House Democrats Lob Bribery, Tax Evasion Allegations at Walmart

By: Friday August 17, 2012 11:18 am

This is a couple days old, but two House Democrats have come into possession of evidence of significant crimes by Walmart, including bribery. The Democrats, Henry Waxman and Elijah Cummings, sought additional documents from Walmart on possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The joint investigation by the Democrats on the House Oversight Committee [...]

Waxman: Administration Endorsed Selling VA Property in West LA

By: Friday March 16, 2012 6:30 am

During the Super Committee negotiations last year, Republicans proposed, and the White House endorsed, the sale of a sprawling Veterans Administration campus in West Los Angeles that Democrats have long wanted to use to house homeless veterans, according to Congressman Henry Waxman. The longtime Democratic Congressman told a crowd at a town hall meeting in [...]

Obama Enters Debt Limit Talks, With a Focus on Revenue

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 7:02 am

The President entered the debt talks yesterday, meeting with the leaders of both parties in the Senate. And we’re starting to get some numbers out of the negotiations. The “down payment” of deficit reduction is expected to be anywhere from $2-$2.4 trillion, of which between $500 billion and $1 trillion has been agreed to. So [...]

Deals? What Deals?

By: Thursday October 28, 2010 9:35 am

The Wall Street Journal nods toward deals that will be put in place after next week’s elections, basically throwing up a lot of smoke about backroom negotiations and public signals about compromise positions on taxes and spending. And the whole thing comes with a notion that it’s the Democrats who have to make this decision. [...]

Waxman Drops Net Neutrality Bill, Calls on FCC to Reclassify Broadband

By: Wednesday September 29, 2010 3:34 pm

Henry Waxman, the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, just released a statement announcing that he would drop controversial net neutrality legislation, and call on the FCC to use their authority to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service. This is a major victory for net neutrality advocates and a loss for the telecoms. [...]

Will Tea Party Movement Ignorantly Look Gift Net Neutrality Legislation in the Mouth?

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 10:31 am

Henry Waxman basically abandoned public interest groups and will move forward with a telecom-approved “net neutrality” bill that mirrors what Google and Verizon have in store for the Internet, using the innovative wireless space to give preferential treatment to their own content. Republicans should be excited about the opportunity to funnel this kind of support [...]

Waxman’s Abhorrent Broadband Bill Follows Google-Verizon Deal

By: Monday September 27, 2010 12:21 pm

Henry Waxman has been trying to enshrine the terrible compromise promulgated by Google and Verizon into law, by pushing a truly terrible bill on broadband that strips the FCC of rulemaking and classification ability, and gives wireless Internet providers carte blanche to discriminate in favor of their products. The FCC will not have rulemaking authority [...]

FCC Opens Spectrum to Super WiFi, in Time for Corporations to Control It

By: Friday September 24, 2010 12:10 pm

The FCC officially approved the opening of a vast amount of unused spectrum for broadband Internet, potentially creating a fast “super-WiFi” network. The change in available airwaves, which were freed up by the conversion of television signals from analog to digital, constitutes the first significant block of spectrum made available for unlicensed use by the [...]

BP Begins to Cap Well; Legacy of Failure Remains

By: Tuesday July 13, 2010 8:00 am

BP sucessfully installed their new, tighter cap on the Macondo well yesterday, and will now begin testing the valves and the other functions. The goal is to fully capture all of the leaking oil from the well, and officials believe they can achieve that goal. This would not stop the drilling of the relief wells, [...]

George W. Bush: “It’s in our economic interests that we diversify away from oil.”

By: Wednesday May 26, 2010 10:59 am

Whatever happens with the top kill later today, we know enough now to say that our regulatory system, in addition to the internal safety procedures in place on deepwater rigs, simply do nothing to prevent disasters like this. The House inquiry into the disaster is terribly revealing. The crew of the Deepwater Horizon had a [...]

Don’t Say “Health Care” To A Congresscritter This Year

By: Friday May 14, 2010 8:54 am

I seem to remember an analogy during the health care debate from Tom Harkin, about the Affordable Care Act being a starter home. It wasn’t perfect, he said, but over time, Congress would add to that home, and fix it where it’s broken, and eventually create a fine stately mansion where the starter home once [...]

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