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David Sirota critiques coverage of DC budget battles

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David Sirota critiques coverage of DC budget battles

David Sirota critiques coverage of DC budget battles

Former Bernie Sanders campaign advisor David Sirota says the news media should be following the money on Capitol Hill, sharing context “about which industries are buying which politicians.” Sirota also argues that the global financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 is impacting American politics today.


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