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SLUDGE REPORT: Horrible Bosses, Middle East Grifters & Dark Money

Your biweekly summary of the most shameful corruption in politics.

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Dems Signaling Opposition to Pelosi’s Drug Pricing Bill Got 2.5x More Pharma Money

On average, the signers received $93,275 from the pharmaceutical & health products industry in the 2020 cycle, far more than the average for House Democrats of $37,788.

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Lockheed-Backed Reps Lobby Against F-35 Spending Cuts

As the F-35 fighter comes under Pentagon review for potential cuts, bipartisan groups of lawmakers are calling to continue high levels of spending on the troubled $1.7 trillion program.

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Biden’s Likely Ambassador to China Is Entangled In Tech and Defense

Nicholas Burns’s senior position with the Cohen Group consultancy blurs public service and private-sector work.