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Meet the American Enterprise Institute’s Secret Foreign Donor

Posted on: June 27th, 2013 by Eli Clifton 10 Comments
Taiwan President Ma Ying-Jeou speaking to survivors of a disaster in Pingtung County, Taiwan, on Aug. 16, 2009. (Shutterstock/Shi Yali)

Taiwan President Ma Ying-Jeou speaking to survivors of a disaster in Pingtung County, Taiwan, on Aug. 16, 2009. (Shutterstock/Shi Yali)

This story was first published by The Nation.

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has emerged as one of the Beltway’s most consistent advocates for the sale of advanced fighter jets to Taiwan. Previously undisclosed tax filings reveal that while issuing research reports and publishing articles on U.S.-Taiwan relations, AEI received a $550,000 contribution from the government of Taiwan, a source of funding the think tank has never publicly acknowledged. (more…)

Source: Former Michigan Congressman Mark Schauer will run for governor

Posted on: May 8th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 2 Comments

This story has been updated to include a statement from Gov. Rick Snyder’s spokesperson.

LANSING – Former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer of Michigan will seek the Democratic nomination for governor, a source close to him confirmed Tuesday. The source spoke on background but is part of Schauer’s decision-making circle and is currently acting in an informal advisory position as the former lawmaker prepares for a run.

Schauer did not return calls seeking comment for this story. However, an elected official from Ingham County confirmed that Schauer had personally told him that he would seek the nomination.

The one-term congressman from Battle Creek has been mentioned as a possible candidate for months, with a growing chorus singing his praises and two recent polls showing he could likely oust Republican Gov. Rick Snyder in November 2014.

On Tuesday, Politico reported on a polling memo strategically leaked by the Democratic Governors Association, which shows Snyder losing to Schauer.

“The bad news for Snyder is that undecided voters are much more likely to split for the Democratic candidate: they voted for Obama over Romney by 24 points and they are 18 points more likely to identify with the Democratic Party than with the Republican Party,” [Democratic pollster Geoff] Garin wrote [in the leaked memo]. “After hearing a brief positive description of Mark Schauer’s background, voters prefer Schauer over Rick Snyder by 54 percent to 38 percent. When given this alternative to the incumbent, independent voters favor Schauer by 16 points.”

A similar poll by Lansing-based EPIC MRA in April had similar findings, reported

Snyder, a first-time governor and political neophyte, took a serious bruising in December, when he helped the Republican-controlled legislature pass a controversial “right to work” initiative without public hearings or much public discussion. He has also signed into law a massive tax cut, which shifted the burden of taxes from businesses to citizens by taxing senior pensions and eliminating the earned-income tax credit for lower income Michiganders.

Schauer served in Congress for one term, riding into office on the Obama sweep of 2008. He served Michigan’s conservative 7th congressional district, which includes Calhoun and Jackson counties. He was ousted from that seat in Tea Party sweep of 2010 by Tim Walberg.

Since leaving office, Schauer has been running the BlueGreen Alliance, a green-energy job consortium. He also worked closely with organized labor. In fact, during “right to work” protests in December, Schauer was pepper-sprayed by Michigan state troopers while attempting to move protesters away from the base of the state capitol.

Snyder’s office was not immediately available for comment.

UPDATE: Sara Wurfel, spokesperson for Snyder, emailed the following statement regarding this story:

I’d say both on reaction and any timing for 2014, that Governor is focused on sound policy, not politics. He’s working hard on completing the budget and several key initiatives that will help ensure Michigan’s comeback continues and that we invest in Michigan’s future and moving forward. No determination on his announcement/timing for any next steps beyond 2014.

Would also share that every stop we do, we come across Michiganders of all backgrounds, communities, small businesses who say that may not have agreed with everything he’s done, but they’re starting to see it make a difference and to keep going.

‘He was freaking’: Friend says suspected killer of Colo. Corrections chief flailed from years of isolation

Posted on: March 26th, 2013 by The American Independent 1 Comment

This story was originally published by The Colorado Independent.

DENVER– In the weeks before his death, Evan Ebel, suspected killer of Colorado Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements, had broken ties with white supremacist prison gang 211 Crew and was debilitated by the transition from prolonged isolation to social contact, according to a friend and former fellow inmate. (more…)

Goal of UT parenting study was to influence SCOTUS decisions on gay marriage, docs show

Posted on: March 11th, 2013 by Sofia Resnick 4 Comments

UPDATE: This article has been updated to reflect a correction.

The conservative funders who bankrolled a flawed and widely cited academic study that’s critical of gay parenting* choreographed its release in time to influence “major decisions of the Supreme Court,” documents show. (more…)

DOJ investigates Denver for violating deaf prisoner rights

Posted on: March 6th, 2013 by The American Independent 1 Comment

This story was originally published by TAI affiliate The Colorado Independent.

The federal Justice Department is investigating Denver for failing to provide sign-language interpreters for deaf prisoners. Investigators are seeking to determine whether Denver – which touts itself as “one of America’s most accessible cities” — is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. (more…)

Sequester could lead to massive cuts in HIV testing, treatment

Posted on: February 25th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 3 Comments

The AIDS Drug Assistance Program is among the many federal programs that will take a hit if $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts go through March 1, and those cuts could potentially lead to an increase in HIV transmission, the White House said Sunday in a report on the anticipated state-by-state impacts of the so-called sequester. (more…)

In malpractice case, Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people

Posted on: January 24th, 2013 by The American Independent 1 Comment

This story was originally published by The Colorado Independent.


Lori Stodghill was 31-years old, seven-months pregnant with twin boys and feeling sick when she arrived at St. Thomas More hospital in Cañon City on New Year’s Day 2006. (more…)

The conservative push to end NC’s income tax

Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by Siddhartha Mahanta 2 Comments

Republicans in North Carolina haven’t had it this good since 1870. That’s the last time they controlled both the state’s legislative and executive branches.

And they’re getting right down to business, pledging in interviews with local papers to pursue corporate and personal tax reform. (more…)