@IBTimes Senior Editor, Investigations. Also: Denverite, vegetarian, author, newspaper columnist, real guy represented by the character on ABC's The Goldbergs

Sirota: The marijuana economy comes out of the shadows - Richmond.com: Commentary

richmond.com — The convention floor at the Denver airport's Crowne Plaza on a recent afternoon could have been the trade show for any well-established industry - gray-haired execs in conservative suits mingling with office park dads in polos and fresh-out-of-college types in brand-emblazoned T-shirts. Only this is a new kind of business conference with a special Colorado theme: legal weed.

Clinton Family Continues Raking In Personal Cash From Firms That Lobbied Hillary Clinton’s State Department

ibtimes.com — Hillary Clinton was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees last year by two business entities that previously made personal payments to her husband Bill Clinton while they lobbied the Hillary Clinton-run U.S. State Department.

Pension Funds Lose Money On Salesmen, State Retirees Pay, Study Shows

ibtimes.com — The only thing that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner wants to say about the state's pension system is that he thinks the required payouts are so burdensome, there should be a constitutional amendment that will allow him to cut them.

Amtrak’s Failure to Gain Wireless Spectrum Rights Stymied Safety Technology

ibtimes.com — In the public eye, the disaster on the rails this week in Philadelphia was not only tragic but also shocking. As a crowded Amtrak train approached a bend in the track on Tuesday night, it was barrelling along at more than 100 miles an hour -- twice the mandated speed for that section.

Colorado is the next Silicon Valley: Why the legalized marijuana industry is flourishing

salon.com — The convention floor at Denver Airport's Crowne Plaza on a recent afternoon could have been the trade show for any well-established industry - gray-haired execs in conservative suits mingling with office park dads in polos and fresh-out-of-college types in brand-emblazoned T-shirts. Only this is a new kind of business conference with a special Colorado theme: legal weed.

Amtrak Disaster: Lawmakers Moved To Delay Rail Safety Rule Weeks Before Philadelphia Derailment

ibtimes.com — Seven years ago, in the face of growing evidence that the American rail system was dangerously vulnerable to derailments and collisions, Congress passed a law requiring that railroad companies add to their tracks new technology designed to limit such accidents.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Donors Get More State Bond Work

ibtimes.com — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration is undeterred. Despite revelations last week that the governor's officials have steered state housing bond work to his campaign contributors in apparent defiance of federal pay-to-play rules, New York state officials on Friday announced they are giving those same donors even more lucrative business -- this time on a massive new transportation revenue bond.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Gave His Donors Work On $3 Billion Worth Of New York Bonds

ibtimes.com — The Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have over the past 2 1/2 years received taxpayer-financed contracts to help manage the sale of more than $3 billion worth of bonds for New York state, according to a review of state records by International Business Times.

Chris Christie’s fresh humiliation: The new scandal that could finally put the kibosh on his presidential hopes

salon.com — If after last week's Bridgegate indictments you thought Chris Christie was finally done as the focus of government investigations, think again. The Republican governor's administration in New Jersey is facing a whole new inquiry - this one involving hundreds of millions of dollars, and not just blocked-off bridge lanes.

Jeb Bush Supported Evangelical Anti-Gay Group With Taxpayer Money

ibtimes.com — While governor of Florida, Jeb Bush delivered a lucrative tax break to subsidize an evangelical group's efforts to block Internet users from learning about homosexuality or accessing pornography. The taxpayer money was directed to a company owned by the American Family Association (AFA), a prominent grass-roots organization representing a social conservative base that could prove pivotal in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries.
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May 22, 2015

RT @thehill: GOP blocks Elizabeth Warren bill demanding public access to fast-track trade deals: hill.cm/iLYr7ep pic.twitter.com/BLzaQFhbf2

May 22, 2015

RT @petersgoodman: Exclusive: audio of gov christie profanity laced tirade against press corps @GingerGibson with the scoop ibtimes.com/election-2016-…

May 21, 2015

Great scoop from @IBTimes @GingerGibson, breaking this big @GovChristie story while other reporters in the room didnt ibtimes.com/election-2016-…

May 21, 2015

.@IBTIMES EXCLUSIVE: Listen to the audio of @GovChristie's angry profanity-laced diatribe against reporters ibtimes.com/election-2016-…

May 21, 2015

EXPOSED: Govt document shows how Obama officials aim to use the TPP to undermine enviro/health/privacy laws ibtimes.com/push-trans-pac…

May 21, 2015

Apparently, "lonely" now = with all of Corporate America & the world's most powerful office washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-par… pic.twitter.com/NR5rzsbMxY

May 21, 2015

Christie's presidential polling numbers suggest NJ political reporters may soon have to go back to covering NJ.

May 21, 2015

Chris Christie now trailing Ben Carson in the polls - rough numbers for NJ operatives/journos hoping for the DC gigs twitter.com/grovernorquist…

May 21, 2015

Amazing how few people are now watching CNN & MSNBC in primetime: adweek.com/tvnewser/cable…

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