Is the U.S. as Corrupt as the Third World

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Is the U.S. as Corrupt as the Third World

Photograph by Gerald Herbert/AP Photo: Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin leaves federal court, after being sentenced in New Orleans, on July 9

Last week former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin became the latest American politician to be sent to jail for abuse of power, following in the footsteps of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and onetime Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Despite such high-profile convictions, most Americans see political corruption as a problem that plagues the developing world far more than the U.S.

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