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Immigration Primary category in which blog post is published

ICE Contracts Are Booming. See Which Vendors Are in Your State.

Companies and other entities that make money from Immigration and Customs Enforcement contracts are flush in 2019, thanks to President Trump's harsh immigration operation.

Ditch the Unemployment Rate

Does President Trump really have the benefit of a strong economy heading into the 2020 election year?

Opinion
Koch Primary category in which blog post is published

As Charles Koch Cultivates Anti-War Image, Koch Industries Profits from Defense Contracts

The right-wing billionaire has teamed up with unlikely ally George Soros on “military restraint,” but Koch Industries subsidiaries make millions by supplying the Navy with circuitry.

Immigration Primary category in which blog post is published

Big Banks Are Divesting From Private Prisons, Thanks to Anti-ICE Activism

So far this year, six major bank have made broad public commitments to no longer provide new financing to the private prison industry after current financial agreements expire.

Mega-Bank Merger Exemplifies Dangerous Trends

The House Financial Services Committee is set to hold a hearing on the largest bank merger in a decade.

Opinion
Climate Primary category in which blog post is published

Facing a Green New Deal Backer, Lipinski Gets a Boost From Oil and Gas PACs

Fossil fuel company PACs flocked to centrist Democrat Rep. Dan Lipinski after his progressive primary challenger entered the race.

Big Tech Has an App for Fighting Political Scrutiny: $$$$

As Big Tech has worked to establish its hard and soft power throughout Washington, this week's regulatory hearings showed signs that lawmakers' understanding of Silicon Valley's influence may be catching up.

Opinion
Health Primary category in which blog post is published

Bernie Sanders Challenges Joe Biden to Stop Taking Money from Pharma and Health Insurance Executives

Biden, who opposes Medicare for All, got large donations from at least 15 top executives of pharmaceutical and health insurance companies from April through June.