Monsanto Lobbyists Banned From EU Parliament

Monsanto, accustomed to lobbying its way to favorable treatment by governments the world over, pushed the EU Parliament too far. Banning lobbyists is a rare move, but one the EU turned to after Monsanto decided to play hardball and no-show a key regulatory hearing.

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Agrochemical giant Monsanto’s fight to renew the chemical license for its most popular herbicide, glyphosate (aka “Roundup”), was dealt a major blow this past Thursday when the European Parliament officially banned lobbyists representing the interests of the corporation. The move came after the controversial corporation and its lobbyists refused to

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The Price Of Criticizing The State Of Israel

Israel is well-known for having a potent U.S. lobby that not only influences Congress and the mainstream media but intimidates Americans who dare criticize its policies toward the Palestinians.

Protesters demonstrate against a state-sanctioned backlash against the movement for Palestinian human rights after Gov. Cuomo signed a McCarthyite executive order requiring state agencies to divest from organizations that support the Palestinian call to boycott companies profiting from, or cultural or academic institutions complicit in, Israel's oppression of the Palestinian people. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/ Sipa via AP)

There are very few journalist in the U.S. or Europe who have the courage to report fairly on Israel’s seemingly endless illegal occupation of Palestinian lands. Personally, as a Jewish-American, and the grandson of a revered Rabbi, I have been roundly denounced by pro-Israeli representatives and their Zionist lobbyists in the U.S. I’ve stopped

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Trump’s Dump Of Ethics Waivers Ends The “Drain the Swamp Illusion”

The new provisions grant lobbyists from some of the most contentious industries the freedom to influence policy making in those very same arenas.

President Donald Trump talks with reporters n the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, before signing an executive order on the Keystone XL pipeline. (AP/Evan Vucci)

Candidate Donald Trump's pledge to "drain the swamp" was apparently made with a slew of caveats, which were exposed late Wednesday when the White House posted details of ethics waivers granted to at least 16 senior staff members. Among the notice (pdf), which detailed 14 different waived ethics rules, are provisions granting lobbyists from some

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Remember Those Temporary Officials Trump Quietly Installed? Some Are Now Permanent Employees

At least five of the new permanent staffers are former lobbyists or consultants now working at the agencies they once sought to influence.

(Photo: Valeriano DiDomenico/WEF)

Last month, ProPublica revealed that the Trump administration had installed hundreds of political appointees across the federal government without formally announcing them. The more than 400 officials were hired in temporary positions for what the White House calls “beachhead teams.” Government hiring rules allow them to have those positions for

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Trump’s Ethics Rules Let A Lobbyist Help Run An Agency He Lobbied

President Trump’s executive order on ethics also cites a section of the law that doesn’t exist.

Donald Trump looks on during a roundtable discussion with labor leaders and union members at American Legion Post 610, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, in Brook Park, Ohio. (AP/Evan Vucci)

(ANALYSIS) --- Geoff Burr spent much of the last decade as the chief lobbyist for a powerful construction industry trade group. Burr sought to influence a host of regulations of the Department of Labor, opposing wage standards for federal construction contracts and working against an effort to limit workers' exposure to dangerous silica dust. In

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Meet The Candidate For Attorney General Who’s Hunted Quail With Corporate Donors

Donald Trump has bashed “puppets” who court the Koch brothers. A Kansas official on his shortlist for U.S. attorney general shot pheasant and clay pigeons with one of their lobbyists.

In this Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 photo, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach presides over the Kansas House while new members are sworn in during the opening day of the Kansas legislature in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

While Donald Trump was running for the White House, he bashed politicians who courted the billionaire Koch brothers as "puppets" and vowed to "drain the swamp" in Washington by squelching cozy relationships between lobbyists and elected officials. Take, for example, Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, who is reportedly on the short list

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