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Bruce Murphy: When journalists (don’t) attack

By   /  February 3, 2016  /  Commentary, Free Speech, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Milwaukee blogger Bruce Murphy’s recent piece in The Progressive magazine is a classic of an emerging genre: journalists who advocate limits on speech.

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Dish TV CEO to taxpayers who gave him $3 billion subsidy: You’re the real winners

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  Federal Government, National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Embattled Dish CEO Charles Ergen admits he’s using small-business subsidies to build his global wireless capacity, but the billionaire says taxpayers will benefit anyhow.

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Wisconsin as a New Yorker cartoon of itself

By   /  May 6, 2015  /  Commentary, Wisconsin  /  No Comments


Part 200 of 372 in the series Wisconsin’s Secret War By Will Swaim | Watchdog.org I’m a huge fan of the New Yorker magazine – all the way back to Edmund Wilson’s lit-crit and A.J. Liebling’s coverage of World War II. And I enjoyed Lincoln Caplan’s recent New Yorker piece on changes in the Wisconsin […]

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Ergen-omics: Charlie Ergen uses federal subsidies for small businesses to turn his billion-dollar Dish Network into a wireless player

By   /  May 4, 2015  /  National, Technology  /  No Comments

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By Will Swaim & Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — News that global communications giant Dish Network got $3 billion in federal subsidies to buy wireless bandwidth produced something like a riot in which most of the participants wore suits. The Federal Communications Commission, which oversees auctions of such wireless licenses, responded to the […]

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Close enough for government work: This town reveals the problem with family and politics

By   /  April 23, 2015  /  Commentary, Open Records, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse, Transparency  /  No Comments

SECRETIVE ABOUT SALARIES: Throop officials tried to keep salary records under wraps, but the state Office of Open Records ruled against the borough.

Watchdog.org was able to muster the resources to see the project through — including lawyers familiar with the ins and outs of open-records laws, the money to pay them and a reporter who simply refused to give up. But it shouldn’t take determined reporters, skillful lawyers and months of back-and-forth to get the public basic information about how their government works.

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Investigation finds Mayorkas used visa program to help White House allies

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  National, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Part 75 of 76 in the series Terry McAuliffe – Carmogul By Will Swaim and Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org WASHINGTON D.C. – Alejandro Mayorkas, the man President Obama and Senate Democrats once hoped would head the Department of Homeland Security, overruled his own U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services staff to expedite visa approvals for foreign […]

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