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In The Public Interest: Next Up For the Supreme Court That Brought You Unlimited Corporate Campaign Cash: Do Consumers Have the Right to Band Together To Fight Corporate Crime?

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Mierzwinski

On November 9th, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a very important case that if wrongly decided will allow powerful special interests to u...

In The Public Interest: Parking Privatization: A (Cautionary) Tale of Two Cities

Alana Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alana Miller

Today, the Pittsburgh City Council decisively voted to kill a proposed privatization of its parking meters and public garages, a quick fix that would ...

In The Public Interest: Will Health-Care Challenges Help or Hurt Consumers?

Larry McNeely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry McNeely

Today, Judge Henry Hudson heard oral arguments in Commonwealth v. Sebelius, which asks the judge to issue a court order that would stop implementation of the entire health-care law. If that happens, consumers are in for a world of trouble.

In The Public Interest : Decreasing Dropouts, Three Quick Solutions for Community Colleges

Rich Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Rich Williams

Earlier this year, President Obama called on colleges to return America to the world leader in graduate rates, an increase from our current position a...

In The Public Interest : How Many Reminders Do We Need Before We Act to Reduce Chemical Accident Risk?

Elizabeth Hitchcock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Hitchcock

We've had more than enough reminders in the U.S. that accidents involving hazardous chemicals can cause fatalities, serious injuries, large-scale evacuations and significant property damage.

In The Public Interest : The More You Know, The More You Know We Need A Strong CFPB

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Mierzwinski

This month's story, dear reader, is about sloppy bank servicing of mortgages, starting with the infamous robo-signers and now escalating to every elem...

In The Public Interest : For-Profit Education Programs Giving Some a Raw Deal

Rich Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rich Williams

No student wants to graduate with unmanageable debt. The Department of Education's new rules will rein in the most abusive and over-priced programs that drive students into debt.

In The Public Interest : Why Is California So Important in Health Care Reform?

Larry McNeely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry McNeely

If Governor Schwarzenegger does the right thing, this week, the Sunshine State will set an example for other states that want to craft health care solutions that work for their consumers and small businesses.

In The Public Interest : New Health Care Options Make Sense For Young People

Andrew Merki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Merki

As a senior at Indiana University, I feel very fortunate. This is an amazing time in my life and I'm trying to make the most of it - taking the classe...

In The Public Interest : Money Changes Everything

Janet Domenitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Domenitz

It's a good bet that Cyndi Lauper was not anticipating the U.S. Supreme Court's actions when she sang "Money Changes Everything" back in 1984. But th...

In The Public Interest : Public Transportation, The Wave Of The Future

Erin Steva | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erin Steva

High-maintenance, tech-savvy and outspoken are just a few of the terms describing Generation Y. But car free? According to Ad Age, the millennial coho...

In The Public Interest : Food Safety Delays Make Us Sick

Elizabeth Hitchcock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Hitchcock

Last week, I met an extraordinary eighth grader from Henderson, Nevada. Rylee Gustafson may be only 13 years old, but she got excused from school to...

In The Public Interest: Remove the Blinders

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

It's safe to say that unlimited corporate and union spending in elections is far from what the founding fathers envisioned when they guaranteed Americans the right of "freedom of speech."

In The Public Interest: Why Do We Let Companies Abandon Ship on Taxes?

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

While much of the focus of the BP oil spill has rightfully been on the families, the environment and the businesses affected, it has also allowed anot...

In The Public Interest: An Oil Industry Tax-Dollar Leak No Amount of "Top Kill" Can Stop

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

President Obama and Congress need to get some serious "top kill" going on the corporate tax loopholes which allow greedy corporations to shirk their responsibilities and billions of dollars to tax bills of those who play fair.

In The Public Interest: Something for Nothing 2.0

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

Every year, American taxpayers who play by the rules - individuals, small businesses and even a lot of bigger businesses - have to pay a lot of extra "something" because of all the tax dodgers who pay nothing.

In The Public Interest: Close the Loophole. Really.

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

On Saturday Night Live, the "Weekend Update" sometimes includes a segment in which Seth Myers and Amy Poehler will report a fairly ridiculous - but tr...

In The Public Interest: Get toxic chemicals off our dinner table

Elizabeth Hitchcock | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Hitchcock

We ask a lot of questions about food. What's the fat content? How much sugar? Is there enough fiber? What about trans fats? Is this the brand of (...

In The Public Interest: States Take Important First Steps on BPA

Elizabeth Hitchcock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth Hitchcock

Ask any new parent about their child's first steps. It's as if they took a walk on the moon instead of toddling from the sofa to the ottoman. In the ...

Regulate Nonbank Financial Institutions, Say Consumer Groups

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- While much of the Congressional debate over consumer financial protection has focused on banks, lawmakers have been grappling behind the...

12 Ways To Save American Taxpayers $1 Trillion

The Huffington Post | By Laura Bassett and Jeremy Binckes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As President Obama tries to get his new bipartisan "deficit commission" off the ground, a public interest group is proposing a series of common-sense ...

In The Public Interest: A Tale of Two Tax Rates

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

Obama has recently pledged to end "tax cuts for fund managers," the legal loophole that allows multimillionaire hedge fund managers to be taxed at the same rate as someone earning minimum wage.

Arthur Delaney

Few Earmarks For Bridge Repairs After Minnesota Collapse

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Amid the national hand-wringing after the Minnesota bridge collapse of 2007, members of Congress earmarked 10 times more money for new transportation ...

Arthur Delaney

Tax-Dodgers And Their Lobbyists Put The Brakes Obama's Tax-Haven Crackdown: U.S. PIRG

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

When the Obama administration quietly shelved its proposal to raise $210 billion over 10 years by cracking down on U.S. companies that use overseas su...

U.S. PIRG Catches Tax Haven Loophole In Appropriations Bill

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group sent a letter Tuesday to members of a Senate appropriations subcommittee calling out a corporate tax haven loo...