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Checkpoint: Waiting and Death at the Border
10/14/2013
FireDogLake: Checkpoint: Waiting and Death at the Border by Michelle Chen - As the advocacy group Public Citizen explains in a recent brief on migration and trade in the Americas, “many policymakers most focused on ‘closing’ the U.S. border were the very same ones who supported U.S. trade policies that have caused the economic crises that destroyed livelihoods and devastated communities throughout Latin America.

 

There’s an International Plan to Censor the Internet in the Works — Let’s Stop It in Its Track
10/14/2013
Alternet: There’s an International Plan to Censor the Internet in the Works — Let’s Stop It in Its Tracks by Thanh Lam - Described by experts Lori Wallach and Ben Beachy of Public Citizen as “one of the most significant international commercial agreements since the creation of WTO”, the TPP is more than a trade agreement – it’s an underhanded attempt by old industry interests to censor the Internet.

 

UR prof at center of national controversy
10/13/2013
The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle: UR prof at center of national controversy by James Goodman - But Dr. Michael Carome, director of the Public Citizen's Health Research Group, raised concerns. "It paints a troubling picture of potential pay-for-play arrangements in which drug companies were able to buy access to closed-door meetings that involved the FDA," Carome said.

 

Shutdown savages some regulators
10/13/2013
The Hill: Shutdown savages some regulators by Ben Goad and Julian Hattem - Bart Naylor, a financial policy advocate for the consumer group Public Citizen, said he had been in contact with the heads or other senior staff at seven regulatory agencies, including the CFTC, the SEC, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

 

Oil field regulators kept busy
10/13/2013
San Angelo Standard-Times: Oil field regulators kept busy by Matthew Waller

 

Austinites should fight for efficient energy
10/12/2013
The Daily Texan: Austinites should fight for efficient energy by Travis Knoll - Tom Smith, director of Public Citizen’s Texas division, believes highlighting Texas’ renewable capacity and mobilizing students is key. While Smith pointed out that San Antonio is further along than Austin in the percentage of energy it gets from renewable sources (11 percent according to San Antonio’s City Public Services compared to Austin Energy’s 10 percent), he highlighted Austin’s technology boom, which advances technologies like smart meters and inverters.

 

Odds favor ‘house’ in high-stakes trade talks
10/12/2013
The Herald-Sun: Odds favor ‘house’ in high-stakes trade talks by Harry Payne - Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch dubs the TPP “NAFTA on steroids” and warns that the investor-state dispute mechanism included in the pact “empowers corporations to skirt national courts and sue our governments before tribunals of private-sector lawyers operating under UN and World Bank rules to demand taxpayer compensation for domestic regulatory policies that investors believe diminish their ‘expected future profits’.”

 

2 LI parents challenge federal delay of backup-camera rule
10/12/2013
Newsday: 2 LI parents challenge federal delay of backup-camera rule by William Murphy - The court has not set a schedule for the case, according to Scott Michelman, a lawyer with the Public Citizen Litigation Group, which is representing the plaintiffs. Consumers Union of the United States, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, and KidsAndCars are also plaintiffs.

 

Commodities watchdog shuttered by shutdown
10/11/2013
The Washington Times: Commodities watchdog shuttered by shutdown by Jim McElhatton - “It’s an agency people don’t recognize, but they’re overseeing the agricultural, energy and metals commodities, which have a huge impact on the prices of things we buy every day,” said Tyson Slocum, energy program director for the watchdog group Public Citizen. “Having the market monitored is crucial to ensure the prices are based on supply and demand and not market shenanigans.”

 

Attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP are investigating new FDA-released safety concerns surrounding Pfizer’s antibiotic drug Tygacil
10/11/2013
PRWeb: Attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP are investigating new FDA-released safety concerns surrounding Pfizer’s antibiotic drug Tygacil - On October 26, 2011, Public Citizen (a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization) petitioned the FDA to require the addition of a Black Box Warning to the label for Tygacil® indicating that the antibiotic “has an increased risk of death in comparison to many other antibiotics when used to treat a variety of serious infections and should be used only as a last-resort antibiotic in the treatment of serious infections, and then only in combination with one or more bactericidal antibiotics.” On May 15, 2012, Public Citizen submitted additional data to the FDA in support of its October 2011 petition for the FDA to immediately require the addition of a Black Box Warning.

 

Attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP are investigating new FDA-released safety concerns surrounding Pfizer’s antibiotic drug Tygacil
10/11/2013
PRWeb: Attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP are investigating new FDA-released safety concerns surrounding Pfizer’s antibiotic drug Tygacil - On October 26, 2011, Public Citizen (a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization) petitioned the FDA to require the addition of a Black Box Warning to the label for Tygacil® indicating that the antibiotic “has an increased risk of death in comparison to many other antibiotics when used to treat a variety of serious infections and should be used only as a last-resort antibiotic in the treatment of serious infections, and then only in combination with one or more bactericidal antibiotics.” On May 15, 2012, Public Citizen submitted additional data to the FDA in support of its October 2011 petition for the FDA to immediately require the addition of a Black Box Warning.

 

Unnecessary antibiotics prescriptions rampant, despite risks: Study
10/11/2013
AboutLawsuits: Unnecessary antibiotics prescriptions rampant, despite risks: Study by Irvin Jackson - In July 2008, the FDA required that a “black box” warning be added about the tendon rupture risk with Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics, which is the strongest warning that can be placed on a prescription medication. However, consumer advocates called for stronger tendon rupture warnings to be added at least two years earlier, with Public Citizen filing a petition with the FDA in 2006, insisting that consumers and the medical community be provided with clearer warnings about the risk of tendon damage.

 

You down with TPP?
10/10/2013
Utne Reader: You down with TPP? By Suzanne Lindgren - “There’s almost no part of your life or the things you care about that this agreement couldn’t undermine,” said Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach. Sure that’s scary, until we remember that we have the power to stop it, and create the future that we want:

 

The militarization of liberalism
10/10/2013
Counterpunch: The militarization of liberalism by Norman Pollock - Trans-Pacific is actually a good deal worse than one imagines.  Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, and Ben Beachy, its research director, have written an article in The Times, “Obama’s Covert Trade Deal,” back on June 2, 2013, which, if taken seriously (apparently it has not been), would or should have stopped it in its tracks—and exposed the hollowness of Obama’s liberalism, as conventionally understood.   Secrecy fits nicely into the jigsaw puzzle of authoritarianism, along with surveillance and other measures which violate the principles of democratic government, and in this case it is Trans-Pacific’s most prominent feature.  Wallach and Beachy pull no punches:  “The Obama administration has often stated its commitment to open government.  So why is it keeping such tight wraps on the contents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the most significant international commercial agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization in 1995?” Good question—a “covert trade deal”?

 

Talking the talk: Experts, officials speak out on OSHA’s proposed new silica guidelines
10/10/2013
Masonry Construction: Talking the talk: Experts, officials speak out on OSHA’s proposed new silica guidelines by Kendra Kozen - "The proposed OSHA rulemaking is long overdue, but upon reading, it is clear that the proposal doesn't quite go far enough. For example, there was an expectation that OSHA would require employers to develop and implement written exposure control plans for construction sites. Sadly, such language is nowhere in the document." — Keith Wrightson, workplace safety expert for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch

 

Drugmakers try to outflank White House in trade agreement
10/10/2013
The Hill: Drugmakers try to outflank White House in trade agreement by Kevin Bogardus and Ben Goad - Public interest groups are pressuring the Obama administration to keep the 12-year exclusivity period out of the trade deal, arguing it serves only to inflate drug prices and corporate profits. “Locking in long-term monopolies for biologics means that consumers are going to pay more,” said Public Citizen President Robert Weissman. “It is a life and death issue. The core component is the issue of access,” said Weissman with Public Citizen.

 

Justices could see gay cases this term
10/10/2013
The Bay Area Reporter: Justices could see gay cases this term by Lisa Keen - After all the excitement around last session's two big decisions concerning same-sex marriage, Supreme Court observers are already looking ahead to the next big one: state bans on marriage for same-sex couples. Thomas Goldstein, publisher of the scotusblog.com site which many legal observers rely on to stay abreast of analysis of pending cases, said a case testing the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage "is coming on a rocket ship." Public Citizen Litigation Group director Allison Zieve agreed, adding that she thinks that case will be "more controversial" because it will decide whether the federal Constitution requires states to treat married same-sex couples the same as straight couples.

 

Pulmonary artery monitor gets FDA panel backing
10/10/2013
MedPage Today: Pulmonary artery monitor gets FDA panel backing by David Pittman - Michael Carome, MD, director of the Public Citizen's Health Research Group, told the panel during the open public hearing portion of the meeting that the unblinded nature of the studies opened investigators up to bias, including giving preferential treatment to patients receiving the device to keep them out of the hospital and improve its treatment effect.

 

McCutcheon v. FEC case before Supreme Court could further erode campaign finance reform laws
10/10/2013
Between the Lines: McCutcheon v. FEC case before Supreme Court could further erode campaign finance reform laws by Scott Harris - Interview with Scott Nelson

 

FDA issues warning about IV antibiotic tigecycline
10/10/2013
The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide: FDA issues warning about IV antibiotic tigecycline - “It’s troubling that the agency took so long to require a black box warning on the drug label for this antibiotic, particularly since data demonstrating the increased mortality risk with the drug had been known to the agency since at least 2010,” said Michael Carome, director, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. In 2010, the FDA issued a safety alert to health care professionals informing them of the increased mortality rate associated with the use of intravenous tigecycline compared to that of other antibiotics, said Carome.

 

Odd ordinance suggests Cleveland suburb should review its laws
10/9/2013
Media Trackers: Odd ordinance suggests Cleveland suburb should review its laws by Jesse Hathaway - Despite the well-established benefits and safety of pasteurization by irradiation, liberal groups such as Public Citizen — a far-left nonprofit founded by activist Ralph Nader in 1971 “to ensure that all citizens are represented in the halls of power” — remain opposed to the practice, claiming it causes asthma, cancer, genetic damage, and death.

 

Project Censored’s top-10 under-covered stories
10/9/2013

San Diego City Beat: Project Censored’s top-10 under-covered stories by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez - The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement, but leaked texts show that it may allow foreign investors to use “investor-state” tribunals to extract extravagant extra damages for “expected future profits,” according to the Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

 

U.S. business community not thrilled with Pacific trade pact progress
10/8/2013
Wall Street Journal: U.S. business community not thrilled with Pacific trade pact progress by William Mauldin - The imprecise language in the statement suggests some countries’ political concerns about sensitive parts of the TPP could be delaying a deal, according to Lori Wallach, a trade expert at government watchdog group Public Citizen, which is skeptical of far-reaching trade pacts.

 

U.S. government quietly pushes to conclude Trans-Pacific Partnership (aka “Corporate coup d’etat”)
10/8/2013
Daily Kos: U.S. government quietly pushes to conclude Trans-Pacific Partnership (aka “Corporate coup d’etat”) by Bob Swern - Lori Wallach’s Democracy Now! interview quoted

 

The end of the youth group “deathtrap”?
10/8/2013
Christianity Today: The end of the youth group “deathtrap”? by Kate Tracy - In 2003, the NHTSA prompted auto makers to make significant changes to the vans—"deathtraps" and "top-heavy, lumbering behemoths," as a Public Citizen press release called them that year. First, manufacturers were required to equip 15-passenger vans with electronic stability control (ESC) by 2012; however, most vans began installing ESC prior to the mandatory overhaul.

 

HHS and consumer group spar over Pfizer and Purdue documents
10/8/2013
Pharmalot: HHS and consumer group spar over Pfizer and Purdue documents by Ed Silverman - "There’s a serious question as to whether corporate integrity agreements are effective at deterring and detecting corporate wrongdoing, especially with respect to companies like Pfizer, which has signed multiple corporate integrity agreements," writes Public Citizen Julie Murray in a note to us. "The public has a right to judge for itself whether HHS engages in meaningful oversight through these agreements, or whether the agency needs to take a more aggressive approach."

 

Will the Supreme Court let Shaun McCutcheon buy the government?
10/8/2013
Mark Levine Show: Will the Supreme Court let Shaun McCutcheon buy the government? - Scott Nelson interviewed

 

TPP is a race to the bottom – we need a race to the top
10/8/2013
Huffington Post: TPP is a race to the bottom – we need a race to the top by Larry Cohen - Unions; greens, including Sierra Club and Greenpeace; consumer and citizen action groups like Citizens Trade Campaign and Public Citizen; public health groups; and people of faith all are working for changes in or rejection of this deal.

 

Schakowsky is most-frequent flier among state’s congressional delegation
10/8/2013
Chicago Tribune: Schakowsky is most-frequent flier among state’s congressional delegation by Katherine Skiba - Craig Holman, with the Washington-based watchdog group Public Citizen, helped write a 2007 law that tightened rules on who may pay for lawmakers' travel. He is among those who believe that if an overseas trip is valuable, taxpayers should foot the bill.

 

Government “washes its hands” of meat and poultry safety inspections
10/8/2013
OpEdNews: Government “washes its hands” of meat and poultry safety inspections by Martha Rosenberg - Soon after HACCP pilot programs were implemented, a study by the Government Accountability Project and Public Citizen found that 62 percent of inspectors surveyed had been forced to allow contamination like feces, vomit and metal shards in food on a daily or weekly basis. Almost 20 percent said they'd been instructed not to document violations.

 

State campaign contribution limits could be on the line today at the Supreme Court
10/8/2013
The Washington Post: State campaign contribution limits could be on the line today at the Supreme Court by Niraj Chokshi - Opponents of aggregate limits argue that states without caps are doing just fine. But proponents compare it to the Citizens United case that allowed unlimited independent corporate political spending. That case had implications for 22 states with similar rules, according to the advocacy group Public Citizen. And some argue that the outcome of McCutcheon could be more significant.

 

Leaders seek to finish Pacific trade deal this year
10/8/2013
Politico: Leaders seek to finish Pacific trade deal this year by Doug Palmer - “That the leaders have admitted that there is no deal nor a clear path to obtaining one this year, despite the hype built up pre-summit, reveals the growing domestic political blowback against the TPP that leaders are now trying to manage,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, a leading critic of trade deals, in a statement.
Consumer groups tell senators to reject piecemeal funding bills
10/8/2013
The Hill: Consumer groups tell senators to reject piecemeal funding bills by Julian Hattem - “This would lead to the most visible programs being funded, while other essential services are ignored,” wrote Katherine McFate and Robert Weissman, the coalition’s co-chairs and the presidents of the Center for Effective Government and Public Citizen, respectively.

 

Obama’s absence at Asia summit seen hurting U.S. trade
10/8/2013
NPR: Obama’s absence at Asia summit seen hurting U.S. trade by Marilyn Geewax - Not everyone shares that assessment. Labor groups and others opposed to TPP were glad to see Asia leaders avoid mention of the trade deal. "That the leaders have admitted that there is no deal nor a clear path to obtaining one this year, despite the hype built up pre-summit, reveals the growing domestic political blowback against the TPP," Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, said in a statement. Public Citizen and others groups are concerned about TPP's potential impact on labor standards, capital controls and the environment, among other issues.

 

Congressional Republicans Granting Obama Fast Track to Dictatorship
10/7/2013
Spirit  Life Mag: Congressional Republicans Granting Obama Fast Track to Dictatorship - According to Public Citizen’s Global Trade watch, 24 of the 29 chapters of TPP are not really about trade but rewrite some of our domestic policies.

 

EPA power plant emissions proposal draws heat
10/7/2013
Rubber News: EPA power plant emissions proposal draws heat by Miles Moore - Signatory organizations to the letter included Consumers Union, the Consumer Federation of America, the National Consumers League, Consumer Action, the National Consumer Law Center, Public Citizen, the National Association of Consumer Advocates and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

 

Flushing the TPP in D.C.: Activists and members of Congress challenge Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership
10/7/2013
Rabble.ca: Flushing the TPP in D.C.: Activists and members of Congress challenge Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership by Stuart Trew - The growing Flush the TPP campaign, as well as groups like Public Citizen and the Citizens Trade Campaign, are trying to convince U.S. congress not to approve a fast-track bill that would give Obama the ability to approve an eventual trans-pacific trade deal without a thorough congressional screening. The campaigns are having an impact.

 

Arbitration
10/7/2013
Petunias: Arbitration by Fredopeka - Public Citizen found that in 94 percent of 19,000 cases, NAF arbitrators ruled in favor of the businesses that hired them. One arbitrator handled 68 cases in a single day, awarding every penny that the big companies were seeking. In one case Public Citizen looked at, the NAF also charged $1500 for a three-page document explaining the arbitrator’s decision, something unheard of in regular courts.

 

Drug Makers Paid for Seats at FDA Advisory Meetings
10/7/2013
News Inferno: Drug Makers Paid for Seats at FDA Advisory Meetings by Cynthia A. Diaz-Shephard - Michael Carome, director of health research for the watchdog group Public Citizen said that the emails raise concerns over the so-called “pay-for-play arrangement” that involves drug makers purchasing access to invitation-only meetings with FDA officials and which could impact FDA pain drug policy, the Sentinel reported. “The whole picture is a troubling one and it warrants an independent investigation,” said Carome, who has seen the emails.

 

Gaijin Entertainment has Served Me with a UDRP Complaint
10/7/2013
Gaijin.com: Gaijin Entertainment has Served Me with a UDRP Complaint by jorm - Paul Alan Levy of Public Citizen has agreed to represent me regarding this issue. He has asked opposing counsel to withdraw the UDRP claim.

 

Supreme Court opens, gay cases possible
10/7/2013
Windy City Media Group: Supreme Court opens, gay cases possible by Lisa Keen - Public Citizen Litigation Group Director Allison Zieve agreed, adding that she thinks that case will be "more controversial" because it will decide whether the federal constitution requires states to treat married same-sex couples the same as straight couples.

 

FDA and Pharma: Emails Raise Pay-for-Play Concerns
10/7/2013
MedPage Today: FDA and Pharma: Emails Raise Pay-for-Play Concerns by John Fauber - But the emails raise concerns about a possible pay-for-play arrangement in which drug companies were able to buy access to invitation-only meetings where they could meet with FDA officials and possibly influence FDApolicy regarding approval and regulation of analgesics, said Michael Carome, MD, director of the health research group of the watchdog group, Public Citizen.

 

Prospective Fed Chief is ‘Right Down the Middle’
10/7/2013
CQ Weekly: Prospective Fed Chief is ‘Right Down the Middle’ by Kate Ackley - Bart Naylor, an advocate for Public Citizen who helped lead the charge against Summers from outside Congress, said the efforts by that liberal group were less a pro-Yellen campaign than an “anybody but Summers” one. He says he prefers Yellen to Summers, although she is far from his dream candidate. “One-percent milk is much better than spoiled, rotten milk,” he says. “The country, though, would benefit from whole milk.”

 

Emails point to 'troubling' relationship between drug firms, regulators
10/6/2013
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Emails point to 'troubling' relationship between drug firms, regulators by John Fauber - The emails raise concerns about a pay-for-play arrangement in which drug companies were able to buy access to invitation-only meetings where they could meet with FDA officials and affect FDA pain drug policy, said Michael Carome, director of health research for the watchdog group Public Citizen. "The whole picture is a troubling one and it warrants an independent investigation," said Carome, who has seen the emails.

 

What You Need To Know About The Biggest Free Trade Agreement Ever And How It Affects Climate Change
10/6/2013
Democratic Underground: What You Need To Know About The Biggest Free Trade Agreement Ever And How It Affects Climate Change - According to Public Citizen, while TPP information has been kept from the public, more than 600 corporate advisers have access to the treaty’s text — including companies such as Halliburton, Monsanto, the American Petroleum Institute, and Chevron. As a result, CRG believes the TPP will, amongst other negative things, empower corporations to attack environmental and health safeguards.

 

FDA Cover-up The Smoking Gun: The Design History File
10/6/2013
CNN: FDA Cover-up The Smoking Gun: The Design History File by NRajamannan - The concept of a manufacturer clearing a device using the 510(k) or the design history file, fall under the terminology coined as “predicate creep”. In 2012, Public Citizen published on their website a document reviewing the 510(k) process and the 1997 FDA guidance document. They entitled the analysis: Substantially Unsafe

 

Reasons for medical license revocations not always clear
10/6/2013
The Wichita Eagle: Reasons for medical license revocations not always clear by Deb Gruver - Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C.-based group that identifies itself as non-partisan, said medical boards should aim to provide as much information as possible. “We certainly favor transparency regarding board actions against physicians and other care health care providers,” said Michael Carome, a physician and director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. “We think that it would be appropriate when somebody’s license is suspended, that the reasons for that should be disclosed so that patients can decide for themselves if that’s a physician they want to see.”

 

Here come the toxic psychiatrists
10/5/2013
John Rappoport’s Blog/NoMoreFakeNews: Obamacare: Here come the toxic psychiatrists by Jon Rappoport - … The June 1990 Health Newsletter, produced by the Public Citizen Research Group, reports, ‘Akathesia, or symptoms of restlessness, constant pacing, and purposeless movements of the feet and legs, may occur in 10-25 percent of patients on Prozac.’”

 

Truthdigger of the Week: Lori Wallach
10/5/2013
Truthdig: Truthdigger of the Week: Lori Wallach by Alexander Reed Kelly - Few people outside the international cabal hatching the scheme seem to know this with the force and precision of Lori Wallach. Wallach is a lawyer and the founder and director of Global Trade Watch, an arm of the U.S. public advocacy group Public Citizen that has monitored the major trends and consequences of economic globalization—the driven and increasing interdependence of international markets and economies, to the conspicuous benefit of major Western corporations—since 1995.

 

For Immediate Release, Friday October 4
10/4/2013
Talk Radio News Service: For Immediate Release, Friday October 4 - The banking and finance industry has spent $3.2 billion on federal lobbying and campaign contributions since 2009 when the Troubled Asset Relief Program paid out $700 billion to save Wall Street from collapse, Public Citizen said in a report. Public Citizen said the industry’s lobbyists and campaign donors oppose reforms that are intended to prevent a similar future collapse.

 

Amid shutdown, US cancels trade talks with the EU
10/4/2013
The Hill: Amid shutdown, US cancels trade talks with the EU by Vicki Needham - Some trade advocates, including Public Citizen, have argued that there is too much work to be done and major chapters of the TPP deal are incomplete, including issues such as agriculture and intellectual property protection, to envision an end to the talks anytime soon.

 

A Bitter Pill for Merck
10/4/2013
Epoch Times: A Bitter Pill for Merck by Frank Yu - A study from researchers at UCLA and the University of Florida “provides evidence of increased precancerous changes such as dysplasia in the pancreata (pancreases) of diabetic patients using GLP-1-mimicking (incretin) diabetes drugs such as Byetta (exenatide), Victoza (liraglutide) and Januvia (sitagliptin), compared to pancreata from diabetics not using these drugs or those from non-diabetics,” according to Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.


Tygacil Gets Black Box Warning on Increased Risk for Death
10/4/2013
Pharmacy Practice News: Tygacil Gets Black Box Warning on Increased Risk for Death by Ben Guarino - For the watchdog organization Public Citizen, the label change is not only unsurprising, but it comes a few years too late. “The requirement for a black box warning was a step in the right direction,” said Michael Carome, MD, the director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, “but it was not timely, in our view.”

 

Obama Pushes Secretive TPP Trade Pact
10/4/2013
Truthdig: Obama Pushes Secretive TPP Trade Pact by Alexander Reed Kelly - Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, told “Democracy Now!” on Friday: “This is not mainly about trade. It is a corporate Trojan horse. The agreement has 29 chapters, and only five of them have to do with trade. The other 24 chapters either handcuff our domestic governments, limiting food safety, environmental standards, financial regulation, energy and climate policy, or establishing new powers for corporations.”

 

Secretive TPP Trade Pact 'A Corporate Trojan Horse'
10/4/2013
GamePolitics: Secretive TPP Trade Pact 'A Corporate Trojan Horse' by GamePolitics Staff - Democracy Now, "a daily independent global news hour" hosted by Amy Goodman & Juan González talks extensively with Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade treaty.

 

The Benefit of the Buy-and-Hold
10/4/2013
Physician’s Money Digest: The Benefit of the Buy-and-Hold by Jeff Brown, MD - In spite of malpractice issues being doctors' favorite whipping boy for the high cost of medical care, recent info from the watchdog group Public Citizen says it ain't so. Between 2003 and 2012 the group reported a drop in awards of 29% (9,379 awards totalling $3.1 billion and averaging $335,000), probably due to state law caps on the amount of non-economic payouts.

 

“A corporate Trojan horse”: Obama pushes secretive TPP trade pact, would rewrite swath of U.S. laws
10/4/2013
Democracy Now!: “A corporate Trojan horse”: Obama pushes secretive TPP trade pact, would rewrite swath of U.S. laws - Lori Wallach interviewed on TPP

 

Mixed ruling in drug firms' secrecy fight
10/4/2013
Politico: Mixed ruling in drug firms' secrecy fight by Josh Gerstein - Public Citizen sought copies of the reports under the Freedom of Information Act, but HHS rejected the request primarily on the grounds that the records contained sensitive business information that could impair the government's ability to get such information in the future and that the data could create competitive harm… "I would say for the bulk of the material, she decided to give the government another opportunity to bring forward evidence," Public Citizen's Julie Murray said in an interview.

 

Congresswoman Calls For Greater TPP Access
10/4/2013
Teamsters: Congresswoman Calls For Greater TPP Access- DeLauro joins the Teamsters, the Communications Workers of America and fair trade advocates such as Public Citizen who are urging for a more open process and one where Congress fulfills its constitutionally-mandated responsibility to review and approve all trade deals. Fast-track would not allow amendments to be offered on the TPP and would limit debate of any trade agreement.

 

McDermott Says TPP Is A ‘Long Way’ From Deal; Highlights Medicines Issue
10/3/2013
Inside US Trade’s News Stand: McDermott Says TPP Is A ‘Long Way’ From Deal; Highlights Medicines Issue - “We’re a long way to getting to a deal [on TPP],” McDermott said in a teleconference organized by Public Citizen. His comments stand in contrast to repeated claims by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman that the negotiations are in the end game.

 

As government shutdown drags on, some in Congress see fit to donate their pay
10/3/2013
Christian Science Monitor: As government shutdown drags on, some in Congress see fit to donate their pay by Stacy Teicher Khadaroo - The standard pay scale for members of Congress is currently $174,000, with those in leadership positions getting upward of $190,000. The federal workers on furlough are paid through appropriations from Congress, but Congress’s own pay is unaffected by the shutdown. Congress can vote to change its own pay only for future sessions, according to the 27th Amendment of the Constitution, says Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for the congressional watchdog group Public Citizen.

 

DeLauro says TPP threatens food safety
10/3/2013
AgriPulse: DeLauro says TPP threatens food safety by Sarah Gonzalez - Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Ct., said approval of the Trans Pacific Partnership would threaten food safety in the United States during a call with media hosted by Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch today.

 

TPPA Talks Continue Despite U. S. Government Shut Down
10/3/2013
The Orange Juice Blog: TPPA Talks Continue Despite U. S. Government Shut Down by INGE - According to an article written in Public Citizen: Congressman Alan Grayson (FL-09) got a peek at the controversial pact after requesting access from the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).  After similar requests from many members of Congress, including some who received ‘no’ answers from the administration, it appears that Grayson is the FIRST member of Congress to see some of the text.

 

How They Missed That Story
10/3/2013
Metroland: How They Missed That Story by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez - The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement, but leaked texts show it may allow foreign investors to use “investor-state” tribunals to extract extravagant damages for “expected future profits,” according to the Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

 

U.S. SC to hear arguments in campaign finance case next week
10/3/2013
Legal Newsline: U.S. SC to hear arguments in campaign finance case next week by Jessica M. Karmasek - Free Speech For People, People For the American Way, Public Citizen, Common Cause, U.S. PIRG, Center for Media and Democracy, the Backbone Campaign and Alliance for Democracy want the nation’s high court to uphold last year’s decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

 

NRO Smears Class Actions To Trumpet Corporate Immunity
10/3/2013
Media Matters: NRO Smears Class Actions To Trumpet Corporate Immunity by Sergio Munoz - The National Review Online smeared class action lawsuits in its attack on a recent report on forced arbitration by Public Citizen, the prominent consumer advocacy organization…

 

What You Need To Know About The Biggest Free Trade Agreement Ever And How It Affects Climate Change
10/3/2013
ThinkProgress: What You Need To Know About The Biggest Free Trade Agreement Ever And How It Affects Climate Change by Ari Phillips - According to Public Citizen, while TPP information has been kept from the public, more than 600 corporate advisers have access to the treaty’s text — including companies such as Halliburton, Monsanto, the American Petroleum Institute, and Chevron. As a result, CRG believes the TPP will, amongst other negative things, empower corporations to attack environmental and health safeguards.

 

Democrats Balk at Obama’s Fast-Track Push on Pacific Trade Talks
10/3/2013
The Jakarta Globe: Democrats Balk at Obama’s Fast-Track Push on Pacific Trade Talks By Brian Wingfield - Consumer groups led by Public Citizen, labor unions and some Democrats have called on the administration to be more transparent about its negotiating positions with other nations, saying that people aren’t fully informed about what’s in the pacts that will affect them.

 

Background Briefing
10/3/2013
Board member Steve Skrovan will be on KPFK’s Background Briefing talking about the comedy benefit with Ian Masters and our headliner, Marc Maron.

 

PIRG: On Argument of McCutcheon v. FEC, Democracy Groups Call for Constitutional Amendment
10/2/2013
U.S. PIRG: On Argument of McCutcheon v. FEC, Democracy Groups Call for Constitutional Amendment - “In McCutcheon, the Supreme Court will decide whether to double down on Citizens United to transform further our democracy – rule by the people – into a wealthocracy,” said Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen. “We can only hope that this is one step too far for the Supreme Court. But we shouldn’t have to hope, and we shouldn’t have to live with a campaign finance system already corroded by Citizens United and other harmful court decisions. That McCutcheon is even being considered by the Court highlights the imperative of a constitutional amendment to protect our democracy.”

 

Plavix Hemorrhage Lawsuits Continue to Mount
10/2/2013
News Inferno: Plavix Hemorrhage Lawsuits Continue to Mount by Cynthia A. Diaz-Shephard - In August, consumer advocate, Public Citizen pressed the agency to also warn that patients implanted with stents may suffer fatal bleeds if they take Plavix for more than one year, according to Law360.

 

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: We Won't Be Fooled by Rigged Corporate Trade Agreements
10/2/2013
Truthout: The Trans-Pacific Partnership: We Won't Be Fooled by Rigged Corporate Trade Agreements By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese - So, let's examine the facts. First, despite promises of American jobs, past free trade agreements have actually been huge job losers. NAFTA is responsible for the loss of nearly 700,000 jobs. The recent Korea Free Trade Agreement was promised to bring 70,000 new jobs, but lost 40,000 jobs in the first year alone instead, and Public Citizen estimates that nearly 160,000 jobs will be lost over the first seven years. In total, US free trade agreements over the past two decades have netted a loss of nearly 5 million American jobs.

 

Project Censored
10/2/2013
City Beat: Project Censored by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez - The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement, but leaked texts show it may allow foreign investors to use “investor-state” tribunals to extract extravagant extra damages for “expected future profits,” according to the Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

 

This week’s other huge (but little-noticed) fight: Wall Street’s newest scheme
10/2/2013
Salon.com: This week’s other huge (but little-noticed) fight: Wall Street’s newest scheme  by Harold Pollack - By imposing delay and requiring new layers of difficult and resource-draining cost-benefit analysis, these provisions were actually designed to weaken and delay worthy regulatory efforts by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Labor to protect investors, which is why groups such as AARP, AFL-CIO, Americans for Financial Reform, Consumer Federation of America, Demos, Public Citizen, and the Pension Rights Center oppose H.R. 2374.

 

Car safety features that avoid accidents
10/2/2013
CBS News: Car safety features that avoid accidents by Jerry Edgerton - Under congressional mandate to improve rear visibility, NHTSA and the Department of Transportation have repeatedly postponed the rule that all new cars must have backup cameras after automakers objected to the potential expense. Now consumer advocacy groups, including Consumers Union and Public Citizen, are suing the department to speed up this requirement.

 

3rd Circ. Ruling Imperils Consumer Class Actions, Group Says
10/2/2013
Law360: 3rd Circ. Ruling Imperils Consumer Class Actions, Group Says by Greg Ryan - The Third Circuit should reconsider its recent decision to reverse the certification of a class of consumers accusing Bayer Corp. of falsely advertising vitamins, Public Citizen said Wednesday, arguing it threatens consumers' ability to hold companies accountable for deceptive marketing.

 

Democrats Balk as Obama Seeks Fast-Track for Pacific Trade
10/2/2013
Bloomberg News: Democrats Balk as Obama Seeks Fast-Track for Pacific Trade (2) by Brian Wingfield - Consumer groups led by Public Citizen, labor unions and some Democrats have called on the administration to be more transparent about its negotiating positions with other nations, allowing texts to be released publicly so that people will know what’s in the pacts that will affect them.

 

Time for corporations to disclose political donations
10/2/2013
The Hill: Time for corporations to disclose political donations by Lisa Gilbert - Op-Ed by Lisa Gilbert, the director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch Division

 

RT America — October 2, 2013
10/2/2013
RT America — October 2, 2013 - Bart Naylor on RTTV talking about Wall St. bankers meeting with Obama on the debt ceiling.

 

Compounding Recalls Continue, but FDA Slow To Respond
10/2/2013
Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News: Compounding Recalls Continue, but FDA Slow To Respond by Bruce and Joan Buckley - As compounding legislation awaits further developments, Public Citizen, the Washington, D.C.-based public health advocacy group, sought to keep safety and regulatory oversight top-of-mind by issuing a critique of how the FDA handled the Specialty Compounding recall. At press time, the group charged that the FDA knew of potentially unsafe drug production practices at the Texas compounder as early as March 2013, when the agency found manufacturing issues during an inspection of the facility. And yet Specialty Compounding didn’t issue its voluntary product recall until Aug. 9, Public Citizen pointed out.

 

Acetaminophen Linked to Serious Skin Reactions
10/2/2013
Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News: Acetaminophen Linked to Serious Skin Reactions by George Ochoa - Public Citizen, a national nonprofit health advocacy group, has long championed that the FDA be more aggressive in its oversight of acetaminophen. In a Jan. 13, 2011 statement posted on its website, the group’s director, Sidney Wolfe, MD, criticized the FDA’s decision to place dosage limits only on prescription acetaminophen.

 

Drug Companies’ Dirty New Markets
10/1/2013
Soren Drier: Drug Companies’ Dirty New Markets by Cesar Chelala - According to a report by the Public Citizen’s Health Research Group in Washington, D.C., four companies (GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, and Schering-Plough) accounted for more than half of all financial penalties imposed over drug companies in the last two decades.

 

The Most Sinister Corporate Power Grab Yet
10/1/2013
Disinformation: TPP: The Most Sinister Corporate Power Grab Yet by Diane Petryk-Bloom - “Fast Track” would have Congress voting up or down on the massive document without any power to discuss or amend any of it.  This is an arcane procedure devised by Richard Nixon, according to Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach, “but that was when trade negotiations covered only real trade stuff.”

 

Shut It Down
10/1/2013
Green Goddess: Shut it Down - If one believes that in fact over 100K of medical errors are made annually then one perusal of that report should ameliorate any belief that we have a crisis on hand with regards to medical malpractice. Public Citizen did a study almost a decade ago and the numbers have not changed. But again when the idea of depth is that what you can dig with a plastic spoon it is easy to not go very deep.

 

Patents Against People: How Drug Companies Price Patients out of Survival
10/1/2013
Dissent: Patents Against People: How Drug Companies Price Patients out of Survival by Michelle Chen - "We’re concerned that the TPP is, in part, a closed-door hemispheric rule-making against public health,” says Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicine program. The Obama administration’s free trade agenda, he adds, actually threatens to unravel some of the hard-fought gains in access to medical treatment that were initiated under the Bush administration’s international HIV/AIDS initiatives.

 

Congress Moves Closer on Compounding Bill
10/1/2013
MedPage Today: Congress Moves Closer on Compounding Bill by David Pittman - "The FDA can do more to prevent another NECC-like disaster by being more aggressive in enforcing existing law," Michael Carome, MD, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, said in a statement. "Congress also can help by passing a law that clarifies the line between drug manufacturing and compounding, and does other important things like requiring warning labels for compounded drugs, and giving the FDA authority to inspect pharmacy records.

 

U.S., EU trade heads talk regulatory differences
10/1/2013
Politico: U.S., EU trade heads talk regulatory differences by Eric Bradner - “The core premise of these studies is the unproven business mantra that rolling back Wall Street reforms, food health standards and medicine safety regulations will somehow deliver economic gains to us all,” said the Washington-based group Public Citizen, which opposes the trade pacts being negotiated by President Barack Obama’s administration. “The main contribution of the recent flurry of studies is the addition of extra gloss and fancy printing to the old, debunked assumption that such an assault on consumers, workers and the environment would have zero costs.”

 


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