schools funding network

By Laurie Bennett   |   October 6, 2011 at 9:47am   |   0 Comments

A map of the funders of the charter school movement looks much like a map of the funders of the conservative wing of the Republican Party.

Erik Prince’s mom gives $450,000 to stop same-sex marriage

By Laurie Bennett   |   October 29, 2008 at 10:27am   |   0 Comments

A conservative religious family in western Michigan, whose vast fortunes derive from auto parts and government security contracts, is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to ban gay marriage in California.

The meteoric rise of Blackwater

By Laurie Bennett   |   October 3, 2007 at 7:42am   |   0 Comments

Blackwater CEO Erik Prince, trained to remain cool in the most stressful of situations, was unflappable during his congressional testimony yesterday.

In an appearance before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, he expertly defended his company’s activities in Iraq, where about 1,000 Blackwater guards protect U.S. diplomats and other State Department employees. He described Blackwater as “a team of dedicated professionals” who “risk their lives to protect Americans in harm’s way overseas.”

Prince, a former Navy SEAL, founded Blackwater in 1997. In the early years of operation, the firm did limited business with the U.S. government. However, company fortunes shifted dramatically after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the onset of war in Iraq. By last year, federal contracts totalled $600 million, primarily from protection services provided to the State Department.

Blackwater’s protective web

By Laurie Bennett   |   September 22, 2007 at 7:05am   |   0 Comments

Blackwater USA, the State Department’s largest private security contractor, is under siege on several fronts.

Iraq’s state minister for national security affairs announced today that the firm would face criminal charges for the fatal shootings of Iraqi citizens. Blackwater, based in Moyock, N.C., is also under investigation on the home front.

But a tight web of political and business connections helps shield the company from the most formidable of attacks.


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