Author Archives: Andrew Kreig

9/11 Commission’s Forum Shows How DC ‘Works’

9/11 Attack on World Trade Center. (Photo via Creative Commons portrays the attack on New York) Former members of 9/11 Commission last week leveraged the 10th anniversary of their report to announce a dozen recommendations that primarily fan fears of … Continue reading


Don’t Be Fooled By ‘Conspiracy Theory’ Smears

CNN and Newsweek recently launched dubious tirades against what they called “conspiracy theories.” Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal published U.N. Considers Reopening Probe into 1961 Crash that Killed Dag Hammarskjöld, a report that broached the possibility that the United States … Continue reading


Alabama Judicial Scandal Could Taint Many Cases, Not Just Siegelman’s

U.S. District Judge Mark E. FullerAn Alabama newspaper has exposed a judicial sex scandal that deserves national prominence — which it’s not getting so far. The May 17 headline was “Federal judge’s lengthy affair with court worker is exposed.” This … Continue reading


Let’s Listen To Reformers Buddy Roemer and, Yes, Jack Abramoff

Buddy RoemerPresidential candidate Buddy Roemer and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff argue that reform of influence-peddling must be radical to save the country. Roemer, for example, refuses to take contributions over $100. GOP leaders used his lack of big-dollar fund-raising as … Continue reading


Judge Absolves NJ Christie Political Target

Federal prosecutors wrongly indicted a New Jersey mayoral candidate for a second time on corruption charges, according to a Newark federal judge who dismissed all charges in a political prosecution that helped former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie win his state’s … Continue reading

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Fearful GOPers, Failed Dem Prepare for Jeb Bush Draft

Jeb Bush Republicans face a drawn-out nomination fight shredding the party’s chances against a vulnerable President Obama and Democratic under-ticket. To the rescue last week came former Alabama Democratic Congressman Artur Davis, who urges Republicans to draft former Florida Gov. … Continue reading


Chief Justice Ducks Judicial Ethics Scandals In Annual Report

Federal courts function with integrity, according to a self-serving annual report on the judiciary that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts issued over the weekend. His annual report issued on Dec. 31 in the middle of the New Year’s holiday … Continue reading


Helen Thomas Denounces DC Greed, Fear, War-Mongers

Helen Thomas (2009 Photo Courtesy Creative Commons/Wikipedia)Pioneering White House correspondent Helen Thomas told a National Press Club audience this week that the country is endangered by what she called government leaders’ greed, fear, and subservience to war-mongers. “I came here … Continue reading


Cain As Front Man for Billionaires Is a Consumer Issue

Herman CainGOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain serves as front man for the billionaire Koch brothers in a way rarely, if ever, seen in modern times for a prominent U.S. major party candidate. That relationship should be a huge campaign story. … Continue reading

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Justice Breyer Reviews History, Skirts Allegations Against Clarence Thomas

Justice Stephen BreyerThe Supreme Court fulfills its vital role in preserving democracy by earning public confidence, as Justice Stephen Breyer told a packed hall last week in Washington, DC. But his lecture and book, Making Our Democracy Work, largely glossed … Continue reading

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Judging the Judge: Citizens Must Unite After 20 Years of Clarence Thomas

White House Ceremony on Oct. 18, 1991 On Oct. 18 this week, the nation reached an important symbolic moment for the Clarence Thomas era on the Supreme Court. That was the date 20 years ago for his swearing-in ceremony, portrayed … Continue reading

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GOP 2012 Contender Roemer Decries Free Trade, DC Political Corruption

By Andrew Kreig, executive director of Justice Integrity Project. GOP 2012 Presidential Candidate Buddy RoemerRepublican 2012 Presidential candidate Buddy Roemer ramped up his reform message Oct. 13 with the kind of protectionist and anti-Wall Street language not usually heard from … Continue reading

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Obama Team Feared Revolt If He Prosecuted War Crimes

By Andrew Kreig, executive director of Justice Integrity Project. President-Elect Obama’s advisers feared in 2008 that authorities would “revolt” and that Republicans would block his policy agenda if he prosecuted Bush-era war crimes, according to a law school dean who … Continue reading