Like so many elements of politics, corruption isn’t what it used to be. The Trump presidency is both a product and instrument of a uniquely 21st-century version.
In a commencement speech at Rice University on May 12, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, pictured in 2009, introduced the word ‘corruption’ to the conversation about the state of United States politics now. Ralph Alswang photograph courtesy of the Center for American Progress
The phenomenon of “post-truth” politics—the condition whereby lying is systematically normalized in order to obscure reality—isn’t defined merely by the epidemic of explicit falsehood it aims to rationalize. It also includes lies by omission.
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Gerald Butts has removed himself from the daily political grind of strategizing how to keep the Liberals in power. But observers say it's unlikely he will be consigned to watch the campaign unfold from the sidelines.
SNC-Lavalin risks a takeover if it's convicted. But aside from likely outrage in Quebec, Ottawa can find other builders for its infrastructure plans if the company is banned from bidding on federal contracts, experts say
The Quebec company had extensive access to government ministers and top staffers, and was the only organization registered to lobby for allowing deferred prosecution agreements for white collar crimes.