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TOP STORY: The AIM Center for Investigative Journalism this evening released its latest report, detailing how green technology firms can pay-to-play with the US Government. You’ve heard of Solyndra, now meet CH2M HILL: “CH2M was a major beneficiary of the stimulus, having been awarded four of the top ten contracts. The company currently boasts of $1.961 billion in contracts from the Recovery Act.” It’s amazing what kickbacks and Van Jones partnerships can get you. http://bit.ly/sxGoX0
MEDIA WATCH: Times are tough when the Democratic National Committee gets into a row with ABC News. Don Irvine reports: “The DNC, which apparently thought it had the mainstream media entirely on its side, was taken aback when ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper critiqued its new attack ad on Mitt Romney as not being entirely accurate.” Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, Democrats. http://bit.ly/uJqWSS
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ELECTION 2012: The Cain Train is still moving today after new claims of infidelity against the former frontrunner. The Godfather doesn’t seem too worried though: “They’re attacking my character, my reputation and my name in order to try to bring me down…but, you see, I don’t believe that America is going to let that happen.” http://bit.ly/uK114i
WHAT WE’RE READING: We’re supposed to be living in the time of transparent government with no secrets or lobbyists. The media definitely made that point for candidate Obama in 2008. Today AIM guest columnist Michelle Malkin explains how far our “transparent” government has fallen from grace: “The Justice Department stealthily attempted to sabotage the Freedom of Information Act last month with a regulation change that would have allowed federal agencies to legally and deliberately deceive the public about the existence of requested records.” Yes, that actually happened. http://bit.ly/sURZl0
ACADEMIC LEGISLATION: Accuracy in Academia explains the peculiar, yet commonplace practice of how professors get to play lobbyist and legislative cheerleader…when they’re not in the classroom. http://bit.ly/tKhl5I
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