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Exclusive — Rep. Budd: The Political Market vs. the Private Market

In the United States, we’ve long had a free market system, but that system is not what it once was. Total government spending–state, federal, and local–has grown in real terms by more than 400 percent since 1965. Government spending is now one-third of the economy. As the private economy retreats, the importance of a new marketplace grows: the political marketplace. Products and services are no longer judged according to their usefulness to the economy at large–they’re judged according to whether or not they are politically useful or connected.

French President Francois Hollande  delivers a speech during a meeting as part of the 40th International Women's Day on March 8, 2017, at the French Foreign Affairs Ministry in Paris

French Voters Rejecting Political Corruption, Graft

PARIS (AP) – French voters just won’t tolerate corruption in politics anymore – that appears to be the message from the swift downfall of the country’s powerful security minister. It’s a notable shift from the past, when influence peddling seemed

Enemy Within: Top TPP Negotiator Now Part of Trump Administration

One of the chief negotiators and public advocates for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been named as President Trump’s new special assistant on international trade, investment, and development for the National Economic Council. Andrew Quinn is a former deputy chief negotiator of the TPP who was named to the National Economic Council on Monday by NEC Director Gary Cohn.

Corruption

Romanian Anti-Corruption Protests Enter Twelfth Day

Thousands of protesters braved the cold to march in Romania’s main cities on Saturday, angered by government attempts to water down anti-corruption laws. In the capital Bucharest, where a major rally is planned for Sunday, around 3,000 people gathered at

‘Secret Law Making’ in the European Union at All-time High

New figures indicate that so-called “secret EU law making” in 2016 matched a previous all-time high, with every disagreement between the European Union (EU) Council and the European Parliament settled behind closed doors in private “trilogue” meetings. According to figures obtained from

Romania

10,000 in Romania Anti-Corruption Protest

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Thousands marched through the Romanian capital and other cities Sunday to protest a government proposal to pardon thousands of prisoners which critics say could reverse the anti-corruption fight. More than 10,000 protesters massed in University Square,