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Outrage of the Month: Foreign Drug Manufacturer Blocks FDA Inspection

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 11.01.2016 | Politics
Michael Carome, M.D.

Read more in Public Citizen's November Health Letter On Dec. 14, 2015, an investigator from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) arrived at Nippon ...

Trump Economic Adviser "Pushing" for Climate Denier, Fracking Promoter to Head EPA

Steve Horn | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Steve Horn

Photo Credit: Heritage Foundation | YouTube ScreenshotCross-Posted from DeSmogBlogStephen Moore -- economic adviser for Republican Party presidential ...

Nationwide "Rock Against the TPP" Celebrity Concert Tour

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 08.18.2016 | Politics
Kyle McCarthy

Despite resistance from within the Democratic party, President Obama has made passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a top priority before leaving office. The TPP is a trade agreement between the United States and 11 other countries which would cover 40 percent of the world's trade.

Outrage of the Month: Doctors Accepting Bribes, Betraying Patients

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Michael Carome, M.D.

Read more in Public Citizen's July Health Letter On June 9, FBI agents arrested two former drug company employees for allegedly running a brazen sche...

New Data Show U.S. Trade Deficit Doubled, More Jobs Lost Under Obama Trade Deal That Was Template for the TPP

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Lori Wallach

The policy and political bottom line of today's grim trade data: Americans' election-year trade revolt is spot on and we need a new American trade policy. If any more evidence was needed, the actual outcomes of the pact that served as the TPP's blueprint makes the case in a depressingly stark way.

This Group Raised $11 Million To Defeat Citizens United. So Why Do People Hate Them?

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In March 2015, a new group showed up on the political scene, seemingly out of thin air. It called itself End Citizens United PAC and sai...

Groups Ask Columbia University To Reveal Funding Behind Exxon-Tied Center on Global Energy Policy

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogFinal exams and winter break loom large for students at Columbia University, but at the upper echelons of the university's...

TPP: Foie Gras For Corporations; Dead Rats For Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.11.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

There's no reason for the US to swallow a trade deal filled with rotten rodent terms. American workers know for sure that if the scheme contains any foie gras, it'll be served on silver platters to corporations while workers are force-fed rats. America should withdraw. Congress should reject the TPP.

My Citizen Petition to the FDA: 100% Truthful Nutrition Labeling

Tricia Spencer | Posted 06.26.2016 | Politics
Tricia Spencer

A 100% truthful nutrition label is what a nutrition label is meant to be, and it's what every citizen deserves.

Roiled in Partisan Deadlock, FEC Is Failing

Craig Holman | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Craig Holman

America is plunging head-long into what will be the most expensive federal election in history, with essentially no cop on the beat to ensure that the election is administered fairly and transparently. This is going to be one messy election.

Mr. President: The More You Attack Us, The More We'll Fight Back

Mike Lux | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

I shouldn't be giving advice to the President since he is on the other side of this Fast Track/TPP fight, but I will anyway: Mr. President, you are badly hurting yourself by escalating this fight with the progressive community over trade.

TPP Investor Language Will Leave Taxpayers on the Hook

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Based on one TPP chapter alone, the average worker is going to get screwed. The provisions will give corporations the ability to do an end-around on U.S. laws they don't like. How is that fair? What about the rights of the American people? What about democracy?

Learn An Entire Semester Of Campaign Finance Law In 4 Minutes

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 03.24.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

As American elections become even more outrageously expensive, the advocacy group Public Citizen argues voters deserve to know who is making a financi...

Five Years After Citizens United, Billionaires Are Buying Democracy

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

The billionaire class has views that are profoundly out of step with everyday Americans. And that goes a long way to explain the agenda of the new Congress.

Not So Fast, Congress

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Instead of the plodding turtle he's normally satirized as, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is all cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof about Trade Promotion Authority, better known as Fast Track.

Tell Congress to Reject Deal Allowing Rich to Buy More Elections

Erik Ose | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Erik Ose

Not content with the loosened campaign finance rules made possible by Citizens United, the GOP is attempting to pass a stealth provision that would open the big money floodgates even further.

The Koch Brothers Don't Want You to Read This!

Steve Skrovan | Posted 12.14.2014 | Comedy
Steve Skrovan

For the last six weeks, my inbox has been jammed with "urgent" messages from various congressional candidates and progressive organizations. They use a number of tricks to get you to open the email.

Berkeley's Freedom Flame Kept Alive by New Generation of Digital Activists

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 12.02.2014 | College
Ruairí McKiernan

While Berkeley is more progressive than many places in the U.S, it is clear that the culture of large-scale student activism has changed. Many claim the youth of today are apathetic. Others say they just engage in different ways. It may also be that exorbitant college fees play a large part in taking the radical edge out of the student population.

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and the Chamber of Climate Liars

Rick Claypool | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Rick Claypool

Bravo to Schmidt for withdrawing Google's membership over ALEC's climate denialist agenda.

Americans Can Do Anything

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The majority of Americans want the minimum wage raised, unemployment insurance extended, Social Security protected, and infrastructure like highways improved, but that's not what Congress is doing. Instead, it is slashing the budget in ways that the majority hates, including cutting food stamps and preserving tax breaks for corporations.

All Parents Deserve a Seat at the Consumer Protection Table: An Open Letter to Public Citizen

Suzanne Barston | Posted 08.06.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Barston

Women deserve to know the full range of medically viable options for feeding their children, in an unbiased, accurate, and judgment-free manner, and a consumer protection organization should be at the forefront of that fight.

Sam Stein

Obama Administration Health Agencies Accused Of Intimidating Their Watchdog

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- High-level government officials at the top federal health agencies placed inappropriate pressure on their own watchdog agency, a new rep...

Michael McAuliff

Dems: GOP Outrage At IRS Is Really About Rove

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican efforts to punish the Internal Revenue Service for its alleged partisan targeting of political social welfare groups may have...

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Terrible for Public Health

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva

The TPP is a bad deal for taxpayers, for doctors and for everyone who believes in corporate transparency. If rammed through Congress via fast-track trade authority, which doesn't allow Congress to offer any amendments, it will lead to lost jobs and lost lives.

Probe Rep. Petri for Pentagon Contractor Conflict of Interest

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Gannet reported that Wisconsin Republican Tom Petri had successfully gone to bat for a Pentagon contractor in which Petri owned hundreds of thousands of dollars of stock, causing the value of Petri's investment in the company to rise, possibly as much as $200,000.