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Look Out, Consumers! The Lobbyists Are Coming!

John Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Taylor

As soon as the lobbyists who brought us this economic crisis heard the word "consumer safety" they knew it was time to fire up those blackberries and get organized.

Closing the Farm to Plate Knowledge Gap

Rob Smart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Smart

Consumer advocates for sustainable, healthy food are fighting with farmers, not because either picked a fight with the other, but because the knowledge gap between them has grown so expansive.

The Republican Summer Olympics of 2009

Gary Cohan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Cohan

Republicans' private embraces are often in complete contradistinction with their own oft-trumpeted, Biblically-mandated "moral" guidelines for the rest of us.

Are We Totally Blowing Our New Media Freedom? My 10 Health Care Reform Videos

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lee Stranahan

I made 10 short videos about health care reform. I wasn't hired to do it, I wasn't asked to do it. I just did it because the issue is important to me personally, to my family and to my country. And I did it because I could.

Jason Linkins

Help NPR Identify The Health Care Lobbyists! | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If you happened to watch ABC News' prime time show, "Let's Talk About Health Care Reform With The President," you might remember the moment right at t...

Lobbyists on a Roll: Gutting Reform on Banking, Energy, and Health Care

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Remember all that change Americans voted for in November? Well, there's been a change in the plans for change. The detour has come courtesy of a familiar nemesis: DC lobbyists.

Lobbying & Universal Health Care

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Susan Corso

A one-year moratorium on lobbying would help change the debate from universal health insurance to actual universal health care.

Thank You, Bill Maher, For Asking Where in the World is Barack Obama and What is He Going To Do About Healthcare?

Anne Dunev | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anne Dunev

Most decent people cannot conceive that anyone would profit from knowingly harming others. That is the flaw in capitalism. And that is one reason that evil can exist.

Key Dem Plays Hardball, Warns Lobbyists Not To Even Meet With Senate GOP

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Top aides to Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) called a last-minute, pre-emptive strike on Wednesday with a group of prominent Democratic l...

Health Care: Lobbyists, Blue Dogs and the 'No, We Can't Coalition'

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Bhargava

A surprising number of Democrats are saying no to real health care reform.

Non-Profit Loophole Lets Lobbyists "Honor" Politicians And Buy Influence

USA Today | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On a mild evening last September, Citigroup lobbyists mingled with South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn at a rooftop reception -- complete with miniature...

Fantasies of Green Shoots

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Kuttner

There is a huge reality gap between the happy talk about green shoots, banks passing stress tests, the rise in unemployment slowing -- and what's happening out in the real economy.

Fear and Looting in America: How Wealth Begets Wealth on the Hill

Les Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Les Leopold

This shift in wealth in America since the 1970s created an unholy cycle of more lobbying for more benefits for the super-rich and large corporations, who in turn paid for even more lobbying -- a cycle that still is in full motion.

What Tobacco And BPA Have In Common | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Flash forward to last week. Embattled food and chemical industry reps, trying to head off a nationwide ban of the toxic plastic chemical bisphenol A (...

Empathy for Society's Child

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don McNay

I want someone on the United States Supreme Court who can look back at actions that were wrong, feel a sense of injustice and make amends, even if the act happened forty or fifty years ago.

Lobbying Belongs on the Reform Agenda

Cindi Canary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Cindi Canary

If Illinois ever hopes to sanitize itself from the stench of political corruption, it must expose lobbying to the light of day and demand higher ethical conduct from state lobbyists.

The Lobbying Power of the Groups at the Presidential Health Care Pow-Wow

Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Blumenthal

Without disclosure of contacts, it may take some time to see whether today's event was just a high-level photo-op, or if it actually paid off in one-way or the other.

Europeans Are Eating Our Lunch; Our Broadband Plan Is Toast

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

Is there anyone who thinks Congress could produce anything in the way of a meaningful broadband plan that will make a real difference and raise our broadband ranking in the world?

Should Lobbyists Be Required to Disclose Anything?

Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Blumenthal

The need for a better system of lobbying disclosure, that increases registration and disclosure, is necessary to provide the public with the information that actually matters.

Bob Bauer on Professionalism and Ethics for Lobbyists

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Newmark

Bob Bauer's work is of major importance, reminding us that lobbying often is in the public interest or is just about someone getting a fair shake for their clients.

Of Course We Need Lobbysists, Said the Lobbyist

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

As the Obama administration doles out the stimulus money, lobbyists are whining about restrictions placed on their interaction with the federal officials responsible for disbursing the funds.

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Israel Lobby?

Dan Fleshler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Fleshler

Obama must decide if he is willing to press both Israelis and Palestinians to stop taking steps that will preclude the possibility of peace.

John Murtha and the Culture of Corruption

Eyck Freymann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eyck Freymann

Murtha is a crook, and if the House Democrats were serious about fighting corruption, they would have expelled him from the caucus when the first definitive corruption stories broke.

Corruption Is Dangerous to Your Health

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

In area after area, Americans are suffering from the accumulated corruptions of our moneyed politics.

Lobbyists Prosper During Recession

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — They're furloughing many city workers for eight days this summer. They've cut staffing by about 5 percent. Now officials in Tracy, ...