Tuesday, March 6, 2001

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  • Carlyle Group Spins the Revolving Door: How Bush and Other Ex-Politos Profit From Connections and Access

    Yesterday, New York Times reporter Leslie Wayne documented one turn of the revolving door through whichpowerful men parlay government jobs into private sector fortunes. With $12 billion from investors, The CarlyleGroup, a private equity firm based in Washington employs a roster of brand name former top-level governmentofficials, largely from the Bush and Reagan administrations.

  • Tobacco Smuggling: Tobacco Industry, International Crime Syndicates and Drug Dealers Light Up

    The Bush administration not only has deep ties to oil and aluminum, but also to tobacco interests. Karl Rove, alongtime Bush friend who now holds the title of senior advisor to the president, was a paid political consultant forPhilip Morris for five years; Deputy attorney general Larry Thompson was a lawyer for the Atlanta law firm King andSpalding, which represented the Canadian Tobacco Manufacturers Council. Attorney General John Ashcroft, andPresident Bush himself, are also considered friends of big tobacco.

  • Submarine Accident Liked to Inattention, Error

    The first of the witnesses at the Navy court of inquiry testified yesterday that a series of missteps by the crew ofthe USS Greeneville paved a destructive path that led to the submarine’s fatal collision with a Japanese fishingtraining boat.

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