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Report could tighten FDA's oversight
7/29/2011

US News and World Report: Report could tighten FDA's oversight of medical devices- The U.S. Institute of Medicine plans to release a report Friday that could change the way medical devices are regulated.

Why Congress has such a hard time
7/29/2011

Sacramento Bee: Here's why Congress has such a hard time on the debt limit- Why is it so hard to get a debt limit agreement?

Tenaska opposition calls for Stamford to reconsider vote
7/29/2011

Reporter News: Tenaska opposition calls for Stamford council to reconsider water vote- Two weeks after the Stamford City Council approved a water deal with Tenaska, organized opponents of the company's proposed coal power plant have called for the vote to be remanded back to the council.

Study of medical device rules
7/29/2011

New York Times: Study of medical device rules is attacked sight unseen-Allies of the medical device industry are waging an extraordinary campaign in Washington to discredit a coming report by one of the country’s pre-eminent scientific groups that examines possible new regulations on the industry.

Report could sway US FDA device review process
7/28/2011

Reuters: Report could sway US FDA device review process- The Institute of Medicine is poised to advise the U.S. drug regulator how it can refine its medical device approval process to get products to market quickly while protecting patients.

OSHA must take swift action on Beryllium exposure limits
7/28/2011

EHS Today: OSHA must take swift action on Beryllium exposure limits-Beryllium is a rare earth metal used in metalwork, electronics manufacturing and the nuclear energy sector.

States feel time-crunch on exchanges
7/28/2011

The Hill: Overnight health: states feel time-crunch on exchanges- States whose legislatures haven't passed bills to establish an insurance exchange say they're feeling the time-crunch as they try to plan for an exchange.

 

Passage of US FTAs likely delayed
7/28/2011

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development: Passage of US FTAs likely delayed until after August recess, with possible way forward in sight- The beleaguered process of ratifying the US trade pacts with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea is unlikely to conclude before the US Congress goes on its August recess next week, as Republicans and Democrats continue sparring over worker aid and the federal debt limit.

Conflicts of interest in FDA advisory committees
7/28/2011

Project on Government Oversight: Conflicts of interest in FDA advisory committees: are weaker standards on the way?- Can a drug or device company use hidden payments to members of FDA advisory committees to ensure that that member will provide favorable advice to the FDA about their product?

Zocor muscle injury
7/27/2011

Injury Litigation News: Zocor muscle injury-Grapefruits are full of health benefits like vitamin C, lycopene, and other free-radical-fighting antioxidants, but those who take a Zocor or other statin pills with a glass of grapefruit juice could experience a Zocor muscle injury, rhabdomyolysis, or in rare cases, life-threatening liver or kidney damage.

Steroid drugs may pose vision danger
7/27/2011

USA Today: Steroid drugs may pose vision danger, stronger warning urged- Steroid drugs such as prednisone taken by 25.5 million Americans for arthritis, cancer, transplants and other conditions need stronger consumer warnings about a rare but possibly irreversible vision impairment, a University of Michigan eye doctor and the consumer Public Citizen organization said Tuesday in a federal petition for stronger warning labels on the drugs.

A trade barrier to defeating AIDS
7/27/2011

New York Times: A trade barrier to defeating AIDS- In Friday’s Fixes column, I wrote about the Medicines Patent Pool, a new organization trying to make AIDS drugs better, cheaper and available sooner to people who need them in poor countries.

Both parties scheme for Ponzi cash
7/27/2011

Washington Times: Both parties scheme for Ponzi cash- The fundraising arms for Democratic and Republican members of Congress don’t agree on much, except when it comes to all the big donations they’ve gotten over the years from jailed financier R. Allen Stanford.

Overnight health: AARP backs tighter limits
7/27/2011

The Hill: Overnight heatlth: AARP backs tighter limits on Medigap plans- After taking heat earlier in the year over making money from Medigap plans, AARP announced Tuesday that it supports new limits on the plans' profits.

Public Citizen wants 'unethical' Canakinumab trials halted
7/27/2011

Medscape News: Public Citizen wants 'unethical' Canakinumab trials halted- The watchdog group Public Citizen wants the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately suspend 2 clinical trials involving canakinumab (Ilaris, Novartis) in light of safety concerns that caused an FDA advisory panel to vote against approving the drug for acute flares of gouty arthritis.

Activist who faked energy lease bids faces sentencing
7/27/2011

Los Angeles Times: Activist who faked energy lease bids faces sentencing- In early 2009, one of the Obama administration's first moves was to rule that a last-minute George W. Bush administration sale of 77 energy leases on federal land in Utah's red rock country had been improperly administered.

Key arrives in Washington to push trade talks
7/26/2011

Radio New Zealand: Key arrives in Washington to push trade talks- Prime Minister John Key has arrived in Washington for two days of top level talks culminating in a meeting with President Barak Obama.

Call bullsh*t on these crap trade deals
7/26/2011

MyFDL: Call bullsh*t on these crap trade deals- During a July 8 press conference in the Rose Garden just after the disastrous June jobs numbers were made public, our President went on the jobs offensive.

Columbia Free Trade Agreement: violence, potential job losses hang over deal
7/26/2011

Huffington Post: Columbia Free Trade Agreement: violence, potential job losses hang over deal- As U.S. lawmakers inch closer to enacting a long-stalled trade agreement with Colombia, the deal's proponents have cited the safer atmosphere for Colombian union leaders and workers as a primary reason for finally pushing the deal through. 

GOP struggles to please business allies without giving Obama win on trade deals
7/26/2011

Huffington Post: GOP struggles to please business allies without giving Obama win on trade deals- Congress is widely expected to vote on a series of major trade deals with Panama, South Korea and Colombia at some point before its August recess.

US House votes to weaken consumer protections
7/26/2011

The Washington Independent: US House votes to weaken consumer protections- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved HR 1315, also called the Consumer Financial Protection Safety and Soundness Improvement Act.

Drug prices to plummet in wave of expiring patents
7/26/2011

MyFox Washington DC: Drug prices to plummet in wave of expiring patents-The cost of prescription medicines used by millions of people every day is about to plummet.

Shale boom drives flaring spike
7/26/2011

Reuters: Shale boom drives flaring spike- Flaring of natural gas from wells is on the upswing in Texas and North Dakota as oil and gas producers rush to develop new shale plays, and critics are not happy about it.

FDA chief defends approval process
7/26/2011

MedPage Today: Medical News: FDA chief defends approval process- FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD, addressed on Monday the "increasing drumbeat" of criticism suggesting that the agency is slowing innovation by requiring drug and device companies to wait excessively long periods for approval. 

Up to 10 years in prison for Tim DeChristopher
7/26/2011

Mother Jones: Up to 10 years in prison for Tim DeChristopher- In December 2008, during the waning hours of the Bush administration, climate activist Tim DeChristpher walked in on a Utah auction and bid nearly $2 million on federal land for sale.

Lobbying Greek debt holders
7/26/2011

Bloomberg: Lobbying Greek debt holders, Finra warning, Erste Group bank: compliance- The Institute of International Finance, which lobbies on behalf of banks, is pressing members that hold Greek government debt to support a rescue package amid concern it may not reach its 90 percent participation target.

Perry environmental stance would transform EPA
7/26/2011

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Perry environmental stance would transform EPA- As governor, Rick Perry has argued that the Environmental Protection Agency has strangled business and interfered with state environmental efforts, and he has championed a half-dozen lawsuits challenging federal air pollution and greenhouse-gas regualtions.

Activist who faked energy lease bids faces sentencing
7/26/2011

LA Times: Activist who faked energy lease bids faces sentencingTim DeChristopher could get up to 10 years for winning bids on 22,000 acres he couldn't pay for at a federal energy auction.

Free trade deals
7/25/2011

Huffington Post: Free trade deals: lobbying fever foreshadows winners, losers- The three major free trade agreements Congress will soon consider are being promoted as a big win for American workers.

Michigan Reps. vote to weaken consumer protections
7/25/2011

Michigan Messenger: Michigan Reps. vote to weaken consumer protections-The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved HR 1315, also called the Consumer Financial Protection Safety and Soundness Improvement Act.

Eyes on spent fuel pools
7/25/2011

Occupational Health & Safety: Eyes on spent fuel pools at reactor safety public meeting- The 12 recommendations made in the "Recommendations for Enhancing Reactor Safety in the 21st Century" by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Japan Task Force will be discussed July 28 in a public meeting of the commission in Rockville, Md.

What's the agenda?
7/25/2011

Modernhealthcare.com: What's the agenda?- About 10 years ago, a well-known pharmaceutical asked Dr. Daniel Carlat to serve on a medical advisory board.

Perry environmental stance would transform EPA
7/25/2011

Austin American-Statesman: Perry environmental stance would transform EPA-As governor of Texas, Rick Perry has argued that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has strangled business and interfered with state environmental efforts, and he has championed a half-dozen lawsuits challenging federal air pollution and greenhouse gas regulations.

House thwarts Watt's move to cut funding
7/25/2011

Charlotte Observer: House thwarts Watt's move to cut funding- The U.S. House on Friday roundly rejected a move by U.S. Rep. Mel Watt to slice the budget of an independent ethics office, a move several watchdog groups denounced and one called "a personal vendetta."

Musings on the state of our democracy
7/25/2011

Midland Daily News: Musings on the state of our democracy- In the early 1770s, the American colonies were struggling economically because King George of England had blessed the East India Company with a monopoly in selling tea to the colonies.

Consumer groups asks Blue Cross for explanation
7/22/2011

Boston Globe: Consumer group asks Blue Cross for explanation on study response from White Coat Notes- On Wednesday, the day before researchers at Cambridge Health Alliance released the results of a study that found that even patients with good insurance coverage from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts have a difficult time getting mental health care, the insurer’s spokesman e-mailed the hospital group with an objection.

Playing hide-and-seek with energy
7/22/2011

Earthjustice: Playing hide-and-seek with energy efficiency information- Which of the following should online consumers have to do to be able to evaluate the operating costs of an appliance?

Report exposes Wall Street
7/22/2011

PressTV: Report exposes Wall Street lobbty against CEO pay reform-Remember the big Wall Street showdown? Thought that ended a year ago, when President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation? Think again.

Future, authority of new consumer agency in doubt
7/22/2011

New Orleans City Business: Future, authority of new consumer agency in doubt- A brand new federal agency tasked with regulating the nation’s consumer financial industry – including everything from debt collection practices to mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts – is set to launch. And its future couldn’t be more unclear.

FDA joins Multaq review
7/22/2011

FiercePharma: FDA joins Multaq review, reveals prelim study data- FDA has joined the Multaq review effort.

Wall Street takes aim at new transparency rule
7/22/2011

TPMMuckraker: Wall Street takes aim at new transparency rule for executive pay- Wall Street has deployed an army of lobbyists to try to whittle away as much of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill as possible, spending $242.2 million on 712 hired guns to press their message on Capitol Hill since the beginning of 2010, according to a new report by Public Citizen.

Thompson: friend of the underdog and the powerful
7/22/2011

Texas Tribune: Thompson: friend of the underdog and the powerful- When a special interest group tried to defeat her insurance bill this session with a flier condemning the “nanny state” and showing an infant suckling a woman’s breast, Houston state Rep. Senfronia Thompson couldn’t contain her outrage.

Obama's tricky campaign cash
7/22/2011

Fox News: Obama's tricky campaign cash: Insider fundraising events and wooing Wall Street- The 2012 election is expected to break fundraising records, with some estimates putting President Obama raising upwards of $1 billion -- which brings into focus the creative and tricky lines the Obama campaign has to walk to bring in cash.

The Senate's lawsuit factory
7/22/2011

The Wall Street Journal: The Senate's lawsuit factory- Somewhere, in some secret drawer at Tort Bar Headquarters, is an instruction manual labeled "How To Wring Legal Jackpots Out of Congress."

Watt moves to slash ethics budget
7/22/2011

Politico: Watt moves to slash ethics office budget by 40 percent- After coming under investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) in the 111th Congress, Democratic Rep. Mel Watt (N.C.) is trying to get revenge in a time-honored Washington fashion - he's looking to slash the independent ethics watchdog's budget by 40 percent.

Trade talks top of agenda
7/22/2011

Newstalk ZB: Trade talks top of agenda for Key- Trade talks are at the top of the agenda for John Key in the US

Top staffer for Rep. Issa's committee maintains financial relationship
7/22/2011

Think Progress: Top staffer for Rep. Issa's committee maintains financial relationship with lobbying group- When he became chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) hired a large new staff to assist him with investigations.

The achievements and future challenges of Dodd-Frank
7/22/2011

Free Speech Radio: The achievements and future challenges of the Dodd-Frank Protection Act- Today is the first anniversary of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the legislation that aims to curb some of the financial practices that led to the 2008 crisis.

Too big to fail still looms
7/22/2011

Firedoglake: Too big to fail still looms, a year after Dodd-Frank- In addition to being the launch date for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, this is the one-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law

State societies feed local ties
7/22/2011

Capitol News Connection: State societies feed local ties in Washington- For over 100 years, the Iowa State Society has allowed Iowans in Washington to socialize, raise money for charities – and do some politicking.

Dodd-Frank rules slowly kick into consumer's lives
7/22/2011

UPI.com: Dodd-Frank rules slowly kick into consumer's lives- The Dodd-Frank law is slowly kicking into U.S. consumers' lives, one year after the most sweeping U.S. financial regulation since the Great Depression was enacted.

Obama vows fight over Republican efforts
7/22/2011

Money News: Obama vows fight over Republican efforts to weaken Dodd-Frank: President Barack Obama said he would push back against Republican attempts to alter the Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul, in particular the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Complaints from Texas over cross-state pollution
7/22/2011

The Washington Independent: Complaints from Texas over cross-state pollution rules hint at coming battles with EPA- In the two weeks since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a new rule limiting cross-state air pollution from power plants, Gov. Rick Perry and state environmental officials have been complained about the regulation in the usual terms — saying it’s a job-killer, fueled by the federal government’s thirst for regulation.

Ethics hires special prosecutor for Waters' case
7/22/2011

TPMMuckraker: Ethics hires special prosecutor for Waters' case amid turmoil- The House Ethics Committee has hired a special prosecutor to handle the case against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), a two-year investigation that has become mired in allegations of prosecutorial misconduct and partisan maneuvering

NPR, Politico, WUSA, WJLA and others join ACLU
7/22/2011

Washington Post: NPR, Politico, WUSA, WJLA, and others join ACLU brief in Redskins owner Daniel Snyder's lawsuit- Fourteen news and public-interest groups added their names to the amicus brief filed Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation’s Capital in the matter of Daniel M. Snyder vs. Creative Loafing, Inc., et al. — better known as the defamation lawsuit filed by the owner of the Washington Redskins against Washington City Paper and writer Dave McKenna.

Malpractice measure in 'Gang of Six' debt ceiling
7/22/2011

eNews Park Forest: Malpractice measure in 'Gang of Six' debt ceiling proposal shifts costs from negligent doctors to U.S. taxpayers- They just don’t give up, despite the fact that their “solution” won’t save money.

Military medicine scheme is alleged
7/22/2011

San Antonio Express News: Military medicine scheme is alleged- On a sunny spring day last year, a federal investigator visited an office building at Energy Plaza on the North Side and headed to Suite 705 — headquarters of the T.R.U.E. Research Foundation.

Collins pushes to delay boiler limit
7/22/2011

Morning Sentinel: Collins pushes to delay boiler limit- Citing the worries of a Maine business, Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon introduced a bill Wednesday that would delay new federal regulations limiting emissions from industrial boilers.

CELOC clock ticks toward F1 race
7/22/2011

Austin Chronicle: CELOC clock ticks toward F1 race- What's a CELOC? That's been the question puzzling Formula One enthusiasts and detractors alike, and it was answered July 16 when the Circuit Events Local Organizing Committee held its first public meeting in the offices of Armbrust & Brown.

How Congress started a holy war
7/22/2011

Reno News & Review: How Congress started a holy war by elevating politics over science-Richard Bryan no longer remembers where he was or what he was doing when he heard the news.

Key arrives in Washington to push trade talks
7/22/2011

Radio New Zealand: Key arrives in Washington to push trade talks- Prime Minister John Key has arrived in Washington for two days of top level talks culminating in a meeting with President Barack Obama

Government must investigate human experiments
7/20/2011

PharmaLive: Government must investigate human experiments that test a dangerous Novartis drug- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), which is housed in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, should suspend studies of a dangerous drug and promptly investigate allegations that these studies are unethical and fail to comply with federal regulations that protect human subjects, Public Citizen said today in letters to the two agencies.

Texas grid operator fears electricity shortage
7/20/2011

Austin American-Statesman: Texas grid operator fears electricity shortage under new EPA rule- Texas could face a shortage of electrical generation within a few years if the federal government moves forward with a new rule meant to cut down on power plant smokestack emissions, the chief executive of the state's grid operator warned on Tuesday.

The Colbert bump
7/20/2011

Chicago Tribune: The Colbert bump: Who benefits most from the Colbert bump?- What do Sarah Palin, the Federal Election Commission, the United Farm Workers of America, Wikipedia, U.S. Speedskating, pop singer Rebecca Black and Northwestern University have in common?

Watchdogs: Bonner has to go
7/20/2011

TPMMuckraker: Watchdogs: Bonner has to go to fix broken House ethics system- Ethics watchdogs are calling on Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL) to step down as chairman of the House Ethics Committee -- at least temporarily -- for his role in the ongoing turmoil over Rep. Maxine Waters' (D-CA) case.

Obama vows fight over Republican efforts
7/20/2011

San Francisco Chronicle: Obama vows fight over Republican efforts to weaken Dodd-Frank: President Barack Obama said he would push back against Republican attempts to alter the Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul, in particular the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Debt ceiling games are evil
7/19/2011

The Economic Populist: Saturday reads around the internets- debt ceiling games are evil- Blogger George Washington nails it on the debt ceiling agenda.

Automaker ads to protest Obama 56 mpg goal
7/19/2011

USA Today: Automaker ads to protest Obama 56 mpg goal- Automakers are launching a new radio ad campaign Tuesday, accusing the Obama administration of threatening the industry's recovery by seeking a 56-mpg fuel economy target by 2025.

Rep. Jared Polis a champ at raising funds for Democrats
7/19/2011
The Denver Post: Rep. Jared Polis a champ at raising funds for Democrats-
We don't need free trade agreements with Panama, Columbia and Korea
7/19/2011

The Market Oracle: We don't need free trade agreements with Panama, Columbia and Korea- Obama is still pushing for free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia, and Korea, albeit with the thin fig leaf of demanding they be accompanied by money for so-called Trade Adjustment Assistance, a "painkiller" program designed to blunt the harm to laid-off workers.

Senate Republicans vow to fight Obama nominee to head consumer bureau
7/19/2011

IWatchNews: Senate Republicans vow to fight Obama nominee to head consumer bureau- Just three days before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau throws open its doors for business, President Obama nominated former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to head the new agency.

Cordray nominated to lead watchdog agency
7/19/2011

NPR: Cordray nominated to lead watchdog agency- President Obama Monday nominated former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to be the first director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Exit interview: Elizabeth Warren
7/19/2011

ABC News: Exit interview: Elizabeth Warren : 'I'm not throwing rocks'- President Obama today nominated former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to be director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Obama aims to roll back roll-back of Dodd-Frank
7/19/2011

InvestmentNews: Obama aims to roll back roll-back of Dodd-Frank- President Obama said he would push back against Republican attempts to alter the Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul, in particluar the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Fox vilifies efficient light bulbs
7/18/2011

Media Matters for America (blog): Fox vilifies efficient light bulbs- The conservative media campaign in support of House GOP efforts to overturn light bulb efficiency standards signed into law by President Bush centers on two primary claims.

Concierge medicine offers hands-on care
7/18/2011

The Tennessean: Concierge medicine offers hands-on care at a price- At first, Rita Mitchell thought she might bolt from her doctor of 10 years after learning she’d have to pay a $1,500 annual fee to stick with him when he switched to a strategy that trimmed his patient load but promised more hands-on care to those who remained.

Automaker ads protest Obama 56 mpg goal
7/18/2011

USA Today: Automaker ads protest Obama 56 mpg goal- Automakers are launching a new radio ad campaign Tuesday, accusing the Obama administration of threatening the industry's recovery by seeking a 56-mpg fuel economy target by 2025.

Williamson officials defend hiring
7/18/2011

Austin American-Statesman: Williamson officials defend hiring of legislative lobbyists- The Williamson County Commissioners Court is facing criticism over spending more than $100,000 on lobbyists to help get a bill passed in the Texas Legislature that speeds up the environmental review process for transportation projects

No, Obama, we don't need free trade agreements
7/18/2011

Huffington Post (blog): No, Obama, we don't need free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia, and Korea- Obama is still pushing for free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia, and Korea, albeit with the thin fig leaf of demanding they be accompanied by money for so-called Trade Adjustment Assistance, a "painkiller" program designed to blunt the harm to laid-off workers.

Three Michiganians raise at least $250K for Obama campaign
7/18/2011

Detroit Free Press: Three Michiganians raise at least $250K for Obama campaign last quarter- Three Michiganians raised at least $250,000 for President Barack Obama's re-election in the most recent reporting quarter, according to a list his campaign released today.

Ethics case against Massa reopens
7/18/2011

Roll Call: Ethics case against Massa reopens- The House Ethics Committee on Friday announced it has re-convened an investigative subcommittee to look into allegations that former Rep. Eric Massa sexually harassed a male staff member

House Republicans accuse EPA
7/18/2011

New York Times: House Republicans accuse EPA, enviros of collusion- Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) believes that U.S. EPA has worked out a nifty way to make an end run around both Congress and the federal regulatory process when it wants to implement a new rule that may be politically sensitive.

Radio ads will warn that CAFE standards are threat
7/18/2011

Detroit Free Press: Radio ads will warn that CAFE standards are threat to auto industry recovery- Automakers are publicly taking the gloves off in the fight over upcoming fuel economy standards, launching a campaign of radio advertisements accusing the Obama administration of threatening the industry’s fragile recovery.

Wall Street strikes at regulations
7/15/2011

Politico: Wall Street strikes at regulations- Wall Street’s epic battle over financial reforms didn’t end when the Dodd-Frank law was enacted a year ago.

Polls show Americans overwhelmingly oppose
7/15/2011

AFL-CIO Blog: Polls show Americans overwhelmingly oppose bad trade deals- With free trade agreements between the United States and Panama, South Korea and Colombia set to hit the congressional floor as soon as this month, lawmakers should check out recent polling which shows American voters are overwhelmingly opposed to trade deals that end up sending jobs overseas.

The FTA hat trick
7/15/2011

Infoshop News: The FTA hat trick and the climatic free fall- Republican Representative Sam Graves shot wide of the mark in a recent article, published on Politico last Friday, touting the upcoming free trade agreements (FTAs) with Korea, Colombia and Panama on the basis of defending small businesses.

Like water for gold in El Salvador
7/15/2011

The Nation: Like water for gold in El Salvador- Thirty years ago, several thousand civilians in the northern Salvadoran community of Santa Marta quickly gathered a few belongings and fled the US-funded Salvadoran military as it burned their houses and fields in an early stage of the country’s twelve-year civil war.

Public Citizen calls for closing of hydrofracking
7/15/2011

Aboutlawsuits.com: Public Citizen calls for closing of hydrofracking loophole -The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen is pressing lawmakers to close loopholes that allow energy companies to contaminate drinking water supplies through a controversial gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing. 

Money, money everywhere
7/15/2011

The Day: Money, money everywhere- If the election were held tomorrow and the outcome were based on campaign funds raised rather than votes cast, Barack Obama would win in a landslide.

Obama said ready to move
7/15/2011

Reuters: Obama said ready to move on South Korea trade bill- President Barack Obama will soon send a free trade pact with South Korea to Congress for approval despite Republican threats to vote against it because of a retraining program for workers displaced by trade, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said on Thursday.

FAA launches new plan
7/15/2011

Huffington Post: FAA launches new plan to keep air traffic controllers from sleeping on the job- After several well-publicized reports of air traffic controllers falling asleep in recent months, the Federal Aviation Administration and the controllers union began discussing new fatigue regulations.

House factions, outsiders impede debt deal
7/15/2011

Keene Sentinel: House factions, outsiders impede debt deal- Besieged by single-interest groups, vocal constituencies insisting on ideological rigidity and influential fundraisers they’re eager to please, many congressional lawmakers are dividing into small blocs that could make it hard to pass any deficit-reduction deal.

Voldemort defeats Potter
7/15/2011

Center for Responsive Politics: Voldemort defeats Potter in political contributions- Millions of fans will line up outside movie theaters across the world at midnight to watch the premiere of the last Potter installment, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, featuring the anxiously awaited battle between the Dark Lord and the “boy who lived.”

Protesters arrested
7/15/2011

Kansas City infoZine: Protesters arrested as vote nears on U.S.-Colombia trade deal- Fifty-one black cardboard coffins were paraded in front of the White House Monday by members of labor, religious and environmental organizations protesting the pending U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.

Viatical company drops suit
7/15/2011

ABA Journal: Viatical company drops suit against "Twittersquatter"- A company that sued a so-called Twittersquatter for using its name to post sarcastic tweets has dropped its legal effort.

Luminant may shut power plants
7/15/2011

WJTV: Luminant may shut power plants over clean-air regs- The major electric power provider for much of North and West Texas is considering how to respond to new federal clean-air regulations, including closing or reducing operations at some of its coal-fired plants and coal mines, according to a regulatory filing Wednesday.

New Menendez introduces Shareholder Protection Act
7/14/2011

Politicalnews.me: New Menendez introduces Shareholder Protection Act- US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced the Shareholder Protection Act, which requires a shareholder vote before corporate treasury funds are spent on political campaigns.

Viatical company drops suit against 'Twittersquatter'
7/14/2011

ABA Journal: Viatical company drops suit against 'twittersquatter'- A company that sued a so-called Twittersquatter for using its name to post sarcastic tweets has dropped its legal effort.

Protesters arrested as vote nears on US-Columbia trade deal
7/14/2011

Kansas City infoZine: Protesters arrested as vote nears on US-Columbia trade deal- Fifty-one black cardboard coffins were paraded in front of the White House Monday by members of labor, religious and environmental organizations protesting the pending US-Columbia Trade Promotion Agreement.

Luminant may shut power plants over clean-air regs
7/14/2011

MoneyWatch.com: Luminant may shut power plants over clean-air regs- The major electric power provider for much of North and West Texas is considering how to respond to new federal clean-air regualtions, including closing or reducing operations at some of its coal-fired plants and coal mines, according to a  regulatory filing Wednesday.

Factions in Congress, pressure from outsiders impede debt deal
7/14/2011

The State: Factions in Congress, pressure from outsiders impede debt deal- Besieged by single-interest groups, vocal constituencies insisting on ideological rigidity and influential fundraisers they're eager to please, many congressional lawmakers are dividing into small blocs that could make it hard to pass any deficit-reduction deal.

Should shareholders have a say in corporate campaign spending?
7/14/2011

Minyanville.com: Should sharholders have say in corporate campaign spending?- Introduced today by Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) and Senators Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), the Shareholder Protection Act is, in the words of Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for non-profit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, a “necessary response to the US Supreme Court decision last year that let corporations spend as much money as they want to influence elections.”

Trans-Pacific partnership agreement
7/14/2011

Intellectual Property Watch: Trans-Pacific partnership agreement: did US move to threaten public health?- Civil society groups say a leaked document from regional free trade negotiations between countries bordering the Pacific Ocean shows the United States favouring giant pharmaceutical companies at the expense of public health.

Wall Street's opposition to Dodd-Frank reforms
7/14/2011

eNews Park Forest: Wall Street's opposition to Dodd-Frank reforms echoes its resistance to new deal financial safeguards- As the nation approaches the first anniversary of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, opponents are claiming that the new measure is extraordinarily damaging, especially to Main Street.

Stephen Colbert and the Shareholder Protection Act
7/14/2011

The Hill: Spider-Man, Stephen Colbert and the Shareholder Protection Act- As Spider-Man reminds us, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

Perdue's vetoes, redistricting are on the line as Honorables return to Raleigh
7/14/2011

StarNewsOnline.com: Perdue's vetoes, redistricting are on the line as Honorables return to Raleigh- Round two of the 2011 N.C. General Assembly session officially begins today, as the Republican majority attempts to draw districts designed to guarantee more victories in state and congressional races next year.

Lawsuits mounting over alleged health risks
7/11/2011

New Jersey Star-Ledger: Lawsuits mounting over alleged health risks of Bayer's Yaz contraceptive- Michelle Pfleger, a teenager from Hackettstown, was familiar enough with the birth control pill Yaz to ask for it when she visited her doctor before heading off to college

Progressive musings
7/11/2011

The American Spectator: Progressive musings- If you were looking to be shocked last week, you needed to travel no farther than Northwest Washington's Omni Shoreham Hotel, the site of this year's Campus Progress national conference.

Silicone breast implants: safe, with caveats
7/11/2011

NPR: Silicone breast implants: safe, with caveats- Silicone breast implants were pulled off the market in 1992 amid concerns that leaks from the implants could lead to cancer or autoimmune disease.

Groups want House to restart Waters probe
7/11/2011

Washington Times: Groups want House to restart Waters probe- A coalition of reform groups wants the House Committee on Ethics to resume its work on the long-pending investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters and provide a public accounting of the status of the case against the California Democrat.

Toughening laws to prevent coal mine disasters
7/11/2011

Washington Post: Toughening laws to prevent coal mine disasters- It has been more than a year since an explosion in the Upper Big Branch mine killed 29 miners in West Virginia, yet Congress has failed to pass legislation needed to prevent the next disaster

Oversight of doctors improves
7/11/2011

The News Journal: Oversight of doctors improves- In the wake of the failure of medical and law-enforcement officials to stop pediatrician Earl B. Bradley from sexually abusing girls he treated, lawmakers last year enacted a slew of laws aimed at cracking down on incompetent doctors and those who fail to report wrongdoing.

Texas aglow with effort to save incandescent light bulb
7/11/2011

Los Angeles Times: Light bulbs: Texas aglow with effort to save incandescent light bulb- It doesn't have the ring of "Remember the Alamo," but a new battle cry has gone up in Texas: "Remember the incandescent bulb."

The extraordinary hidden costs of boiling water
7/8/2011

Daily Kos: The extraordinary hidden costs of boiling water, cheaply- How much will the Fukushima nuclear power disaster cost the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the Japanese economy, and the Japanese taxpayer?

Watchdog group calls for Ethics to move on case
7/8/2011

The Hill: Watchdog group calls for Ethics to move on case against Rep. Waters- A half-dozen public-interest watchdog groups sent a letter to the House Ethics Committee on Friday calling on the secretive panel to announce its intentions with regards to its stalled case against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).

Two rules at final stage
7/8/2011

Occupational Health & Safety: Two rules at final stage in OSHA's latest agenda- Hours of service rules highlighted the semiannual regulatory agendas published July 7 by various federal agencies, with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration combining its electronic on-board recorder rulemaking with its pending hours rule.

EPA orders Texas to cut other states' pollution
7/8/2011

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: EPA orders Texas to cut other states' pollution- A federal rule announced Thursday could force a substantial number of Texas power plants to add more pollution controls to reduce emissions that contribute to health-threatening smog. 

 

OSHA drags its feet
7/8/2011

enews Park Forest: OSHA drags its feet on study regarding workers' exposure to toxic substance- The release of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) regulatory agenda today reveals that the agency has failed to take any concrete steps since last year on limiting workers’ exposure to the toxic substance beryllium and has no plans to do so anytime soon.

Ethics committee staffs up amid trial delays
7/8/2011

National Legal and Policy Center: Ethics committee staffs up amid trial delays-Last week's announcement by the House Ethics Committee that it is investigating Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), a year after questions about his finances were in the headlines, has put the spotlight back on the Committee's ability to do its job.

Nuclear industry weighs $1 billion emergency-response plan
7/8/2011

San Francisco Chronicle: Nuclear industry weighs $1 billion emergency-response plan- The Nuclear Energy Institute, the industry's U.S. trade group, is considering a $1 billion plan that would create regional centers to store equipment for delivery to reactors within 24 hours of an emergency.

U.S. FTAs reach Congressional Committees
7/8/2011

International Centre for Trade and International Development: U.S. FTAs reach Congressional Committees, only to face political limbo over worker aid- After signs last week from the White House that the US Congress was ready to move on the long-awaited free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, Republicans in both chambers have renewed their push against the reauthorization of extensions to a worker aid programme, even at the expense of slowing the ratification of these FTAs.

PHAC to publicly disclose conflicts of interest
7/8/2011

CMAJ: PHAC to publicly disclose conflicts of interest of external experts on advisory panels- Few commodities hold more value in the field of public health than trustworthy advice.

Gmail user delets bank's email
7/8/2011

MediaPost Publications: Gmail user delets bank's email before account 'deactivated'- The Gmail user who was mistakenly sent confidential records by Rocky Mountain Bank marked the message as spam four days after it was sent without ever opening it, newly unsealed court records show.

Limits on first-year medical residency hours
7/8/2011

Arizona Republic: Limits on first-year medican residency hours will be studied- Regulations limiting hours first-year medical residents can work take effect this month, fueling debate over whether the change will affect patient care or harm crucial competencies for physicians in training.

The case of the missing U.S. Ambassador
7/8/2011

American Thinker: The case of the missing U.S. Ambassador- The U.S. Ambassador was conspicuous by his absence at the recent unveiling of a Ronald Reagan statue in London.

NEA endorses Obama
7/8/2011

Center for Responsive Politics: NEA endorses Obama- The National Education Association has endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election, Politico reported.

Wall Street versus main street
7/8/2011

Truthout: Wall Street versus main street: Leaving a hearing before the subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee a few weeks ago, a pleasant woman approached us and introduce herself, noting she and her companions worked for SIFMA—the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. 

Lies, damn lies, and safe nuclear power
7/5/2011

Mathaba.net: Lies, damn lies, and safe nuclear power- 3 nuclear power stations have been in full meltdown poisoning half of the world for thousands of years to come with radiation of the worst kind, in the world's worst ever disaster, entirely man-made, and unreported by your main stream media.

NZ needs to protect itself from US corruption
7/5/2011

Computerworld New Zealand: NZ needs to protect itself from US corruption: Harvard professor- New Zealand should be protected from US law and politics which are tainted by commercial special interests, says Harvard University law professor Lawrence Lessig.

Wall Street looks to fill Treasury Secretary post after Geithner exit
7/5/2011

The Hill: Wall Street looks to fill Treasury Secretary post after Geithner exit- Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's potential departure is highlighting how much Wall Street's reputation might have recovered from the financial crisis — and sparking chatter that one of their own could take his place.

The odd man from East Texas
7/5/2011

The Austin American-Statesman: The odd man from East Texas- For whatever reason and for whatever it says about their region, East Texans occasionally send us lawmakers who are just a bit different.

Did the Fed sell out on debit card fee rule?
7/5/2011

About.com: Did the Fed sell out on debit card fee rule?- The U.S. Federal Reserve has issued its final federal regulation limiting the so-called "swipe fee" banks can charge for debit card transactions.

Journal to scrutinize hip fracture study
7/5/2011

The Boston Globe: Journal to scrutinize hip fracture study: inquiry follows allegations of ethical breach- A leading medical journal is launching an investigation into the work of a research team led by a Harvard doctor, after federal health regulators accused the scientists of failing to inform elderly nursing home residents of serious health risks discovered during a hip fracture study.

FDA decision dooms cancer patients
7/1/2011

The American Spectator: FDA decision dooms cancer patients- Opponents of medical progress are celebrating the decision of a Food and Drug Administration panel to revoke approval of the use of Avastin in treating advance breast cancer.

Parker replaces campaign treasurer
7/1/2011

Houston Chronicle: Parker replaces campaign treasurer- Mayor Annise Parker's campaign treasurer lobbied City Council on behalf of a client seeking a $20 million city cellphone contract for the past two weeks.

Comedian Colbert wins U.S. approval
7/1/2011

Bloomberg Businessweek: Comedia Colbert wins U.S. approval for fundraising 'Super PAC'- Comedian Stephen Colbert got permission from the U.S. Federal Election Commission to form a “super PAC” that can raise unlimited money from corporations, unions and individuals to support or oppose candidates in 2012.

New rules on medical residents' hours spurs debate
7/1/2011

GPB News: New rules on medical residents' hours spurs debate- Dr. Emil Oweis is ready for anything Washington Hospital Center throws at him.

Regulators back "fracking" in New York
7/1/2011

Wall Street Journal: Regulators back "fracking" in New York- New York state regulators will recommend Friday that the use of hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas be allowed in much of the state, but remain banned in areas that supply drinking water to New York City and Syracuse, officials said Thursday

Brownville residents not worried about nuke station
7/1/2011

KVNO News: Brownville residents not worried about nuke station- Nebraska’s two nuclear power stations have made front page news around the country this week.

Stephen Colbert gets FEC permission
7/1/2011

Wall Street Journal: Stephen Colbert gets FEC permission to form 'Super' PAC- Comedian Stephen Colbert won approval from the Federal Election Commission to start a political organization that he plans to use to promote or oppose candidates in the 2012 election

A true grassroots victory
7/1/2011

Huffington post: A true grassroots victory in San Antonio- We're still celebrating last week's announcement by San Antonio Mayor Joaquin Castro that not only will the city shut down its 900 megawatt Deely coal-fired power plant by 2018, but San Antonio plans to replace the power with a combination of traditional sources like natural gas, renewable energy, including solar energy, and energy efficiency.

Stephen Colbert brings reality TV to the FEC
7/1/2011

National Journal: Stephen Colbert brings reality TV to the FEC- Stephen Colbert came to the Federal Election Commission on Thursday as a walking and talking funhouse mirror, utterly distorting and strangely clarifying American politics at the same time.

FEC lets candidates solicit funds
7/1/2011

Wall Street Journal: FEC lets candidates solicit funds for outside groups- The government’s election referee – the Federal Election Commission – spends most of its time getting bashed by both people who want to tighten election rules, and those that want to loosen the rules.

Campaign reformers say Colbert's FEC joke has gone far enough
6/30/2011

TPMMuckraker: Campaign reformers say Stephen Colbert's FEC joke has gone far enough- Your average meeting of the Federal Election Commission is lucky to attract one reporter - usually Ken Doyle, the senior editor of the trade publication BNA's Money & Politics Report.

How justice has become the privilege of corporations
6/30/2011

The Guardian: Women gang-raped by 7 Halliburton employees "signed away" her right to sue? How justice has become the privilege of corporations- Worried about the influence of money in American politics, the huge cash payouts that the US supreme court waved through by its Citizens United decision – the decision that lifted most limits on election campaign spending?

City hall hustle
6/30/2011

The Austin Chronicle: City hall hustle: Skid marks on the dais- When the smoke cleared yesterday, Formula One was in the winners circle.

Fed caps debit card fees for merchants
6/30/2011

The New York Times: Fed caps debit card fees for merchants- Fees paid by retailers to banks for debit card purchases, a $20 billion annual expense that has been the subject of a furious political battle over the last year, will be cut in half after the Federal Reserve voted Wednesday to cap the charges.

Why is Congress a millonaires club?
6/30/2011

CBS News: Why is Congress a millonaires club?- The evidence is clear: Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of Congress and don't believe their representatives share their priorities.

Tim Pawlenty's ties to "swift boat" Bob Perry
6/30/2011

Huffington Post: Tim Pawlenty's ties to "swift boat" Bob Perry- Tim Pawlenty may not have great name recognition but he does have one very important thing for a presidential candidate: a hand in the pocket of Texas billionaire Bob J. Perry.

Overprescribing the healthy elderly
6/30/2011

Scientific American: Overprescribing the healthy elderly: Why funding research and drug safety is paramount- My frail, 92-year-old mother was prescribed 80 mgs of the cholesterol-lowering drug, or statin, simvastatin for years.

Women should not use silicone breast implants
6/30/2011

AboutLawsuits.com: Women should not use silicone breast implants: Public Citizen- Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group, indicates that the FDA did not go far enough in warning women about the risks associated with silicone breast implants last week, suggesting that women should be advised against having the implants. 

FEC to get taste of Colbert nation
6/30/2011

NBC: FEC to get taste of Colbert Nation- He has already entertained (and angered) Congress during an immigration hearing. Now, Stephen Colbert is taking his talents to the drab halls of the Federal Election Commission.

Groups sue FDA
6/29/2011

American Veterinary Medical Association: Groups sue FDA over drug use in livestock- Five nonprofit organizations are suing federal drug authorities whom they accuse of failing to restrict antimicrobial use in livestock, despite the risks of harm to humans.

Watchdog: We were right about Maxine Waters
6/29/2011

National Legal and Policy Center: Watchdog: We were right about Maxine Waters' trial delay- Nancy Pelosi was quick to refer the Anthony Weiner scandal to the House Ethics Committee.

Cost of AIDS drugs may skyrocket
6/29/2011

VietNameNet: Cost of AIDS drugs may skyrocket- The VNP+ said it and other organisations in the region were aware that the US had declared war on generic AIDS medicines through free trade negotiations with countries in the region.

New sources pushing trade deals
6/29/2011

Roll Call: New sources pushing trade deals- With American companies panicking that a trade agreement between the European Union and South Korea is poised to rob them of millions of dollars, business groups are increasing pressure on Congress to pass a similar deal this summer.

With environmental deal, F1 may be nearing city approval
6/29/2011

Statesman.com: With environmental deal, F1 may be nearing city approval- Formula One racing appears to have secured the City Council's approval after negotiating a familiar Austin issue: the environment.

Three free-trade agreements
6/29/2011

Washington Times: Three free-trade agreements linked to aid for workers- President Obama and Senate Democrats announced a deal Tuesday to link three pending free trade agreements to enhanced aid for displaced workers, saying it paves the way for Congress to vote - but GOP leaders said the move could cost the administration the support of Republicans who will be needed to pass the deals.

Flooding won't overcome nuclear plants
6/29/2011

NPR: Flooding won't overcome nuclear plants, officials say- Two nuclear power plants in Nebraska, 100 miles apart, are completely surrounded by water

Supreme Court denies review of decision
6/29/2011

Huffington Post: Supreme Court denies review of decision upholding constitutionality of public financing law- The Supreme Court today denied a request for the Court to review the decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Green Party v. Lenge that upheld the constitutionality of the provisions of the Connecticut public financing law for the financing of minor party candidates.

Kansas City Fed's Hoenig wants aid
6/29/2011

Automated Trader: Kansas City Fed's Hoenig wants aid for manufacturers over banks- Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Thomas Hoenig, along with other panel members at a conference Tuesday, argued that U.S. policies have tended to boost Wall Street at the expense of the nation's manufacturing industry.

White House, Congress reach deals
6/29/2011

Channel NewsAsia: White House, Congress reach deals on key trade pacts-The White House and top lawmakers have reached a deal to allow stalled trade pacts with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to move ahead in Congress, officials said on Tuesday.

Hatch opposes potential Senate deal
6/29/2011

Roll Call: Hatch opposes potential Senate deal on trade pacts- Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus said Tuesday that Members and the administration have reached a deal on a trade adjustment assistance measure — a move that is expected to help clear the path for three long-stalled trade pacts, including one with South Korea.

"Hot Coffee": Cup of cheer for plaintiffs
6/29/2011

Texas Lawyer: "Hot Coffee": Cup of cheer for plaintiffs- As a plaintiffs' lawyer in Oregon, Susan Saladoff occasionally made short films of her clients.

How corporations award themselves legal immunity
6/29/2011

Press TV: How corporations award themselves legal immunity- Worried about the influence of money in American politics, the huge cash payouts that the US Supreme Court waved through by its Citizens United decision- the decision that lifted most limits on election campaign spending?

Review of documentary on lawsuits
6/28/2011

NewsBusters: WaPo TV critic slams conservatives in review of documentary on lawsuits- Washington Post staffer Hank Stuever started off with a fair point in his review of the new HBO documentary "Hot Coffee."

Nebraska's flooded nuke plants
6/28/2011

KVNO News: Touring Nebraska's flooded nuke plants- The images are stunning: two nuclear power plants completely surrounded by water, as sandbags, levees and makeshift walls hold back the rising Missouri river.

Future behavioral ad regulations
6/28/2011

Ars Technica: How a drug marketing ruling could limit future behavioral ad regulations- Thursday's decision striking down a Vermont regulation of drug industry marketing practices could have implications for privacy law more generally.

How corporations award themselves legal immunity
6/28/2011

The Guardian: How corporations award themselves legal immunity- Worried about the influence of money in American politics, the huge cash payouts that the US Supreme Court waved through by its Citizens United decision – the decision that lifted most limits on election campaign spending?

Public financing curtailed by high court in Arizona case
6/28/2011

Deseret News: Public financing is curtailed by high court in Arizona case- The U.S. Supreme Court, in a decision that deepens the divide over campaign finance regulations, ruled that a 13-year-old Arizona public financing law violated the speech rights of opposing candidates.

Three U.S. nuke plants at risk to wildfire and floods
6/28/2011

The Talk Radio News Service: Three U.S. nuke plants at risk to wildfire and floodsAnti-nuclear activists are having the biggest “We told you so moment” since the earthquake and tsunami caused a meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi reactors earlier this spring as Mother Nature puts scare intro three U.S. nuclear facilities.

Public financing curtailed
6/27/2011

Bloomberg: Public financing curtailed by High Court in Arizona case- The U.S. Supreme Court, in a decision that deepens the divide over campaign finance regulations, ruled that a 13-year-old Arizona public financing law violated the speech rights of opposing candidates.

The "hot news" doctrine after Fly On The Wall
6/27/2011

Electronic Frontier Foundation: The "hot news" doctrine after Fly On The Wall: surviving, but on life support- A federal appellate court this week issued a fascinating decision on whether the much-maligned “hot news doctrine” – which confers a quasi-property right in facts -- will survive in the digital age. The answer? Yes, but barely, and not as an easy way to defend an outdated business model.

Patent agency would gain control of funding
6/27/2011

Bloomberg: Patent agency would gain control of funding under House measure-The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office would be able to set its own fees and have greater control of its budget under legislation approved by the House to revamp the patent system and speed legal protection for innovation.

How FEC Democrats hold regulatory reform hostage
6/27/2011

The Weekly Standard: How FEC Democrats hold regulatory reform hostage- It has been written a million times: The Federal Election Commission is a “dysfunctional” agency. But don’t jump on that bandwagon just yet.

Political ads on TV to rise
6/27/2011

International Business Times: Political ads on TV to rise in 2012 elections- A Moody's report predicts a steep rise in political advertising in the 2012 elections due to the Supreme Court's decision in 2010 to remove all caps on political ads spending.

International Energy Agency
6/27/2011

Kansas City Star: International Energy Agency releases oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help lower prices- Industrial countries took a shot Thursday at lowering oil prices.

Real stories about the benefits of regulation emerge ahead of Senate hearing
6/23/2011

OMB Watch: Real stories about the benefits of regulation emerge ahead of Senate hearing- For months, the country has been bombarded with increasingly negative and misleading messages about federal regulation, and Congress has responded by launching attacks against public protections that safeguard our air, our water, our food, our workplaces, and our economy.

FDA: Breast implants basically safe, but won't last a lifetime
6/23/2011

Doctors Lounge: FDA: Breast implants basically safe, but won't last a lifetime- Silicone-gel breast implants don't last forever, with as many as half of women with the devices requiring removal within 10 years of the initial surgery, U.S. health officials said Wednesday.

Federal regulators deem silicone breast implants to be safe
6/23/2011

Bloomberg News: Federal Regulators deem silicone breast implants to be safe after post-marketing study- Silicone breast implants made by Allergan Inc. and Johnson & Johnson were deemed safe by U.S. regulators after a review of clinical studies on the devices and the side effects reported by patients during five years of marketing.

Silicone implants: Safe, need monitoring
6/23/2011

CNN: Silicone implants: Safe, need monitoring- Silicone gel breast implants are safe according to the ongoing monitoring by the FDA.  

FDA urges caution for silicone breast implant recipients
6/23/2011

The Boston Globe: FDA urges caution for silicone breast recipients- Women with silicone breast implants need to know that they probably will not last forever and might need to be removed or replaced within a decade of implantation, according to a report released yesterday by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Governor Christie's politicking lacks transparency
6/23/2011

Philadelphia Inquirer: Christie is transparent with state government, not so much with his politicking- On the day of his inauguration in 2010, Gov. Christie declared that a "new era of accountability and transparency is here."

FDA finds no health risks from silicone breast implants
6/22/2011

National Journal: FDA finds no health risks from silicone breast implants-Silicone breast implants appear to be safe, although the surgery itself is not foolproof, the Food and Drug Administration reported on Wednesday.

FedEx joins Ford
6/22/2011

San Francisco Chronicle: FedEx joins Ford in House tax cheif's portfolio- Since becoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in January, Representative Dave Camp has invited executives from 13 publicly traded companies to testify on tax and trade policy. The chairman owned shares in six of them.

A year later, Massa case gathers dust
6/22/2011

The Hill: A year later, Massa case gathers dust- Three days after Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) resigned, then-Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) introduced a measure demanding that the House Ethics Committee issue a final report on the scandal by June 30, 2010.

FDA panel votes against gout drug
6/22/2011

Wall Street Journal: FDA panel votes against Gout drug- The Food and Drug Administration is grappling with the novel question of whether a Novartis AG gout-pain drug should be marketed when patients receiving just one injection had a higher rate of serious infections in clinical studies.

EFF asks Supreme Court to protect "first sale" rights
6/22/2011

Electronic Frontier Foundation: EFF asks Supreme Court to protect "first sale" rights- EFF asked the Supreme Court yesterday to weigh in on Vernor v. Autodesk,a case that tests whether the "first sale doctrine" will survive in the digital age.

Nothing can stop Obama
6/22/2011

Firedoglake: Nothing can stop Obama from adjourning Congress, making recess appointments- According to Public Citizen, there’s nothing stopping the President from circumventing the Congress for recess appointments of key positions, including Elizabeth Warren for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

FDA approves first generic versions of Levofloxacin
6/22/2011

Medscape News: FDA approves first generic versions of Levofloxacin- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday approved applications from 12 companies to manufacture generic versions of levofloxacin (Levaquin, Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson), a widely used fluoroquinolone antibiotic.

Obama helps Democrats outpace Republican fundraising
6/22/2011

Reuters: Obama helps Democrats outpace Republican fundraising- President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats beat Republicans in the race for campaign dollars during May, as the president stepped up fundraising ahead of the 2012 contest for the White House.

Report gives conflicting views
6/22/2011

Iowa Politics: Reports give conflicting views of Iowa's economy, business climate- National reports released Monday by two conservative, Republican-leaning groups gave conflicting views of Iowa’s economic picture and business climate.

San Antonio to shutter coal plant
6/22/2011

KUT News: San Antonio to shutter coal plant- San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro announced today that City Public Service's Deely coal-fired plant will be shut down by 2018.

News aggregators score big win
6/22/2011

CNN: News aggregators score a big win- A ruling in Barclays v. TheFlyOnTheWall shifts the balance of power away from content producers in favor of news aggregators. But Google News may still face obstacles.

A huge step backwards for the USPTO
6/22/2011

The Hill: A huge step backwards for the USPTO- As two former Chairs of the House Judiciary Committee, we understand that reforming the patent system is long overdue.

Congressional trading on advanced info not illegal
6/22/2011

CNBC: Congressional trading on advanced info not illegal: SEC- When you buy and sell stocks based on secrets you learned at the office, it could be insider trading.

Russ Feingold emerging as signficant force
6/22/2011

Huffington Post: Russ Feingold is emerging as a significant force against corporate control of our government- It seems like every week another scandal is bringing down one of the high profile "stars" in Congress.

The freedom to be anonymous
6/20/2011

Denver Post: Editorial: The freedom to be anonymous- A judge's recent decision to allow aggrieved owners of a high-end clothing retailer to unmask anonymous Internet critics could have profoundly chilling effects on free speech. 


 
Obama big-money donors
6/20/2011

NPR: Report: Obama big-money donors got plum posts- President Obama and the first lady attended a total of six fundraising events last week, half of them small gatherings with top-dollar donors. They also got a reminder of what comes with reliance on high rollers: An unflattering analysis of how many big givers in 2008 wound up with jobs in the administration

FDA studies criticized
6/20/2011

Star Tribune: Studies of FDA criticized as med-tech industry spin- As the government looks at how it regulates medical devices, a steady stream of critical studies emerge.

Levaquin lawsuits
6/17/2011

Consumer Affairs: Levaquin lawsuits: inadequate warning of tendon damage-Fourteen more lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of Levaquin, a popular antibiotic that has been linked to severe tendon problems, especially in older users.

New Jersey physicians: Beware!
6/17/2011

Physicians News Digest: New Jersey physicians: Beware!- The New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners, often considered by New Jersey physicians as difficult and unreasonable, has adopted a more aggressive approach than ever before in disciplining physicians.

White House donor order becomes flashpoint in Congress
6/17/2011

The Hill: White House donor order becomes flashpoint in Congress- President Obama’s draft executive order that would have government contractors disclose their political contributions has become a flashpoint for partisan fights in Congress.

Financial disclosures for two Colorado lawmakers
6/17/2011

Denver Post: Financial disclosures for two lawmakers from Colorado show "unethical but not illegal" connections- Reps. Scott Tipton and Ed Perlmutter have reported financial interests that potentially conflict with committee assignments in the U.S. House, a situation that an ethics watchdog calls "unethical but not illegal."

Judge orders ISP to relase names of Wikipedia posters
6/17/2011

Denver Post: Judge orders ISP to release names of Wikipedia posters who slammed Facconable- In a ruling that could have broader implications for online privacy and free speech, a federal magistrate judge in Denver has ruled that anonymity for Internet commenters goes only so far.

HISD trustee confirms vendor-lawmaker set up Costa Rica trips
6/17/2011

Houston Chronicle: HISD trustee confirms vendor-lawmaker set up Costa Rica trips- Houston school board member Larry Marshall last year took two trips to Costa Rica arranged by state Rep. Borris Miles, an insurance agent who contracts with HISD and promotes health care options in the Central American nation.

Republican group targets its own party
6/17/2011

NPR: Republican group targets its own party- It wasn't long ago that the conservative, free-market Club for Growth was viewed by a swath of Republicans as a furtive, well-heeled enemy whose efforts to purge moderates from the GOP had to be thwarted.

Campaign cash
6/17/2011

Gulf Times: Campaign cash- The White House is under pressure from consumer activists to proceed with plans to force government contractors to disclose their political donations - rules that companies warn will politicise awards of government business.

Stop oil speculation now
6/17/2011

Huffington Post: Stop oil speculation now- The increased cost of oil and gasoline is damaging the American economy and is causing severe economic pain to millions of people, especially in rural America, who often have to drive long distances to work.

Chamber launches website
6/17/2011

Roll Call: Chamber launches website in support of trade pacts- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce unveiled a new website Wednesday as part of its jobs-focused campaign to win Congressional approval for three long-stalled trade pacts. But the pro-trade, big-business lobby isn’t the only organization speaking up on the issue this week.

Don't cut access to data
6/17/2011

Roll Call: Watchdog: in culling websites, don't cut access to date- The Obama administration’s plan to cut the number of government websites in half is raising concerns about the public’s access to government data.

Politicians threaten to make hay of product safety
6/17/2011

Sun-Sentinel: Pandering politicians threaten to make hay of product safety- On one side are handmade-toy manufacturers, booksellers, librarians and the motorcycle industry. On the other side are physicians, scientists, safety advocates, consumer watchdogs and -- perhaps most notably -- the Consumer Product Safety Commission itself.

Obama order on US campaign donations
6/17/2011

Reuters: Obama order on US campaign donations feared stalled- The White House is under pressure from consumer activists to proceed with plans to force government contractors to disclose their political donations -- rules that companies warn will politicize awards of government business.

Obama rewards big bundlers
6/17/2011

iWatch News: Obama rewards big bundlers with jobs, commissions, stimulus money, government contracts, and more- Telecom executive Donald H. Gips raised a big bundle of cash to help finance his friend Barack Obama’s run for the presidency.

Patent carve-out
6/17/2011

Roll Call: Patent carve-out finds opponents left and right- Nothing brings liberals and libertarians together like the prospect of banks winning a sweet deal in Congress.

Watchdog asks Capito to disclose husband's job
6/17/2011

Charleston Gazette: Watchdog again asks Capito to disclose husband's job- A national watchdog group is trying to keep a spotlight on Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's husband's banking job, saying she is steering policy that directly involves his employer.

Election panel to consider donor disclosure
6/17/2011

San Francisco Chronicle: Election panel to consider increased donor disclosure for 2012- The U.S. Federal Election Commission today is scheduled to discuss requiring greater disclosure of donors to independent groups poised to spend millions on attack ads in the 2012 presidential race.

Capito hearing
6/17/2011

Corporate Crime Reporter: At Capito hearing on too big to fail, too conflicted to govern- At a hearing on Capitol Hill yesterday on "too big to fail" banks, both corporate parties were posturing.

Call for greater ethics reform
6/15/2011

Greater Greater Washington: Real ethics reform goes beyond rearranging the deck chairs-The District of Columbia is in an ethical crisis of unparalleled proportions thanks to the DC Council's pitiful standards.

DeMorning DeBonis: June 14, 2011
6/14/2011

The Washington Post: DeMorning DeBonis: June 14, 2011 - Let's take a break from ethical matters this morning, and deal with some old-fashioned budgetary minutiae.  

New sunscreen labels designed
6/14/2011

CNN: New sunscreen labels designed to better protect outdoor enthusiasts - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday it will implement new rules for sunscreen products, in order to help Americans reduce their risk of skin cancer and early aging

The Kochs' unlikely Democratic enforcer
6/14/2011

Politico: The Kochs' unlikely Democratic enforcer - Back when Philip Ellender was getting started in Louisiana, the Koch brothers' enforcer wondered whether he had the right stuff for the cutthroat world of politics

Congressional Travel Spikes
6/13/2011

The Daily Beast: Congressional Travel Spikes, Despite Vows of Austerity - With America's economy in the gutter, lawmakers pledge to cut back--except, apparently, when it comes to fancy trips around the globe at the expense of taxpayers and special interests. 

Isn't health care a security artist?
6/13/2011

The Advertiser: Isn't health care a security artist? - Public Citizen in May drew attention to the division of our world: "Countries that cover all of their citizens with health insurance and those that do not.

The Obama Administration's Ambivalent Regulator
6/13/2011

The Huffington Post: The Obama Administration's Ambivalent Regulator - When President Barack Obama let it be known in January 2009 that he had selected law professor Cass Sunstein to be his regulatory czar, it was an early example of how some of this staffing decisions would undercut his lofty campaign promises.  

Consumer advocate blames financial, housing troubles on Congress
6/13/2011

The Missoulian: Consumer advocate blames financial, housing troubles on Congress, 'liar loans' The Academy Award-winning documentary "Inside Job" fuels the cynical view that power and wealth corrupt. 

Thomas case exposes ethics loophole
6/13/2011

The Washington Times: Thomas case exposes ethics loophole - Next year, Comcast's franchise agreement to provide cable television services across Washington expires, so the cable giant has a keen interest in keeping D.C. lawmakers happy.  

What Cutbacks?
6/13/2011

The Daily Mail: What Cutbacks? U.S. lawmakers 'enjoy more foreign jaunts on the taxpayer and think tanks' - Despite all the supposed political belt-tightening, it seems U.S. lawmakers are enjoying more jaunts to far-flung destinations on someone else's dime. 

Supreme Court Upholds Nevada Ethics Law
6/13/2011

NPR: Supreme Court Upholds Nevada Ethics Law - The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously upheld a broad state ethics law, ruling that legislators have no personal, First Amendment right to vote on a measure

Small-Business Regulation Bill Gets (and Loses) a Vote
6/11/2011

The New York Times: Small-Business Regulation Bill Gets (and Loses) a Vote - Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine, the top Republican on the Senate Small Business Committee, finally got the vote she sought for legislation that would make sweeping changes to federal rule making by requiring more deference to small-business interests.  

Recall of Zocor Should Have Been Issued
6/10/2011

About Lawsuits: Recall of Zocor 80mg Dose Should Have Been Issued: Consumer Group - The FDA did not go far enough in restricting the use of high does of the cholesterol drug Zocor, and approval for 80 mg simvastatin medications should have been withdrawn according to Public Citizen, a prominent consumer group

FEC to Decide Facebook Ad Disclaimer Issue
6/10/2011

Open Secrets: FEC to Decide Facebook Ad Disclaimer Issue - The Federal Election Commission will vote June 15 on whether political advertisements on Facebook are subject to regular disclaimer regulations

Residents near Texas nuke dump get health survey
6/10/2011

The Associated Press: Residents near Texas nuke dump get health survey - Residents living near a low-level radioactive waste burial groung in West Texas will be asked to complete a health survey as part of a study commissioned by state officials

Judge Reviewing Richard Nixon Grand Jury Information
6/10/2011

The BLT: Blog of Legal Times: D.C. Judge Reviewing Richard Nixon Grand Jury Information - A federal judge in Washington is privately reviewing information about individuals named in the grand jury testimony of former President Richard Nixon as he addresses the privacy concerns the Justice Department asserted in urging the court to keep the testimony under seal

Target CEO Annoyed By Critics
6/10/2011

Opposing Views: Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel Annoyed by Critics - Opponents of corporate money's corrupting influence in politics made their presence known loud and clear during Target Corporation's annual shareholder meeting yesterday in Pittsburgh.  

Malpractice Payments at All-Time Low?
6/9/2011

Physician's Weekly: Malpractice Payments at All-Time Low? - A report from Public Citizen, a self-touted advocacy group, finds that both the frequency and value of medical malpractice payments appeared to drop for the seventh straight year in 2010

Banks lose battle to delay cap
6/9/2011

Boston Globe: Banks lose battle to delay cap on invisible fee - US banks lost a Washington battle yesterday to delay the advent of lower "swipe fees" that merchants pay when customers use debit cards to settle their bills, a move hailed as a victory by retailers and consumer groups

Lawsuit Calls on FDA to Withdraw Approval
6/9/2011

Quality Assurance & Food Safety: Lawsuit Calls On FDA to Withdraw Approval for Certain Antibiotic Uses in Food Animals - The suit claims that the FDA has unlawfully failed to take action to protect the public's health despite its recognition for decades that the low dose use of penicillin and tetracyclines in healthy animals can lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which can lead to life-threatening infections in people

Interest groups line up on small-business measure
6/9/2011

The Hill: Interest groups line up on small-business measure - Heavy-hitting interest groups from both sides of the theological spectrum are lobbying hard on a Senate vote, expected later Thursday, that deals with the regulations faced by small businesses. 

Insurer sues Twitter imposter who cheers death, mayhem
6/9/2011

Reuters: Insurer sues Twitter imposter who cheers death, mayhem - Life insurance firm Coventry First is suing an anonymous critic for sending fake Twitter messages in which the company appears to cheer for the death of policy holders. 

Insurance firm sues a maligning Twitter prankster
6/9/2011

All Voices: Insurance firm sues a maligning Twitter prankster - Who will you sue when an anonymous entity impersonates you, and worse, destroys your reputation?  

Entertainment for a Cause or Just Because
6/9/2011

City Watch: Entertainment for a Cause of Just Because - This Sunday evening, June 12, Public Citizen hosts a comedy program designed to help raise some much needed funding

Zocor warning probably shouldn't come as a surprise
6/9/2011

Los Angeles Times: Zocor warning probably shouldn't come as a surprise - When the FDA announced that the popular cholesterol drug simvastatin, brand name Zocor, would need a new label warning, it simply reinforced something that many doctors already knew: The highest "recommended" dose of 80 milligrams a day is so dangerous that it probably be recommended at all

Reimagining Capitalism
6/8/2011

The Nation: Reimagining Capitalism: Bold Ideas for a New Economy - The Nation asked a playful question and got back serious answers.  

Progress-Duke Merger Foes Hold Their Fire
6/8/2011

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC):  Progress-Duke merger foes hold their fire Nine business and other organizations have objections to the proposed merger of Progress Energy and Duke Energy, according to filings made before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, one of the agencies that will review the utilities' union

Senate Refuses to Delay Debit-Card Swipe Fee Cap
6/8/2011

Consumer Affairs: Senate Refuses to Delay Debit-Card Swipe Fees - The U.S. Senate dealt big banks a setback today, refusing to pass a plan to postpone new regulations that sharply reduce the fee that banks and card processors can impose each time a consumer swipes a debit card to make a purchase

Eli Lilly to Settle Dispute Over Drug Copies
6/8/2011

The Financial Times: Eli Lilly to Settle Dispute Over Drug Copies - Eli Lilly is poised to make a cash payment to settle a long-running dispute with Indian generic drugmakers over low-cost copies of the US company's medicines that were impounded within the European Union

Want Money? Join the Political Game!
6/8/2011

Injury Board Blog Network: Want Money? Join the Political Game! - So, you want to make money

The Government Nudge
6/8/2011
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The Nation: The Government Nudge: A Public Role in the Private Sector - It's not easy envisioning a more democratic and just economy not dominated by large corporations. 

Evan Bayh, Andy Card to hit the road for Chamber campaign
6/7/2011

The Hill: Evan Bayh, Andy Card to hit the road for Chamber campaign - Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and one-time White House chief of staff Andy Card have joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's campaign against burdensome regulations

Colorado Case Could Affect Online Comment Rights
6/7/2011

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press: Colorado Case Could Affect Online Comment Rights - A federal judge in Colorado is considering a case that could affect the developing law concerning rights of anonymous Internet posters

Blame Grover Norquist
6/7/2011

The Huffington Post: Blame Grover Norquist for Dismantling Financial Services Reform, Democracy If you need evidence that this country has been hijacked by special interests, look no further than the hell that compromised politicians are putting Elizabeth Warren though

Agitator by trade unhappy with Obama
6/7/2011

The Hill: Agitator by trade unhappy with Obama - Lori Wallach doesn't sugarcoat her disappointment with President Obama. 

Texas Passes Bills Promoting Energy Efficiency
6/7/2011

The Texas Tribune: Texas Passes Bill Promoting Energy Efficiency - Environmentalists lost several battles this legislative session--there will be no statewide solar rebates, and no overhaul for the Texas Railroad Commission. 

Law Firms That Backed Edwards in 2008
6/6/2011

The American Lawyer: A look back at the Law Firms that backed Edwards in 2008 - Throughout his political career, John Edwards--whose refusal to accept jail time reportedly contributed to the collapse of his plea negotiations with federal prosecutors--relied heavily on lawyers to help fund his campaigns.  

The Justice Department's Unwatched Revolving Door
6/6/2011

The Daily Caller: The Justice Department's unwatched revolving door - The Justice Department's Civil-Rights Division has hired dozens of Democratic-affiliated lawyers from organizations that have a huge financial stake in the agency's decisions and policies.

Judge Orders Unmasking of Wikipedia Users
6/6/2011

Techdirt: Judge Orders Unmasking of Wikipedia Users; Fails to follow standard anonymity protections - Over the years, we've covered tons of lawsuits about attempts by people to uncover the identity of anonymous critics

National Party Committees Reap Campaign Riches
6/6/2011

Center for Responsive Politics: Democrat or Republican, National Party Committees Reap Campaign Riches From Registered Lobbyists - The Democratic National Committee has a policy against accepting donations from registered lobbyists, but the other national party committees appear all too happy to take lobbyists' money

Korean Pact May Threaten Area Jobs
6/5/2011

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Korean pact may threaten area jobs - A consumer advocacy group claims a U.S.- South Korea free-trade deal would threaten more than 33,000 jobs in northeast Indiana

Edwards Case Puts Pressure on Justice Unit
6/5/2011

USA Today: Edwards case puts pressure on Justice unit - The decision to prosecute two-time presidential candidate John Edwards raises the stakes for the U.S. Justice Department to demonstrate it can bring politically charged cases to trial and winafter botching the 2008 conviction of then-Alaskan senator Ted Stevens, experts say

Power Politics
6/5/2011

The Boston Globe: Power politics - The proposed merger between Boston's NStar and Connecticut based Northeast Utilities is as much about politics as it is about business

Behind the Board
6/4/2011

Greenwich Times: Behind the Board: How a flawed system jeopardizes patient safety - It is supposed to be a bubble

Stand Up for Main Street!
6/3/2011

The Huffington Post: Stand Up for Main Street! - I'm becoming a pain in the ass

Chief of Technology Division for State Finance Department Violating Law?
6/2/2011

The Birmingham News: If the chief of the technology division for the state Finance Department is violating state law, he should resign immediately - Talk about a long commute

Healthcare Law to Allow Generic Versions of Biotech Drugs
6/2/2011

Los Angeles Times: Healthcare law to allow generic versions of biotech drugs - In 2001, Abbott Laboratories spent nearly $7 billion on the biggest acquisition in the company's 123-year history, primarily to  get access to one drug: Humira.

How Review Sites Can Defend Free Speech
6/1/2011

Ars Technica: Criticism and takedown: how review sites can defend free speech- Last week we reported on the story of Dr. Ken Cirka, a Philadelphia dentist who required his patients to sign a "mutual privacy agreement" as a condition of getting medical care.

Texas Legislature Has Mixed Environmental Results
6/1/2011

The Associated Press: Texas Legislature has mixed environmental results- The Texas Legislature ended its regular session with a mixed bag of environmental rules, passing some bills that put it ahead of the nation and others that are bound to infuriate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA's Greenhous Gas Ruling Safe
6/1/2011

SolveClimate News: EPA's Greenhouse Gas Ruling Safe Despite Lawsuit, Legal Experts Say- Texas and 14 other states clearly want to deep-six the endangerment findings.

Texas Environmentalists Mostly Disappointed With Legislative Session
6/1/2011

KUT News: Texas environmentalists mostly disappointed with legislative session - Texas environmental activists are pleased with changes in fracking disclosure laws and renewable energy initiatives that cleared the state legislature this session, but they are unhappy with cuts to state parks, delays in air quality requirements for oil and gas miners, and environmental legislation that died before making it to the Governor's desk

Cell Phone Study Raises Profile on Safety Lawsuits
6/1/2011

Reuters: Cell phone study raises profile on safety lawsuits - The U.S. Supreme Court is considering the fate of litigation against cell phone makers over safety risks, just as the industry comes under more scrutiny in the wake of a health report from the World Health Organization. 

Orexigen Shares Soar on News of Diet Pill Update
6/1/2011

San Diego Union Tribune: Orexigen shares soar on news of diet pill update - Investors sent shares of Orexigen Therapeutics soaring more than 18 percent Wednesday after the San Diego drug developer said it would update the regulatory status of its experimental diet pill Friday morning

Consumer Group Helps Student Suing CIA
6/1/2011

Fox News: Consumer group helps student suing CIA over Opus Dei records - Arguing that the CIA has no right to withhold records that are more than 30 years old, a watchdog group filed a motion this week seeking a federal court to compel the spy agency to reveal what it knows about the conservative Catholic group that is the stuff of legend

CIA Won't Release All Info on Catholic Group Opus Dei
5/31/2011

Opposing Views: CIA Won't Release All Info on Catholic Group Opus Dei - Public Citizen is back in court fighting yet another Freedom of Information Act case.

Cellphone Radiation Suit
5/31/2011

Law 360: US Asked to Weigh in on Cellphone Radiation Suit-The U.S. Supreme Court asked the solicitor general Tuesday to weigh in on whether reviving a putative class action accusing several cellphone providers of failing to shield users from allegedly hazardous radio frequency emissions would undermine federal regulatory responsibilities.

FDA Sued Over Antibiotic Use in Livestock
5/31/2011

Empowher:  Groups sue FDA to stop widespread antibiotic use in livestock - Old MacDonald had a farm, and on that farm he had chickens, pigs, cows and antibiotics--or so the story should go today on commercial farms.

Humans at Risk from Antibiotics in Meat
5/31/2011

OnEarth:  You want superbugs with that? - Stuart Levy once kept a flock of chickens on a farm in the rolling countryside west of Boston.

FDA Sued over Antibiotics in Meat
5/31/2011

Food Product Design:  Advocacy groups sue FDA over antibiotics in meat - A number of consumer advocacy groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 25 alleging the agency has failed in its legal responsibility to address overuse of antibiotics in animal feed.

Drug Company Takes New Tack with Docs
5/31/2011

NewsWorks:  AstraZeneca stopys flying doctors to international conferences - Drug company AstraZeneca has announced it will stop paying for doctors to attend international medical and scientific conferences.

FDA Sued for Overuse of Antibiotics in Livestock
5/31/2011

Consumer Affairs:  Drugged livestock endanger public health, suit argues - A group of scientists and consumer activists say that a deadly oubreak of untreatable infections in the U.S. is just around the corner because federal agencies have failed to crack down on the use of antibiotics in animal feed. 

Republicans Scramble to Block Warren
5/31/2011

Free Speech Radio News:  Republicans block Warren appointment to new CFPB - Senate Republicans have vowed to block Elizabeth Warren’s appointment to head the country’s new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 

AL State Official Milking System?
5/31/2011

Alabama.com:  State official lives in Texas, flies to Montgomery three days a week for nearly $173,000 salary - One of the highest-paid officials in Gov. Robert Bentley's administration is an assistant finance director in charge of technology who was first hired in 2003 and lives in Texas, usually working only three days a week in Montgomery.

Mixed Reviews on Energy Market Speculators
5/31/2011

Nightly Business Report:  Feds investigate gas price gouging - Even if you decide to stay close to home this weekend, you might find yourself at a gas station wondering how prices got so high.

WTO Policy Results in Unfair Generic Drug Seizures
5/31/2011

Intellectual Property Watch:  Proposed EU customs regulation may not dispel fear of wrongful drug seizures - The European Commission has issued a new draft customs regulation that it says addresses past concerns over wrongful seizures of generic drug shipments transiting through European ports. 

FOIA Needs Overhaul to be Effective
5/31/2011

Science Blogs:  Why FOIA needs reform - My former colleague Spencer Ackerman writes about a recent experience he had with a FOIA request.

Human Health at Risk from Antibiotics in Food
5/31/2011

Journal Sentinel: Overuse of antibiotics in animal feed subject of suit against FDA - The U.S. government has failed to address the mounting health threat posed by overuse of antibiotics in animal feed, a practice linked to a rise in drug-resistant infections in humans since the early 1970s, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by a coalition of health and consumer organizations. 

CFPB Takes Aim at Murky Mortgage Process
5/31/2011

Scripps News:  Clearer mortgage disclosure forms proposed - The new consumer finance regulator has proposed simplified mortgage disclosure forms, aiming to ensure that borrowers receive clear and easy-to-understand information about home loans when they apply for credit.

TX Drinking Water Radioactivity Under-Reported
5/31/2011

UK Progressive:  Texas drinking water contains radioactive contaminants - For more than 20 years, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) under-reported the amount of radiation found in drinking water provided by communities all across Texas.

Suit Says LIvestock Overdosed with Antibiotics
5/31/2011

Fair Warning:  Superbug-wary activists sue to rid livestock feed of antibiotics - Charging that the Food and Drug Administration has long known the danger of putting antibiotics into animal feed, several environmental and health groups are suing the federal agency to force it to curb the practice.

Antibiotics in Animal Production Subject of Suit
5/31/2011

Cattle Network:  Groups sue FDA over antibiotic use in animals - The Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit this week against the Food and Drug Administration claiming that FDA has not adequately addressed the use of antibiotics in animal production.

Feds Take On False Advertising
5/31/2011

Minyanville:  Neutraceuticals on Trial:  FTC v. Acai - If you've logged onto the Internet at any point during the past few years, you're likely familiar with a "miracle" drug/food/gift from the gods called acai.

Suit Filed on Routine Antibiotic Dosing of Animals
5/31/2011

Third Age:  Antibiotic resistance by bacteria:  Consumer groups file lawsuit - Antibiotic resistance by bacteria in animal feed has led to consumer groups filing a lawsuit, saying the FDA has not met its legal responsibility to protect public health.

Fall Ruling Expected in Truckers' Workday Case
5/31/2011

Landline Magazine:  Final HOS rule expected in October; legal wrangling continues - There won’t be a new final hours-of-service regulation until late October according to a May 20 court filing by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Agriculatural Lobby Pushes Back on Antibiotic Use
5/31/2011

Food Safety News:  AG coalition says antibiotic facts are on its side - The consumer advocacy groups that went to court this week in an attempt to take non-therapeutic antibiotics away from animal agriculture ignored science, failed to cite any data and did not bring any new information to the table, says Ron Phillips of the Coalition for Animal Health.

FDA Sued for Overuse of Antibiotics in Animal Feed
5/31/2011

World Poultry:  FDA sued over antibiotics in poultry feed - A coalition of health and consumer organisations have filed a federal lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration, claiming that the FDA failed to take action to protect human health.

Groups Sue FDA for Putting Pigs Before People
5/27/2011

The Huffington Post: Groups Sue FDA for Putting Pigs Before People - Force-feeding prescription drugs to healthy people, just to make them grow faster, would be considered ludicrous by any doctor. Possibly even criminal.

House GOP Fights To Keep Federal Contractors' Donations Secret
5/27/2011

TPM Muckraker: House GOP Fights To Keep Federal Contractors' Donations Secret - Republicans are working on multiple fronts to stop President Barack Obama from making companies bidding on federal contracts disclose their donations to third-party political groups.

Michele Bachmann Appears Poised to Run
5/27/2011

USA Today: Michele Bachmann appears poised to run in 2012 - Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., last week amended nearly three years worth of public financial reports filed by her congressional campaign committee, a sign, campaign finance experts say, the three-term congresswoman is on the cusp of launching a presidential bid.

FDA Accused of Endangering U.S. Health
5/27/2011

Courthouse News Service: FDA Accused of Endangering U.S. Health by Caving to Cattle Farms on Antibiotics - A supine Food and Drug Administration is allowing the use of low doses of antibiotics in animal feed to deal with cramped and unsanitary conditions on cattle farms, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists and four other groups, raising the "specter of untreatable infections" just around the corner.

Time for the Meat Industry To Stop Overdosing on Antibiotics
5/27/2011

BNET: Time for the Meat Industry To Stop Overdosing on Antibiotics - Five environmental and public health groups sued the FDA over the alleged overuse of antibiotics in industrial farming. The suit may finally shed some authoritative light on the endless, he-said/she-said debate over antibiotic use on farms, at least once it winds it way through the court system.

Consumer Agency: A Political Lightening Rod
5/27/2011

NPR: Consumer agency: A political lightening rod - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will on July 21 officially become the nation's newest government agency — and the only one with the singular aim of looking out for the best interests of consumers.

You Want Superbugs With That?
5/27/2011

OnEarth: You want superbugs with that? - Stuart Levy once kept a flock of chickens on a farm in the rolling countryside west of Boston

Latex Gloves Pose Risks for Allergic Reactions
5/18/2011

Safety BLR:  Watchdog group files petition to ban latex gloves - The national nonprofit group Public Citizen has filed a petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban gloves made from natural rubber latex or containing cornstarch.

Medical Boards Protecting Public Less
5/18/2011

Kaiser Health News:  State efforts to protect patients fall short, group says - News reports examine the role of physician boards in protecting patients as well as how a self-referral rule is faring in the courts.

Patient Safety Compromised by CT Action
5/18/2011

New Haven Independent:  Sex offender doc allowed to resume practice -In a controversial move, state officials are allowing a Greenwich physician who is registered as a sex offender to resume his medical practice in Connecticut.

TX Radioactive Waste Compact Progresses
5/18/2011

Associated Press Texas:  Texas House OKs taking in more radioactive waste -Texas House members voted Tuesday to let a remote low-level radioactive waste site in West Texas bury material from dozens of states. 

TX Closer to Becoming Radioactive Waste Haven
5/18/2011

Austin Statesman:  Texas House OKs expansion of radioactive waste site - The Texas House on Tuesday passed a measure that could increase the amount of radioactive waste dumped in Texas and might also enrich a chief contributor to Gov. Rick Perry along the way.

Study Omits Key Data on Alzheimer's Test
5/18/2011

Philadelphia Inquirer:  Alzheimer's-diagnosis article left out negative data - A consumer advocacy group has accused the authors of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) - including employees of Avid Radiopharmaceuticals in University City and the University of Pennsylvania - of withholding important negative information about an experimental dye meant to help diagnose Alzheimer's disease.

Oil Industry Keeps Tax Breaks
5/18/2011

Intl. Business Times:  Big oil fends off Senate bill to repeal $21 billion tax break - A bill to repeal a $21 billion tax breaks to the oil industry failed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, despite both the Republicans and the Democrats being focused on reducing the federal deficit.

Oil Refineries Make Record Profits
5/18/2011

Fay Observer:  Refineries reap record profits from oil - The conventional wisdom has been that gasoline shot to about $4 a gallon because the price of oil soared.

Unsatisfactory Settlement in DirectBuy Class Action
5/18/2011

Wallet Pop:  Judge denies proposed settlement of DirectBuy class-action suit - A Connecticut federal judge has rejected as "meager" the proposed settlement of a nationwide, class-action lawsuit against DirectBuy Inc. for fraudulent pricing practices.

SCOTUS Ruling a Setback for Whistleblowers
5/18/2011

SEO Law Firm:  Supreme Court outlaws use of FOIA requests in whistleblower suits - Information gained from a Freedom of Information Act request cannot be used to pursue a claim under the federal False Claims Act, according to the Supreme Court.

Annual Ranking of State Med Boards
5/18/2011

About Lawsuits:  State medical boards disciplined less doctors in 2010 - Throughout the United States, fewer doctors are being disciplined by state medical boards than in prior years, which the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen suggests is a failure on the part of those boards to protect patients from preventable injuries caused by medical mistakes. 

Watchdog Warns about Alzheimer's Drug
5/18/2011

Accident and Injury Lawayer Blog:  Aricept recall? - Aricept (donepezil) is a drug used to treat moderate or severe cases of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Alzheimer's Drug Poses Risk Without Benefits
5/18/2011

Bloomberg:  Higher doses of Pfizer Alzheimer's drug trigger ban request - Higher doses of an Alzheimer’s drug sold by Eisai Co. and Pfizer Inc. (PFE) endanger patients and don’t enhance the treatment’s effectiveness, according to a consumer group that wants the regimen banned.

Call to Ban High-Dose Alzheimer's Drug
5/18/2011

Consumer Affairs:  Dangerous Alzheimer's drug should be pulled - A drug used to treat moderate to severe cases of Alzheimer’s disease should be removed from the market immediately because of its risk of serious adverse effects and its lack of effectiveness, Public Citizen said today in a petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Worries About Political Spending Transparency
5/17/2011

Times-News:  Secret political spending faces scrutuiny after concern over federal contracts - Secret corporate spending on political campaigns may face the sharp rays of sunshine.

Poll Shows Citizens United Impact on Hill
5/17/2011

Open Secrets:  Did Citizens United decision empower lobbyists? - An informal study by the nonprofit organization Public Citizen shows that many Democratic congressional staffers believe the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission U.S. Supreme Court decision has strengthened the influence of lobbyists in the policy-making process.

Obama's Exec Order Riles U.S. Chamber
5/17/2011

Huffington Post:  The U.S. Chamber's big lie on election spending - A few weeks ago, the Obama administration circulated a draft executive order that would require companies seeking federal contracts to disclose their political spending, including the new spending that the Supreme Court permitted in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

State Medical Board Study
5/17/2011

Boston Globe:  Mass. medical board ranks poorly on MD discipline - Public Citizen, a consumer group with a focus on health care, issued its annual listing comparing medical boards based on how regularly they discipline doctors.

Name that Scandal
5/17/2011

The Hill:  Name the latest congressional banking scandal - On May 5, 44 members of the United States Senate affixed their signatures to a letter to President Obama.

Ranking State Med Boards
5/17/2011

Modern Physician:  On doc discipline, it's deja vu, with some twists - It's a rite of spring:  In April or May, the Federation of State Medical Boards quietly posts it annual summary of board actions.

Varying Opinions on AT&T Ruling
5/17/2011

Forbes:  Why the Times is wrong about AT&T class action case - The New York Times has a gut-wrenching editorial today about AT&T vs. Conception, the recent decision in which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld contracts that force consumers to settle their disputes in arbitration.

Tensions Rise on Contractor Disclosure Order
5/17/2011

Federal Computer Week:  House hearing heats up over contractor disclosure order - Arguments over disclosing federal contractors' political contributions heated up a House hearing on May 12 as supporters and opponents clashed over the purpose and possible effects of a recent draft executive order that would require greater transparency for those contributions.

Move to End Offshore Drilling Moratorium
5/17/2011

Salem-News:  Interest groups that supported resumption of offshore drilling contributed heavily to lawmakers - The House of Representatives passed HR 1229 - Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act on Wednesday by an overwhelming margin of 263 - 163, including more than two dozen Democrats who voted to support the measure, while not a single Republican voted against it.

Ranking State Medical Boards
5/17/2011

Post Tribune:  Indiana ranks midway in disciplinary action against doctors, study shows - Indiana’s Medical Licensing Board ranked just about in the middle of state disciplinary boards taking serious actions against physicians in trouble in 2010, according to a new study released by a national health care consumer advocacy group.

Public Citizen Debates American Petroleum Institute
5/17/2011

PBS Newshour:  Tax breaks for oil companies:  Good for business or unfair advantage? - The latest effort by Congress to target the oil industry over taxes and profits is hardly the first.

Ohio Ranks 3rd in Doc Discipline
5/17/2011

Dayton Daily News:  Ohio 3rd in discipline against doctors - Ohio’s state medical board ranked third in the nation in the rate of serious disciplinary actions taken against physicians, according to a report released Thursday by the nonprofit Public Citizen.

N.C. Increases Actions Against Docs
5/17/2011

Asheville Citizen-Times:  N.C. medical board took actions against 13 western North Carolina doctors in 2010 - The North Carolina Medical Board took actions against 226 medical practitioners in 2010, a slight increase from 2009, according to an annual report released this week.

Bank CEOs Still Earn Rock Star Salaries
5/17/2011

Business Journals:  Paychecks of some bank CEOs have a pre-recession look - John Stumpf, CEO of San Francisco banking giant Wells Fargo & Co., took a 6 percent pay cut in 2010 and still made $17.6 million.

Koch Industries Loses Court Fight
5/17/2011

Watching the Watchers: Court protects press release - A Utah federal court has dismissed a complaint by Koch Industries — the giant privately-held conglomerate of the politically controversial billionaire Koch brothers — over a prank press release issued in the company's name.

Watchdog Criticizes Flawed Alzheimer's Study
5/16/2011

Health Imaging:  Major PET trial of Alzheimer's criticized - Consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen has submitted a letter to the editor to the Journal of the American Medical Association, criticizing the Clark et al study, published Jan. 19, which reported a strong quantitative correlation between the biomarker florbetapir F18's signal on PET scans and the presence of beta-amyloid in the brain at death, suggesting that imaging biomarkers may be applied for diagnosing and determining early risks for Alzheimer's disease.

Industry Reacts to Proposed Latex Glove Ban
5/16/2011

Plastics News:  Firms respond to U.S. latex gloves rules - Responding to an effort to get medical gloves made of natural rubber or powdered with cornstarch banned, one glove maker defended its work to reduce allergy dangers, and another touted synthetic rubber gloves.

Lobbyists Weigh Heavy on Staffers
5/16/2011

Huffington Post:  Democrats increasingly scared of angering deep pockets, survey says - Democratic congressional staffers are increasingly wary of alienating corporate lobbyists for fear of inciting a massive advertising blitz against their bosses, according to an informal survey by the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen.

FDA Should Reject New Alzheimer's Treatment
5/16/2011

Proactive Investors:  U.S. consumer group alleges that researchers with ties to Eli Lilly withheld information about drug for Alzheimer'sA U.S. consumer group alleged on Tuesday that researchers with ties to Eli Lilly and Co (NYSE:LLY) withheld important information from a medical journal in their study of an imaging drug for Alzheimer's disease.  

Court Throws Out Koch Spoof Lawsuit
5/16/2011

Media Post News:  Parodists behind fake Koch Industries site score legal victory - The private conglomerate Koch Industries isn't entitled to learn the identities of Web users who created a fake site parodying the company's position on environmental regulations, a judge has ruled.

Obama and Bush's Old Trade Deals
5/16/2011

NPR:  U.S. trade deficit widens - U.S. exports hit an all-time high in March — but imports grew even faster. 

Party Lines Crossed to Oppose Trade Deals
5/16/2011

Roll Call:  Trade deals unite left and right in opposition - Some tea party organizations have been quietly trading notes with left-leaning advocacy groups as both sides work to derail a series of upcoming free-trade agreements.

Spotlight on Awarding Federal Contracts
5/16/2011

Times News Magic Valley:  Secret political spending faces scrutiny after concern over federal contracts - Secret corporate spending on political campaigns may face the sharp rays of sunshine.

Study Reveals Lack of Medical Board Oversight
5/16/2011

U.S. Politics Today:  Are medical licensing boards negligent in their regulation of doctors? - A new Public Citizen report indicates that state medical boards have failed to discipline 55 percent of the nation's doctors who either lost their clinical privileges or had them restricted by the hospitals where they worked, based on a new analysis of data from the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB).

Convoluted Argument Against Good Government
5/16/2011

The Hill:  When did sunlight become the infectant? - Reality seems to have been flipped on its head in the debate over the administration’s draft executive order to require federal contractors to disclose more information about their campaign contributions. 

Oil Company Execs Testify Before Congress
5/16/2011

WSAV:  Oil execs called before Congress today, will defend record profits - As gas prices soar (about $4 per gallong nationwide on average) oil companies are making record profits.

Flawed Alzheimer's Study Criticized
5/12/2011

Reuters:  Key data left out of Alzheimer's study - In a letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Public Citizen criticized a January 19 study that assessed the effectiveness of brain scans using Lilly's Amyvid, an experimental dye to detect brain abnormalities.

Key Data Omitted in Alzheimer's Study
5/12/2011

BioMed Reports:  Key data left out of Alzheimer's study - A U.S. consumer group alleged on Tuesday that researchers with ties to Eli Lilly and Co (NYSE:LLY) withheld important information from a medical journal in their study of an imaging drug for Alzheimer's disease. 

Koch Industries Lawsuit Against Critics Dismissed
5/12/2011

Electronic Frontier Foundation:  Utah court strikes flow for free speech, dismisses trademark and CFAA claims against political activists - As we've noted before, many trademark owners are none too happy when political activists use their marks as part of a larger statement about the owners' business or political practices.

Recession on K Street?
5/12/2011

Roll Call:  Lobbyists-for-hire are losing market share - Over the past decade, many corporations, unions and other groups spent more money on in-house teams of lobbyists, shifting away from hiring outside firms to do their advocacy.

Draft Obama Order Causes GOP Backlash
5/12/2011

Kansas City Star:  Missouri's Graves in d.C. showdown over campaign cash - U.S. Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri has taken a lead role in a potential showdown with the White House over its attempt to tighten campaign spending rules.

Koch Fails to Make Case for Infringement
5/12/2011

Bloomberg:  Koch Industries' parody-website infringement case dismissed - Koch Industries Inc., the closely held energy and chemical company based in Wichita, Kansas controlled by billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, cannot sue the creators of a parody website for trademark infringement, a federal court in Utah ruled May 9.

EU Drug Regulators Cozy with Drugmakers
5/12/2011

EU Observer:  EU drugs regulator accused of being too cozy with Big Pharma - The European Parliament has refused to sign off on the accounts of the EU agency responsible for making sure all medicines in Europe are safe and effective for its citizens to use, accusing the body of being too close to Big Pharma. 

Critical Data Withheld from Research
5/12/2011

NewsMax Health:  Critical data withheld from Alzheimer's research, consumer group claims - A consumer group alleged on Tuesday that researchers with ties to Eli Lilly and Co. withheld important information from a medical journal in their study of an imaging drug for Alzheimer's disease. 

 
Study of Alzheimer's Test Seriously Flawed
5/12/2011

Fierce Biotech:  Lilly study excluded key data on Alzheimer's imaging agent -Public Citizen is charging that Eli Lilly purposefully withheld data which demonstrated the unreliability of Amyvid, its experimental new imaging drug for Alzheimer's, when it submitted a study to the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Lawmakers Threaten to Subpoena White House Budget Official
5/11/2011

Joplin Globe: Lawmakers threaten to subpoena White House budget official - Two House of Representatives committee chairmen threatened Tuesday to subpoena a top White House official who's refused to testify at their joint hearing Thursday.

Public Citizen: Key Data Left Out of Alzheimer's Study
5/11/2011

Fox News: Public Citizen: Key data left out of Alzheimer's study - A U.S. consumer group alleged on Tuesday that researchers with ties to Eli Lilly and Co withheld important information from a medical journal in their study of an imaging drug for Alzheimer's disease.

Democrats Increasingly Scared of Angering Deep Pockets, Survey Says
5/11/2011

Huffington Post: Democrats increasingly scared of angering deep pockets, survey says - Democratic congressional staffers are increasingly wary of alienating corporate lobbyists for fear of inciting a massive advertising blitz against their bosses, according to an informal survey by the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen.

Parodists Behind Fake Koch Industries Site Score Legal Victory
5/11/2011

Media Post: Parodists behind fake Koch Industries site score legal victory - The private conglomerate Koch Industries isn't entitled to learn the identities of Web users who created a fake site parodying the company's position on environmental regulations, a judge has ruled.

Losing the Battle Against Big Business, Thanks to the Supreme Court
5/11/2011

Injury Board: Losing the battle against big business, thanks to the Supreme Court - Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that has effectively taken away your ability to defend yourself against mega corporations in the event that they ever cheat or harm you.

CMA Sues to Stop Borrowing from Calif. Medical Board
5/11/2011

ModernPhysician.com: CMA sues to stop borrowing from Calif. Medical Board - The California Medical Association is petitioning the California State Supreme Court to overturn a March 30 state appellate decision concerning the state government's authority to borrow $6 million from a special fund used to finance the operations of the Medical Board of California.

JAMA: Major PET Trial of Alzheimer's Criticized
5/11/2011

Health Imaging: JAMA: Major PET trial of Alzheimer's criticized - Consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen has submitted a letter to the editor to the Journal of the American Medical Association, criticizing the Clark et al study, published Jan. 19, which reported a strong quantitative correlation between the biomarker florbetapir F-18's signal on PET scans and the presence of beta-amyloid in the brain at death, suggesting that imaging biomarkers may be applied for diagnosing and determining early risks for Alzheimer's disease.

Firms Respond to U.S. Latex Gloves Rules
5/11/2011

Rubber & Plastics News: Firms respond to U.S. latex gloves rules -Responding to an effort to get medical gloves made of natural rubber or powdered with cornstarch banned, one glove maker defended its work to reduce allergy dangers, and another touted synthetic rubber gloves.

Email Pranksters Win Legal Victory Against Koch Industries
5/10/2011

The Guardian: Email pranksters win legal victory against Koch Industries - A victory for common sense to report from a courtroom in Utah.

Bedside Assistant Bed Handles Should Be Recalled, Public Citizen Warns
5/10/2011

About Lawsuits: Bedside Assistant Bed Handles should be recalled, Public Citizen warns - The consumer watchdog group Public Citizen has filed a petition to ban a brand of bed rails that have been linked to the strangulation or suffocation of at least four people.

Judge Rules Against Koch Industries in Media Hoax
5/10/2011

Associated Press: Judge rules against Koch Industries in media hoax - A federal judge on Monday sided with environmental pranksters behind a media hoax targeting Koch Industries Inc., upholding First Amendment protections for anonymous political speech on the Internet.

Utah Federal Judge Throws Out Koch Suit
5/9/2011

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah federal judge throws out Koch suit - A federal judge in Utah tossed out a lawsuit Monday by Koch Industries that sought to uncover the identities of anonymous environmentalist pranksters who put out a fake news release saying the company had reversed itself on global warming issues.

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Fake Koch Website