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Executive order to reduce drug shortages
11/1/2011

ABC News: President's Executive order to ease drug shortages - But Dr. Sidney Wolfe of the public watchdog group Public Citizen said these new orders may be difficult to implement since manufacturing companies have little incentive to do so.

Student loan borrowers occupy Wall Street
11/1/2011

American Muslim: Some encouraging signs that OWS protestors are being heard - The group also seeks to match potential supporters with a number of advocacy groups, including Public Citizen, People for the American Way, Common Cause, PRWatch, Free Speech for People and Move to Amend. It will be involved in planning house parties for the second anniversary of Citizens United and working with local organizers with the same goals.

Obama's ties to lobbyists
11/1/2011

The New American: Obama "Bundlers" raise millions for reelection campaign - "It’s a legitimate concern," said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, a nonpartisan ethics group. "The campaign has to draw the line somewhere, but the reality is that the president is still relying on wealthy special interests and embracing those people in his campaign."

Trade pacts may harm industrial sectors
11/1/2011

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Trade pacts seen as good for state - Among the opponents of the recent trade agreements is consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

Thousands to Encircle White House
11/1/2011

Canada Free Press: "Thousands to Encircle the White House" - The Public Citizen’s Climate and Energy Program is preparing a protest of “Thousands to Encircle the White House” on November 6, 2011.

Rick Perry pleads to lobby against energy subsidies
11/1/2011

Huffington Post: Governor Rick Perry please lobby the Super Committee to end permant energy subsidies - In August, environmentalists Friends of the Earth and Public Citizen partnered with climate deniers at the Heritage Foundation to produce the non-partisan Green Scissors report which outlines wasteful government subsidies totaling $380 billion over the next five years.

Tort reforms haven't worked
11/1/2011

Longview News-Journal: Silver: Tort reform: Efforts haven't worked as Texans health care unimproved - These statistics are public and well known. They can be found at the state health services department’s website and in a reportPublic Citizen published earlier this year.

Romney picks up Bush supporters
11/1/2011

Wall Street Journal: Romney picks up Bush backers - Mr. Fox, a former U.S. Ambassador to Brussels, raised more than $600,000 for Mr. Bush in 2004 in conjunction with his two sons, according to Public Citizen, a liberal advocacy group.

US Transportation Department misses deadline
11/1/2011

Akron Beacon Journal: Deadline missed on trucking regulation - Public Citizen, a Washington-based consumer group; the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a labor union representing truck drivers; and the Truck Safety Coalition sued the agency in 2009, asking for reconsideration of the regulation.

Global Financial Transaction Tax
11/1/2011

The Huffington Post: Nurses call the question on Obama and Global Financial Transaction Tax -- which side are you on? - Some major U.S. economists, and organizations including the AFL-CIO, Oxfam, Institute for Policy Studies, and Public Citizen have long supported implementation of a tax on Wall Street stocks, bonds, currencies, default swaps, and other major financial transactions that are now largely untaxed.

Wells Fargo targets minorities
11/1/2011

Salon: Wells Fargo is not your amigo - Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate at Public Citizen, a D.C.-based consumer advocacy group, is more skeptical.

Black Box warning recommended for antibiotic
11/1/2011

The PharmaLetter: US FDA should require Black Box warning for Pfizer's antibiotic Tygacil, says Public Citizen - US advocacy group Public Citizen has sent a petition to the Food and Drug Administration calling on the agency to place a black box warning on an antibiotic used to treat a wide range of infections because of a higher mortality rate associated with taking the drug than other widely used antibiotics, Public Citizen said in a petition sent today to the agency.

Super Committee's transparency
11/1/2011

Public News Service: Groups to Super Committee: "Transparency" not just for ghosts - Robert Weissman, president of the organization Public Citizen, calls the Super Committee's few public meetings "show hearings."

Texas tort reform doctors speaking out
11/1/2011

American Medical News: Texas tort reform advocates dispute critical report - The report, issued by consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, claims that the rate of new doctors in Texas has fallen since the state's $250,000 noneconomic damages cap was enacted in 2003.

Hours of Service deadline pushed back a month
10/28/2011

Truckinginfo: HOS deadline pushed back a month - The settlement agreement is between the Department of Transportation and a group of safety advocacy groups led by Public Citizen.

Idaho congressman puts wife on payroll
10/28/2011

The Spokesman-Review: Idaho Rep. Labrador puts wife on campaign payroll - Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a watchdog group that focuses on campaign finance and consumer issues, said the practice long has been common, but said, “It still raises ethical concerns, because that means some of the campaign money is going directly into the family pockets."

Prominent Obama backers have lobbyist connections
10/28/2011

NPR: Prominent Obama fundraisers have ties to lobbyists - Craig Holman a registered lobbyist for the nonpartisan ethics group Public Citizen, is quoted saying "the reality is that the president is still relying on wealthy special interests and embracing those people in his campaign."

Obama accused of accepting money tied to lobbyists
10/28/2011

Fox News: With Lobbyist donors, Obama lets himself off with technicality - The Times cites Naderite group Public Citizen to say that Obama has at least done something to staunch the flow of lobbyist money, even if it falls short and then observes that Republicans have no such restrictions.

Regulation hopes to help tired truckers
10/28/2011

Bloomberg: Tired truckers versus efficiency is focus of regulation fight - The government faces a deadline tomorrow to produce the final driver fatigue rule under a legal settlement with Public Citizen, a Washington-based consumer group, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Obama 'bundlers' have ties to lobbying
10/28/2011

The New York Times: Obama backers tied to lobbies raise millions - “It’s a legitimate concern,” said Craig Holman, a registered lobbyist for Public Citizen, a nonpartisan ethics group in Washington.

Michigan judge rules against anonymous blogger
10/28/2011

The Bellingham Herald: Michigan judge rules law school can publically name blogger - That's because in allowing the Thomas M. Cooley Law School to publicly name a blogger, the court is setting precedent in Michigan that would make it easy for powerful organizations or people to retaliate against those who need protection for bringing to light bad practices, said Paul Levy, an attorney with Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group.

Hours of Service rule deadline moved
10/28/2011

Land Line Magazine: Hours of service hangs in limbo, for now - The next deadline facing the regulation is with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. The case, which has led to the current revamping of the regs, was filed by Public Citizen, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, and the Truck Safety Coalition against FMCSA.

Bachmann PAC donations breaking rules
10/28/2011

Minnesota Public Radio: Bachmann PAC donation may violate campaign finance rules - "These things are really rogue entities," said Craig Holman who lobbies Congress for campaign finance reform for the government watchdog Public Citizen.

Self-Regulatory organizations
10/28/2011

Project on Government Oversight: POGO joins brief asking Supreme Court to hold Self-Regulatory organizations accountable - We joined Public Citizen, Consumer Action, and U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) in signing on to the brief, which was written and submitted by Public Citizen’s Litigation Group.

Maine's fight for fair elections
10/28/2011

Truthout: Keeping it clean: Maine's fight for fair elections - Other political action committees were helping major donors use often untraceable money to sway elections large and small; the group Public Citizen found that, of 75 U.S. Congressional races where “partisan power changed hands, spending by outside groups favored the winning candidate in 60."

Options for lodging patient complaints
10/28/2011

The Los Angeles Times: Health 411: Several options for lodging patient complaints - First you should seek help for your pain, suggests Dr. Michael Carome, deputy director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen in Washington, D.C., a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization.

DEA offers anonymous drug take-back program
10/28/2011

Boomer Health and Style: Drug Enforcement Administration offers drug take-back program Oct. 29 - Watchdog group Public Citizen has urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require a black box warning on proton pump inhibitors' packaging.

Drug shortage mystery
10/28/2011

Philly.com: Probing the mystery of drug-supply shortages - That's a key question, according to consumer advocates such as Larry Sasich, a pharmacist who consults with Public Citizen's Health Research Group and who says control over an active ingredient, even temporarily, could allow a manufacturer of generic drugs to price "like a monopolist." But the answer is something no manufacturer willingly wants to disclose.

Former congress members campaigns still spending money
10/28/2011

The Hill: Former members' are campaigns alive, well and still spending money - The spending of political contributions on legal fees and even consultants after a lawmaker has resigned in scandal might be “unpalatable to the public,” but it is generally legal, said Lisa Gilbert, deputy director of Congress Watch at the watchdog group Public Citizen.

Lobbying groups target super committee
10/28/2011

Mother Jones: Lobbying blitz barrages budget-cutting super committee -  In mid-September, 14 different groups—such as the Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, Public Citizen, and the Sunlight Foundation—urged the members of the supercommittee to disclose all meetings with and donations from lobbyists during their time on the supercommittee.

Tort Reform does not better health care
10/28/2011

The Texas Tribune: No better care, thanks to Tort Reform -These statistics are public and well known. They can be found at TDSHS’s website and in a report Public Citizen published earlier this year.

Stroke drug not as safe as it seems
10/28/2011

Cardiovascular Business: Public Citizen slams rivaroxaban, ROCKET-AF to FDA - Despite receiving praise from the FDA’s Cardiovascular and Renal Drug Advisory Committee, the anticoagulant rivaroxaban (Xarelto, Bayer/Johnson & Johnson) is now getting scrutiny from Public Citizen.

Public Citizen seeks investigation
10/28/2011

Washington Post: Activist group seeks investigation of NIH deaths - The activist group Public Citizen asked the secretaries of defense and health and human services on Tuesday to investigate the deaths of two people who received platelet transfusions contaminated with bacteria at the National Institutes of Health’s research hospital this summer.

Nurses push for global financial transaction tax
10/28/2011

California Progress Report: Nurses to Obama: Push for global financial transaction tax now! - Some major U.S. economists, and organizations including the AFL-CIO, Oxfam, Institute for Policy Studies, and Public Citizen have long supported implementation of a tax on Wall Street stocks, bonds, currencies, default swaps, and other major financial transactions that are now largely untaxed.

Stroke medication needs to be further reviewed
10/28/2011

FierceBiotech: 15 top blockbuster contenders - The irascible pharma critics at Public Citizen want regulators to stick with proven winners in the stroke-prevention field, urging the FDA to turn thumbs down on the treatment. Public Citizen has a much high safety bar than the agency, which may not have trouble ignoring them once again.

Hours of Service rule may not meet deadline
10/28/2011

TheTrucker.com: Likelihood of HOS rule being on time becomes less and less - An attorney for Public Citizen, one of the plaintiffs in the suit that resulted in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration promising to rewrite the rule as part of a settlement agreement, said Tuesday morning his organization had not been contacted about extending the deadline.

Cap on damages not dropping expenses
10/28/2011

Uprisingradio.org: New documentary Hot Coffee exposes corporate agenda on "Tort Reform" -  But earlier this month, the non-profit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen found health care spending has not dropped in Texas since the cap on damages was enacted in 2003.

Regulating gift-giving in Washington
10/28/2011

The Washington Times: Trade groups oppose new rule - “The existing gift rule for career employees has largely been ignored,” said Craig Holman, legislative representative at Public Citizen. “We’ve had a very inconsistent and chaotic enforcement of ethics when it comes to the executive branch."

Blood deaths need to be investigated
10/28/2011

ABCNews: DocWhistleblower: Tainted blood kills two - Internal investigations by the NIH and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, both in Bethesda, Md., "are not adequate to remedy this serious problem," Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Oil companies demanding funds from schools
10/28/2011

Public News Service: Texas school districts may owe oil companies millions - Tom "Smitty" Smith, spokesman for Public Citizen of Texas, says the controversy comes at a pivotal time for Gov. Rick Perry, who announced Tuesday he would slash both the federal Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency if elected president.

Austin Energy plans to increase rates
10/28/2011

The Statesman: Proposed electric increases target poor, could hamper conservation critics say - The fee was also compared to a regressive tax on Tuesday by representatives from the Austin Tenants' Council, Texas Legal Services Center and Texas chapter of Public Citizen.

Death probe requested
10/28/2011

The Hill: NIH death probe requested - Public Citizen seeks an investigation into the deaths of two people who received platelet transfusions contaminated with bacteria at the National Institutes of Health's research hospital, The Washington Post reports.

Groups call attention to corporate money in elections
10/28/2011

Salem News: As OWS grows, renewed effort to expose corporate takeover of elections launched - Included in the effort are such advocacy organizations as Public Citizen, People for the American Way, Common Cause, Free Speech for People, Move to Amend, and The Center for Media and Democracy and media outlets as The Nation, Alternet, In These Times, and The Progressive.

Investigating bad blood
10/27/2011

The Wall Street Journal: Public Citizen calls for investigation into patient deaths - Public Citizen is calling for federal inspectors general to investigate the deaths of two patients who were transfused with contaminated blood this summer that came from the hospital now called Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Progressives try to limit money in politics
10/27/2011

The Huffington Post: Campaign finance reformers launch progressive effort to remove money from politics - The group also seeks to match potential supporters with a number of advocacy groups, including Public Citizen, People for the American Way, Common Cause, PRWatch, Free Speech for People and Move to Amend.

Former insider seeks pipeline
10/25/2011
National Journal: Pipeline Lobbying Ethics Questioned"For the most part, this is business as usual," said Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, "but that doesn't make it ethical."

Solyndra's last ditch effort
10/21/2011

Bloomberg: Solyndra stiffed lobbyist, trying to sway lawmakers to the end - “They were struggling to stay alive,” said Craig Holman, who tracks lobbying for Public Citizen, a non-profit advocacy group based in Washington. “This is where lobbyists come into play."

A different view of the trade deals
10/21/2011

FAIR: Todd Tucker on trade deals - Todd Tucker of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch will join us with a different view of the trade pacts.

Drug used for stroke prevention raises questions
10/21/2011

Fox News: Group questions drug for stroke prevention - The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen said in a letter sent to the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday that two proven drugs already exist to treat the condition.

Bill Moyers at 40th Anniversary Gala
10/21/2011

The Nation: Bill Boyers on 'Democratic Decency Defined Downwards' - Bill Moyers delivered a stirring keynote on the capture of our political system by the ultra-rich last night in Washington, at a gala honoring the fortieth anniversary of Ralph Nader’s advocacy group Public Citizen.

Obama signs 3 trade deals
10/21/2011

The Associated Press: Obama signs 3 trade deals, biggests since NAFTA - Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, a group that has strongly opposed past trade agreements, said Obama may have to get tougher on China if he is to defend Ohio and other states where workers hit by foreign trade don't agree with his promotion of free trade.

Cain buys own books to support campaign
10/21/2011

MobyLives: No, THIS is Herman Cain! - Then there’s the fact that it could constitute an illegal corporate contribution, says Public Citizen lobbyist Craig Holman in the Talking Points Memo report.

Giving corporations citizenship
10/21/2011

Yankton Daily Press: Writers block: a hope for reversal - The organization “Public Citizen,” founded by Ralph Nader, is promoting just such a plan and 10 states have introduced legislation to reverse the Supreme Court’s action giving citizenship rights and privileges to corporations.

Citigroup settles in case
10/21/2011

News & Observer: Citigroup reaches $285M settlement in case - "It's not called Occupy Wall Street because it's a random geographical location," said Bartlett Naylor, who heads financial policy for advocacy group Public Citizen, which wants criminal charges filed against Wall Street executives.

Occupy Wall Street movement gaining momentum
10/21/2011

Examiner: Occupy Wall Street signs: prosecute Bernanke, impeach Obama and more - Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, disagrees with Soltis in a piece he wrote in the same publication.

Intellectual Property and Free Trade Deals
10/21/2011

American University Intellectual Property Brief -  Progressive lobbyist group Public Citizen asserts that “Korea FTA text would allow foreign investors to demand compensation from the U.S. government in foreign tribunals for ‘regulatory takings’ and other claims that would not be allowed under U.S. law."

Bipartisan opposition against Citizens United
10/21/2011

Truthout: New Hampshire polls show both sides of the aisle agree on something - One group that is currently focused on dealing with this issue is the Corporate Reform Coalition, organized by Public Citizen.

Debate over product safety database
10/21/2011

Government Executive: Lawsuit renews debate over product safety database - Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel for Public Citizen, said CPSC is required by law to implement the database and that many in industry "have objected from the very beginning."

Canada pays way for GOP congressmen
10/21/2011

Politico: Canada pays way for GOP congressmen to tour oil sands - “I don’t see any legal ethical issues with the trip, but as always, whoever sponsors the trip controls access to information,” said Tyler Slocum, director of the energy program for Public Citizen, a government watchdog group. “In this case, the sponsor of the trip is heavily in support of exploiting the tar sands, that’s the point of view the lawmakers are going to get."

Malpractice database closes after complaint
10/21/2011

Citizen Media Law Project: Health reporters unite! How one doctor's complaint turned a public database private - Earlier this year, however, Bavley read a report (.pdf) by Public Citizen that included data on undisciplined doctors who had multiple malpractice payouts.

Tax holidays don't help create jobs
10/21/2011

The Hill: Good-government groups weigh in on repatriation - Common Cause, Public Citizen, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and a dozen other groups, like other skeptics, told senators in a Thursday letter that a previous tax holiday did not help create jobs and should not get a sequel.

Texas health professionals refute report
10/21/2011

The Southeast Texas Record: Health professionals refute report that Texas tort reform is a failure - On Oct. 12, the non-profit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen released "A Failed Experiment," a report critical of the 2003 tort reforms in Texas.

Fair Trade Deals to be signed by Obama
10/21/2011

The Hill: Adios to the trade deals - Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, pointed out in an email on Thursday that there were several new voting firsts on trade among Democrats and Republicans.

Customers' right to sue
10/21/2011

Bellingham Herald: Bill aims to restore consumers' right to sue - "These forced arbitration clauses in contracts deny consumers their right to hold companies accountable when something is wrong," said Christine Hines, an attorney with the advocacy group Public Citizen. "They basically let companies off the hook."

Concerns raised about Xarelto
10/21/2011

Reuters: Group questions Xarelto for stroke prevention - Public Citizen said in a letter sent to the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday that two proven drugs already exist to treat the condition.

Controversy surrounding the AT&T merger with T-Mobile
10/21/2011

San Diego Reader: Chicano Federation, Urban League lobby for AT&T's T-Mobile takeover - "This is taking influence peddling to a whole new level,” Craig Holman, a lobbyist with Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, told iWatch.

Nurses push for global financial transaction tax
10/21/2011

Alternet: Nurses to Obama: Push for a global financial transaction tax now! - Some major U.S. economists, and organizations including the AFL-CIO, Oxfam, Institute for Policy Studies, and Public Citizen have long supported implementation of a tax on Wall Street stocks, bonds, currencies, default swaps, and other major financial transactions that are now largely untaxed.

Lawmakers fight to keep environmentally harming light bulbs
10/21/2011

Bloomberg: Bulbs rally lawmakers in fight for state rights - “This was not about light bulbs; this was about states’rights. It was about what the government should and shouldn’t tell us what to do,” said David Power, deputy director of thePublic Citizen office in Austin, Texas. The organization was among those opposed to the Texas law.

Liz Cheney working to destroy unions
10/21/2011

The Nation: How Liz Cheney is funding the war on labor rights in Ohio -  They trade money back and forth, and according to Public Citizen’s Taylor Lincoln: “The Partnership for America’s Future—whose principals include Mary Cheney, daughter of the former vice president—registered as a 527, just as American Crossroads initially did.

Committee proposes changes to FDA review process
10/21/2011

BNA: House Energy and Commerce offers bills to revise FDA device rules - Michael Carome, deputy director of the health research group at Public Citizen, told BNA Oct. 17 that a constant mantra of this Congress is that the best way to promote business is to remove regulation.

Illinois puts bad doctor database back online
10/21/2011

BusinessWeek: Doctor data back online in Illinois - "We strongly favor transparency in the health care arena," said Dr. Michael Carome, deputy director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group in Washington, D.C. "Having this information publicly available is better for patients."

Weak new commodity speculation rule
10/21/2011

Firedoglake: Sanders, Cantwell decry weak new commodity speculation rule - Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen says in a statement that “these limits are simply too permissive to the big banks and allow them to hold positions that are too large.

Department of Justice may change rules concerning Grand Jury Information
10/21/2011

Blog of Legal Times: DOJ pitches rule change addressing historical grand jury material - Allison Zieve, director of the Public Citizen Litigation Group, which represented the plaintiffs in the request to unseal the Nixon grand jury testimony, argued secrecy no longer should apply to historically valuable records that are more than three decades old.

Occupy Wall Street needs a leader
10/19/2011

The Huffington Post: Occupy Wall Street: A bottom up revolution in need of leadership to define its mission - Leading on this issue is Public Citizen, with its staff working on the ground across the country organizing in municipalities and states, pushing initiatives to reign in the out-of-control influence of money in campaigns.

Herman Cain's book deal
10/19/2011

The Washington Post: Cain's book purchases spur questions - The problem, as Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen told Talking Points Memo, is that “any presidential candidate that pays his or her own company for goods and services is going to be viewed by the public as using the campaign for personal profit.”

Light bulbs vs. states' rights
10/19/2011

Bloomberg: Bulbs rally lawmakers in fight for state rights - “This was not about light bulbs; this was about states’ rights. It was about what the government should and shouldn’t tell us what to do,” said David Power, deputy director of the Public Citizen office in Austin, Texas.

Congressional trip raises ethics questions
10/19/2011

Roll Call: Africa trip blurs lines on travel propriety - “There appear to be a number of 501(c)(3)s that are clearly so closely directed by lobbying entities that they are nothing but a wing of the lobbying group. The travel restrictions were clearly intended to prohibit lobbying entities from providing these kind of perks, so this is a very serious loophole when it comes to the travel restrictions,” said Craig Holman of the watchdog group Public Citizen, who was not speaking specifically about the trip to Africa.

Supreme Court against consumer's rights
10/18/2011

The Los Angeles Times: Bill aims to restore consumers' right to sue - "These forced arbitration clauses in contracts deny consumers their right to hold companies accountable when something is wrong," said Christine Hines, an attorney with the advocacy group Public Citizen. "They basically let companies off the hook."

Fighting corporate personhood on the ground
10/18/2011

Huffington Post: Occupy Wall Street: A Bottom Up Revolution in Need of Leadership to Define Its Mission - Leading on this issue is Public Citizen, with its staff working on the ground across the country organizing in municipalities and states, pushing initiatives to reign in the out-of-control influence of money in campaigns.

Justin Feldman speaks on child labor
10/18/2011
Harvest Public Media: Child labor law change -- safety or 'insanity?'In a move the Wall Street Journal called “a political minefield,” the revision to the Fair Labor Standards Act would bar children under 16 from cultivating tobacco and operating power-driven equipment.

 

Korean trade deficit will widen
10/14/2011
AP: Auto, steel workers split over S. Korea trade pact - Many manufacturers and agribusinesses support a new trade deal with South Korea, one reason President Barack Obama and his counterpart from that nation are heading to suburban Detroit on Friday to tour a General Motors plant where cars are being built with South Korean parts.

 

Exposing product placement
10/14/2011
DIY: Interview: Morgan Spurlock - The Oscar-nominated Super Size Me filmmaker follows up his 2008 documentary Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? with another light-hearted exposé. Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold looks at product placement and advertising, with Spurlock actually funding the entire project with company sponsorship.

 

The Texas battle over tort reform
10/14/2011
Kaiser Health News: Uninsured Rates, Impact Of Malpractice Award Limits In Perry's Texas - Texas Gov. Rick Perry takes the media hot seat today as news outlets examine his state's uninsured rate, the success of Texas' malpractice award limits and the GOP hopeful's claims about rival Mitt Romney's health plan.

 

Craig Holman a top grassroots activist
10/13/2011
The Hill: Top Lobbyists: GrassrootsHolman’s persistent advocacy paid off with the approval of a number of disclosure and ethics reforms in Congress.

 

Rick Perry wrong again
10/13/2011
American Statesman: Report: Texas' tort law has failed to reduce health costs, attract doctors - A national report released Wednesday says the 2003 Texas law that limited damage awards in malpractice suits has caused health care spending to rise and has not significantly increased the number of doctors in Texas.

 

U.S. trade deficits will increase
10/13/2011
CNN: Congress passes trade deals - Congress passed trade deals with Colombia, South Korea and Panama on Wednesday, delivering them to President Obama in time for the South Korean president's Thursday visit to Capitol Hill.

 

Obama sides with wealthy elites
10/13/2011
The Cap Times: Obama is very, very, very wrong about free trade - President Barack Obama is preparing to mangle his jobs message by signing free-trade agreements that are opposed by unions, Democrats and the “99 Percenters” who recognize that the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama approach to trade policy has harmed the interests of working people in the United States and abroad.

 

Disguising treaties that exploit workers
10/13/2011

Firedoglake: Columbia Trade Deal Would Have Failed as a Treaty: As Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach explained yesterday, the three trade agreements passed Congress in a whirlwind of activity last night, because a present for the President of South Korea’s visit to Washington today is more important than a considered debate about the role of neoliberal trade agreements and what they have traditionally done to US exports.

 

Truth about medical malpractice
10/13/2011

Becker's Hospital Review: Report Suggests Malpractice Caps May Not Reduce Healthcare Costs - A recent report by advocacy group Public Citizen suggests that medical malpractice liability caps may not reduce healthcare costs and may decrease access to healthcare services, according to a news release by the group.

Congress kills jobs
10/13/2011
The Huffington Post: Job-Killing Trade Deals Pass Congress Amidst Record Democratic OppositionWith 9 percent unemployment and Americans desperate for job creation, it is unconscionable that President Obama and House Republicans just shoved through a trio of NAFTA-style job-killing trade agreements that even the government's own studies show will increase the U.S. trade deficit.

 

Doctors and insurance companies benefit most
10/13/2011

Fierce Healthcare: Tort reform a 'failed experiment,' increases Medicare spending - Called "a failed experiment," according to the report, Texas in 2003 set a $250,000 cap on the amount of damages that injured patients could recover from negligent doctors. Since the state implemented tort reform, Texas hasn't contained spending as intended, but instead saw increases in Medicare spending, according to a Public Citizen press release.

 

Perry disputes Texas study
10/13/2011
The Hill: Perry defends Texas malpractice limits - Supporters of Texas' medical malpractice laws — including Gov. Rick Perry — are pushing back against a report that says the laws have made healthcare worse in the state.

 

Iron overload drug not safe
10/13/2011
The Pharm Letter: Public Citizen urges US FDA to not approve ApoPharma’s iron overload drug - The US Food and Drug Administration should not approve an experimental drug proposed to treat patients who develop iron overload following multiple transfusions for anemia because data presented by the drug’s manufacturer, ApoPharma (a unit of Canadian generics firm Apotex), failed to demonstrate that the drug is safe and effective in the intended patient population, said consumer advocacy group Public Citizen in a letter sent to the agency.

 

True cause of medical cost explosion
10/13/2011
Health Leaders Media:  Texas Malpractice Caps Blasted, DefendedMedical liability caps enacted in Texas in 2003 have not reduced rising medical costs in the Lone Star State, and expose as false claims that malpractice expenses are a key driver for medical inflation, according to a study from Public Citizen. 

 

FDA baised towards rare diseases
10/12/2011
FierceBiotech: Study: Orphan Drugs win favored status in FDA reviews - Over the last few years there's been a big interest in rare diseases.

 

Grassley supports malpractice transparency
10/12/2011
Non-Profit Quarterly: Senator Grassley Stands Up for Nonprofits and Journalists against HHS Decision to Remove Database -  You have to hand it to Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA).

 

Money more important than workers' lives
10/12/2011
Center for American Progress Action Fund: House Budget Bill Guts Worker Protections - The House majority just released a draft budget bill that significantly ups the ante in what has become an unmitigated attack on working Americans.

 

Supreme Court hears CompuCredit case
10/12/2011
ABA Journal: Does Law Provide a Right to Sue over a $257 Credit Card Fee? Justices Mull the Issues - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared firmly on the side of consumers when the U.S. Supreme Court considered Tuesday whether a federal law gives consumers the right to sue credit repair companies despite signing contracts requiring arbitration.

 

Texas gold standard in question
10/12/2011
Pop Tort: The NPDB Shut Down: Even Worse Than Texas Malpractice Law? - The national consumer group Public Citizen has a dynamite new study out today called "A Failed Experiment; Health Care in Texas Has Worsened in Key Respects Since State Instituted Liability Caps in 2003." 

 

Study finds Texas tort reform ineffective
10/12/2011
The Hill: In attack on Perry, group claims tort reform made healthcare worse in Texas - The advocacy group Public Citizen charged Wednesday that limits on medical malpractice suits have made the healthcare system worse in Texas.

 

Actual definition of balanced budget
10/12/2011
Huffington Post: Balanced Budget Amendment Follies - "Balance the budget!" It's the endlessly repeated narrative heard in Washington.

 

Increased imports, not exports
10/12/2011
NPR: Will Free Trade Agreements Really Create Jobs? - Congress approved with bipartisan support Wednesday much-delayed free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. The Obama administration and supporters in Congress have labeled these agreements jobs bills, though there are questions about how many jobs will really be created.

 

Greedy Texas physicains
10/12/2011
Star-Telegram: 8 years after tort reform, its benefits are disputed - A new study maintains that Texas limits on damages in medical malpractice cases enacted in 2003 have failed to deliver promised benefits.

 

Trade agreements pushed through Congress
10/12/2011
Free Speech Radio News: Congress votes on trade deals with Colombia, South Korea, Panama - House and Senate lawmakers are voting today on free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea.

 

Corporations benefit at expense of workers
10/12/2011
Daily Planet: The 1 percent's trade deals - This week, the House of Representatives will consider three pending U.S. free trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.

 

Largest deal since NAFTA
10/12/2011
National Journal: Congress Approves Free-Trade Pacts With Colombia, Panama, and South Korea - After months of political fights, the pending trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea all were approved in both the House and the Senate on Wednesday evening.

 

Bad doctors database taken down
10/12/2011

Nonprofit Quarterly: Senator Grassley stands up for nonprofits and journalists against HHS decision to remove database - In this case, Public Citizen, the Association of Health Care Journalists, and a number of other nonprofits had complained that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services had removed the National Practitioner Data Bank from its website.

Veracity of lawyers' advertising
10/12/2011
BNA: Florida Rules That Ban ‘Manipulative’ Ads, Mandate ‘Useful’ Content, Are Struck DownKey Holding: Declares several Florida lawyer advertising rules unconstitutional, either on their face or as applied; upholds two rules against facial vagueness challenge.

 

FTA may divide House Democrats
10/12/2011

The Hill: Trade deal votes to divide Democrats - Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch and a fierce critic of the FTAs, said the wildcard Wednesday wouldn’t be Democrats, but freshman Republicans, many of whom campaigned against trade agreements that subject the U.S. to international trade rules.

Ribble's roofing connections
10/12/2011

Green Bay Press Gazette: Editorial: Ribble's expertise should not be discounted - Ribble's involvement brought a sharp rebuke from a spokesman from Public Citizen, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit and government watchdog group, who said Ribble lacked objectivity because of his connections to the roofing industry.

Fighting for corporate disclosure
10/12/2011

Roll Call: Fighting for corporate disclosure - “Companies seeking political advantage actually might not be doing their shareholders any favors,” said Lisa Gilbert, deputy director of Congress Watch at Public Citizen, which is spearheading a strange-bedfellows coalition that includes some 75 government watchdog, labor and environmental groups, along with several prominent academics and corporate accountability advocates.

Lobbyists in Washington
10/12/2011

In These Times: Zombie lobbyists occupy Washington - According to “Fading Disclosure,” a September 2010 report by Public Citizen’s Taylor Lincoln and Craig Holman, Citizens United expanded an existing disregard for elections law and campaign finance disclosure. Public Citizen found that during the 2006 midterm election cycle, nearly 100 percent of electioneering groups reported the sources of their funding, as required by law.

'Right to sue' meaning questioned in Supreme Court
10/12/2011

Washington Post: Supreme Court considers whether 'right to sue' means only right to arbitration - Scott L. Nelson, an attorney for Public Citizen who is representing cardholder Wanda Greenwood, agreed that Congress made its intentions clear.

FDA expedites approval for rare disease treatments
10/12/2011

Wall Street Journal: Many 'orphan drugs' get expedited review by FDA - "There are all kinds of other benefits already written into law," said Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen Health Research Group. "Why should the standard of approval be different if you have a rare disease than for non-rare diseases?"

Free trade deals welcomed by farmers, not by activists
10/12/2011

Fresno Bee: California farmers welcome free-trade deal - "We're looking to have at least two-thirds of the House Democrats to vote against all three bills," said Beatriz Lopez, senior field organizer for Public Citizen.

New trade deals come with controversy
10/12/2011

Ozarks First: Trade Agreements could add $45 million to Missouri economy - But the agreements don't come without controversy. While not denouncing the deal with Colombia last week, McCaskill did question whether or not concern over Human Rights violations in Colombia would hamper that trade agreement in Congress. The progressive advocacy group Public Citizen reports that in the last three years, 150 union activists have been murdered in Colombia. 

Biophosphate may do more harm than good
10/12/2011

InjuryBoard: FDA takes on testimony on Biophosphate use for Osteopenia - The experts who testified are members of the Public Citizen’s Health Research Group and highlighted studies that show a “consistent and very strong association” between bisphosphonate use and stress fractures as well as osteonecrosis of the jaw.

Substancially equivalent medical devices
10/12/2011

ThePopTort: Immunity that the Good Wife never saw coming - But the main plot dealt was something equally timely, and kudos to them for tackling it - i.e., the FDA’s highly controversial 510(k) process, which allows manufacturers to put certain medical devices on the market if they submit evidence that the device is “substantially equivalent” to a device already on the market (See Public Citizen’s study on this.)

Prostate medications linked to prostate cancer
10/12/2011

Aboutlawsuits.com: Prostate cancer risk from Avodart, Proscar lead to warning against use - The prominent consumer watchdog group Public Citizen is warning men not to use Avodart, Proscar or similar drugs for the treatment of enlarged prostate, due to the potential increased risk of prostate cancer.

FDIC backs controversal rule
10/12/2011

Associated Press: FDIC backs ban on banks trading for own profit - The draft rule "draws too few bright lines to make clear what banks can and cannot do," said Bartlett Naylor, financial policy advocate at the liberal group Public Citizen. "The regulators are proposing that they will detect the difference between various trades by fishing through complex data provided by the banks after the fact. This is an invitation for evasion."

Pelosi's late disclosure
10/12/2011

Washington Times: Pelosi's disclosure belated husband's land deal - “She should take every effort to disclose anything that could pose a potential conflict of interest before she takes any formal action,” said Craig Holman, legislative representative for Public Citizen, a Washington-based consumer-advocacy group.

Trade deals go to Congress
10/11/2011

The Huffington Post: Obama pushes huge free trade deals to Wednesday vote - Critics, such as Public Citizen's Todd Tucker, believe that the investor provisions in these free trade deals are even worse, and the bailouts for foreign companies could reach the billions.

Pelosi's conflict of interest
10/11/2011

The Washington Times: Pelosi's disclosure belated in husband's land deal - “She should take every effort to disclose anything that could pose a potential conflict of interest before she takes any formal action,” said Craig Holman, legislative representative for Public Citizen, a Washington-based consumer-advocacy group.

Volcker Rule proposed
10/11/2011

The New York Times: Regulators to set forth Volcker RulePeople on both sides of the issue have found things to like and dislike. “There are some encouraging signs in the draft,” Bartlett Naylor, a financial policy advocate for Public Citizen, a pro-consumer group, said in an interview. But, he added, “it doesn’t completely eliminate some of the mischief we saw” in the run-up to the financial crisis.

Telecom merger's political operation
10/11/2011

The Minnesota Independent: Massive political operation accompanied Comcast/NBC-Universal merger - “There’s always an element of risk and gambling involved when it comes to influence peddling on Capitol Hill, what lobbyists and special interest groups and corporations do is make the odds the best they can in their favor,” said Craig Holman of Public Citizen. ”It’s all designed to buy influence and it usually does work. But not always.”

Trade deals head to Congress
10/11/2011

Truth-out: US jobs in danger as NAFTA-style deal heads to Congress - Last Tuesday, Public Citizen kicked off a National Call-in Day urging citizens to tell their Representatives to "stop the job-killing trade deals."

Protecting misleading promises
10/10/2011

The Florida Times-Union: Harrell & Harrell wins federal lawsuit over 'Don't settle for less than you deserve' slogan - Jacksonville attorney Bill Harrell's law firm won't have to settle for less after U.S. District Judge Marcia Howard overturned The Florida Bar's ruling that his well-known advertising slogan is manipulative.

Solid reasons behind the protests
10/9/2011
Journal Star: Business Watch: Raging against fat cats - Wall Street had to know this was coming. You can’t do all that stuff with credit derivatives, operate in black-box secrecy and bestow huge bonuses on well-heeled individuals while the rest of us simply try to hang onto our retirement accounts and not expect some flack.

 

Spurlock's new movie featuring Robert Weissman
10/9/2011
The Herald: Morgan Spurlock on the perils of making a movie about product placement - When it comes to suffering in the line of duty, Morgan Spurlock’s tenacity knows no bounds.

 

Rep Ribble against protecting workers
10/9/2011
Fdlreporter: Consumer group accuses lawmaker of conflict: Since taking his seat as a new member of Congress, Rep. Reid Ribble has made it clear that part of his mission would be to eliminate federal regulations he believes are stunting economic growth.

 

Politicians as lobbyists
10/8/2011
The Hill: Union powerhouse joined K Street in opposing Obama’s lobbyist ban The nation's largest labor federation joined with K Street to oppose the Obama administration's guidance to ban lobbyists from serving on federal advisory committees.

 

Playing nice together
10/8/2011
Culturemap Houston: Green Scissors brings the left and right together on a budget-cutting mission against subsidies - From federal beach projects to loan guarantees for a South Texas nuclear site, the United States can cut some $380 billion out of its budget and help clean up the environment at the same time, a coalition of environmentalists and conservatives argue.

 

Texas gets leeway in EPA revisions
10/7/2011

The Associated Press: EPA roles back air rule; Texas gets most leeway - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed easing new pollution restrictions that angered several states and infuriated GOP presidential contender Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

America relies too heavily on the Fed
10/7/2011

The Hill: A patient in need - Our economy is like a sick patient, languishing in the hospital. The patient is sick in part because of doctor (Federal Reserve) failure. And yet, we continue to depend on the doctor to treat the patient.

The Fed needs to do its part
10/7/2011
The Hill: A patient in need - Our economy is like a sick patient, languishing in the hospital. The patient is sick in part because of doctor (Federal Reserve) failure.
Doctor malpractice records need to be seen
10/7/2011
The New York Times: Senator Protests Agency Decision to Remove Doctor Data Online - Senator Charles E. Grassley on Friday joined with dozens of academic researchers, consumer groups and journalism organizations who have protested an Obama administration decision to pull off the Web a database of doctor malpractice and disciplinary cases.

 

EPA revisions may keep Luminant plants open
10/7/2011

Star Telegram: EPA revisions may keep Luminant plants open - Dallas-based Luminant, the largest electric power generator in Texas, is reconsidering its decision to idle two coal-fired power plants after the Environmental Protection Agency proposed revisions Thursday that would ease the requirements of a new rule designed to curb air pollution.

Occupied
10/7/2011

LA Times: Is Occupy Wall Street a tea party for Democrats? - As protests aimed at shaming Wall Street continued near New York's financial heart, they raised a tantalizing prospect for beleaguered liberals: Their side may, unexpectedly, be witnessing the redefinition of a coming election year that was supposed to be all about an "enthusiasm gap" for Democrats against charged-up Republicans.

Dems propose bill for nursing home residents
10/7/2011

River Towns: Dems offer bill to provide nursing home residents with legal protection; Senate hopefuls pledge 'no new taxes'; Applefest this weekend - Wisconsin Democrats say nursing home residents need legal protection – and they’re offering a new bill to provide it.

Worker safety reforms pass through slowly
10/7/2011

The Charlestown Gazette: Worker safety reforms crawl along at Obama OSHA - It was baffling earlier this week to listen in to a House subcommittee hearing as Republican lawmakers repeated over and over their mantra that workplace safety regulations kill jobs.

Obama sits back on Occupy Wall Street protests
10/7/2011

In These Times: As Occupy Wall St. Protest Grows, Obama Sits on Sidelines With CEOs - As with the Wisconsin publc-employees rebellion earlier this year, President Obama has an opportunity to reinforce his pro-jobs message with the widespread energy generated by the Occupy Wall Street movement that is now spreading across the nation. 

Keystone XL tar sands pipeline
10/7/2011

Huffington Post: Hillary Clinton Keystone XL crony lobbyists problem - Hillary Clinton and the State Department have the final word on whether to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, unless President Obama intervenes.

Trade agreements may cause harm
10/7/2011

mlive.com: Pending free trade agreements House, Rep. Dave Camp expects jobs and increase to GDP - The House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland, approved three pending trade agreements Wednesday with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.

Cash spent on pushing through trade deals
10/7/2011

The Hill: Trade deals were cash cow for K street - A multimillion-dollar stimulus package for K Street is coming to a close.The expected passage of the trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea marks the end point of a long campaign that saw the respective governments spend freely on lobbyists, lawyers and public relations to help push the deals to the finish line.

Website shows how tax money is spent
10/7/2011

Chron: Web tool shows where your taxes go - What are you paying for garbage pickup? How about for having a fire department on call to douse your house if it goes up in flames?

White House submits trade pacts
10/7/2011

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development: After long delay, US FTAs with Korea, Colombia, Panama submitted to Congress - The push to pass the US free trade agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea is quickly gaining momentum, with the White House submitting the pacts to Congress on 3 October after years of back-and-forth political wrangling.

Imported seafood dirty
10/7/2011

Huliq- Imported seafood source of alarming contaminants - Chances are good that the last time you enjoyed that juicy shrimp or salmon, you were also ingesting contaminants like banned drugs and dangerous bacteria along with it.

Cell Phone Emissions
10/7/2011

BNA: U.S. Supreme Court declines to consider cell-phone emissions preemption case - Key Development: The Supreme Court denies review of a closely-watched preemption case on cell phone safety. Potential Impact: A new area of tort and class-action litigation based on an alleged link between wireless emissions and cancer remains a nonstarter for now under the doctrine of federal preemption.

Occupy Wall Street spreads
10/7/2011

Flagler Live: Occupy Wall Street protests spreading to Florida- Jacksonville, Gainsville and Ocala - Frustrated by Wall Street bailouts and inspired by seemingly spontaneous demonstrations in New York City, protesters plan to take to the streets in Florida this week.

Eric Cantor staffer creates Super PAC
10/7/2011

Huffington Post: Eric Cantor staffer creating leadership super PAC - The deputy chief of staff to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is leaving the congressman's office to start a leadership super PAC designed to help retain and expand the Republican majority in the House and enhance Cantor's standing within his caucus.

Green Scissors Report helps find bipartisan common ground
10/7/2011

Lared Sun: Left and right find common ground in cutting wasteful giveaways that harm the environment in Texas - Ending a third of a trillion dollars in environmentally harmful subsidies could go a long way toward solving our nation’s budget challenges, help the environment, and help businesses and taxpayers throughout Texas, an unusual right-left coalition said today.

U.S. trade policy drives AIDS medicines cost
10/7/2011

Huffington Post: New trade deal would benefit Big Pharma at AIDS programs' expense -  In 2003, with the AIDS pandemic developing into one of the most severe humanitarian crises in modern history, President George W. Bush pledged billions of dollars in relief funding for citizens of the world's poorest countries.

Worker-Safety hearing sparks debate
10/7/2011

The Hill: Worker-safety hearing sparks debate of House HHS spending bill - Wednesday's House hearing on worker-safety regulations sparked sharp debate over Republicans' recently released FY 2012 spending bill for the departments of Health, Labor and Education.

Dirty seafood reaching U.S. dinner tables
10/7/2011

MSNBC: Tainted seafood reaching American tables, experts say - Filthy seafood infected with bacteria or tainted with drugs and antibiotics banned in the U.S. is finding its way onto the plates of Americans, according to state and federal officials, consumer advocates, academics and food safety experts.

Ads infiltrate TV shows
10/7/2011

NPR: Skipping the ads on TV? Get ready for shows that are the ads - You know regular product placement, right? Top Chef and its plugs for frozen meals and Gladware, cars being name-checked by action stars speeding away in them, and — of course — the carbonation-off currently taking place between American Idol (COKE! COKE! COKE!) and The X Factor (PEPSI! PEPSI! PEPSI!). But as Elizabeth Blair reports on Wednesday's Morning Edition, you haven't seen anything yet.

Free Trade Agreements cause riffs
10/7/2011

The Journal Gazette: Trade pacts light fire for partisan bickering - Foreign trade is the next showdown on Capitol Hill – only this time President Obama and Republicans are on the same side.

Free Trade Agreements move forward
10/7/2011

Inter Press Service: Long-stalled trade accords move forward - In a major victory for U.S.-based multinational corporations, President Barack Obama has submitted controversial and long- pending "free-trade" agreements (FTAs) between the U.S. and South Korea, Colombia, and Panama for rapid approval by Congress.

Regulatory reform bill
10/5/2011

Government Executive: Bipartisian regulatory reform bill draws administration's silence - Agencies would be required to be more transparent and subject their cost-versus-benefit judgments to greater scrutiny by business under legislation to revamp federal rulemaking recently introduced by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas.

Patty Murray's conflict of interest
10/5/2011

Bloomberg: Senate 'workhouse' Murray must save majority while cutting debt - Among the 12 members of the congressional deficit-cutting supercommittee, there are committee chairmen, Sunday news show regulars, anti-tax purists, and Patty Murray.

Advertising rules for lawyers may change
10/5/2011

WCTV: Advertising rules for lawyers may change - 'Don't settle for less than you deserve' has been the slogan of Harrell & Harrell for nearly a decade.But a decision by the Florida Bar threatened to change that.

Protests spring up in Florida
10/5/2011

Sunshine State News: 'Occupy Wall Street' heads for Florida as the Anti-Tea Party - Frustrated by Wall Street bailouts and inspired by seemingly spontaneous demonstrations in New York City, protesters plan to take to the streets in Florida this week.

The war on regulations
10/5/2011

CounterPunch: Masters of the big lie - Masters of the repeated lying sound byte, the craven Congressional Republicans are feasting on the health and safety of the American people with gleeful greed while making the corporate and trade association media swoon.

Cutting environmentally harmful subsidies in Texas
10/5/2011

The Cypress Times: Left and right find common ground in cutting wasteful giveaways that harm the environment in Texas - Ending a third of a trillion dollars in environmentally harmful subsidies could go a long way toward solving our nation’s budget challenges, help the environment, and help businesses and taxpayers throughout Texas, an unusual right-left coalition said today.

Rules on attorney ads too vague
10/5/2011

The Am Law Daily: Judge finds certain Flordia bar rules on attorney ads too vague - A federal judge in Jacksonville has determined that Florida Bar rules governing law firm advertising violate the First Amendment rights of lawyers, according to sibling publication the Daily Business Review.

Hidden money pouring in
10/4/2011

Kansas City Star: Super PACs set sights on 2012 U.S. Senate race in Missouri - Relaxed spending rules unleashed a torrent of campaign cash in the 2010 elections. 

Secretly bribing the supercommittee
10/4/2011

Dayton Daily News: Portman, select committee face unprescedented pressure - By being appointed to a 12-member special committee tasked with cutting the federal deficit, Sen. Rob Portman has become the political equivalent of one of the most popular guys in school.

Koch brothers funding Christie
10/4/2011

Bloomberg: Christie comes clean on trips as N.J. Governor seeks donations - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's bid to raise money nationwide for Republicans as he considers a presidential run is forcing him to divulge details on out-of-state trips that he had previously kept secret.

Supreme Court to enter 2012 presidential campaign
10/4/2011

Associated Press: Health care law looms over new Supreme Court term - The nine justices of the Supreme Court, who serve without seeking election, soon will have to decide whether to insert themselves into the center of the presidential campaign next year.

Supercommittee secretly favors corporations
10/4/2011

Politico: Lobbyists in on 'super' secrets - Want the inside scoop on the supercommittee? Ask a lobbyist.

The vanishing center
10/4/2011

The Columbus Dispatch: Dispatch Analysis: Congress, heal thyself - Many can recall times in the U.S. history when partisan rancor was more intense than now, but most agree that current divisions must end.

Auto workers support trade deal
10/4/2011

Politico: UAW holds nose, backs free trade - The United Auto Workers surprised its fellow labor giants last year when it broke ranks and endorsed a free-trade deal with South Korea, but the union hasn't backed up its announcement with its usual lobbying fervor, suggesting that the move is more of a thank you to the Obama administration for the auto bailout than deep support for the proposal.

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