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A Plea to the Courts: Stop the Quiet Death of a Critical Consumer Protection

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

The right of consumers to band together to take action against corporate rip-offs is something that is enshrined in case law, enforced by the state co...

Amanda Terkel

BIG MONEY, BIG MONEY: Unprecedented Outside Spending Boosted Candidates To Victory

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tuesday's election will be remembered not only for the historic losses by the Democratic Party in the House, but also the unprecedented ...

Stemming the Tide of Secret Corporate Money

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

When historians look back on the 2010 election, it will be remembered for three things -- a bad economy, the rise of the Tea Party, and the undertow of anonymous corporate money. Time for a pro-democracy Tea Party.

Citizens United, an Assault on Our Democracy, Needs a Constitutional Amendment

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

To neutralize Citizens United, we must have a Constitutional Amendment to retake our democracy. It won't be an easy fight, but it is a fight worth having, as our democracy depends on it.

Polls, Research Show Dems Can Win Talking Trade (GOP too)

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Recent polling shows that anger about U.S. job-offshoring and "free trade" has become a powerful election issue nationwide - across stunningly diverse...

Lessons Learned From the Appointment of Elizabeth Warren

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Some are dissatisfied with the president for not going through a confirmation process in the Senate with Elizabeth Warren. His concerns were real about getting the 60 votes to override the filibuster that was certain to come from the Republicans.

Jobs & Exports: New Report Highlights Obama Peril with Bush Trade Pacts

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lori Wallach

The growth rate of U.S. exports to the countries with whom we do NOT have Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) has been over double that to U.S. FTA partners....

Turn Away from the Cliff on Trade, State Legislators Group Tells Obama

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lori Wallach

It says a lot when the new trade policy platform adopted by the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is more progressive than w...

Your Voice And Vote Do Matter

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Elsewhere in the world, any time the working class is threatened, thousands take to the streets in loud protest, toppling governments. We have no such historical tradition.

Shahien Nasiripour

House Passes Wall Street Reform Bill With Zero GOP Votes

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 12.11.2009 | Business

In a close vote, the House of Representatives Friday afternoon passed a financial reform bill intended to re-regulate Wall Street and increase protect...

Arthur Delaney

Lobbyists Opposed To Derivatives Reform Outnumber Reform Lobbyists 11 To 1: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lobbyists for the financial services industry opposed to an overhaul of the derivatives market outnumber pro-reform lobbyists 11 to one since the begi...

FDA: Cautious on food safety - reckless on prescription drug safety

Sidney M. Wolfe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sidney M. Wolfe

The new guard at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has brought welcome, increased focus and action to protect people from unsafe or possibly unsa...

New Populist Heroine Sparks a Movement (VIDEO)

Harry Hanbury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Hanbury

By giving corporations the power to buy our politicians, the Supreme Court may have unintentionally sparked a grassroots wildfire that will turn our corporatocracy into a true democracy.

Financial Reform Round 1: Obama, Progressives vs. Wall St., Centrist Dems

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

The financial industry has already found willing Democrats and Republicans on that key House financial committee willing to help water down key elements of financial reform proposals.

Julian Hattem

Andy Stern: Goldman Sachs 'Worships No God But The Almighty Dollar' (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Julian Hattem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Protesters rallied outside of Goldman Sachs' Washington office office Monday and railed against big bonuses and "Too Big To Fail" banks. The SEIU and ...

Durango Group Hires Paid Military Officials To Advise Private Firms

USA Today | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

WASHINGTON -- In a marketplace awash in consulting firms that help defense companies sell to the Pentagon, the Durango Group has a unique advantage. ...

God to Goldman Sachs: You're Not Doing 'God's Work,' Joins Call for Protest at DC Headquarters

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Art Levine

Sources close to God reported Thursday that the Supreme Being was angered at recent comments by Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein that's he's just a banker "doing God's work."

WATCH: Front Goup "Energy Citizens" Locks Out Real Grassroots: Why Does Big Oil Hate America?

Andy Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andy Wilson

Though the Netroots has gotten the message loud and clear: these are really just company picnics, not uprisings of real grassroots support

Big Oil Astroturf Rally in Houston More Company Picnic Than Grassroots Campaign

Andy Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andy Wilson

Yesterday the Public Citizen Texas team drove down to Houston to crash the American Petroleum Institute's Energy Citizen event. Billed as a "grassroots" rally against the cap-and-trade bill currently before Congress, this event was nothing more than a company picnic.

Liberal Groups Vexed By Obama Knocking Climate Bill

The Plumline | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Liberal groups allied with the White House are fuming -- mostly in private -- about some comments President Obama made yesterday attacking a provision...

Arthur Delaney

Intern Sets Up Offshore Tax Haven In Panama (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It's so easy for U.S. corporations to set up an offshore tax haven in Panama, an intern could do it. Really! To make this point, Public Citizen's Glob...

HuffPost Breaks Another Bailout Story: Reform Groups Demand Investigation!

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Too many Americans believe money buys results in Congress -- an idea that heightens cynicism about our democracy and weakens civic engagement.

Small Donors are Going on Strike: A Strike for Change

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

We're giving Congress a choice: you can either have our money or money from special interests, but not both. We'll reward the reformers. But those who oppose reform won't get any money from us.

Bush's Midnight Regulations Value Profits More Than People

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The legacy of George W. Bush's final days in office will be degradation of the environment, endangered species and the safety of working people.

Demand for New Globalization Model Goes Mainstream as Fair-Trade Election Pick-Ups Move Congress' Views Closer to Public's

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lori Wallach

From the presidential race to both chambers of Congress, successful candidates in 2008 election races ran on a platform of fundamental overhaul of U.S. trade and globalization policies.