02/22/2011 12:16 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Tim Geithner Scolds U.K. For 'Light-Touch' Regulation

Welcome to our new blog, "The Watchdog," which will keep a close eye on regulatory agencies and how their actions impact the lives of everyday Americans. Though the rules and regulations they write -- from determining how much arsenic is allowable in your drinking water to whether your favorite TV show can drop the F-bomb in primetime -- affect all of us, their deliberations and the way that lobbyists influence their decisions receives very little coverage.

To make sense of these debates, follow the implementation of health care reform and financial reform and decipher the minutia of the Federal Register, "The Watchdog" is on the case. If you have any tips or suggestions, send them to

02/22/2011 12:00 PM EST

The Wake-Up Call: Should Cops Use Seat Belts?

- Should police officers use seat belts? Traffic-related fatalities are up 43 percent.

- BP reneges on deal to rebuild oyster beds, repair wetlands damaged by the massive oil spill, Louisiana officials say.

- Children's product makers launch last-ditch effort to quash new safety regulations that they consider unfair or too onerous.

- Tweet Beat: @TheOnion Man calls for better regulation in Regulation industry