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Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously associate editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at mshuham@talkingpointsmemo.com and on Twitter @mattshuham.

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Experts, analysts and businesspeople polled by an international anti-corruption group perceive the United States as more corrupt than its been in years, Transparency International indicated in its annual global corruption index released this week. For the first time since 2011, the U.S. has fallen out of the world’s 20 best-performing countries on the group’s public sector corruption index, according to Reuters, which flagged the report.

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When veteran political journalist Ron Fournier, a perennial pundit who rails against “tiny politics,” left the profession back in April to become president of the Michigan-based public relations firm Truscott Rossman, he said he would provide a needed Democratic perspective in the wake of one of its co-founder’s retirement.

Kelly Rossman-McKinney, the firm’s Democratic co-founder, was quitting to focus on a state Senate run, leaving behind Republican PR veteran and firm co-founder John Truscott. “Kelly, a legend, has been the Democratic side of a bipartisan equation; the ‘yin’ to John Truscott’s ‘yang,’” Fournier wrote in April. “That is my role now.”

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