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Texas: Neutering Democracy

David Morris | Posted 10.21.2016 | Politics
David Morris

In Texas liberty trumps democracy. The Texas Supreme Court itself says so. This year the legislature de-listed student IDs but added a new form of ID that would gladly be accepted: a handgun license.

Who Should Make the Rules?

David Morris | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
David Morris

Who should make decisions affecting the health and safety of our communities? Who governs? Conservative Republicans in Texas are split on the question.

Statute of Repose Issues Illustrated in the Dismissal of Camp Lejeune Pollution Claims

Brad Reid | Posted 12.20.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

A variety of court decisions prevent statutes of repose from operating retroactively. There would be merit in a "blue-ribbon commission" suggesting model statute of limitation and statute of repose legislation to the states. Of course, a variety of political considerations will doubtless influence any legislative action.

Who Should Decide? States' Rights, Local Authority and the Future of the Internet

David Morris | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
David Morris

Republicans and private telecoms maintain that cities lack the capacity to build and manage broadband networks. They're empirically wrong. Of the 160 municipally owned broadband networks, the successes vastly outnumber the failures.

Dave Jamieson

Rhode Island Democrats Try To Ban Local Minimum Wages | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

State Democrats in Rhode Island have apparently taken a page from the Republican playbook, moving to preemptively block cities and counties from estab...

What Women Need To Know About Essure, From Erin Brockovich (VIDEO)

Posted 11.26.2013 | Home

Is the IUD Essure harmful to women? Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich explains that this product is almost like a corkscrew -- when it's inserted int...

ReThink Review: Ender's Game -- Child Soldiers and Saviors

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

As a newcomer to the series, I found myself much more interested in the film's take on leadership, the military, war, and empathy for one's enemy.

Shahien Nasiripour

WATCH: Senior Obama Administration Official Says Government Hasn't Sufficiently Probed Foreclosure Abuses | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 09.14.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A top Obama administration official on Thursday questioned the scope of the state and federal investigations into alleged mortgage abuse...

Reglan Lawsuits Continue to Drive Debate Over Corporate Immunity, Generic Preemption

Edward F. Blizzard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Edward F. Blizzard

The Supreme Court is currently awaiting word from the Obama administration regarding its position on generic drug manufacturers' claims that federal regulation of prescription drugs grants them immunity from lawsuits in state courts.

What Big Banks Fear More Than the CFPA

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

At stake in the financial reform debate is an issue that has received far less attention than the CFPA, but is at least as important: Whether Congress will restore the authority of states to oversee national banks.

The Non-Bush Doctrine: Still Waiting for Obama's

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leon T. Hadar

That the Obama Doctrine and the foreign policy that the president has been pursuing are closer in terms of substance and approach to those advanced by Bush I and Clinton may sound like very good news.

Reglan Lawsuits Spark Debate Over Generic Preemption, Corporate Immunity

Edward F. Blizzard | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Edward F. Blizzard

The U.S. Supreme Court asked the Obama administration this week for its position on an appeal filed by generic drug manufacturers who argue that feder...

Five Reasons the Carper Amendment Must Be Defeated

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

The Carper amendment to financial reform would hamstring states and prevent them from catching and stopping dangerous consumer lending practices before they metastasize into another crisis.

Tom Carper Is Attacking Consumers and Defending Wall Street

Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Zach Carter

There are two consumer protection amendments getting serious attention on the Senate floor this week, one of them positive, one of them incredibly destructive -- the kind of amendment that can actually sink the bill if adopted.

Mandarins and Apparats

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Beyond his vivid comparison of the Obama administration to the worst of the autocratic worst Kotkin forgets to provide evidence that the administration is actually obsessed with centralizing authority.

Shahien Nasiripour

Seniors Overwhelmingly Support Financial Reform, AARP Survey Says | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A new survey finds broad bipartisan support for strong financial reform among senior citizens. The survey, commissioned by AARP and released on Monda...

Arthur Delaney

Melissa Bean: A Democrat Bankers Bank On | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Melissa Bean stands at the chokepoint of financial reform in the House of Representatives. The Democrat from suburban Chicago is only in her th...

John Dugan, OCC Head: 'Master Of Disaster' Is Banks' Hidden Ally In Deregulation Push | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Of all the architects of last year's financial crash, John Dugan remains the most obscure, despite his stature as one of the most influential. While r...

Are States' Rights Right?

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Democrats have been increasingly willing to embrace state -- and local -- governments as partners rather than adversaries in both oversight and in substantive policymaking.

Shahien Nasiripour

Derivatives Just "A Sophisticated Form Of Gambling," U.S. Senators Say; Propose Bill Allowing State Gambling Laws To Apply | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In describing the complex and little-understood world of derivatives trading as "a sophisticated form of gambling," three U.S. Senators proposed legis...

Ryan Grim

Dem Infighting Over Wall Street Regulation | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan pushed back against her fellow Democrat, Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.), on Wednesday, sending a letter (PDF) oppos...

Don't Make Health Care Reform Like Financial Reform

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Federal preemption is complex and not simply a contest between state and federal governments. But the battle is one that matters to industry greatly, and so should matter to consumers as well.

Shahien Nasiripour

Shareholders May Get More Power With Democratic Proposal; Republicans in Congress Protect Corporate Interests | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Democrats and Republicans faced off Wednesday in a congressional debate over whether shareholders should have an easier time nominating directors to c...

Shahien Nasiripour

'New Dems' Extract Big Win For Big Banks | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The compromise reached late Wednesday between pro-reform House Democrats and the banker-friendly wing of the party could significantly weaken consumer...

Shahien Nasiripour

States Should Be Allowed To Protect Consumers From Big Banks, Obama Says | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment Friday to allowing states to adopt stronger consumer protection measures than the federal government ...