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GOP Bill Seeks To Shift Power On Crucial Regulations

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Republican-run House on Thursday voted to give Congress greater power to approve or reject major federal rules that the GOP cal...

Bazinga! 5 Ways Washington Can Screw Up My Small Business In 2012

Gene Marks | Posted 02.05.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Look, I can do a great job screwing up my business on my own. I don't need any help this year. Especially from Washington.

White House Threatens Veto Over Controversial GOP Bill

AP | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House has threatened that President Barack Obama would veto a pending House Republican bill that would make it easier for Cong...

Companies Inconsistent On Consequences Of 'Regulatory Overreach'

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 01.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Large and small companies have told Republican-led congressional committees what the party wants to hear: dire predictions of plant...

America Deserves a Government That Works

Joel Kelsey | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Joel Kelsey

Agency reforms should insulate federal agencies from the industries they are charged with overseeing, not make them more susceptible to capture, corruption and capitulation.

Children On Farms: A Conceit Over Fatalities

Paul Schwennesen | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Paul Schwennesen

By making it virtually impossible to be a young employee in agriculture, we drive the further exodus of youth from an agrarian way of life.

What BofA Learned From The Debit Fee Debacle

Posted 11.15.2011 | Business

(Rick Rothacker) - Bank of America Corp learned a lesson from its abandoned debit card fee and will work to provide transparency and fair pricing ...

As Agencies Debate Rules, Dust Explosions Killing Factory Workers

AP | TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 01.14.2012 | Business

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When an accumulation of sugar dust ignited and blew up the Imperial Sugar plant in Port Wentworth, Ga., in 2008, killing 14 a...

Republican Congressman Can't Prove Regulations He's Against

La Mesa Patch | Ken Stonr | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics

Rep. Duncan D. Hunter on Monday called for deregulation, saying it’s “impossible” to keep up with rules on the city, state and federal levels....

Obama Approved Fewer Regulations Than Bush

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.26.2011 | Business

President Barack Obama has signed fewer regulations than President George W. Bush had at this point in his presidency, but it's putting a bigger dent ...

Religion, Morality And The Financial Industry: An Interview With Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 12.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

"We are caught in the perennial tension between the drive to good, and instinct to self-preservation that sees everyone as a means to our ends."

World Bank: U.S. Regulations More Business Friendly Than Most

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.24.2011 | Business

As U.S. politicians wrangle over the best way to create jobs and spur economic growth, one international agency is indicating that changing the regula...

In Europe, Fatigued Pilots Could Be 'Drunk' Pilots

Posted 12.20.2011 | Travel

Under proposed new aviation rules in the European Union, pilots could see their duty hours go from nine to 13 hours, reports the Daily Mail. That mean...

How The FDA May Be Stifling Medical Innovation At Healthcare Startups

Ray Leach | Posted 01.14.2012 | Small Business
Ray Leach

Regulatory burdens and healthcare reform are causing big uncertainties for venture investors that could limit the capacity of drug and medical device startups to bring products already in the pipeline to market.

House Republicans Push Through Looser Environmental Regulations In War On EPA

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House Republicans pushed through legislation Friday that gives the states the power to regulate coal ash from power plants as if it...

Republicans' Plan To Create Jobs Is To Repeal Obama Measures

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama talked about jobs legislation in a 10-minute phone call Thursday, the Ohio Re...

The TRAIN Act Cuts the Heart out of the Clean Air Act

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 12.10.2011 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, the TRAIN Act, made it through the House of Representatives. But as Yogi Berra would say, "It ain't over 'til it's over."

Republicans: US CEOs Are Wimpy, Girly-Men; Obstacles to Growth. Question: Has Corporate Welfare Made Them Lazy?

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Listening to Republicans, it appears as if America's major affliction is a generation of wimpy, girly-men CEOs.

Small Businesses See Green in Stiffer Clean Energy Laws

John Arensmeyer | Posted 11.21.2011 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Lawmakers continue to bang the anti-regulation drum. But what do the actual small business owners who are purportedly being crushed by regulations think? They think its hogwash.

Is The Startup America Initiative Moving Fast Enough?

Ray Leach | Posted 11.21.2011 | Small Business
Ray Leach

While I do wish that the macroeconomic situation in the country wasn't making it so hard for the Startup America initiative to generate outcomes more quickly, I actually couldn't be more impressed with the speed and the implementation of the White House's program.

Obama To Congress: Pass Jobs Bill Without 'Division Or Delay'

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is keeping up his appeal for public support of his $447 billion proposal to boost jobs and consumer spending...

Most Americans Say That Businesses Are Over-Regulated, Survey Finds

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 11.12.2011 | Business

Many Americans say that regulations are hurting the economy, and the Obama administration seems to be paying attention. Three-quarters of American ...

Getting Those Republican Attacks Right

Dean Baker | Posted 11.07.2011 | Media
Dean Baker

The reporters that just copy down outlandish claims by politicians without making any effort to verify them should switch places with the one of the unemployed who would like to work for a living.

Call the Republicans' Bluff on Jobs

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

There was virtually no job creation from the last profit repatriation and fewer jobs created under the Bush Administration's tax cuts for the wealthy and laissez faire regulatory policies than over any comparable post-World War II period.

Friday Talking Points -- Labor Daze

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It surpasses all irony and actually enters into the realm of bitter humor that we're about to celebrate Labor Day when the unemployment rate remains at the sky-high level of 9.1 percent.