In American Politics, Is Corruption Business as Usual?

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Is politics for public service or personal gain? That’s one of the many questions raised when a US Senate seat is put up for sale. We talk about what constitutes corruption in a political system based on trading favors. Also, the White House may tap TARP to bailout the auto industry. On Reporter's notebook, will new trials before "military commissions" make it harder for Barack Obama to close Guantánamo Bay?

Banner image: Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich leaves his home on December 11, 2008 in Chicago. Photo: Brian Kersey/Getty Images



Warren Olney